BRUNTON BLUE ended last year with a battling victory at Folkestone in November and pulled much too hard under an amateur on his reappearance last month. He'll get stronger handling here and will be better for that run so just edges the vote over Superciliary. Chris Gordon's charge is in good form having followed his victory on this track with a reasonable effort in a better race at Wincanton. Ardmaddy, a maiden winner here in 2010, was having his first start for almost three years when close up in a Huntingdon seller earlier this month and should have come on for that run while Kijivu has been running reasonably well on the Flat.
Ardmaddy (IRE) 7-2 (11-11) Tracked leaders, led when not fluent 3 out, headed before mistake 2 out, one pace flat, 4th of 10, 7l behind King's Road (11-2) at Huntingdon 2m sell hcp hdl 0-95 (5) gs.
Neverownup (IRE) 14-1 (11-5) Led, headed before 3 out, no extra before next, 6th of 10, 14l behind King's Road (11-2) at Huntingdon 2m sell hcp hdl 0-95 (5) gs.
Mount Vesuvius (IRE) 20-1 (10-4) Led and not always fluent jumping, headed approaching 5 out, lost place and no extra next, tailed off, 11th of 14, well behind Thepartysover (11-5) at Thurles 2m hcp hdl 80-102 sft in Feb.
Gaelic Silver (FR) 8-1 (11-12) Led, hit 7th, ridden and not fluent 4 out, soon headed, weakened rapidly and pulled up before next, in a race won by Join The Navy (9-9) at Fontwell 2m 2f hcp chs 0-105 (4) hvy in Dec, 8 ran.
Superciliary 5-2fav (10-8) Tracked leaders, ridden to challenge 2 out, stayed on same pace, 3rd of 11, 10l behind Bright Abbey (11-9) at Wincanton 2m hcp hdl 0-105 (4) gd.
Kijivu 6-1 (11-6) Chased leader, led after 5th, ridden and headed before 2 out, soon weakened, 5th of 7, well behind Uimhir A Seacht (10-10) at Fontwell 2m 2f hcp hdl (3yo+) (5) hvy in Dec.
Peintre Ster (IRE) 40-1 (10-11) Towards rear, ridden 4 out, soon weakened, 8th of 9, well behind Discovery Bay (10-12) at Wetherby 2m 4yo nov stks (4) gd.
Brunton Blue 7-1 (10-4) In touch in 4th,headway to track leaders 4 out, weakened from 2 out, 8th of 9, 36l behind Lauberhorn (11-6) at Huntingdon 2m ldys hcp hdl 0-100 (5) gs in Mar.
Cossack Prince 33-1 (10-11) Tracked leader, pushed along before 3 out, weakened before 2 out, tailed off, 6th of 7, well behind Thundering Home (10-12) at Kempton 2m cond nov hcp hdl 0-100 (5) sft in Nov.
Golden Games (IRE) 6-1 (11-1) Held up towards rear, took keen hold, stayed on under pressure after 3 out, no impression when went 3rd after 2 out, 3rd of 9, 27l behind Allformary (9-7) at Wincanton 2m hcp hdl 0-95 (5) gf in Mar '11.
What's For Tea 25-1 (10-5) With leader, led 3rd, mistake 5th, headed next, weakened after 3 out, tailed off, 9th of 10, 46l behind Royale Knight (11-1) at Plumpton 2m 5f cnd hcp hdl 0-95 (5) sft in Nov.
Onwards'n'upwards 100-1 (10-8) Blundered first, with leader until 5th, tracked leader, weakened after next, 7th of 9, well behind King's Road (11-5) at Fakenham 2m sell hcp hdl 0-95 (5) gs in Feb.
Hawk Gold (IRE) 11-1 (10-2) Always in rear, tailed off 3 out, 7th of 8, well behind Red Rock (11-12) at Plumpton 2m 2f nov hcp hdl 0-95 (5) gs in Apr '12.
Charlies Lady 200-1 (9-13) Not fluent, prominent until 6th, tailed off 8th, soon pulled up, in a race won by Rendl Beach (10-13) at Fontwell 2m 6f mdn hdl (4) gs in Oct, 9 ran.