disputed lead until tracked leader 4th, lost place 6th, weakened 5 out, tailed off
disputed lead until led 4th, headed after 6th, led again after 3 out, headed before last, not pace of winner
keen in touch, mistakes and not fluent, headway 4 out, weakened after 2 out
chased leaders, not fluent 4 out and 2 out, led before last, ridden clear, easily
chased leaders, slow 1st and soon lost place and in rear, mistake 7th, blundered next, headway 2 out, stayed on into modest 4th after last
behind, outpaced 5 out, headway when blundered 2 out, never on terms
keen, tracked leaders, led after 6th, headed after 3 out, no extra after last
Champagne Noir was bought by Trevor Hemmings after a promising run in a maiden point at Boulta last December. He will be expected to win races but may find one too good here in OVERTHETOP (NAP). Olly Murphy’s charge has already won a point and a bumper and the latter form has been franked – the champion takes over the reins. Order Of Thistle won a Sedgefield bumper at the start of the month but that form hasn’t worked out as well and it’s more than a year since veteran chaser Boric last saw a racecourse. New Frontier is having a first-ever run but represents a combination that gets plenty of winners.
Boric 5-2fav (10-10) Tracked leader, led after 4th, headed before 8th, led again 11th, headed 16th, left in 3rd 2 out, soon weakened, 3rd of 7, 16l behind Brian Boranha (11-6) at Sedgefield 3m 5f hcp (2) gd in Oct.
Champagne Noir (IRE) 3-1 (11-11) Chsd ldrs, 3rd aftr a mile, 4th 5out, cl en 3rd frm aftr 3out, so bef last in 3rd, clsg on 2nd to line, 3rd of 9, 1l behind On The Short List (11-6) at Boulta 3m mdn sft in Dec.
New Frontier (IRE) Sans Frontieres gelding out of Line Jade.
Overthetop (IRE) 3-1jfav (11-2) Held up towards rear, headway chasing leaders 6f out, led on outside over 2f out, soon edged left and joined, stayed on and went clear final 100 yards, won at Warwick 2m (5) gd in Apr beating Induno (11-2) by 2 1/2l, 9 ran.
Skiddaw Tara 6-1 (11-2) Always behind, beaten halfway, 7th of 11, 37 1/2l behind Ebony Jewel (11-2) at Ayr 2m (5) sft in Mar.
Slade Storm (IRE) 80-1 (10-12) Mid-division, took keen hold, stumbled 7th, no impression from 3 out, 5th of 7, 29l behind Mr Muldoon (11-4) at Kelso 2m 5f (4) sft in Oct.
Theflickeringlight (IRE) 14-1 (10-5) Held up in mid-division, closed 5th, weakened after 3 out, 5th of 9, dist behind Kaizer (11-4) at Kelso 2m (4) sft in Oct.
Donald Dux (IRE) 200-1 (11-1) Reared start, held up in last, weakening when mistake 4 out, soon tailed off, last of 4, dist behind Cloudy Glen (11-6) at Carlisle 2m 3f (3) hvy in Mar.
Order Of Thistle (IRE) 7-1 (10-12) In touch, headway 6f out, chased leader 3f out, ridden to lead over 1f out, ran on, won at Sedgefield 2m 1f (5) sft in Oct beating Dalkingstown (11-5) by 2 1/4l, 8 ran.