Backstage Lady showed a big improvement when runner-up at this track three weeks ago and can figure with further progress. Indian Voyage stepped up on his earlier efforts with a second at Hexham last time and should also give a good account though Yippee Kiyay's latest third at Stratford behind Spirit Of Shankly is arguably stronger form and he makes more appeal. However, Donald McCain has a good strike rate here and a chance is taken that December's point-to-point winner GROUSE LODGE is good enough on his debut under Rules.
Grouse Lodge (IRE) 5-2 (12-0) Mostly 3rd until ld 5out, disp from 4out until sl adv bef 2out, jnf bef last where lft clr, so, won at Ballindenisk 3m ire ptp hvy in Dec beating Vintage Kid (12-0) by 6l, 15 ran.
Irish By Name (IRE) Definite Article gelding out of Rosies All The Way.
Logical Approach (IRE) 100-1 (10-12) Held up towards rear, headway 5f out, ridden over 3f out, weakened over 2f out, 8th of 11, 48l behind Scarlet Fire (10-7) at Newcastle 2m NH flat (6) gs in Feb.
Lord Aratan (GER) 40-1 (11-4) Took keen hold towards rear, never on terms, tailed off, 11th of 12, well behind Gonow (10-3) at Sedgefield 2m 1f NH flat (6) gd in Mar.
Willy C 16-1 (11-3) Held up in mid-division, headway 7f out, struggling over 3f out, 11th of 16, 46l behind Midnight Oscar (11-3) at Uttoxeter 2m NH flat (6) gs in Mar.
Yippee Kiyay (IRE) 16-1 (11-4) Mid-division, headway over 3f out, ridden over 1f out, kept on same pace, 3rd of 14, 11l behind Spirit Of Shankly (10-10) at Stratford 2m mdn NH flat (5) gd in Mar.
Indian Voyage (IRE) 12-1 (10-11) Held up mid-division, headway over 6f out, chased winner over 3f out, kept on from over 1f out, held last 100 yards, 2nd of 15, 3l behind Green Flag (11-4) at Hexham 2m mdn NH flat (6) gd in Mar.
Lukie Revoque gelding out of Subtle Blush.
Backstage Lady 40-1 (9-11) Held up in rear and keen, soon led, pressed over 2f out, soon ridden, headed narrowly over 1f out, every chance inside final furlong, kept on and held towards finish, 2nd of 5, 3/4l behind Forward Flight (11-4) at Sedgefield 2m 1f NH flat (6) gf in Mar.