Lizzie Butterworth gave KNIGHT VALLIANT a fine ride at Carlisle in October and has ridden the grey to his last three victories. The stewards enquired into his improved form that day but there's no doubt he was entitled to win on his early form and still looks well enough treated to score again. Flora's Pride won a novices' handicap here in February and is just 5lb higher so has to be considered but all of Scriptwriter's three victories have been on fast going. Endeavor was in fine form during the spring and has dropped to a winnable mark and though Martha Elizabeth hasn't run since 2010 David O'Meara has a fine record with similar imports from Ireland and she's one to note.
Summer Soul (IRE) 66-1 (10-11) Tracked winner, lost place 9th, ridden approaching 2 out, kept on same pace, no impression, 7th of 12, 16l behind Scotswell (11-6) at Newcastle 3m hcp hdl 0-120 (4) gs in Oct.
Andy Vic (IRE) 14-1 (10-3) Pulled hard, in touch, weakened 7th, behind when pulled up before 2 out, in a race won by Natural Spring (11-8) at Market Rasen 2m 5f hcp hdl 0-115 (4) gd in May, 11 ran.
Flora's Pride 28-1 (11-5) Held up towards rear, hit rails on inside and bumped into rival after 3rd, jumped slowly next, headway after 3 out, 3rd when not fluent last, stayed on same pace, 3rd of 13, 11l behind Anna's Arch (11-9) at Sedgefield 2m 1f hcp hdl 0-100 (5) gd in Nov.
Knight Valliant 14-1 (10-2) Held up in rear in touch, steady headway on wide outside before 2 out, led last, ridden clear flat, won at Carlisle 2m 4f hcp hdl 0-110 (4) sft in Oct beating Bandanaman (11-6) by 5l, 9 ran.
Erin Dancer (IRE) 14-1 (10-13) Held up in touch, mistake first, ridden and weakened after 3 out, 4th of 5, 22l behind Reaction (11-1) at Leicester 2m sll hdl (5) sft.
Amir Pasha (UAE) 16-1 (10-9) Held up in rear, behind 7th, 13th of 16, well behind Rear Admiral (11-1) at Catterick 2m 3f con hcp hdl 0-110 (4) gs.
Martha Elizabeth (IRE) 25-1 (10-11) Mid-division, 7th halfway, 6th and ridden before 3 out, no impression from next, 6th of 13, 19l behind Lady Hillingdon (11-7) at Killarney 2m 1f beg chs gf in Aug '10.
Scriptwriter (IRE) 16-1 (10-4) Tracked leaders, lost place 7th, weakened after 3 out, 7th of 16, 26l behind Rear Admiral (11-1) at Catterick 2m 3f con hcp hdl 0-110 (4) gs.
Endeavor 7-1 (11-6) Led into start in touch, lost place 3rd, ridden and headway after 3 out, kept on one pace, 5th of 11, 17l behind Dark Energy (11-5) at Market Rasen 2m 1f hcp hld 0-95 (5) sft in Nov.
Border Tale 14-1 (10-13) Led, headed when mistake 5th, weakened approaching 3 out, tailed off, 10th of 13, well behind Dream Risk (10-13) at Sedgefield 2m 2f hcp hdl 0-100 (5) gf in Aug.
Royal And Ancient (IRE) 22-1 (10-7) Always behind, fell last, in a race won by Whatshallwedo (11-2) at Sedgefield 2m hcp chs 0-95 (5) gd in May, 12 ran.
Northern Acres 6-1 (10-8) Tracked leaders, jumped big 1st, lost place when bumped after 3rd, weakened approaching 3 out, 9th of 13, 35l behind Anna's Arch (11-9) at Sedgefield 2m 1f hcp hdl 0-100 (5) gd in Nov.
Lochore (IRE) 9-1 (10-0) Held up towards rear, headway before 7th, ridden and weakened before last, soon pulled up, in a race won by Lisdonagh House (10-3) at Hexham 2m 4f hcp hdl 0-100 (5) hvy in Nov, 11 ran.
Quite Sparky 15-2 (9-9) Led until 2nd, led next, headed when mistake 6th, 3rd and beaten 2 out, blundered when left 2nd and hampered last, lost 2 places flat, 4th of 8, 20l behind Murfreesboro (10-7) at Uttoxeter 2m hcp hdl 0-100 (5) sft in Oct.
Galley Slave (IRE) 16-1 (10-0) Led, headed 2nd, clear with leader 4th, ridden 3 out, weakened next, 7th of 11, 26l behind Dark Energy (11-5) at Market Rasen 2m 1f hcp hld 0-95 (5) sft in Nov.
Daniel's Dream 66-1 (9-7) Led, headed before last, quickly weakened, 5th of 8, 43l behind Livvy Inn (11-5) at Hexham 2m hcp hdl 0-95 (4) sft in Nov.
Mind Shower (IRE) 66-1 (10-12) Mid-division, lost place approaching and mistake 4 out, tailed off, 6th of 8, 39l behind Shadow's Gold (10-12) at Stratford 2m sll hdl (5) gf in Jul '11.