tracked leaders, went 2nd after 3 out, led after 2 out, driven and headed when jumped right last, held final 120 yards
tracked winner until after 3 out, shaken up when not much room 2 out, soon switched right, ridden and beaten before last, weakened flat
jumped slightly left at times, led until after 2 out, driven to lead again last, stayed on, in command final 120 yards
Midnight Shadow was only beaten a head in a Listed race on a similar surface at Haydock two weeks ago but he does have to give 6lb to MONT DES AVALOIRS, who would have been a wide-margin winner on his hurdling debut at Wincanton had he not tipped up at the last. The latter looks a nice prospect so gets the nod as though The Last Day won easily at Chepstow, that form has yet to be franked.
Midnight Shadow 4-1 (11-0) Tracked leading pair, mistake 4 out, effort on inside when hit 2 out, soon ridden, upsides last, led narrowly flat, kept on, headed towards finish, 2nd of 7, nk behind Delire D'estruval (11-0) at Haydock 2m lst (1) hvy in Nov.
The Last Day (IRE) 15-8fav (11-5) Tracked leader, led 4 out, clear before last, easily, won at Chepstow 2m mdn (4) sft in Nov beating Mahlermade (11-5) by 5l, 14 ran.
Mont Des Avaloirs (FR) 10-11fav (10-12) Prominent, not fluent 1st, led before next, fell last, at Wincanton 1m 7f (3) sft in Nov.