A very modest opener which won't take much winning, despite the numbers. Realta Mo Croi won at Fontwell in June but hasn't been seen since. Je T'Aime keeps find one too good and needs some help from the handicapper while Sapphire Rouge is still 5lb higher than when scoring at Fontwell in May. Marie Deja La appears to have lost her way and NIKI ROYAL has shown nothing over fences this season. But the top weight is well treated back over timber and, helped by a first-time visor, still has the ability to take a race like this.
Niki Royal (FR) 11-8fav (11-12) Held up in touch, went 3rd before 6 out, ridden and weakened before 3 out, lost 3rd place before last, 4th of 5, well behind Red Rock (11-1) at Fontwell 2m 2f hcp chs 0-105 (4) sft in Oct.
Marie Deja La (FR) 14-1 (10-12) Prominent, not fluent 1st, ridden and weakened after 3 out, 9th of 12, 30l behind The Rattler Obrien (11-4) at Wincanton 2m 6f hcp hdl 0-105 (4) gd in Oct.
Sapphire Rouge (IRE) 9-2 (11-2) Led, pushed along and headed 4 out, weakened after next, 4th of 7, 32l behind Absolute Shambles (10-9) at Fontwell 3m 3f hcp hdl 0-100 (5) gd in Oct.
Possibly Flora 50-1 (10-7) With leader, not fluent 6th, every chance approaching 2 out, weakened before last, 4th of 8, 19l behind Mini Muck (10-10) at Bangor 2m 4f mrs nov hdl (4) sft in Oct.
Je T'aime (IRE) 11-4 (10-8) Led, ridden and headed after 2 out, stayed on same pace after, no impression on winner, 2nd of 5, 3 1/2l behind Me And Ben (10-10) at Cartmel 2m 6f mares NH nov hdl (4) gd in Aug.
Romney Marsh 25-1 (11-8) Mid-division, weakened before 4 out, tailed off, 11th of 14, well behind Hopatina (11-4) at Plumpton 2m 5f hcp hdl 0-100 (5) sft in Oct.
Young Lou 80-1 (9-9) Chased leaders until 4th, well behind 6th, 10th of 14, 30l behind Curzon Line (10-12) at Ludlow 2m nh nov hdl (4) gd in Oct.
Realta Mo Croi (IRE) 4-1fav (10-0) Towards rear, headway before 7th, led before last, kept on well, eased towards finish, won at Fontwell 2m 6f hcp hdl 0-95 (5) gs in Jun beating Band Of Thunder (9-12) by 3 1/2l, 10 ran.
Cruise In Luxury (IRE) 16-1 (10-12) Held up, always towards rear, well beaten 3 out, tailed off, 9th of 14, well behind Master Of The Sea (11-7) at Hereford 2m 4f hcp hdl 0-100 (5) sft in Dec.
Carhue Princess (IRE) 6-1 (9-9) Took keen hold tracking leaders, mistake 5th, went 2nd briefly 4 out, chased leaders, pushed along and weakened 3 out, 5th of 7, 9l behind Upbeat Cobbler (10-10) at Uttoxeter 3m mrs hcp hdl 0-120 (4) sft.
Roseini (IRE) 22-1 (10-4) Held up, not fluent 6th, ridden 4 out, weakened after next, tailed off, 6th of 9, well behind Flicka Williams (11-12) at Bangor 2m 4f hcp hdl 0-100 (5) gd in Sep.
Lansdowne Princess 9-1 (10-2) Held up off the pace in rear, steady headway 14th, went 2nd 16th, travelling well after 4 out, led 2 out, soon drew clear, stayed on well, won at Newton Abbot 3m 2f hcp chs 0-110 (4) gf in Jul '12 beating Inishrush (11-3) by 13l, 9 ran.
Best Bette 20-1 (10-10) In rear, not fluent 3rd, soon ridden and behind, 6th of 8, well behind Brass Monkey (11-5) at Stratford 2m 6f am hcp hdl 0-95 (5) sft in Oct.
Night Of Passion (IRE) 8-1 (10-3) Mid-division, lost place and in rear 5th, 9th of 13, 23l behind Just When (11-7) at Plumpton 2m nov hcp hdl 0-100 (5) sft in Oct.
June French (FR) 18-1 (10-0) Prominent until fell 2nd, in a race won by Lovey Dovey (11-2) at Uttoxeter 2m 4f mrs hcp hdl (0-105) (4) gf in Jul, 15 ran.
Amazingreyce 20-1 (9-10) Held up towards rear, driven after 4 out, never on terms, weakened 2 out, 8th of 10, 41l behind Acapulco Bay (10-3) at Uttoxeter 2m hcp hdl 0-100 (5) gs in May.
Maxi's Lady (IRE) 100-1 (10-9) Tracked leader until after 2nd, lost place 4th, weakened next, soon tailed off, 9th of 11, well behind Joanne One (10-12) at Ffos Las 2m mdn hdl (4) gd in Oct.