Some real old stagers and the fact that there is just 2lb between top and bottomweight shows you how close it is. BIDRUMA was rated 64 by the assessor in July and while one couldn't be completely confident given that she has dropped a stone in the ratings since, there is at least the consolation of a very decent draw tonight. Alana Banana produced a better effort last month though that isn't saying a great deal. Francis Albert has been ridden by this claimer on a number of his recent starts though regrettably without success. Mind The Monarch may have needed the run whilst Jonny Ebeneezer and Bluebok are regrettably lights of their former self.
Bidruma 15-2 (9-0) Led, ridden and headed over 1f out, no extra well inside final furlong, 7th of 12, 5l behind Ajara (9-1) at Wolverhampton 6f stks 0-55 (6) pol in Oct.
Alana Banana (IRE) 9-1 (9-0) Held up in rear, ridden and ran on inside final furlong, nearest finish, 4th of 7, 2l behind Duke Of Rainford (9-0) at Kempton 5f hcp 0-50 (7) pol in Oct.
Flow Chart (IRE) 66-1 (9-4) Mid-division, ridden 2f out, soon wekened, 11th of 12, 13l behind Towy Boy (8-12) at Wolverhampton 5f hcp 0-60 (6) pol in Sep.
Mind The Monarch 40-1 (8-11) Mid-division on outside, pushed along halfway, soon beaten, hung right over 2f out, 11th of 12, 18l behind Taurakina (9-2) at Kempton 7f hcp (6) pol.
Suhayl Star (IRE) 16-1 (9-0) Close up on inside, ridden over 1f out, weakened entering final furlong, 10th of 12, 9l behind Bold Ring (8-5) at Lingfield 6f hcp (6) pol in Oct.
Jonny Ebeneezer 33-1 (9-1) Prominent, ridden to challenge 2f out, weakened final furlong, 11th of 12, 12l behind Bold Ring (8-5) at Lingfield 6f hcp (6) pol in Oct.
Francis Albert 14-1 (8-10) Pulled hard, led, ridden and headed entering final furlong, rider dropped whip, soon weakened, 5th of 12, 4 1/2l behind Cloth Ears (8-7) at Wolverhampton 5f mdn stks (5) pol in Oct.
Gleaming Spirit (IRE) 40-1 (8-8) Disputed lead until halfway, soon weakened, last of 9, 25l behind Bertie Southstreet (9-6) at Yarmouth 5f hcp 0-65 (6) gf in Jul.
Barraland 50-1 (8-5) Led, ridden and headed over 2f out, weakened final furlong, last of 8, 19l behind Matsunosuke (9-3) at Wolverhampton 6f clm stks (6) pol.
Bluebok 12-1 (8-13) Soon led, ridden and headed over 1f out, stayed on same pace, 3rd of 7, 1 3/4l behind Duke Of Rainford (9-0) at Kempton 5f hcp 0-50 (7) pol in Oct.
Miss Polly Plum 20-1 (8-8) Led and keen, headed 3f out, weakened over 1f out, 8th of 16, 6l behind Sharp Shoes (8-12) at Nottingham 5f hcp 0-55 (6) hvy.
True Red (IRE) 40-1 (8-9) Went left start, soon led, headed and bumped well over 1f out, weakened inside final furlong, 7th of 10, 6l behind Doc Hay (9-3) at Wolverhampton 5f mdn stks (5) pol in Oct.