chased leaders, mistake and lost place 4th, mistake 9th (valentines), headway before 17th, mistake 18th, losing place when pecked 22nd (bechers 2nd time), well behind 26th
prominent early, chased leaders, blundered 10th, badly hampered and lost place 12th, still 9th and plenty do 3 out, headway before 2 out, disputing 2nd elbow, no impression on winner, 3rd and held final 100 yards, kept on
No Tiger Roll this year but the Gigginstown colours, carried to victory in three of the last four renewals, will still be out in force again. Most of their quintet would have place claims on their best form but history and a proven lack of stamina may count against Jack Kennedy’s choice Farclas and no mare has won this in 70 years, which doesn’t bode well for the chances of Shattered Love. Milan Native may be the pick as he produced a strong staying performance to land the Fulke Walwyn Kim Muir last year. Seven will carry the green and gold of J P McManus last carried to success in 2010. Last month’s Navan winner Any Second Now has been well supported and Anibale Fly runs in the race for the third time having finished fourth in 2018 and fifth in 2019. Canelo has had a good season but, from a handicapping perspective, CLOTH CAP is the one to beat as he’s been raised 14lb since the weights were framed. It could also be argued that he has the best handicap form in the race having turned the Ladbrokes Trophy at Newbury into a procession in November. He then won his prep race at Kelso with the minimum of fuss and is a sound stayer who has never looked like falling in any of his 11 chase starts. He can give owner Trevor Hemmings a fourth win in the great race. Burrows Saint also looks a perfect type for this as he won the Irish Grand National in 2019 with stablemate Acapella Bourgeois, who beat him on worse terms recently at Fairyhouse, third. Magic Of Light was runner-up here in 2019 but has 5lb more to carry this year while the going may not be testing enough for Lord Du Mesnil and Kimberlite Candy’s lack of recent action is off-putting. Discorama also returns from a break but has attracted ante-post support, though Mister Malarky might be best of those likely to start at bigger odds as he ran well at Kempton following wind surgery and was second on the Mildmay course on this day two years ago. Bristol De Mai is the class act but has the weight to match and tends to reserve his best for Haydock.
Bristol De Mai (FR) 9-4fav (11-6) Tracked leading pair on inside, went 2nd before 3 out, 3 lengths down and held from next, weakened run-in, kept on for clear 2nd, 2nd of 6, 9 1/2l behind Native River (11-6) at Sandown 3m (1) hvy in Feb.
Chris's Dream (IRE) 28-1 (11-10) In rear, mistake 6th, last when mistake 8th, soon well behind, pulled up before 12th, at Cheltenham 2m 5f (1) gs in Mar.
Yala Enki (FR) 5-1 (11-0) Led and set strong pace, headed 17th, pushed along and lost 2nd before 3 out, lost 3rd and weakened 3 out, 4th of 6, 30l behind Native River (11-6) at Sandown 3m (1) hvy in Feb.
Ballyoptic (IRE) 14-1 (11-2) Tracked leading pair, outpaced and pushed after 4 out, ridden and weakened before 3 out, beaten jumping 2 out, 7th of 8, 31 1/4l behind Third Wind (11-2) at Haydock 3m (1) sft in Feb.
Definitly Red (IRE) 9-1 (11-2) Chased leader in 2nd, dropped back when ridden and one-paced after 4 out, weakened briefly after mistake 3 out, rallied and stayed on after 2 out, 4th of 5, 12 1/2l behind Cloth Cap (11-2) at Kelso 2m 7f lst (1) gs in Mar.
Lake View Lad (IRE) 6-1 (11-4) Held up towards rear, niggled along after 3 out, never involved, last of 5, 22 1/2l behind Cloth Cap (11-2) at Kelso 2m 7f lst (1) gs in Mar.
Burrows Saint (FR) 9-4 (11-2) Prominent, soon 2nd, on terms before 3 out and jumped slightly right, soon narrowly headed, quickly back on terms, headed after 2 out and slightly impeded, one pace from before last, 2nd of 5, 4 3/4l behind Acapella Bourgeois (11-8) at Fairyhouse 3m 1f (1) Soft - Heavy in Feb.
Magic Of Light (IRE) 11-1 (11-2) Led 2nd until 6th, losing place 10th, struggling 12th, well behind 4 out, 8th of 11, 33 1/2l behind Colreevy (11-7) at Cheltenham 2m 5f (1) gs in Mar.
