Witness In Court won at Sedgefield before finishing third at Musselburgh but it's not certain that today's drop in distance will suit, though he will handle the better ground. Rocknrollrambo was third at Ffos Las on his first start for Anthony Middleton and should be pressing for a place again while Big Water's second to Duke Of Navan at Kelso in January is clearly decent form and he shouldn't be far away. However, Alan Swinbank's charge was beaten half-a-length by SCARLET FIRE in a Newcastle bumper last season and the latter hasn't done a lot wrong over hurdles so far. The quicker surface could see him improve on his fourth at Musselburgh to take this.
Rocknrollrambo (IRE) 14-1 (11-8) Tracked leaders, bumped 1st, not fluent 6th, led after 4 out, headed when not fluent 2 out, no extra last, 3rd of 12, 28l behind Whisper (11-8) at Ffos Las 2m 4f NH nov hdl (4-7yo) (4) hvy in Feb.
Witness In Court (IRE) 7-2 (11-4) Led, headed when not fluent 2 out, mistake last, no extra towards finish, 3rd of 6, 4 1/2l behind Superior Quality (11-4) at Musselburgh 3m nov hdl (3) gs in Feb.
Big Water (IRE) 8-1 (11-5) Tracked leaders, not fluent when hampered 1st, switched left flat, went 2nd towards finish, no impression on winner, 2nd of 13, 3l behind Duke Of Navan (11-12) at Kelso 2m nh nov hdl (4) hvy in Jan.
Damascus Steel (IRE) 20-1 (11-4) Chased winner until ridden over 4f out, weakened 3f out, tailed off, 9th of 11, well behind Swatow Typhoon (11-4) at Ayr 2m NH flat (6) sft in Jan.
Northern Oscar (IRE) 40-1 (11-2) Behind, headway over 2f out, one pace and never dangerous, 9th of 16, 29l behind Purple Bay (10-7) at Doncaster 2m NH flat (6) gd in Feb.
Old Devereux (IRE) 28-1 (11-2) Chased leaders, not fluent, weakened before 6th, behind next, pulled up after, in a race won by Green Flag (11-12) at Ayr 2m 4f NH nov hdl (4-7yo) (4) hvy in Jan, 9 ran.
Scarlet Fire (IRE) 12-1 (11-6) Held up mid-division in 5th and keen, headway 4 out, kept on from 3 out, no impression, 4th of 9, 7l behind Buffalo Ballet (11-3) at Musselburgh 2m 4f mdn hdl (5) sft in Jan.
Sorcier (FR) 40-1 (11-4) Held up towards rear, headway 5th, weakened after 4 out, 7th of 21, 37l behind Minella Forfitness (11-4) at Doncaster 2m 3f mdn hdl (5) gd in Feb.
Standintheband (IRE) 16-1 (11-3) Mid-division, headway before 4th to chase leaders, weakened from 3 out, 5th of 11, 42l behind Broadway Buffalo (11-3) at Newcastle 2m NH mdn hdl (4) hvy in Feb.
Tiny Dancer (IRE) 50-1 (10-11) Tracked leaders, pushed along over 4f out, soon lost place, 6th of 8, 23l behind Dakar Run (10-8) at Wetherby 2m NH flat (6) sft in Feb.
Two Oscars (IRE) 66-1 (11-0) Held up towards rear, blundered and unseated rider 4 out, in a race won by Buthelezi (11-7) at Catterick 2m 3f nh nov hdl (4) gs in Feb, 15 ran.
Ueueteotl (FR) 9-1 (10-12) Led to 3 out, soon weakened, 7th of 12, 27l behind God's Own (10-12) at Doncaster 2m nh nov hdl (4) sft in Nov.