Walser sports first-time blinkers from the head of the weights and would definitely be one to be interested in if ready to roll after an absence. The market may be the best guide to his chances. Funky Munky didn't appear to go through with his effort when just going down to Beauboreen at Carlisle after looking sure to win. He cannot be discounted here and is required shortlist material, whilst Stanley Bridge would be a possible off this mark if able to find his way back to form for Lucy Alexander. However, the progressive MORNING TIME looks the one to beat. Lucinda Russell's Hawk Wing gelding already has three wins to his name here and was always controlling matters when driven out to score here earlier in the month. He is up 12lb now and that seems harsh but he also seems very much on an upward curve and can go in again.
Walser (IRE) 4-1 (11-2) Prominent, riddeen 3 out, kept on one pace, 3rd of 12, 19l behind Walkabout Creek (11-2) at Sedgefield 2m 4f nh nov hdl (4) gs in Mar.
Hi Dancer 20-1 (11-4) Chased leaders, lost place before 4th, tailed off before 3 out, 13th of 15, well behind Hartside (10-3) at Wetherby 2m hcp hdl 0-125 (3) gs.
Tikkandemickey (IRE) 12-1 (11-4) Always behind, 5th of 7, well behind Swatow Typhoon (11-4) at Ayr 2m 5f nh nov hdl (4) hvy in Feb.
Morning Time (IRE) 5-1 (11-5) Held up towards rear, chased leaders before 3 out in 4th, went 2nd 2 out, led before last, soon clear, won at Hexham 2m hcp hdl 0-95 (5) sft beating Blake Dean (10-7) by 5l, 8 ran.
Funky Munky 11-4fav (10-11) Tracked leader, challenged after 4th, led 7th, 5 lengths clear last, headed towards finish, 2nd of 6, nk behind Beauboreen (11-12) at Carlisle 2m 3f hcp hdl 0-110 (4) hvy.
Bonnie Burnett (IRE) 14-1 (11-2) Behind, headway 4 out, chased leaders next, went 3rd after 2 out, kept on same pace, no impression with front pair, 3rd of 12, 9l behind Full Speed (11-9) at Newcastle 2m nov hcp hdl 0-110 (4) gs in Apr.
Formulation (IRE) 7-2 (11-9) Always behind, 8th of 9, 49l behind Tweedo Paradiso (10-3) at Carlisle 2m 1f hcp hdl 0-105 (4) gd in Oct.
Stanley Bridge 18-1 (10-13) In touch in 5th, ridden before 2 out, soon weakened, 9th of 12, well behind Turtle Watch (10-3) at Kelso 2m hcp hdl 0-115 (4) gs in Oct.
Saddle Pack (IRE) 10-1 (10-1) In touch on outside, dropped to last pair 5th, struggling 8th, soon lost touch, 6th of 7, 49l behind Sleep In First (11-12) at Hexham 2m hcp chs 0-120 (4) gf in Jun.
Circus Star (USA) 20-1 (11-1) Pulled hard, prominent after 1st, led before 2nd, soon well clear, jinked left on path before 4th, headed after 3 out, weakened next, tailed off, last of 7, well behind Turtle Watch (11-6) at Carlisle 2m 1f nov hcp hdl 0-110 (4) hvy.