It isn't often you'll see runners representing the likes Nicky Henderson and David Pipe in a moderate bumper at any of the northern tracks so it would be no surprise if The Tracey Shuffle and DARK SHADOW were to dominate this. The former pulled too hard on his debut at Kempton before Christmas and could go close if settling better here, but the latter's breeding suggests he'll go on to much better things than this in the future and he can make a winning start today. Serenader was third over 1m6f at Carlisle in October and should stay the extra on this easier course, while Think Green showed promise when fifth over C&D last month but the others are likely to struggle again.
Bello Regalo (IRE) 7-2 (11-8) Chased leaders, ridden and weakened before 2f out, 10th of 12, 26l behind Bygones In Brid (11-8) at Musselburgh 2m mdn nat hunt flat (5) gd in Nov.
Shannagarry (IRE) 16-1 (11-5) Chased leaders, led 7f out until over 2f out, weakened over 1f out, 6th of 13, 13l behind Jukebox Melody (11-12) at Musselburgh 2m NH flat (5) gs in Jan.
The Tracey Shuffle 5-1 (11-0) Prominent, ridden 3f out, weakened over 1f out, 8th of 12, 11l behind Mintiverdi (11-0) at Kempton 2m Nat Hunt Flat (4-6yo) (AWT) (6) std in Dec.
Think Green 8-1 (10-12) Prominent, puhed along over 3f out, weakened over 1f out, 5th of 13, 8l behind Jukebox Melody (11-12) at Musselburgh 2m NH flat (5) gs in Jan.
Dark Shadow Royal Applause gelding out of Royal York.
Serenader 6-1 (10-12) Held up towards rear, headway over 4f out, every chance over 2f out, no extra inside final furlong, 3rd of 12, 8l behind Opera North (10-12) at Carlisle 1m 6f 3yo nhf (5) sft in Oct.