Ministry, a winner over 2m on the Flat at Kempton in September, has never raced on ground anything like as soft as this but hails from a yard going well. Soft going holds no terrors for Dark And Dangerous, who won well at Sandown before finding the company too hot at Newbury. He should go well as should the very consistent Hi Note, though the latter is better suited by further. WEST BRIT landed a Newcastle maiden for Ed Dunlop on heavy ground in August and with his yard amongst the winners this month he's taken to make a winning debut over timber.
Dark And Dangerous (IRE) 9-1 (11-4) Chased winner, ridden before 3 out, lost 2nd before next, soon weakened, 4th and beaten when hit last, 4th of 9, 19l behind Urbain De Sivola (10-12) at Newbury 2m 3yo hdl (3) gs in Nov.
Buxfizz (USA) 11-2 (10-12) Tracked winner, jumped right and mistake 2nd, ridden and lost place 5th, soon behind, tailed off when pulled up before 2 out, in a race won by Alfraamsey (11-2) at Huntingdon 2m 3yo hdl (4) gf in Oct, 9 ran.
Hi Note 9-1 (10-9) Led narrowly after 1st, hard pressed 3 out, driven and headed approaching next, kept on same pace, no chance with winner when lost 2nd flat, 3rd of 8, 13l behind Secret Edge (11-5) at Fontwell 2m 2f 3yo hdl (4) sft.
Knox Overstreet 5-1 (9-5) Slowly into stride, ridden along to lead after 1f, ridden 2f out, headed 1f out, no extra towards finish, 5th of 9, 5l behind Aquilifer (9-9) at Lingfield 7f 3yo hcp 0-65 (6) pol in Jan (flat).
Ministry 11-8fav (9-2) Held up in touch, led well over 3f out, ridden and headed over 1f out, kept on, 2nd of 9, 4 1/2l behind Resplendent Ace (9-9) at Wolverhampton 2m hcp (0-65) (6) pol in Sep (flat).
Obscurity (IRE) 40-1 (10-12) Tracked leaders, ridden over 2f out, weakened over 1f out, 8th of 12, 11l behind Life Of Laughter (10-12) at Huntingdon 1m 6f 3yo nhf (5) gs in Nov.
On Your Max 150-1 (10-12) Always behind, never a factor, tailed off, 10th of 16, well behind The New One (10-12) at Warwick 1m 6f n h flat 3yo (6) gd in Nov.
West Brit (IRE) 9-2 (9-6) Held up, headway and switched left over 2f out, no impression from over 1f out, 4th of 9, 10l behind Pivotman (9-7) at Ffos Las 1m 2f 3yo hcp 0-85 (4) gs in Sep (flat).
Lady Bridget 16-1 (10-2) Chased leaders, weakened soon after 3 out, tailed off, 6th of 7, well behind Educated Son (10-12) at Wincanton 2m 3yo hdl (4) gs.
Pani Ash 20-1 (8-7) Soon towards rear, never a factor, tailed off, 7th of 8, well behind Newby Lodge (9-1) at Kempton 1m 3f app hcp 0-60 (6) pol in Aug (flat).