Bardeli was well backed on his debut under Rules at Newcastle just over a year ago and is unlikely to fail through lack of fitness. Cleve Cottage has already been placed here and at Ayr while Shipton won at Towcester in December before struggling against better horses at Newbury the following month. Ex-pointer Simarthur and newcomer Devenish Island could figure, along with Tough Trade, but it might be third-time lucky for BOB'S LADY TARA after solid runs at Newcastle and Kelso. Joe Colliver's claim can only help her cause.
Bardeli (IRE) 6-4fav (11-4) Close up and keen, chased winner 3f out, weakened over 2f out, 3rd of 11, 37l behind King Of The Wolds (11-1) at Newcastle 2m NH flat (6) sft in Feb '12.
Be Wise (IRE) Cloudings gelding out of Crashtown Lucy.
Cleve Cottage 11-1 (10-10) Held up towards rear, outpaced over 4f out, plugged on from over 2f out, never dangerous, 3rd of 7, 14l behind Island Confusion (10-7) at Ayr 2m NH flat (6) hvy in Feb.
Jackson Joe Iktibas gelding out of Staggering.
Jokers And Rogues (IRE) 33-1 (11-5) Tracked leaders, led 6f out, headed over 3f out, weakened over 2f out, 7th of 8, 28l behind Fine Rightly (11-2) at Ayr 2m NH flat (6) hvy in Jan.
Kukurudu (IRE) 80-1 (11-2) Always towards rear, 14th of 16, 40l behind Purple Bay (10-7) at Doncaster 2m NH flat (6) gd in Feb.
Simarthur 3-1 (11-4) Ww in mid div, not get on terms from 3out, ko onepce, 4th of 13, 14l behind Goonyella (11-4) at Loughanmore 3m ire ptp hvy in Dec.
Shipton 10-1 (11-5) Tracked leaders, ridden over 3f out, weakened 2f out, 6th of 10, 24l behind Vieux Lion Rouge (11-5) at Newbury 1m 4f 4yo nhf (6) sft in Jan.
Bob's Lady Tara 7-2 (11-2) Led, headed over 1f out, rallied inside final furlong, kept on and held towards finish, 2nd of 10, 2l behind Brijomi Queen (10-13) at Kelso 2m mrs N H flat (6) hvy in Feb.
Devenish Island Multiplex gelding out of Wahiba Reason.
Tough Trade 12-1 (9-11) In rear and keen, headway over 3f out, ridden over 2f out, one pace and no impression, 4th of 7, 22l behind Johnny Og (10-4) at Catterick 2m NH flat (6) sft in Jan.
Dancing Lamb 10-1 (10-5) Prominent, led 8f out, headed over 2f out, one pace over 1f out, 4th of 9, 16l behind Legacy Gold (11-5) at Catterick 2m mares n h flat (6) sft in Feb.