Mystified is 7lb out of the handicap in this while Father Shine doesn't appear to be improving. Wild Geese was reappearing after a lengthy absence and making his debut over fences when pulled up behind Civil Unrest over track and trip last month so improvement is expected but he's still going to struggle to turn the tables on James Ewart's charge, though he was himself pulled up over 2m here last week. WILLIAM MONEY was beaten less than a length by the top weight in that race but is 7lb better off now and, all things being equal, should come out on top today.
Civil Unrest (IRE) 15-2 (10-13) Tracked leaders, weakened from 5 out, soon tailed off and pulled up, in a race won by Swift Arrow (11-6) at Musselburgh 2m hcp chs 0-130 (3) gs, 10 ran.
William Money (IRE) 20-1 (11-2) Mid-division, headway before 4 out, ridden before 2 out, kept on to take 2nd run-in, 2nd of 11, 3/4l behind Civil Unrest (11-2) at Musselburgh 2m 4f beg chs (4) gd in Nov.
Wild Geese (IRE) 9-1 (11-2) Towards rear, tailed off before 5 out, pulled up soon after, in a race won by Civil Unrest (11-2) at Musselburgh 2m 4f beg chs (4) gd in Nov, 11 ran.
Father Shine (IRE) 100-1 (10-9) Prominent on outside, not fluent 4 out, soon ridden, outpaced after 3 out, stayed on same pace approaching last, 3rd of 7, 20l behind Simply Wings (10-9) at Towcester 2m 3f beg chs (3) sft.
Mystified (IRE) 9-1 (11-7) Tracked winner to after 2nd, held up 3rd and last, struggling before 9th, soon tailed off, last of 3, well behind Seedless (11-0) at Cartmel 2m 5f beg chs (4) sft in Aug.