A decent turnout with THE MAD ROBERTSON taken to deliver the required improvement stepping up to 2m4f for the first time. He's been brought along patiently by Jonjo O'Neill and has always looked sure to profit from the additional distance. Maurice Linehan takes off a useful 6lb to boost his claims further. Lucky Lukey, with Adam Wedge booked, enjoyed a fine season last term which saw his rating rocket but he remains very much of interest and the market should reflect expectations on this first run after a break. Shallow Bay has place claims but recent Hereford scorer, Another Kate, is a better shortlist option with trip and ground in her favour.
An Capall Mor (IRE) 4-1fav (11-12) Led until 4th, ridden approaching 7th, weakened before 3 out, tailed off, 8th of 14, well behind Small Fly (11-7) at Uttoxeter 2m 4f hcp hdl 0-115 (4) gd.
Another Kate (IRE) 10-3 (10-10) Raced keenly, led, headed approaching last, soon rallied, ran on gamely to lead towards finish, won at Hereford 2m 4f mrs hcp hdl 0-115 (4) gd in Jun beating First Beauty (11-7) by 3/4l, 9 ran.
Shallow Bay 5-2fav (10-12) Held up in last pair, plugged on before 2 out, went modest 3rd before last, 3rd of 8, 14l behind Meganisi (10-12) at Wincanton 2m nh nov hdl (4) hvy in May.
Halucha (IRE) 8-1 (11-7) With leader, led after 5th, headed next, led again after 3 out, ridden and headed before last, kept on towards finish, 3rd of 6, 3/4l behind King Mak (11-6) at Market Rasen 2m 5f hcp hdl 0-105 (4) gd in Jun.
King Mak 11-2 (11-1) Led, not fluent 4th, ridden 7th, headed approaching 2 out, soon weakened, last of 5, 17l behind Dirty Bertie (11-2) at Market Rasen 2m 5f hcp hdl 0-110 (4) sft.
Short Takes (USA) 7-1 (11-0) Led, headed 3out, weakened flat, 5th of 10, 44l behind Countrywide Flame (11-5) at Cartmel 2m 1f 3yo hdl (4) sft in Aug.
The Mad Robertson (IRE) 5-1 (11-0) Tracked leaders on inside, effort 3 out, chased leading pair before next, driven and kept on same pace approaching last, no impression, 3rd of 17, 8l behind Brick Red (11-0) at Uttoxeter 2m mdn hdl (5) sft in May.
Lucky Lukey 11-4fav (10-3) Held up towards rear, headway before 3 out, chased winner last, stayed on towards finish, 2nd of 13, 1/2l behind Mighty Monty (10-9) at Uttoxeter 2m 4f hcp hdl 0-115 (4) gs in Nov.
Parc Des Princes (USA) 13-2 (11-0) Towards rear, headway 3 out, mistake 2 out, soon weakened, 7th of 11, 16l behind Solaras Exhibition (11-10) at Sedgefield 2m 1f hcp hdl 0-115 (4) gf in May.
The Fox's Decree 16-1 (11-8) Always behind, 7th of 12, 15l behind Sunny Spells (11-7) at Stratford 2m 6f hcp hdl 0-100 (5) gs.
Captain Sully (IRE) 25-1 (11-10) Held up towards rear, headway approaching 3 out, chasing leaders when fell on flat after 3 out, in a race won by Cresswell Bramble (11-9) at Stratford 2m 3f hcp hdl 0-95 (5) gd in Jun, 15 ran.
Forever My Friend (IRE) 6-1 (11-3) Mid-division, headway after 8th, soon chasing leaders, led 2 out, soon headed, blundered and good recovery last, no extra, 3rd of 12, 12l behind Benmadigan (11-0) at Southwell 3m hcp hdl 0-95 (5) gd.