It took a while for the penny to drop with WELSH BARD but he absolutely bolted up over this trip in first-time blinkers at Sedgefield and should take all the beating here if the headgear works a second time. Pudsey House beat a subsequent winner over course and distance last month and looks the danger as Glasson Lad keeps finding one too good yet gets no respite from the handicapper. Ayr winner A Southside Boy could play a part while Kauto Alcazar should do better in time.
Ballybroe (IRE) 10-1 (11-5) Chased leader, pushed along before 6th, ridden and weakened before 2 out, 6th of 7, 49l behind Mojolika (10-12) at Carlisle 2m 1f nov hcp 0-115 (4) gs in Mar.
Glasson Lad (IRE) 10-1 (10-13) Mid-division, headway 4 out, soon chasing leaders, led 2 out, headed flat, no extra, 2nd of 17, 1/2l behind Ahhdehken (9-7) at Perth 3m am hcp hdl 0-105 (4) gs in Apr.
Kauto Alcazar (FR) 25-1 (11-0) Chased leaders, lost place after 4th, kept on same pace from 3 out, no impression, 5th of 12, 20l behind Full Speed (11-9) at Newcastle 2m nov hcp hdl 0-110 (4) gs in Apr.
Pudsey House 16-1 (10-2) Made all, ridden and pressed when mistake last, kept on well towards finish, won at Kelso 2m 6f hcp hdl 0-120 (4) gs in Apr beating Milano Supremo (11-6) by 2 1/2l, 9 ran.
Welsh Bard (IRE) 8-1 (10-8) Made all, clear before 2 out, easily, won at Sedgefield 2m 5f 4yo mdn stks (5) gd beating Halifax (10-8) by 21l, 8 ran.
Border Phoenix 25-1 (10-13) Held up in rear, some headway before 2 out, one pace and no impression, 4th of 9, 27l behind Veloce (11-5) at Kelso 2m 2f nh nov hdl (4) gs in Apr.
Uncut Stone (IRE) 20-1 (10-12) Held up mid-division, headway before 2 out, one pace, 5th of 19, 11l behind Mrs Eff (9-7) at Wetherby 2m 6f hcp hdl 0-115 (4) gs in Apr.
Trouble In Paris (IRE) 9-1 (10-9) Led, headed before 2 out, soon weakened, 9th of 13, well behind Purcell's Bridge (10-11) at Carlisle 3m 1f hcp hdl 0-115 (4) gd in Mar.
Academy (IRE) 17-2 (10-2) In rear, headway before 2 out, ridden before last, no extra, 5th of 8, 12l behind Seebright (11-11) at Perth 2m 4f nov hcp hdl 0-120 (4) gs in Apr.
A Southside Boy (GER) 6-1 (10-0) Towards rear, headway when blundered 4 out, went 4th before 3 out, ridden before 2 out, led before last, kept on strongly, won at Ayr 2m 4f hcp hdl 0-110 (4) sft in Mar beating Romany Ryme (11-5) by 5l, 9 ran.
Unex Canaletto 33-1 (10-9) Tracked leaders early, mid-division, ridden and weakened before 2 out, 11th of 19, 35l behind Mrs Eff (9-7) at Wetherby 2m 6f hcp hdl 0-115 (4) gs in Apr.
Snapping Turtle (IRE) 12-1 (9-10) In rear, hampered after 4th, reminders after 5th, plugged on before last, 4th of 11, 15l behind Chavoy (10-13) at Hexham 2m 4f hcp hdl 0-120 (4) gs in Apr.
Farm Pixie (IRE) 50-1 (10-8) Towards rear, weakened after 4 out, pulled up before 2 out, in a race won by Mrs Eff (9-7) at Wetherby 2m 6f hcp hdl 0-115 (4) gs in Apr, 19 ran.
Shady Sadie (IRE) 33-1 (10-6) Held up towards rear, pushed along 3 out, soon weakened, 9th of 10, 36l behind Phoenix Returns (10-8) at Kelso 2m 2f nh nov hdl (4) gs in Apr.