A quartet of recent winners look to defy a penalty. Green Flag was sent off favourite at Hexham and duly obliged with the minimum of fuss. He's just preferred to Grouse Lodge, who was also a winning favourite when scoring at Uttoxeter. Maggio won over a longer trip at this track on his reappearance but STREAMS OF WHISKEY looks to have the stronger form as he won over C&D on his first start for Nicky Richards and the third has since gone very close. The remainder are playing catch up with Bop Along and Firth Of The Clyde perhaps the best of them.
Green Flag (IRE) 11-10fav (11-0) In touch in 4th, led 6th, clear before last, stayed on strongly, won at Hexham 2m 4f mdn hdl (5) hvy in Oct beating Attycran (11-0) by 9l, 8 ran.
Grouse Lodge (IRE) 5-4fav (10-12) Made all, ridden after 2 out, went left last, eased near finish, won at Uttoxeter 2m 4f nh nov hdl (4) sft in Oct beating Black Is Beautiful (10-12) by 2 1/2l, 5 ran.
Maggio (FR) 9-1 (10-12) In touch main group, headway 4 out, went 2nd after next, led approaching 2 out, ridden between last 2, kept on flat, won at Kelso 2m 6f hdl (4) gs in Oct beating Jet Master (11-2) by 5l, 9 ran.
Streams Of Whiskey (IRE) 8-1 (10-12) With leader, led before 4 out,, ridden 2 out, kept on and driven out, won at Kelso 2m 6f nh nov hdl (4) hvy in Oct beating Milano Magic (10-12) by 1 3/4l, 7 ran.
Bop Along (IRE) 20-1 (11-0) Tracked leaders, headway to challenge on inside 3f out, ridden and every chance inside final 2f, no extra final furlong, 4th of 13, 7l behind Caledonia (10-11) at Kelso 2m NH flat (6) gs in Oct.
Buffalo Ballet 5-1 (10-13) Held up in touch, weakened over 1f out, 5th of 10, 32l behind Shanen (11-9) at Perth 2m NH flat (6) sft in May.
Cumbrian Farmer 50-1 (10-7) Mid-division, ridden and weakened 7f out, 6th of 7, well behind Imjoeking (10-7) at Carlisle 2m 1f NH flat (6) hvy in Oct.
Firth Of The Clyde 33-1 (10-12) Behind, headway under pressure after 3 out, stayed on to take 3rd after last, no chance with front pair, 3rd of 10, 15l behind Duke Of Navan (10-12) at Newcastle 2m nh nov hdl (4) gs in Oct.
Five Bucks (IRE) 6-4 (11-7) Ld/disp & not fluent, 2nd 5out, no ex in 5l 2nd from 3out, wknd 2out & tired in mod 3rd when fell last, in a race won by High Handel (11-7) at Dromahane 3m ire ptp gd in Apr '11, 9 ran.
Green Wizard (IRE) 100-1 (10-9) Not fluent towards rear, no chance from 7th, poor 4th when unseated rider 2 out, in a race won by Coneygree (10-12) at Uttoxeter 2m 4f nh nov hdl (4) sft, 10 ran.
Have You Had Yours (IRE) 20-1 (10-9) Chased leaders, ridden and weakened over 3f out, 5th of 8, 31l behind Cracking Man (10-13) at Wetherby 2m NH flat (6) hvy in Jun.
Mac Steamy (IRE) 15-2 (10-13) Tracked leader, led after about 3f, ridden and headed well over 1f out, one pace and no impression on winner, 2nd of 9, 15l behind Shanen (11-2) at Sedgefield 2m 1f NH flat (6) sft in May.
The Shrimp (IRE) 8-1 (11-4) Alw pr, went on 4out, ko best, won at Tattersalls Farm 3m ire ptp gs in Apr beating Harry Hedgehog (12-0) by 1l, 18 ran.
Rapidolyte De Ladalka (FR) 9-2 (11-7) Held up towards rear, headway 2 out, soon hampered, in 4th and looking held when fell heavily last, in a race won by Tommysteel (11-9) at Kelso 3m 1f nov hts chs (6) gs in May, 11 ran.