Ballyben made a winning debut at Carlisle while Caledonia began his career with a victory at Kelso but Halo Moon was second in a maiden hurdle here yesterday and almost certainly won't be facing the starter. Brae On and Jokers And Rogues have shown some signs of ability but the four-year-olds get plenty of weight and all three entered here are of interest. Cyrius Darius is out of a bumper winner but Malcolm Jefferson's Secrete Stream is the type likely to need a few runs. Alan Swinbank has booked A P McCoy for the ride of SAFFRON TOWN, who is by the smart Saffron Walden out of a mare that won six times on the Flat and four times over hurdles. He's bred for something better than this.
Ballyben (IRE) 6-1 (10-4) Held up in touch, ridden before 3f out, led before 2f out, ridden clear 1f out, won at Haydock 2m NH flat (4) sft in Nov beating Baltimoar (11-7) by 11l, 5 ran.
Caledonia 5-1 (10-11) Held up behind, headway over 3f out, switched left to challenge inside final 2f, led 1f out, ridden and stayed on well final furlong, won at Kelso 2m NH flat (6) gs in Oct beating Enchanted Garden (11-0) by 1 3/4l, 13 ran.
Halo Moon 9-4 (11-0) Held up mid-division, went 2nd about 5f out, led over 2f out, ridden over 1f out, soon clear, won at Towcester 2m NH flat (6) sft in Dec beating High Ville (11-0) by 9l, 9 ran.
Brae On (IRE) 9-1 (10-11) Led, hard driven over 3f out, headed over 2f out, faded final furlong, 4th of 16, 12l behind Carlton Jack (10-13) at Catterick 2m NH flat (6) gs in Dec.
Dibdabs (IRE) Royal Anthem gelding out of Leadaro.
Fine Rightly (IRE) Alflora gelding out of Bealtaine.
Jokers And Rogues (IRE) 40-1 (11-2) Prominent, ridden over 1f out, one pace, 6th of 14, 17l behind Spitz (11-2) at Musselburgh 2m NH flat (6) gs in Dec.
Cyrus Darius Overbury gelding out of Barton Belle.
Saffron Town (IRE) Saffron Walden gelding out of Magic Feeling.
Secrete Stream (IRE) Fruits Of Love gelding out of Bonny River.