Knight Valliant hasn't won for a while and isn't getting any younger but showed he could still be a force at this level when fourth at Catterick. Acordingtoscript was second over a longer trip at Catterick last time but still beaten 19 lengths and is very one-paced. Amethyst Rose won at Hexham in November in a race in which W Six Times fell. But she's struggled off higher marks since while Ancient Times appears to be regressing at a rate of knots. NORTHERN ACRES was closing on the leaders at Newcastle earlier this month when falling two out. He'd finished ahead of Ancient Times and Acordingtoscript when sixth at the same track earlier and compensation awaits here.
The Starboard Bow 8-1 (11-12) Led, headed before 4th, weakened after 4 out, last of 9, 32l behind Benalex Park (10-13) at Musselburgh 2m hcp hdl 0-105 (4) sft.
Robyn Rua (IRE) 20-1 (10-12) Towards rear, hampered 5th, soon behind, pulled up before 2 out, in a race won by Refused A Name (10-10) at Down Royal 2m 4f hcp chs 0-95 sft in Dec, 16 ran.
Amethyst Rose (IRE) 5-1 (10-8) Held up in rear, headway approaching 4th, ridden and every chance over 2f out, one pace and no impression before 1f out, 4th of 9, 16l behind Mr Utah (11-7) at Kelso 2m 6f hcp hdl 0-115 (4) sft in Dec.
Northern Acres 3-1fav (10-4) Held up mid-division, headway before 3 out, staying on and a close 3rd when fell 2 out, in a race won by Total Assets (11-7) at Newcastle 2m 6f hcp hdl 0-105 (4) hvy, 13 ran.
Knight Valliant 15-2 (10-5) Held up in rear, headway 3 out, went 5th before 2 out, no impression, 4th of 8, 12l behind Hit The Top (11-12) at Catterick 2m 3f hcp hdl 0-115 (4) hvy.
Acordingtoscript (IRE) 10-1 (10-10) Behind, headway 4 out, chased leaders next, not fluent 2 out, plugged on, no chance with winner, 2nd of 8, 19l behind Pudsey House (11-6) at Catterick 3m 1f hcp hdl 0-105 (4) sft in Dec.
See The Legend 22-1 (10-8) Held up towards rear, headway approaching 8th, chased leaders 3 out, weakened before next, tailed off, 4th of 9, well behind Gulf Punch (11-9) at Carlisle 3m 1f hcp hdl 0-105 (4) sft in Dec.
Ancient Times (USA) 20-1 (10-13) Held up towards rear, effort after 4 out, never dangerous, 8th of 18, 48l behind Snapping Turtle (11-6) at Newcastle 2m 4f hcp hdl 0-100 (5) gd in Dec.
Mrs Grass 20-1 (10-9) Prominent, lost place 4 out, 7th of 9, 37l behind Next Hight (11-6) at Sedgefield 2m 1f nov hcp hdl 0-100 (5) hvy.
W Six Times 7-1 (9-11) Held up in rear, headway 3 out, chased leaders next, ran on to go 3rd after last, never nearer, 3rd of 9, 18l behind Next Hight (11-6) at Sedgefield 2m 1f nov hcp hdl 0-100 (5) hvy.