Shadows Lengthen beat previous winner A Bridge Too Far at Wetherby last month but Mick Easterby's charge may be worth opposing here under a penalty and on a faster surface. Preference is for BRIDLINGTONBYGONES, who was only three lengths behind subsequent winner Skint when fourth at Musselburgh last time and has further scope for improvement over timber. Scriptwriter usually takes on better opposition than this but is now a nine-year-old and still awaiting a first win after 10 attempts while Alpha One probably need to step up again on his second at Newcastle to land this.
Shadows Lengthen 11-2 (10-10) Held up mid-division on inner, headway before 3 out, challenged on bit after 2 out, soon led, drew clear from last, won at Catterick 2m 3f nh nov hdl (4) gs in Feb beating A Bridge Too Far (11-10) by 8l, 16 ran.
Alpha One (IRE) 50-1 (11-1) Tracked leaders, hit 1st, challenged 3 out, chased winner approaching next, ridden before last, kept on, 2nd of 9, 2 1/2l behind Jukebox Melody (11-1) at Newcastle 2m nov hdl (4) sft.
Bridlingtonbygones (IRE) 12-1 (11-2) Held up in rear and keen, hit 5th, weakened before 3 out, 4th of 6, 22l behind Wyse Hill Teabags (11-2) at Musselburgh 2m 4f nh nov hdl (3) gs in Feb.
Gin Cobbler 66-1 (11-2) Tracked leaders and keen, jumped right 2nd, every chance from 3 out, weakened after last, 7th of 16, 10l behind Bogside (11-2) at Kelso 2m nh nov hdl (4) sft in Feb.
Old Style (IRE) 7-1 (11-3) Held up towards rear, blundered 4th, headway after 4 out, in 3rd and held when blundered 3 out, kept on same pace, 3rd of 9, 18l behind River Dragon (11-3) at Wetherby 2m 4f nh nov hdl (4) sft in Feb.
Scriptwriter (IRE) 33-1 (11-2) Held up towards rear, reminders after 6th, weakened before next, tailed off, 5th of 9, 46l behind Peddlers Cross (11-10) at Kelso 2m 2f hdl (2) sft in Feb.
The Bravetraveller (IRE) 40-1 (10-13) Held up towards rear, weakened from 5th, tailed off, 7th of 12, well behind Armedanddangerous (11-2) at Carlisle 2m 4f nov hdl (4) sft.
Cool Water 100-1 (10-12) Held up in rear, never dangerous, 12th of 14, well behind Kykate (10-9) at Catterick 2m mrs nov hdl (4) gd.
Glasson Lad (IRE) 100-1 (10-7) Held up, always in rear, well behind over 3f out, tailed off, 10th of 12, 49l behind Oscara Dara (11-6) at Southwell 2m n h flat (6) std in Dec.