held up, towards rear, headway on outside 4 out, 3rd 2 out, stayed on, no impression on winner, closing on 2nd near finish
led, ridden and headed before 2 out, no impression on winner flat, stayed on
tracked leader until 13th, outpaced and no impression from 3 out, went 4th flat
mid-division, hampered 12th, hampered 4 out, led before 2 out, edged left flat, stayed on well, driven out
mid-division, jumped slowly 3rd, headway next, close 3rd when fell 4 out
tracked leaders, on inside, lost place before 7th, well behind 13th, plugged on late, no chance
in touch when mistake 1st, mid-division, not fluent and reminder 4th, behind 9th, tailed off next, soon pulled up
prominent, not fluent 7th, pushed along and lost place after 10th, behind when pulled up after 13th
held up, in rear, mistake 6th, some headway when hampered 4 out, well beaten next, pulled up after
prominent, on outside, not fluent 7th, lost place before next, effort 11th, mistake 13th, soon weakened
held up, in rear, headway 8th, not fluent when 2nd 13th, ridden and outpaced before 2 out, 4th and no extra last
A cracking renewal of this Grade 3 which sees Village Vic attempting to repeat last year’s victory off a 14lb higher mark. Second Tenor Nivernais, an excellent third on his reappearance at Ascot, and third Top Gamble will both fancy their chances of turning the tables on better terms, though Philp Hobbs’ charge excels on this track and has been in good form again this season. However, he only had half-a-length to spare over QUITE BY CHANCE here last month and the latter also met trouble in-running. He might be the value today as Vaniteux hasn’t managed a win here in seven previous visits and Aintree scorer As De Mee may find conditions too quick. Shantou Flyer will enjoy the good ground but hasn’t raced since down the field in the Galway Plate in July.
Top Gamble (IRE) 8-1 (11-10) Tracked leaders, lost place 4th, outpaced in 5th after 4 out, well beaten next, 5th of 8, 24 3/4l behind Fox Norton (11-4) at Cheltenham 2m (1) sft in Nov.
Village Vic (IRE) 6-1jfav (11-12) Led, ridden and headed before 2 out, stayed on gamely, lost 2nd close home, 3rd of 16, 1 1/2l behind Frodon (10-10) at Cheltenham 2m 5f hcp (1) sft in Dec.
Tenor Nivernais (FR) 33-1 (11-7) Chased leader, led 4th, ridden and headed approaching 2 out, chased leader, driven betwwen last two, stayed on and every chance run-in, one pace in 3rd final 100 yards, 3rd of 14, 2 1/4l behind Regal Encore (11-1) at Ascot 3m hcp lst (1) gs in Dec.
Shantou Flyer (IRE) 10-1 (10-9) Tracked leaders, lost place and no extra from last, 9th of 22, 24l behind Lord Scoundrel (10-7) at Galway 2m 7f hcp (1) Yielding in Jul.
Henri Parry Morgan 7-1 (11-7) Tracked leaders, mistake and unseated rider 15th, at Wetherby 3m hcp (1) gs in Dec.
Quite By Chance 20-1 (11-1) Chased leaders, hampered 12th, 6th after 4 out, stayed on from 2 out, went 4th close home, 4th of 16, 2 1/4l behind Frodon (10-10) at Cheltenham 2m 5f hcp (1) sft in Dec.
Shutthefrontdoor (IRE) 16-1 (11-3) Tracked leaders, lost place 17th, soon behind, 7th of 12, dist behind Theatre Guide (11-4) at Cheltenham 3m 2f hcp (1) gd in Dec.
As De Mee (FR) 4-1fav (11-0) Always prominent, left in lead 9th, headed 11th (foinavon), led 2 out, edged left and clear before elbow, stayed on well, won at Aintree 2m 5f hcp (2) gs in Dec beating Seefood (10-11) by 5l, 17 ran.
Solar Impulse (FR) 50-1 (10-13) Held up in rear, 9th after 4 out, well beaten next, 9th of 16, dist behind Frodon (10-10) at Cheltenham 2m 5f hcp (1) sft in Dec.
Thomas Brown 6-1jfav (10-10) Behind, stayed on from 2 out, never any chance, 8th of 16, 29 1/4l behind Frodon (10-10) at Cheltenham 2m 5f hcp (1) sft in Dec.
Thomas Crapper 33-1 (10-3) Held up, towards rear, headway 3 out, chased leaders next, weakened last, 6th of 17, 14 3/4l behind Taquin Du Seuil (11-11) at Cheltenham 2m 4f hcp (1) sft in Nov.
Vaniteux (FR) 5-2fav (11-12) Mid-division on outside, headway before 7th, left close up 3 out, every chance 2 out, hung right and kept on same pace flat, 3rd of 11, 6 1/4l behind Eastlake (11-6) at Cheltenham 2m hcp (2) gs in Dec.
Foxtail Hill (IRE) 6-1fav (10-11) Mid-division, headway after 9th, jumped left and disputing 4th 3 out, stayed on flat but no impression, 5th of 14, 9 1/4l behind Gino Trail (11-6) at Haydock 2m hcp (3) sft in Dec.