The step up in distance has brought about a big improvement in SOLSTICE SON. He can race off the same mark as when scoring at Fontwell last Saturday and, if recent exertions don't take their toll, should complete the hat-trick. Mauricetheathlete is in the veteran stage nowadays but often runs well here while Royal Palladium is interesting now tackling handicap company. Cash Injection is high enough in the weights now but consistent enough and may run into a place as several of the others are returning from a break.
Midnight Oscar (IRE) 7-1 (10-6) Chased leaders on inside, lost place before 8th, rallied on inside and jumped left from 3 out, weakened between last 2, 5th of 11, 11l behind Mister Dillon (10-11) at Doncaster 3m hcp hdl 0-140 (3) gs in Dec.
Rich Buddy 10-1 (11-9) Tracked leaders in 4th, pushed along and went 3rd after 3 out, hit 2 out, soon ridden and no chance with leading duo, lost 3rd approaching last, 4th of 9, 4l behind Dreamsoftheatre (11-9) at Kempton 3m hcp hdl 0-120 (4) gd in Nov.
Sandanski (IRE) 50-1 (10-11) Held up in rear, headway on outside 7th, lost place before 10th, behind 13th, pulled up before 4 out, in a race won by Trafalgar (10-12) at Worcester 2m 7f nov hcp chs (0-125) (3) sft in Oct, 11 ran.
Milo Milan (IRE) 11-2 (11-7) Mistakes towards rear, weakened from 6 out, tailed off, pulled up before 2 out, in a race won by The Panama Kid (11-5) at Doncaster 3m hcp chs 0-120 (4) gs in Jan, 8 ran.
Addiction 16-1 (11-4) Held up in rear, under pressure 10th, soon weakened, behind when pulled up after 5 out, in a race won by Samingarry (10-13) at Exeter 3m hcp chs 0-125 (3) gd in Nov, 9 ran.
Mauricetheathlete (IRE) 25-1 (10-11) Tracked leaders, challenged after 2nd, led and bumped next, fell heavily 4th, in a race won by Barton Gift (10-13) at Chepstow 3m cnd hcp chs 0-115 (4) sft, 10 ran.
Royal Palladium (FR) 6-1 (11-3) Tracked leader, challenged before 3 out, ridden before 2 out, kept on and no chance with winner, 2nd of 7, 12l behind Many Stars (11-3) at Huntingdon 3m 2f mdn hdl (4) gs.
Garde Fou (FR) 14-1 (10-10) Always towards rear, 7th of 12, well behind Tullyesker Hill (11-3) at Warwick 3m 1f hcp hdl 0-120 (4) sft in Feb.
Solstice Son Evensfav (11-8) Raced keenly, held up in touch and always going well, headway travelling well on heels of leaders 9th, led just before 3 out, dived at 2 out, 1 length ahead last, edged right under pressure run-in, in command final 150 yards, soon clear, won at Fontwell 3m 3f hcp hdl 0-100 (5) gs beating Marmalade Man (10-11) by 4l, 8 ran.
Cash Injection 5-1 (11-9) Held up in mid-division, headway chasing leaders after 3 out, stayed on to 3rd before last, kept on run in, almost snatched 2nd, no impression on winner, 3rd of 12, 5l behind Warsaw Pact (9-7) at Wincanton 2m 4f hcp hdl 0-100 (5) sft.