mid-division, closed from 7th, ridden 2 out, disputing 3rd and one pace before last, no impression on front pair
tracked leaders, not fluent 9th or 3 out, ridden after 2 out, weakened before last
held up, in rear, not fluent 8th, outpaced after 3 out, well held after, plugged on flat
led until after 6th, lost place before 2 out, soon well beaten
held up, towards rear, closed 8th, 2nd 2 out, led before last, ridden flat, headed final 100 yards, stayed on
held up, in rear, in touch 9th, disputing 3rd and one pace before last, no impression on front pair
tracked leader, led after 6th, ridden and headed before last, led again 100 yards out, stayed on gamely
Rolling Maul won this two years ago but remains 7lb higher and was soon beaten after making much of the running behind CALL TO ORDER here last month. Cheekpieces did the trick for the bottom weight that day and he looks a step ahead of the handicapper, despite a 7lb higher mark. Rainy City is very consistent and unlikely to be far away again while Rocklander was beaten less than a length when chasing a hat-trick at Exeter, though steps into unknown territory over this longer trip. Whataknight and Zeroeshadesofgrey won’t be fazed by a switch back to hurdles but Fingal Bay is beginning to look a light of former days and Spice Fair struggles to get his head in front nowadays.
Fingal Bay (IRE) 8-1 (11-12) In touch in mid-division, headway into 3rd before 7th, ridden and lost 3rd before 2 out, weakened, 6th of 9, 32l behind Arctic Gold (10-11) at Sandown 2m 7f hcp (2) gs in Dec.
Zeroeshadesofgrey (IRE) 4-7fav (11-9) Went slightly left at times, led, ridden and headed before 2 out, no impression on winner before last, 2nd of 5, 9l behind Actinpieces (10-9) at Wetherby 3m (4) sft in Nov.
Meister Eckhart (IRE) 100-1 (11-12) Always in rear, never on terms, 6th of 11, 29 1/4l behind Onefitzall (11-3) at Newbury 2m 5f hcp (2) gs in Nov.
Rolling Maul (IRE) 25-1 (11-5) Jumped slowly, made most until 2 out, no extra last, 8th of 12, 13 3/4l behind Call To Order (10-4) at Cheltenham 3m hcp (2) gd in Dec.
Rocklander (IRE) 7-2jfav (11-12) Tracked leaders, went 2nd and every chance 2 out, held last, driven and kept on same pace run-in, 2nd of 11, 3/4l behind Trans Express (10-5) at Exeter 2m 3f hcp (3) sft in Dec.
Spice Fair 5-1 (11-12) Raced keenly, tracked leaders, outpaced approaching 4 out, plugged on from 2 out, went well held 4th before last, 4th of 8, 8l behind Jaleo (11-12) at Lingfield 2m 3f hcp (3) gs in Dec.
Cogry 8-1 (10-3) Mid-division, fell 15th, at Cheltenham 3m 2f hcp (1) gd in Dec.
Will O'The West (IRE) 8-1 (10-7) Mid-division, outpaced 3 out, weakened from next, 9th of 13, dist behind Anteros (10-2) at Cheltenham 3m 1f hcp lst (1) sft in Nov.
Whataknight 1-5fav (11-4) Jumped left, not always fluent, tracked leaders, led before 11th, clear from 14th, easily, won at Hereford 3m 1f (4) gd in Oct beating Sage Monkey (11-4) by dist, 4 ran.
Rainy City (IRE) 7-1 (10-12) Held up in mid-division, lost place and dropped towards rear approaching 7th, renewed effort tracking leaders 3 out, 3rd traveling ok before 2 out, ridden and one pace between last 2, 3rd of 9, 4l behind Arctic Gold (10-11) at Sandown 2m 7f hcp (2) gs in Dec.
Morning Herald 16-1 (11-12) Chased leaders on outside, ridden after 3 out, weakened before next, 10th of 12, 32 1/4l behind Kalondra (11-12) at Ascot 2m 6f hcp (3) gs in Dec.
Call To Order 11-2 (10-4) Tracked leaders, not fluent 3rd, jumped right 4 out and went 2nd 3 out, led 2 out, edged left before last, wandered flat, driven clear towards finish, won at Cheltenham 3m hcp (2) gd in Dec beating For Good Measure (11-5) by 3 3/4l, 12 ran.