prominent, pushed along after 3 out, led before next, headed approaching last, stayed on one pace flat, no extra towards finish
soon held up in touch, ridden after 3 out, challenged after next, led before last, stayed on well
prominent, ridden and lost place before 2 out
led, headed before not fluent 2 out, soon weakened, tailed off
mid-division, closed 3rd, outpaced 7th, well beaten from next, tailed off
chased leaders on outside, lost place before 6th, well beaten 3 out, tailed off
towards rear, not fluent 4th, not fluent and behind from 7th
held up towards rear, headway from 6th, not fluent next, challenging when awkward 2 out, held by winner flat, kept on
chased leaders, not fluent 7th, ridden before 2 out, 4th and beaten before not fluent last
always in rear, tailed off
held up, not much room 1st, reminder after next, behind from 7th, tailed off
Champagne Court has struggled since winning over hurdles at Lingfield in November though is still weighted to beat Hill Sixteen. The latter found a higher rated hurdler too good at Sedgefield last time but should have the measure of The Big Galloper. Lily's Gem has won a bumper here and goes hurdling for the first time along with point-to-point third Murphy's Law and also VIS A VIS. A decent handicapper on the Flat, the latter has been gelded since finishing a creditable fourth in the Cesarewitch at Newmarket in October and Richard Johnson’s presence suggests he can go close on his hurdling debut.
Champagne Court (IRE) 12-1 (11-0) Tracked leaders on outside, outpaced 3 out, soon weakened, 5th of 6, 15 3/4l behind Beakstown (11-0) at Warwick 2m 5f (1) gd in Jan.
Hill Sixteen 2-1 (11-5) Raced keenly, tracked leaders, not fluent 4th, led after 3 out until ridden 2 out, kept on same pace, no chance with winner, 2nd of 9, 15l behind Windsor Avenue (11-11) at Sedgefield 2m 4f (4) gs in Jan.
Murphy's Law (IRE) 5-1 (11-11) Trkd ldr in 2nd, keen, ld brfly bef 4out, cl 2nd frm 4out untl 3rd bef 2out, 7l 3rd & no impr bef last, kow, 3rd of 9, 5 3/4l behind Shan Blue (11-11) at Turtulla 3m mdn gd in Nov.
Peak Time 200-1 (11-5) Took keen hold, led until after 1st, mostly chased leader after, mistake 3rd, went left 5th, every chance when bumped 3 out, outpaced soon after, 4th and no impression when mistake 2 out, 4th of 9, 34l behind Windsor Avenue (11-11) at Sedgefield 2m 4f (4) gs in Jan.
Pleney 40-1 (10-12) Always towards rear, 7th of 12, 22 3/4l behind Captain Zebo (10-12) at Wetherby 2m 4f (4) gd in Nov.
The Big Galloper (IRE) 16-1 (11-5) Mid-division, chased leaders 2 out (usual 3 out), kept on same pace, no impression, 5th of 12, 10 3/4l behind Doctor Dex (11-5) at Wetherby 2m mdn (4) gd in Jan.
The Boo Box (IRE) 40-1 (11-0) Pressed leader to over 3f out, soon ridden and lost place, weakened final furlong, 7th of 14, 23l behind Corrieben Reiver (11-0) at Newcastle 2m (5) gs in Dec.
Vis A Vis 10-1 (8-9) In touch main group, headway over 5f out, disputed lead over 4f out, ridden over 3f out, lost place over 2f out, no impression in 4th final furlong, 4th of 33, 4 3/4l behind Low Sun (9-2) at Newmarket 2m 2f hcp stks (2) gf in Oct.
Lily's Gem (IRE) 13-8fav (11-5) Took keen hold tracking leaders, went 2nd over 3f out until 2f out, ridden and weakened over 1f out, 6th of 10, 5 1/2l behind Curramore (11-12) at Ayr 2m (5) sft in Jan.
Retrace (FR) 40-1 (11-0) Towards rear, headway approaching 3 out, ridden and no impression from next, 5th of 10, 21 1/4l behind Derriana Spirit (11-6) at Newcastle 2m 5f (4) gs in Jan.
Try It You (IRE) 12-1 (11-6) Alw rr, detd 5th, to 1/2way & pu 8th, at Largy 3m mdn Yielding in Apr.