Masterleaderman has scope for further progress after winning a maiden hurdle at Kelso in December. Ryton Runner won a lower grade contest at Musselburgh recently but will find this much tougher, while both Moscow Presents and Merrydown disappointed last time. Lackamon and Wayward Glance have both been winning over fences of late, although the latter ran well over timber when second at Towcester last month. TIMESISHARD had a couple of subsequent winners behind when scoring at Doncaster on his latest start. A conditional negates most of a 6lb rise today and Graeme McPherson's charge is taken to go in again.
Hollow Tree 3-1 (11-2) Prominent, pushed along after 3f, ridden and lost place 13f out, soon behind, went remote 5th latter stages, tailed off, 5th of 11, 43l behind Gogeo (11-2) at Southwell 2m 2f n h flat (4) std in Feb.
Timesishard (IRE) 12-1 (11-12) Chased leaders, led 3 out, ridden before last, kept on well, won at Doncaster 3m hcp hdl 0-125 (3) gd in Dec beating Corkage (11-11) by 6l, 9 ran.
Lackamon 7-1 (11-12) In touch and in rear, fell 4th, in a race won by Jimmy The Hat (10-2) at Ayr 2m 4f hcp chs 0-140 (3) hvy, 5 ran.
Wayward Glance 6-1 (11-10) Tracked leaders, led after 3 out, soon ridden, headed when not fluent last, one pace, 2nd of 5, 3 1/2l behind Cadeau George (10-12) at Towcester 3m hcp hdl 0-140 (3) hvy in Feb.
Moscow Presents (IRE) 11-1 (11-1) Tracked leaders, ridden after 2 out, soon weakened, left poor 3rd from last, 3rd of 9, 46l behind Hartforth (9-12) at Catterick 3m 1f hcp hdl 0-125 (3) hvy in Jan.
Merrydown (IRE) 10-1 (11-1) Held up, headway 9th, went 3rd before 2 out, ridden and stayed on same pace, no impression on front pair, 3rd of 13, 16l behind Arctic Court (10-13) at Kelso 2m 6f hcp hdl 0-130 (3) gd in Apr.
Masterleaderman (IRE) 11-4 (11-0) Tracked leaders, not fluent 5th, challenged 2 out, led before last, edged left after, stayed on, won at Kelso 2m 6f NH mdn hdl (5) sft in Dec beating Hellorboston (11-0) by 3 1/2l, 10 ran.
Ryton Runner (IRE) 9-1 (11-5) In touch in mid-division, ridden after 4 out, closed 3 out, challenged last, led flat, driven out, won at Musselburgh 3m hcp hdl 0-100 (5) sft in Feb beating Highlander Ted (10-13) by hd, 11 ran.