VITTACHI has improved out of all recognition on the Flat recently and makes his handicap debut over timber from a very lowly mark. There's no reason why his progress shouldn't be the same over hurdles and he must be the selection. Shoal Bay Dreamer looks another capable of much better as she was making her debut in a handicap when a close second to Crackerjac Boy at Carlisle last month. Sydney Cove landed a Hexham handicap before failing to fire here next time though an early mistake stopped him in his tracks. Sundown Trail went up 7lb for his success at Ayr in February and has failed to justify heavy support on both subsequent starts. Heather Glen showed her first sign of ability when stepped up to 3m at Newcastle and a strong gallop in testing ground should again bring out the best in her.
Hoar Frost 5-1 (11-4) Held up, headway 2 out, ridden and stayed on towards finish, 4th of 8, 2 1/4l behind Endeavor (10-9) at Market Rasen 2m 1f hcp hld 0-95 (5) gs in Nov.
Sundown Trail (IRE) 7-2fav (11-3) Held up towards rear, weakened before 2 out, 5th of 11, 23l behind Arisea (11-1) at Carlisle 2m 3f hcp hdl 0-100 (5) gs in Oct.
King's Chorister 15-2 (10-3) Mid-division, headway after 6th, went 3rd after 3 out, stayed on same pace from next, 3rd of 10, 10l behind Parc Des Princes (11-7) at Musselburgh 2m hcp hdl 0-100 (4) gd in Nov.
Sydney Cove (IRE) 12-1 (11-4) Held up in rear, mistake and behind 4th, rallied approaching 2 out, mistake last, no impression, 5th of 14, 14l behind Funky Munky (11-2) at Sedgefield 2m 1f hcp hdl 0-95 (5) gd in Nov.
Heather Glen (IRE) 16-1 (10-13) Tracked leaders, ridden before 3 out, kept on from last, 3rd of 17, 4 1/2l behind Forcefield (11-1) at Newcastle 3m hcp hdl 0-95 (5) gd in Nov.
Bolt From The Blue 100-1 (10-12) Always towards rear, 8th of 12, 45l behind Simply Ned (11-4) at Sedgefield 2m 1f NH nov hdl 4-6yo (4) gd in Nov.
Any Given Moment (IRE) 20-1 (10-11) Held up in touch, went 2nd after 6th, ridden before 2 out, kept on and no impression, 6th of 16, 35l behind Solway Silver (9-9) at Kelso 2m 6f hcp hdl 0-100 (5) gs in Oct.
Vittachi 100-1 (10-4) Held up towards rear, weakened before 4 out, 10th of 15, well behind Wyse Hill Teabags (11-6) at Kelso 2m 2f nh nov hdl (4) gs in Mar.
The Dunion 40-1 (9-9) Mid-division, pushed along 5th, soon towards rear, tailed off 3 out, 11th of 14, well behind Arisea (11-0) at Catterick 2m 3f con hcp hdl 0-110 (4) gd in Nov.
Shoal Bay Dreamer 20-1 (9-9) In touch, headway to chase leaders 6th, pushed along in 6th before 3 out, went 2nd 2 out, almost upsides when not fluent last, stayed on and closed on winner flat, always held, 2nd of 16, 3/4l behind Crackerjac Boy (9-7) at Carlisle 2m 4f 4yo Am hcp 0-100 (5) sft in Nov.