Grey Area finally came good at Newcastle on his return from a lay-off but has been raised 8lb for his trouble. The less-exposed SCIMON TEMPLAR makes more appeal despite also suffering a hike in the weights as he finished runner-up to the in-form Coverholder in what looked a tougher race here last time. Solis and Dundock have bits of form that give them a chance but bumper winner Capital Venture has shown nothing over timber so far. Charlie Bucket has the past form to figure but along with Easement remains out of sorts.
Charlie Bucket 16-1 (11-7) Held up behind in touch, struggling after 5th, never dangerous, 7th of 9, well behind Talkin Sence (10-12) at Kelso 2m 6f hcp hdl 0-115 (4) hvy in Dec.
Stitched In Time (IRE) 50-1 (11-5) Mid-division, weakened before 2 out, 6th of 16, 34l behind Only Orsenfoolsies (10-0) at Catterick 2m nh nov hdl (4) sft in Jan.
Easement 9-1 (11-5) Tracked leaders, weakened from 4 out, 7th of 10, 36l behind Any Given Moment (10-13) at Musselburgh 3m hcp hdl 0-105 (4) sft in Jan.
Royal Deal 5-1 (10-8) Held up in rear, reminder after not being fluent 3rd, ridden and struggling 9th, tailed off, 6th of 9, well behind Mr Puck (11-8) at Southwell 3m hcp hdl 0-115 (4) gs in Feb.
Grey Area (IRE) 7-1 (11-1) Made all, clear from before 2 out, stayed on well, won at Newcastle 2m 6f hcp hdl 0-95 (5) hvy in Feb beating Ahhdehken (10-8) by 8l, 12 ran.
Capital Venture (IRE) 50-1 (10-7) Held up in touch, weakened before 6th, 7th of 12, 49l behind Malt Master (11-0) at Newcastle 2m NH Maiden Hurdle (4-6yo) (5) gs in Nov '11.
Dundock 12-1 (11-0) Held up, outpaced 8th, headway 3 out, chasing leaders when mistake next, no extra, 7th of 10, 35l behind Carmela Maria (9-12) at Catterick 3m 1f hcp hdl 0-110 (4) sft in Dec.
Solis (GER) 7-1 (10-1) In touch in rear, headway on outside to go prominent 7th, led before 4 out, headed 3 out, no extra last, 5th of 7, 8l behind Forty Crown (11-7) at Wetherby 2m 6f hcp hdl 0-115 (4) sft in Feb.
Scimon Templar (FR) 8-1 (10-0) In touch and keen, chased winner and hit 2 out, ridden before last and not fluent, kept on and no chance with winner, 2nd of 9, 5l behind Coverholder (9-7) at Kelso 2m 2f hcp hdl 0-110 (4) hvy in Feb.
Unex Canaletto 28-1 (10-7) Held up mid-division, pushed along before 3 out, soon weakened, 6th of 9, 26l behind Deepsand (10-7) at Ayr 2m mdn hdl (5) hvy in Feb.
Political Paddy 12-1 (9-9) Tracked leaders, pushed along before 8th, went 4th before 3 out, soon weakened, 5th of 6, 11l behind Seven Is Lucky (11-0) at Ayr 2m 5f hcp hdl 0-120 (4) sft in Feb.
All For A Buzz 25-1 (11-3) Chased leaders in 3rd, mistake 3rd, ridden 4 out, weakened before next, 5th of 8, well behind Ancient Times (9-12) at Ayr 2m 4f hcp hdl 0-100 (5) hvy in Feb.