BRAE ON is a real staying type who was suited by a thorough test of stamina when scoring over 3m3f at Kelso. Providing there's a strong pace, he can defy an 8lb rise in the weights. Qoubilai has some decent form at a higher level but he's yet to prove his stamina over this far despite landing a point-to-point. Big Sound looked a certain future winner when runner-up at Wetherby last month but ran poorly here 10 days later. That could have come too quick and he's definitely better than that. Welsh Bard easily landed a Sedgefield maiden last May on good ground and his two runs so far this season have been in testing conditions. If the going dries out he looks one to keep on the right side.
Welsh Bard (IRE) 16-1 (11-6) Held up in rear, pushed along after 3rd, reminders before 5th, never dangerous, 4th of 7, 7l behind Markem (10-6) at Sedgefield 2m 4f hcp hdl 0-120 (4) hvy in Jan.
Qoubilai (FR) 10-1 (11-2) Held up, headway 11f out, challenge 6f out, led over 3f out, headed 2f out, stayed on same pace, no chance with winner, 2nd of 11, 6l behind Gogeo (11-2) at Southwell 2m 2f n h flat (4) std.
Spiekeroog 10-1 (11-7) Held up in last pair, some headway under pressure 6th, ridden in dispute of modest 5th after 3 out, soon beaten, tailed off, 6th of 9, 35l behind Smadynium (11-6) at Catterick 2m 3f con hcp hdl 0-110 (4) gd in Dec.
Pierrers Bounty (IRE) 12-1 (11-4) Led and raced wide, reminders after 3 out, headed before 2 out, soon weakened, 5th of 7, 35l behind Markem (10-6) at Sedgefield 2m 4f hcp hdl 0-120 (4) hvy in Jan.
Big Sound 2-1fav (9-7) Held up towards rear, ridden 2 out, never dangerous, 5th of 9, well behind Hartforth (9-12) at Catterick 3m 1f hcp hdl 0-125 (3) hvy in Jan.
Feast Of Fire (IRE) 33-1 (11-2) Often went wide, held up in rear, headway 8th, outpaced after 3 out, no impression after, went 4th flat, 4th of 6, 13l behind Mudita Moment (11-12) at Huntingdon 3m 2f hcp hdl 0-110 (4) sft.
Brae On (IRE) 14-1 (10-7) In rear, ridden 4 out, headway to press leader 2 out, led approaching last, driven out, won at Kelso 3m 3f nov hcp hdl 0-100 (5) gs in Dec beating St Gregory (10-0) by 3 1/2l, 10 ran.
Madam Lilibet (IRE) 10-1 (11-4) Towards rear, pushed along after 6th, soon outpaced, stayed on from 2 out, went 3rd run-in, 3rd of 10, 26l behind W Six Times (10-5) at Ayr 2m 4f hcp hdl 0-100 (5) hvy.
Carmela Maria 28-1 (10-1) Tracked leaders, jumped slowly 3rd, niggled along and lost place 5th, jumped slowly 8th, weakened next, last of 6, 36l behind Mudita Moment (11-12) at Huntingdon 3m 2f hcp hdl 0-110 (4) sft.
Mootabar (IRE) 12-1 (10-8) Held up behind, headway 6th, chased leaders after 3 out (usual 4 out), weakened after next (usual 3 out), 8th of 10, well behind Catching On (11-7) at Wetherby 2m 4f hcp hdl 0-100 (5) sft in Jan.