Acapella Bourgeois (FR) 6-4fav (11-8) Led, joined before 3 out, soon regained narrow lead until joined again straight, back in front after 2 out, stayed on well from before last to quickly assert, won at Fairyhouse 3m 1f (1) Soft - Heavy in Feb beating Burrows Saint (11-2) by 4 3/4l, 5 ran.
Talkischeap (IRE) 40-1 (11-9) Towards rear most of way, ridden before 3 out, never on terms, tailed off, 12th of 17, dist behind Clondaw Castle (11-8) at Kempton 3m hcp (1) gd in Feb.
Tout Est Permis (FR) Evensfav (11-2) Tracked leaders, slight mistake 11th, 3rd when fell 12th, at Down Royal 3m 2f Yielding in Mar.
Anibale Fly (FR) 17-2 (11-2) Waited with towards rear, soon raced in last until closed 6 out, pushed along from 3 out, soon no impression, no extra before 2 out, one pace, last of 5, 18l behind Acapella Bourgeois (11-8) at Fairyhouse 3m 1f (1) Soft - Heavy in Feb.
Mister Malarky 33-1 (11-9) Mostly chased leader, chased new leader from 14th, pushed along before 3 out, lost 2nd before 2 out, plugged on in 3rd, 3rd of 17, 4l behind Clondaw Castle (11-8) at Kempton 3m hcp (1) gd in Feb.
Kimberlite Candy (IRE) 14-1 (11-6) Chased leaders, went 2nd at 13th (bechers) lost 2nd approaching 2 out, 2nd again at the last, no chance with winner, 2nd of 14, 24l behind Vieux Lion Rouge (10-7) at Aintree 3m 2f hcp (1) sft in Dec.
Any Second Now (IRE) 3-1 (11-10) Tracked leader, 2nd halfway, on terms when not fluent 3 out, led travelling well approaching next, pushed along and went clear before last, easily, won at Navan 2m (1) hvy in Mar beating Castlegrace Paddy (11-12) by 10l, 5 ran.
Balko Des Flos (FR) 6-1 (11-4) Towards rear when unseated rider 15th, at Cheltenham 3m 6f (2) gs in Mar.
Alpha Des Obeaux (FR) 22-1 (11-4) Mid-division, headway chasing leaders 21st, plugged on in 4th from 6 out, 4th of 13, 21 3/4l behind Tiger Roll (11-4) at Cheltenham 3m 6f (2) gs in Mar.
Ok Corral (IRE) 33-1 (11-5) Not always fluent, always in rear, well behind 16th, pulled up before 4 out, at Cheltenham 3m 1f hcp (1) sft in Mar.
Takingrisks (IRE) 40-1 (11-2) Chased leaders, went 2nd 14th, joined for 2nd 3 out, dropped to 3rd at the last, went 2nd again run-in, stayed on gamely to lead final 110 yards, soon clear, won at Doncaster 3m hcp lst (1) sft in Jan beating Aye Right (11-7) by 1 1/4l, 11 ran.
Shattered Love (IRE) 6-1 (11-2) Mid-division on outside, not fluent 3rd, headway 5th, went 3rd after 3 out, stayed on from last but unable to challenge front pair, 3rd of 11, 3 1/4l behind Colreevy (11-7) at Cheltenham 2m 5f (1) gs in Mar.
Jett (IRE) 16-1 (11-2) Led, slow jump at 1st and headed, soon led, almost joined at 5th, headed before 8th, ridden in 2nd after 4 out, challenged 3 out, led before 2 out where headed, weakened after 2 out, 6th of 9, 22 1/2l behind Commander Of Fleet (11-2) at Thurles 3m Yielding in Mar.
Lord Du Mesnil (FR) 8-1 (11-9) Made most, not fluent 10th, hit 15th, pushed along before 4 out, pressed 3 out, ridden before last, strongly pressed run-in, always doing enough, won at Haydock 3m 4f hcp (1) sft in Feb beating Achille (10-12) by 1/2l, 9 ran.
Potters Corner (IRE) 22-1 (10-0) Prominent, pushed along and lost place before 6th, well behind 9th, pulled up before 3 out, at Exeter 2m 7f hcp (2) hvy in Feb.
Class Conti (FR) 8-1 (11-10) Held up towards rear, ridden and progress entering straight, 6th 2 out, under pressure in 3rd last, kept on one pace run-in, 4th of 14, 9 1/4l behind Scoir Mear (10-10) at Naas 3m 1f hcp Soft - Heavy in Mar.
