WHIPCRACKAWAY, a winner three times on the Flat, can only improve on his debut fourth at Newton Abbot over timber. That wasn't a bad contest and Peter Hedger's charge gets the vote here ahead of the more exposed Fine Resolve. Feb Thirtyfirst has twice finished second over C&D and is improving with experience. He has the beating of the mare Annaluna on the form book and looks a bigger danger than debutant Chankillo.
Ballyheigue (IRE) 12-1 (10-9) Led, wandered at flights in early stages, ridden and headed 3 out, weakened before next, 5th of 9, 25l behind Juno The Muffinman (10-12) at Plumpton 2m 3yo hdl (4) gf in Sep.
Chankillo 16-1 (8-11) Held up, took keen hold, saddle soon slipped, behind final 4f, 12th of 13, 36l behind Authentication (8-6) at Catterick 1m 6f 3yo hcp 0-65 (6) gf in Sep (flat).
Feb Thirtyfirst 8-1 (10-9) Badly hampered 1st, prominent, every chance 2 out, stayed on, held by winner, 2nd of 12, 3l behind King's Wharf (11-5) at Fontwell 2m 2f 3yo hdl (4) gd in Sep.
Fine Resolve 15-8 (10-12) Jumped left, led 1st, blundered 5th, ridden and headed well before 2 out, chased leader until before last, stayed on same pace flat, 3rd of 6, 2 1/2l behind Bajan Hero (10-12) at Newton Abbot 2m 1f 3yo mdn hdl (4) gd in Aug.
Redclue (IRE) 150-1 (10-12) Not fluent, in rear 2nd, behind 6th, tailed off, 6th of 8, 39l behind Hilali (11-5) at Stratford 2m 3yo hdl (4) gs in Aug.
Southfork 3-1fav (10-12) Led early, headed from 3rd, remained prominent, kept on same pace under pressure from last, 3rd of 9, 3 1/2l behind Mr Lando (10-12) at Tramore 2m 3yo mdn hdl hvy in Aug.
Whipcrackaway (IRE) 7-1 (10-12) Mid-division on outside, not fluent, headway approaching 5th, mistake when weakening 2 out, hampered last, 4th of 9, 16l behind Hilali (10-12) at Newton Abbot 2m 1f 3yo hdl (3) gd in Aug.
Annaluna (IRE) 3-1 (10-7) Mid-division, mistakes 3rd and 4th, last after next, headway when not fluent 3 out, went 3rd when jumped right and mistake last, stayed on same pace, 3rd of 8, 5l behind Spanish Fork (11-0) at Stratford 2m 3yo mdn hdl (4) gs in Sep.