FINAGHY AYR (NAP) has been competing in tougher handicaps than this and won at Carlisle before going close again over course and distance. He finished in front of Presented last time and Smuggler's Stash was well behind the selection at Carlisle. The latter has since gone close at Catterick while Sharney Sike finally posted an improved effort after sliding down the weights when placed at Newcastle last time. Moorstown won off today’s mark last year but faded badly on his recent comeback.
Finaghy Ayr (IRE) 7-1 (10-10) Towards rear, mistake 9th, soon outpaced, headway from 3 out, kept on to take 2nd place towards finish, no chance with winner, 2nd of 10, 1 1/4l behind Lochnell (11-3) at Ayr 3m hcp (4) hvy in Jan.
Sharney Sike 9-2 (11-4) Led, challenged from 8th, headed before 3 out, soon outpaced, rallied from last, kept on to take 3rd place towards finish, 3rd of 6, 2 3/4l behind Charlie Snow Angel (10-11) at Newcastle 2m hcp (4) sft in Jan.
Presented (IRE) 10-1 (10-0) In touch, pushed along and blundered 10th, mistake 5 out, soon weakened, last of 6, dist behind De Vous A Moi (11-12) at Newcastle 2m 7f hcp (3) sft in Jan.
Purple Harry 11-1 (10-13) Led, ran out 1st, at Wetherby 3m hcp (4) hvy in Jan.
Smuggler's Stash (IRE) 11-2jfav (11-8) Close up, ridden 11th, outpaced before 6 out, kept on from 2 out, stayed on well run-in and just held close home, 2nd of 12, nk behind So Satisfied (11-12) at Catterick 3m 1f hcp (5) hvy in Jan.
Gibbstown (IRE) 10-1 (10-11) Led, joined and disputed from 7th, headed 11th, dropped to 5th before 5 out, ridden into 3rd after 3 out, no impression in 5th before 2 out, kept on one pace, 4th of 9, 12 1/2l behind Cerca Trova (11-4) at Tramore 2m 5f hcp hvy in Jan.
Havana Jack (IRE) 7-2fav (11-6) Led to 4 out, blundered 3 out, badly hampered by loose horse and unseated rider 2 out, at Musselburgh 3m hcp (5) sft in Jan.
Moorstown (IRE) 4-1 (11-12) Chased winner, led briefly 5th, outpaced before 3 out, soon weakened, lost 3rd last, last of 4, dist behind The Last Bridge (11-5) at Market Rasen 3m hcp (5) hvy in Jan.