BLAKE DEAN looked on the upgrade when landing a Uttoxeter handicap in November and though he has been a disappointing favourite in his next two starts this is such a poor contest that compensation awaits. Scimon Templar has a similar profile in that he cost his supporters dear in his last two outings in the spring after a very good run in heavy going at Kelso. Winning point-to-pointer Jasper Massini was in poor form when last seen almost a year ago and his only victory came on good ground. Carters Rest hasn't shown much for a long time including between the flags recently while High Fair was beaten a long way in a four-runner race at Kelso. Copt Hill won a handicap at Sedgefield a year ago from just 1lb lower but has hardly picked his feet up subsequently.
Jasper Massini (IRE) 14-1 (11-6) In rear, ridden and weakened before 3 out, 5th of 8, 25l behind Party Rock (11-6) at Newcastle 2m hcp hdl 0-110 (4) sft in Mar.
Milans Cross (IRE) 16-1 (11-12) Held up on outisde, some headway after 3rd, lost place and pushed along next, well beaten 3 out, tailed off, 8th of 9, well behind Come On Annie (11-1) at Uttoxeter 2m hcp hdl 0-100 (5) hvy in Dec.
Call of Duty (IRE) 40-1 (10-6) Always behind, weakened from 4 out, 7th of 9, 49l behind Sam Lord (11-2) at Newcastle 2m hcp hdl 0-115 (4) hvy.
Carters Rest 7-2 (11-0) (tt) in tch to 15, 2nd of 6, 1 1/4l behind Alfoisin (11-0) at South Durham 3m ptp gd in Jun.
Scimon Templar (FR) 6-5fav (10-8) Tracked leaders in 3rd, ridden and weakened after 3 out, 5th of 9, 33l behind Endeavor (10-7) at Kelso 2m 2f cond hcp hdl 0-1115 (4) gs in Apr.
High Fair 40-1 (10-5) Tracked leaders, took keen hold, not fluent 4th, went 2nd when mistake last, no chance with winner, 2nd of 4, 19l behind Retrieve The Stick (10-12) at Kelso 2m mrs nov hdl (4) sft in Dec.
Blake Dean 15-8fav (11-2) Led, headed after 6th, outpaced in 3rd before 3 out, stayed on to take 2nd last, no impression with winner, 2nd of 10, 6l behind Kozmina Bay (10-0) at Uttoxeter 2m cond nov hcp hdl 0-100 (5) hvy in Dec.
Copt Hill 10-1 (10-5) Chased leader until 4th, chased leaders, pushed along before 5th, weakened quickly 3 out, tailed off, 6th of 10, well behind Brother Scott (10-2) at Sedgefield 2m 1f hcp hdl 0-100 (5) gd in May.
Rosquero (FR) 100-1 (10-12) Chased winner when field came into view after 1st, lost place when came into view again after 3 out, soon weakened, 5th of 10, 41l behind Heath Hunter (10-5) at Sedgefield 2m 1f nov hdl (4) sft in Dec.