Midnight Whisper and Castlemorris King both carry penalties for victories on the same card at Taunton six days ago and have more on their plate here, though the latter looks the pick of that pair today. SCALES finished clear of High Ville and Clouds Of Mist when third over 2m1f here four weeks ago and should have no problem confirming the form over this extra quarter of a mile. Richard Lee's gelding had got off the mark over hurdles at Taunton on his previous start and looks to be in good form at present so can land this with Get Home Now and Little Eaglet both lacking a recent run.
Midnight Whisper 5-1 (11-7) Took keen hold, always prominent, led 3 out, not fluent 2 out, stayed on well, won at Taunton 3m nov hcp hdl 0-100 (5) gf beating Sharp Suit (11-0) by 3 1/2l, 11 ran.
Castlemorris King 7-2fav (11-4) Tracked leaders, not fluent 5th, challenged 3 out, led before 2 out, edged left flat, driven out, won at Taunton 2m 1f hcp hdl 0-100 (5) gf beating Asian Prince (10-11) by 4l, 15 ran.
Boomtown Kat 4-1fav (11-1) Tracked leaders, pushed along when hit 6th, weakened after 3 out, 11th of 15, well behind E Street Boy (11-9) at Wincanton 2m 6f hcp hdl 0-110 (4) gs in Feb.
High Ville (IRE) 15-2 (11-3) Led, driven and headed approaching 3 out, soon ridden, no impression before next, 4th of 10, 27l behind Kim Tian Road (11-12) at Exeter 2m 1f nov hcp hdl 0-110 (4) gd.
Scales (IRE) 6-1 (10-10) Mid-division, mistake 4 out, soon outpaced, kept on same pace under pressure from next, 7 lengths down in 4th when left 3rd 2 out, no impression, 3rd of 10, 14l behind Kim Tian Road (11-12) at Exeter 2m 1f nov hcp hdl 0-110 (4) gd.
Theoystercatcher (IRE) 33-1 (10-5) Behind, went badly right 3 out, tailed off and eased before next, 6th of 15, well behind Hidden Identity (11-3) at Lingfield 2m mrs nov hdl (4) sft in Nov.
Kruseman 8-1 (11-9) Held up in rear, not fluent 2nd, headway approaching 6th, went 2nd after 3 out until 2 out, no extra flat, 6th of 11, 12l behind Midnight Whisper (11-7) at Taunton 3m nov hcp hdl 0-100 (5) gf.
Clouds Of Mist 20-1 (11-0) Towards rear on outside, outpaced 4 out, weakened before next, 6th of 10, well behind Kim Tian Road (11-12) at Exeter 2m 1f nov hcp hdl 0-110 (4) gd.
Border Station (IRE) 12-1 (10-6) Held up in rear, slow 12th, soon detatched, behind when pulled up before last, in a race won by Dimpsy Time (10-2) at Wincanton 3m 1f nov hcp chs 0-115 (4) gd, 7 ran.
Get Home Now 22-1 (9-11) Tracked leaders, not fluent 7th, hit 3 out, every chance after 2 out, not fluent last, no extra flat, 3rd of 9, 7l behind On The Bridge (11-12) at Hereford 2m 4f nov hcp hdl 0-115 (4) gs in Nov.
Little Eaglet (IRE) 5-1 (11-0) Took keen hold disputing close 2nd, definite 2nd before 7th, every chance when blundered 8th, ridden in 3rd after 3 out, went 2nd before 2 out, kept on same pace, no chance with eased down winner, 2nd of 10, 7l behind Boomtown (9-7) at Wincanton 2m 6f hcp hdl 0-100 (5) gs in Oct.
Fashion Week 16-1 (11-5) Tracked leaders, ridden 2 out, kept on same pace, weakened before last, 8th of 11, 23l behind Zelos Diktator (10-8) at Stratford 2m 6f hcp hdl 0-95 (5) gs.
Jigsaw Financial (IRE) 22-1 (11-0) Led until after 4th, chased leader until approaching 3 out, weakened soon after, 6th of 12, 35l behind Bach On Tow (10-7) at Taunton 2m 1f sell hcp hdl 0-95 (5) gf.
Pod 22-1 (10-8) Chased leaders, hit 3rd, reminders before 6th, weakened before 4 out, tailed off, 9th of 13, well behind Superciliary (10-10) at Plumpton 2m 2f nov hcp hdl 0-95 (5) gd.
Shaddaii (FR) 33-1 (9-11) Held up in rear, took keen hold, some headway on outside when not fluent 6th, slightly hampered 3 out, soon weakened, 8th of 10, 36l behind Rum And Butter (11-9) at Newton Abbot 2m 3f nov hcp hdl 0-105 (4) gs.