Stormion has won the last two renewals for Lucinda Russell but neither Shooting Times nor Wayne Manor make much appeal for the yard this time round. GREY AREA looks to have leading claims despite making his seasonal debut as he scored over track and trip last season before following up at Kelso and today's opposition is nothing to write home about. Total Assets made the frame last time but on fast ground and it was similar underfoot conditions at Catterick last month when Cumbrian Farmer won. Madam Lillibet won over a shorter trip on this card last year and she looks the biggest threat to the selection racing off a lower mark today.
Grey Area (IRE) 4-1 (11-9) Led, headed 2 out, rallied flat, kept on same pace closing stages, 3rd of 17, 4l behind Ahhdehken (9-7) at Perth 3m am hcp hdl 0-105 (4) gs in Apr.
Total Assets 28-1 (11-12) Tracked leaders in 4th, headway before 3 out, led before 2 out, headed 2 out, held in 2nd when blundered last, 2nd of 8, 10l behind Luctor Emergo (11-10) at Musselburgh 3m hcp hdl 0-100 (5) gd in Dec.
Wayne Manor (IRE) 22-1 (10-13) Led, soon clear, headed before 3 out, soon weakened, tailed off and pulled up before 2 out, in a race won by Frontier Vic (10-0) at Perth 2m 4f nov hcp hdl 0-110 (4) gs in Sep, 12 ran.
Madam Lilibet (IRE) 16-1 (11-5) Towards rear, headway and in touch after 5th, lost place 4 out, soon behind, plugged on from 3 out, never on terms, 5th of 10, 20l behind Homer Run (11-9) at Uttoxeter 2m 4f hcp hdl 0-100 (5) hvy in Dec.
Bollin Fiona 16-1 (10-8) Held up mid-division, outpaced from 12th, 6th of 9, 40l behind Snuker (10-0) at Carlisle 3m 2f hcp chs 0-105 (4) hvy in Nov.
Shooting Times 11-1 (10-13) With leader, led before 4 out, headed before 3 out, soon ridden, one pace, 4th of 11, 12l behind Maggie Blue (10-5) at Newcastle 3m hcp hdl 0-100 (5) gd in Nov.
Cumbrian Farmer 40-1 (10-11) Tracked leaders, led 6th, hard pressed 2 out, headed narrowly between last 2, rallied to regain lead flat, ridden and just held on towards finish, won at Catterick 2m 3f am hcp hdl 0-100 (5) gd in Dec beating Summerlea (11-4) by hd, 13 ran.
Northern Acres 13-2 (11-12) Mid-division, ridden before 3 out, no impression, 6th of 18, 38l behind Snapping Turtle (11-6) at Newcastle 2m 4f hcp hdl 0-100 (5) gd in Dec.
Milan Flyer (IRE) 33-1 (10-7) Tracked leaders in 3rd, lost place 4th, 6th of 9, 29l behind Kilbree Chief (10-5) at Hexham 2m 4f nh nov hdl (4) sft in Nov.
Notonebuttwo (IRE) 9-1 (10-8) Mid-division, reminders halfway, tailed off and pulled up before 6 out, in a race won by Esme Rides A Gaine (9-10) at Hexham 3m 1f hcp chs 0-95 (5) sft in Dec, 14 ran.
Ballyreesode (IRE) 33-1 (11-1) Chased leaders, lost place approaching 6th, rallied to chase leader after next, mistake 5 out, weakened before 3 out, 5th of 8, well behind Pudsey House (11-6) at Catterick 3m 1f hcp hdl 0-105 (4) sft in Dec.
Crushed Ice 9-4fav (10-13) Tracked leading pair, lost place and ridden after 4 out, weakened next, tailed off, last of 6, well behind Millers Reef (11-7) at Wetherby 3m 1f hcp hdl 0-95 (5) sft in Dec.
Hotgrove Boy 8-1 (10-4) In touch, led 4th, clear before 6 out until before 3 out, headed 3 out, weakened 2 out, 5th of 18, 29l behind Snapping Turtle (11-6) at Newcastle 2m 4f hcp hdl 0-100 (5) gd in Dec.