Not many arrive in decent form but ARCTIC ROAD is an exception having opened his account with a victory at Ayr last time. He remains unexposed and can defy a 5lb rise in the weights with first-time cheekpieces likely to bring further improvement. Valkenburg also ran well at Ayr in January and has switched yards since while Dulce Panem posted a much better effort when placed at Sedgefield on Boxing Day and the winner has subsequently gone in again. The remainder are harder to recommend though Mah Mate Bob showed some progress last time and headgear is applied for the first time today.
Porto Du Sud (FR) 33-1 (11-5) Behind, headway before 5 out, ridden and weakened next, 10th of 15, 26 1/4l behind Cold Shoulder (11-8) at Ayr 2m 3f hcp (4) hvy in Nov.
Braddan Head 50-1 (10-6) Held up in rear, mistake 6th, reminders before 3 out, soon weakened, tailed off, last of 5, dist behind I'm To Blame (11-12) at Sedgefield 2m 4f hcp (3) gd in Feb.
Skyhill (IRE) 33-1 (11-7) Chased leaders, lost place 4th, soon mid-division, slow 9th, weakened 4 out, tailed off, 11th of 13, dist behind Kalaharry (11-8) at Newcastle 3m hcp (4) sft in Jan.
Warendorf (FR) 40-1 (11-0) Always in rear, struggling 5th, some headway approaching last, never nearer, 5th of 8, dist behind Know The Score (11-0) at Hexham 2m 4f mdn (4) sft in Dec.
Oriental Cross (IRE) 14-1 (11-5) Always in rear, reminders after 4th, tailed off when hampered 3 out, kept on from last, no threat, 4th of 11, 17 1/2l behind Millarville (11-5) at Fontwell 2m 2f mdn (5) gs in Jan.
Wor Verge 25-1 (11-10) Always behind, 9th of 17, 18 1/2l behind First Of Never (10-0) at Wetherby 2m hcp (5) gd in Feb.
Dulce Panem (FR) 22-1 (11-7) Behind, headway 3 out, driven to chase leaders before next, soon ridden went 3rd and kept in flat, not reach front pair, 3rd of 12, 2 1/4l behind Flowery (11-7) at Sedgefield 2m 4f hcp (5) sft in Dec.
Arctic Road 8-1 (11-2) Held up behind, headway 3 out, challenged next, soon ridden, led narrowly when hung left approaching last, kept on well flat, won at Ayr 2m 5f hcp (5) sft in Feb beating Up Helly Aa King (11-7) by 1 1/2l, 11 ran.
Mah Mate Bob (IRE) 10-1 (11-9) Led, headed 2 out, mistake last, weakened flat, 4th of 10, 10l behind Petite Ganache (11-5) at Newcastle 2m 6f hcp (5) gs in Jan.
Capmonfor (FR) 66-1 (10-12) In touch, ridden and weakened 2 out, 12th of 18, dist behind The Some Dance Kid (11-5) at Bangor-on-Dee 2m 1f (4) sft in Dec.
St George's Oval (IRE) 16-1 (11-3) Chased leaders, pushed along before 3 out, weakened soon after, 7th of 17, 24 1/2l behind Rodeo Dodo (10-8) at Wetherby 2m 4f hcp (4) gd in Feb.
Seapoint (IRE) 33-1 (11-3) Towards rear on outer, no impression from 3 out, never a factor, 10th of 15, 11 1/4l behind Father Jed (11-10) at Fairyhouse 2m 4f hcp gd in Jan.
Stornaway (IRE) 150-1 (11-2) Detached in last pair, struggling 4 out, never involved, tailed off, 6th of 8, dist behind Captain Moirette (11-2) at Catterick 2m (4) gd in Feb.
Wishing Well 33-1 (10-7) Held up in rear on outside, headway 6th, every chance after 3 out, weakened from next, 10th of 14, 22 1/4l behind Diocese (11-7) at Wetherby 2m 4f hcp (4) gs in Dec.
Valkenburg 9-1 (10-8) Ran in snatches, mid-division on outside, not fluent 6th, headway after 8th, chased winner and every chance approaching 3 out, soon ridden, outpaced in 3rd next, kept on towards finish, 3rd of 16, 5 1/4l behind Emma Beag (10-11) at Ayr 3m hcp (5) gs in Jan.
Casimir Du Clos (FR) 50-1 (11-2) Led to after 1st, tracked leader, led again before 3 out, driven and headed before next, soon weakened, 7th of 11, 29l behind Gold Chain (11-5) at Newcastle 2m 5f hcp (5) gs in Dec.