Those at the top of the handicap look weighted to the hilt with little room for manoeuvre and WHISPERING DEATH, lightly-raced and open to improvement, represents a more appealing option. He's not the easiest but did nothing wrong when battling on to score at Doncaster last time in decent novice company. Yet to travel this far over timber, he stayed well on the flat and can make a successful handicap bow here. Sendali has gone well here the last twice, remains well enough treated and rates the danger. Glingerbank and The Magic Bishop are also respected despite not looking especially well treated.
Stopped Out 4-1fav (11-6) Keen hold in rear, mistake 4 out, headway next, soon ridden and no impression, 6th of 15, 15l behind Moon Indigo (11-4) at Kelso 2m 6f hcp hdl 0-130 (3) gs.
Premier Grand Cru (FR) 33-1 (11-4) Held up towards rear, headway 4 out, ridden before next, soon weakened, 10th of 15, well behind Al Co (11-12) at Doncaster 3m hcp hdl 0-130 (3) gs in Feb.
Glingerbank (IRE) 40-1 (11-3) Held up mid-division and keen, hit 3rd, mistake 6th and reminders, pushed along to chase leaders before 3 out, soon chasing winner, ridden before last, kept on, no impression, 2nd of 11, 12l behind Mad Moose (11-1) at Haydock 2m 4f hcp hdl 0-135 (3) gd in Mar.
Flying Doctor 8-1 (10-12) Tracked leaders, lost place and in rear before 9th, blundered 11th, weakened 13th, 5th of 8, 49l behind Benny Be Good (11-5) at Sedgefield 2m 5f nov chs (4) gf.
Whispering Death 12-1 (10-12) Held up towards rear, headway before 3 out, ridden before last, kept on to lead towards finish, just held on, won at Doncaster 2m nov hdl (4) gd in Jan beating Milgen Bay (10-12) by shd, 10 ran.
The Magic Bishop 7-1 (11-7) Held up in rear, headway after 3 out, disputing 2nd when hit 2 out, weakened approaching last, 3rd of 8, 19l behind Andreo Bambaleo (10-11) at Hexham 2m 4f hcp hdl 0-125 (3) gd.
The Shy Man (IRE) 20-1 (11-0) Led until 4th, remained prominent, weakened 3 out, 12th of 15, 47l behind Moon Indigo (11-4) at Kelso 2m 6f hcp hdl 0-130 (3) gs.
Sendali (FR) 10-1 (10-5) Mid-division, headway approaching 3 out, chased leaders 2 out, every chance last, no extra closing stages, 4th of 15, 2 3/4l behind Moon Indigo (11-4) at Kelso 2m 6f hcp hdl 0-130 (3) gs.
Political Paddy 25-1 (10-11) Behind, reminders before 7th and outpaced, kept on from 3 out, went 4th before last, no impression, 4th of 13, 13l behind Aibrean (11-11) at Ayr 3m hcp hdl 0-125 (3) gd.
Melange (USA) 40-1 (10-1) With leaders until before 2nd, hit 5th, not much room soon after and lost place, behind 6th, pulled up before next, in a race won by Knight Valliant (9-11) at Ayr 2m 4f hcp hdl 0-125 (3) gd, 14 ran.