BRAE ON bids for hat-trick carrying 7lb extra after completing a double with a victory at Catterick. He'd earlier scored over today's marathon trip at Kelso and should confirm latest running with Madam Lilibet. Captain Clayton is upped 9lb for a recent win at Wetherby but should be thereabouts again, while Big Sound split a couple of poor efforts with a second at the same track and can also figure with a similar effort. Amore Mio has struggled since scoring at Ayr in November but Caerlaverock has bits of form that give him an outside chance.
Captain Clayton (IRE) 33-1 (10-7) In rear, headway 4 out, went 2nd before 3 out, led 2 out, ridden before last, kept on well, won at Wetherby 2m 6f hcp hdl 0-115 (4) hvy in Feb beating Heavenstown (11-4) by 2l, 11 ran.
Amore Mio (GER) 5-1 (10-13) Tracked leader, ridden before and not fluent 2 out, one pace, 3rd of 8, 16l behind Chavoy (11-9) at Ayr 3m hcp hdl 0-120 (4) hvy in Jan.
Big Sound 2-1fav (9-7) Held up towards rear, ridden 2 out, never dangerous, 5th of 9, well behind Hartforth (9-12) at Catterick 3m 1f hcp hdl 0-125 (3) hvy in Jan.
Brae On (IRE) 3-1fav (10-5) Held up in rear, slow 4th, headway 4 out, soon tracking leaders, led after 3 out, headed next, led again last, stayed on well, won at Catterick 3m 1f hcp hdl 0-110 (4) gs in Feb beating Mootabar (9-11) by 1 3/4l, 9 ran.
Caerlaverock (IRE) 16-1 (10-6) In touch in mid-division, not fluent 4th, headway when hampered last, 5th and one pace when switched left 1f out, went 3rd inside final furlong, no impression on leading pair, 3rd of 9, 14l behind Mr Utah (11-7) at Kelso 2m 6f hcp hdl 0-115 (4) sft in Dec.
Madam Lilibet (IRE) 4-1 (10-5) In touch, pushed along halfway, outpaced 5 out, headway 3 out, stayed on approaching last, never able to challenge, 4th of 9, 7l behind Brae On (10-5) at Catterick 3m 1f hcp hdl 0-110 (4) gs in Feb.
Heez A Steel (IRE) 300-1 (10-12) Tracked leaders in 3rd until 14th, outpaced from 3 out, last of 4, 30l behind Long Run (10-12) at Kelso 3m 2f chs (2) gs in Feb.
Mannered 11-2 (11-4) Held up towards rear, unseated rider 4th, in a race won by Whiskey Ridge (11-8) at Sedgefield 2m 4f hcp chs 0-100 (5) hvy in Feb, 7 ran.
Boris The Blade 10-1 (11-4) Tracked leader, led 9th, headed 4 out, soon weakened, 5th of 8, 29l behind Arc Warrior (10-7) at Ayr 3m 1f hcp chs 0-100 (5) hvy in Jan.
Filbert Fox (IRE) 16-1 (10-3) Towards rear, reminder after 7th, soon struggling, tailed off when pulled up before 3 out, in a race won by Rocky Stone (11-9) at Wetherby 3m 1f hcp hdl 0-100 (5) sft in Jan, 15 ran.