keen in touch, headway over 3f out, chased leaders over 2f out, weakened final furlong
set steady pace 4f, tracked leaders, switched right to challenge over 1f out, led inside final furlong, stayed on strongly
tracked leaders, led after 4f, pressed well over 3f out, headed over 2f out, weakened
behind, headway over 1f out, ran on into 3rd inside final furlong, never a threat
held up, never dangerous
prominent, sent forward to challenge well over 3f out, led over 2f out, headed well inside final furlong, no extra
Manton Warrior was beaten off today’s mark at Kempton last week having won a lower grade race over track and trip earlier. Conkering Hero scored over a slightly shorter distance here a week ago and is penalised 5lb though the progressive Tavus is preferred to both of the above bidding for a hat-trick having won over today’s trip at Ffos Las. But the latter is upped in class off a higher mark for this and it could pay to stick with EL BORRACHO, raised only 3lb for winning a higher grade contest under today’s apprentice over course and distance three weeks ago.
El Borracho (IRE) 16-1 (9-10) Keen early, in touch in rear, wide and headway 2f out, ridden to lead inside final furlong, pushed out, won at Chelmsford City 1m 6f hcp (4) pol in Aug beating Houlton (10-0) by 1l, 5 ran.
Conkering Hero (IRE) 5-2jfav (9-7) Made all, ridden over 1f out, drew clear inside final furlong, eased towards finish, won at Chelmsford City 1m 5f hcp (5) pol in Sep beating Brittanic (9-6) by 4 1/2l, 5 ran.
Baydar 33-1 (8-9) Very slowly away, soon recovered and close up, went 2nd 10f out, ridden 2f out, kept on same pace, 4th of 5, 2 3/4l behind Distant Chimes (9-7) at Kempton 2m hcp (4) pol in Aug.
Manton Warrior (IRE) 9-4fav (9-0) Pulled hard, chased leaders, ridden and no impression over 1f out, 4th of 5, 5 3/4l behind Trouble Shooter (8-2) at Kempton 2m hcp (4) pol in Sep.
Tigray (USA) 14-1 (9-1) Tracked leaders, outpaced 3f out, ridden over 2f out, kept on same pace, never able to challenge, 4th of 8, 7l behind Moon King (9-2) at Nottingham 1m 6f hcp (5) gd in Jun.
Tavus (IRE) 4-9fav (8-11) Always handily placed, pushed along to lead 2f out, hard ridden over 1f out, stayed on well, won at Ffos Las 1m 6f hcp (5) gd in Aug beating Victoriano (9-5) by 1 1/2l, 7 ran.