held up, effort approaching 3 out, never dangerous
held up, headway after 3 out, chased winner approaching last, no impression
in touch, ridden, outpaced from 3 out, kept on approaching last
made all, clear from 2 out
chased winner, ridden 4 out, weakened approaching 3 out
held up towards rear, outpaced after 3 out, no impression from next
chased leaders, ridden to chase winner approaching 3 out, not fluent next, one pace
always towards rear, weakened approaching 3 out
held up mid-division, kept on from 2 out, no impression
Sculastic looks the one to be on here, despite the big weight, Spare Me and Panzer could be the main dangers. Howard Johnson's runners are in good form at present and Sculastic made a very promising return to the track. It was over course and distance where he finished strongly to get with four lengths of Insurgent. He should certainly come on for the run and is certain to go close. Spare Me is also from a yard amongst the winners and although he disappointed on his only hurdles run, he showed plenty of promise in bumpers and could run into a place at decent odds. Panzer has earned a rating of 101 and could now be ready to run well following two recent spins. Dundock showed promise on his return and is another to consider for the places, however our idea of the winner is Sculastic.
Sculastic 11-2 (10-13) Held up, ridden 3 out, staying on when mistake next, not reach leaders, 3rd of 10, 3l behind Insurgent (9-11) at Carlisle 2m 1f cnd hcp hdl 0-115 (4) gd in Oct.
Categorical 25-1 (11-5) Held up, ridden and headway 4 out, weakened from last, 6th of 16, 13l behind Hue (11-4) at Carlisle 2m 1f hcp hdl 0-115 (4) gd.
Spare Me 10-1 (10-12) Prominent, ridden and weakened approaching 2 out, 8th of 12, 41l behind Idarah (10-12) at Hexham 2m 4yo nov hdl (4) sft in Apr.
Remainder 80-1 (11-0) Close up, led 4th to flat, no extra towards finish, 4th of 16, 4 1/2l behind Jass (11-0) at Kelso 2m nh mdn hdl (4) gd in Oct.
Panzer (GER) 13-2 (10-4) Held up in touch, chased leaders approaching 4th, ridden approaching 3 out, soon weakened, last of 9, 17l behind Heavenly Chorus (9-9) at Carlisle 2m 1f hcp hdl 0-125 (3) gd in Oct.
Dundock 16-1 (11-2) Towards rear, headway halfway, outpaced from 4 out, ridden and kept on one pace from 2 out, 4th of 16, 10l behind Or de Grugy (11-2) at Perth 2m 4f mdn hdl (4) gd in May.
Sporting Rebel (IRE) 4-1 (10-9) Chased leader, hampered 4th, lost touch 8th, soon weakened, no chance when pulled up 3 out in race won by The Big Canadian (11-0) at Wincanton 2m 6f nov hdl (4) gf in May, 8 ran.
Topwell 12-1 (11-6) Behind, reminders approaching 5th, headway 7th, ridden 3 out, weakened approaching last, 4th of 15, 11l behind Il Penseroso (11-3) at Uttoxeter 2m nov hcp hdl 0-95 (5) gd in Sept '06.
Greenock 20-1 (10-9) Held up, weakened approaching 4 out, 9th of 10, well behind Skippers Brig (11-5) at Haydock 2m 4f nov hdl (4) hvy in Dec.
Emperor's Monarch 13-2 (10-1) Held up mid-division, ridden approach 5th, soon lost place, 8th of 9, 28l behind Southern Bazaar (9-8) at Cartmel 3m 2f cnd hcp hdl 0-110 (4) gd in May.