Milan Native (IRE) 13-2 (11-3) In rear, not fluent 2nd, slow 3rd, not fluent 5th, ridden after 4 out, never involved, 9th of 16, 19 1/4l behind Vintage Clouds (10-11) at Cheltenham 3m 1f hcp (1) sft in Mar.
Discorama (FR) 15-8fav (11-6) Raced keenly, held up, closed 3rd, led before 7th, headed after 10th, lost place before 3 out, soon weakened, 5th of 6, dist behind Ramses De Teillee (11-5) at Cheltenham 3m 3f hcp (1) sft in Nov.
Vieux Lion Rouge (FR) 18-1 (10-11) Towards rear, mistake 3rd, not fluent 6th, some headway 15th, well beaten before 5 out, 10th of 18, 23 1/2l behind Secret Reprieve (10-1) at Chepstow 3m 7f hcp (1) sft in Jan.
Cloth Cap (IRE) 10-3 (11-2) Made all, led, going easy and quickened clear run to the last, pushed out and extended advantage run-in, impressive, won at Kelso 2m 7f lst (1) gs in Mar beating Aso (10-12) by 7 1/2l, 5 ran.
Cabaret Queen 16-1 (11-2) Soon not going well towards rear, pulled up before 8th, at Cheltenham 2m 5f (1) gs in Mar.
Minellacelebration (IRE) 20-1 (11-12) In touch out wide, pecked 12th, driven along chasing leaders after 4 out, weakened before 2 out, 7th of 11, 16 3/4l behind Double Shuffle (11-2) at Kempton 3m hcp (2) gs in Jan.
Canelo (IRE) 13-8fav (11-6) Held up on inside, improved from 12th, every chance when carried right last, 3rd and beaten flat, 3rd of 7, 7 1/4l behind Red Infantry (10-2) at Doncaster 3m 2f hcp (2) gd in Mar.
The Long Mile 15-2 (11-2) Waited with towards rear, soon raced in 4th, slightly slow 9th and 6 out, pushed along from 3 out, soon no impression, 3rd run-in, kept on without threatening, 3rd of 5, 7 3/4l behind Acapella Bourgeois (11-8) at Fairyhouse 3m 1f (1) Soft - Heavy in Feb.
Give Me A Copper (IRE) 11-1 (11-5) Chased leaders, pushed along and lost place quickly before 12th, tailed off 14th, blundered next, pulled up before 3 out, at Doncaster 3m hcp lst (1) sft in Jan.
Farclas (FR) 5-1 (11-4) Chased leaders, driven after 3 out, went 3rd last, stayed on and went 2nd flat, not able to trouble winner, 2nd of 21, 3l behind The Shunter (10-12) at Cheltenham 2m 5f hcp (1) gs in Mar.
Minella Times (IRE) 15-2 (10-8) Mid-division, progress into 4th after 4 out, ridden to challenge before last, disputed last, every chance closing stages, held close home, 2nd of 22, 1/2l behind Off You Go (10-8) at Leopardstown 2m 5f hcp sft in Feb.
Sub Lieutenant (IRE) 33-1 (11-6) Chased clear leading pair, went 2nd briefly 9th, lost place 15th, rallied and kept on run-in, went modest 4th close home, 4th of 10, 21 1/4l behind Captain Chaos (10-9) at Ascot 3m hcp lst (1) sft in Feb.
Hogan's Height (IRE) 25-1 (11-4) Always towards rear, never on terms, tailed off, 6th of 13, dist behind Tiger Roll (11-4) at Cheltenham 3m 6f (2) gs in Mar.
Double Shuffle (IRE) 14-1 (10-13) Chased leaders out wide, pushed along before 3 out, weakened soon after, 6th of 17, 14 1/4l behind Clondaw Castle (11-8) at Kempton 3m hcp (1) gd in Feb.
Ami Desbois (FR) 7-2 (11-10) Chased winner until 6th, handy 3rd, 2nd again 14th, ridden before next, stayed on same pace, never able to challenge, 2nd of 8, 3 3/4l behind Beau Bay (11-1) at Doncaster 3m hcp (2) gs in Feb.
Blaklion 5-1 (12-3) Held up in touch, ridden to chase leader after 4 out, weakened from 2 out, 4th of 6, 16 3/4l behind Dingo Dollar (11-12) at Newcastle 2m 7f hcp (3) gs in Mar.