Billsgrey returns from a lay-off but Teerie Express, who won twice here last spring, has to go on the short-list as he's only been put up 2lb after making a winning return to action over a shorter trip at Newcastle. Top Dressing was beaten a long way when second to Wild Cane Ridge at Newcastle in a race in which Its Teescomponents was pulled up, but Shrewd Investor was only a length and a half behind Work Boy at Wetherby last time and is ridiculously well handicapped on his best form. The vote, however, goes to COPPER'S GOLD who was just caught by Aghill when possibly in need of the run at Musselburgh and should last a bit longer out in front today.
Its Teescomponents (IRE) 3-1 (11-3) Led on outer, headed after 11th, weakened before 5 out, tailed off when pulled up before 4 out, in a race won by Wild Cane Ridge (11-12) at Newcastle 3m hcp chs 0-115 (4) hvy in Feb, 6 ran.
Royal Mackintosh .
Top Dressing (IRE) 8-1 (11-8) Held up mid-division, weakened from 10th, went remote 3rd after 5 out, left 2nd 3 out, 2nd of 6, well behind Wild Cane Ridge (11-12) at Newcastle 3m hcp chs 0-115 (4) hvy in Feb.
Teerie Express 9-4 (10-6) Held up in touch, went 2nd 6 out, ridden before 2 out, half a length down when blundered last, rallied run-in, led towards finish, won at Newcastle 2m 4f hcp chs 0-115 (4) hvy in Feb beating Jeringa (10-8) by 1/2l, 5 ran.
Copper's Gold (IRE) 4-1 (11-4) Tracked leaders, took keen hold, left in lead on paddock bend after 10th, reminder before next, ridden before 4 out, pressed from 2 out, headed towards finish, no extra, 2nd of 7, 1/2l behind Aghill (11-7) at Musselburgh 3m Conditional Handicap Chase (0-100) (5yo+) (4) gd in Jan.
Blazing Diva (IRE) .
Shrewd Investor (IRE) 6-1 (10-8) Led, headed before 10th, hampered 12th, chased winner after 5 out, ridden before 2 out, kept on and held towards finish, 2nd of 6, 1 1/2l behind Work Boy (11-3) at Wetherby 3m 1f hcp ch 0-110 (4) gs in Jan.
Billsgrey (IRE) 3-1fav (10-8) Held up in touch, went 3rd from 16th, challenged 2 out, soon led, kept on well from last, won at Sedgefield 3m 3f hcp chs 0-95 (5) sft in Nov beating Jeringa (11-9) by 10l, 7 ran.
Esme Rides A Gaine 7-1 (10-2) Chased leaders to 3rd, soon behind and pushed along, no danger after, 6th of 14, 41l behind Simply Smashing (10-12) at Hexham 3m 1f hcp ch 0-110 (4) gf in Jun.