took keen hold, tracked leaders, challenged 4th, led next, not fluent 9th, mistake last, headed flat, no impression towards finish
led until 4th, stayed handy, every chance 2 out, 3rd and beaten from last, stayed on same pace
mid-division, headway on outside 8th, pushed along after 3 out, weakened after next
mid-division, not much room 8th, headway on inside before 3 out, weakened before last
tracked leaders, slow and reminder 2nd, slow 8th, lost place 4 out, weakened after next
held up towards rear, not fluent 8th, closed after next, went 2nd before last, led flat, stayed on well
not always fluent, prominent, lost place 7th, mistake and struggling 4 out, soon behind
held up towards rear, not fluent 4th, hit 7th, well beaten from 4 out
held up in rear, not fluent 7th, well beaten from 4 out
held up, headway 5th, ridden before 2 out, 4th and no extra last
A tricky opener with several arriving in decent form, though Gone Platinum’s victory at Ffos Las last week came over hurdles. Air De Rock finally got off the mark at Huntingdon but has been done no favours by an 11lb rise. INAMINNA has only gone up 5lb for winning at Chepstow and Harry Reed’s claim takes care of a chunk of that so Neil Mulholland’s improver can score again. Barton Knoll has been well beaten since springing a surprise at Doncaster but Court Duty remains unexposed over the larger obstacles and the switch to fences might suit Quiz Master.
Barton Knoll 7-2 (11-6) Jumped left, led 1st, headed before 10th, no impression on winner from 4 out, lost 2nd last, 3rd of 7, 15l behind Tanarpino (11-6) at Uttoxeter 2m 4f hcp (3) gd in Mar.
Air De Rock (FR) 2-1fav (11-8) Tracked leaders, led 2 out, stayed on, drawing clear final 50 yards, won at Huntingdon 2m 4f hcp (4) gd in Feb beating Sackett (11-9) by 5l, 8 ran.
Holryale (IRE) 25-1 (11-7) Held up in touch, mistake 5th, outpaced after 5 out, left behind from next, tailed off when pulled up 2 out, at Newbury 2m hcp (3) gs in Mar.
Inaminna (IRE) 9-4fav (11-5) Held up towards rear, steady headway 9th, travelling well in 4th before 5 out, not clear run and switched right before 2 out, went 2nd 2 out, upsides and hit last, led run-in, gamely, won at Chepstow 2m 3f hcp (4) gs in Mar beating Keep Moving (11-5) by 3l, 10 ran.
Quiz Master (IRE) 5-1 (11-11) Jumped left on occasions, mid-division, chased leaders 10th, lost place 12th, soon behind, tailed off when pulled up before 3 out, at Taunton 2m 7f hcp (4) gd in Feb.
Gone Platinum (IRE) 11-1 (11-12) Held up behind, headway after 4 out, led 2 out, ridden clear after last, edged left, kept on, won at Ffos Las 2m 4f hcp (4) sft in Apr beating Sizing At Midnight (11-5) by 3 1/4l, 15 ran.
Overworkdunderpaid (IRE) 12-1 (11-0) Handy on inside, lost 2nd after 3 out, 3rd and beaten next, no extra approaching last, 3rd of 7, 15l behind Kings Monarch (11-5) at Hereford 2m 5f hcp (4) gs in Mar.
Ninth Wave (IRE) 5-1 (11-10) Chased leader, ridden before 2 out, soon weakened, 6th of 9, 24 3/4l behind Darlyn (11-3) at Southwell 2m hcp (4) sft in Mar.
Dark Invader (FR) 6-1 (11-12) Held up towards rear, outpaced 4 out, modest effort before 3 out, no impression, 5th of 7, 13 1/4l behind Nikki Steel (12-3) at Market Rasen 2m 1f hcp (4) gd in Mar.
Court Duty (IRE) 7-1 (11-12) Held up, headway after 5th, 3rd 3 out, ridden and beaten from 2 out, no extra flat, 3rd of 9, 13 3/4l behind Cuddles Mcgraw (11-12) at Warwick 2m 4f hcp (4) sft in Nov.
Jaisalmer (IRE) 7-1 (10-12) Tracked leader, driven after 5 out, soon ridden, lost place before next, no chance with rival pair from 3 out, left modest 2nd 2 out, 2nd of 3, dist behind Kayf Blanco (11-5) at Ludlow 2m 4f hcp (3) gd in Feb.