prominent, lost place 3rd, reminders after next, not fluent 7th or 9th, given more reminders, rallied after 10th, soon pressing leader, bumped 15th, led after 3 out, steadily drew clear
led, jumped right and bumped 1st, headed 4th, mistake 11th, weakened 3 out, tailed off
prominent, bumped 1st, hit 11th, jumped right and weakened 13th, mistake next, pulled up after 4 out
mid-division, headway 12th, ridden after 14th, chased winner after 3 out, no impression, well held last
held up in rear, ridden 13th, never any chance, plugged on, tailed off
held up, took keen hold, saddle soon slipped forward, headway 2nd, led 4th until before 10th, pulled up before 12th
mid-division on outside until pulled up after 9th
tracked leaders, led approaching 10th, bumped 15th, headed after 3 out, soon weakened, tailed off
Winchester Red and Storymaker look to be on the downgrade but fellow veteran Appleaday is still capable of decent form and can't be ignored, despite a break. Backfromthecongo beat a subsequent winner at Hereford in January and Roi De Rose won at Ffos Las last month, though still didn't look very keen and was helped by some indifferent performances by his three rivals. IT'S LIKE THAT will have needed the run at Uttoxeter last month. He likes it here and it may be worth giving him another chance today as this strip stretches the stamina of Latanier and Carrickmines is far happier over hurdles.
Roi De Rose (FR) 5-2 (11-10) Pressed leader, led after 5th, headed briefly 5 out, ridden after 3 out, stayed on well from next, won at Ffos Las 3m hcp chs 0-120 (4) gd in Mar beating Harouet (11-12) by 7l, 4 ran.
Appleaday (IRE) 7-1 (11-12) Tracked leaders, reminders after 7th, weakened before 4 out, 8th of 14, 47l behind Cootehill (11-12) at Leicester 2m 4f hcp chs 0-120 (4) gd in Dec.
Latanier (FR) 14-1 (10-12) Held up, mistake 2nd, ridden and headway on inside 10th, weakening when hit 4 out, mistake 3 out, tailed off, 6th of 8, well behind Wessex King (11-3) at Ludlow 2m 4f hcp chs 0-135 (3) gd.
It's Like That (IRE) 8-1 (11-9) Held up towards rear, headway 9th, ridden after 4 out, stayed on same pace approaching last, 4th of 9, 13l behind I've Been Framed (10-11) at Uttoxeter 2m 5f hcp chs 0-115 (4) gd in Mar.
Carrickmines (IRE) 13-2 (11-2) Took keen hold in last pair, mistakes 3rd and 16th, headway 16th, not fluent 4 out, every chance when hit 3 out, weakened next, 5th of 6, 34l behind Knighton Combe (11-12) at Ascot 3m hcp chs 0-145 (2) gd.
Winchester Red 100-1 (10-11) In rear, behind 9f out, tailed off, 10th of 14, 47l behind Abergavenny (11-4) at Southwell 2m n h flat (6) std in Feb.
Storymaker 14-1 (11-0) In rear, pecked badly 10th, soon detached, 8th of 9, well behind Vamizi (11-1) at Carlisle 3m hcp chs 0-130 (3) sft in Mar.
Backfromthecongo (IRE) 9-2 (11-12) Tracked leaders, mistake 13th, led next, 3 lengths ahead 3 out, driven out, won at Hereford 3m 1f hcp chs 0-100 (5) sft in Jan beating Guydus (9-7) by 3 1/2l, 5 ran.
Great Hero 10-1 (10-12) Took keen hold, held up in touch, ridden 9th, soon struggling, weakened before 3 out, 4th of 8, 13l behind Satou (10-12) at Towcester 2m 3f nov chs 0-115 (4) gs in Mar.