tracked leaders, closed 7f out, led 3f out, ridden clear inside final furlong, stayed on well
held up in touch in rear, headway on outside 6f out, went 3rd over 1f out, stayed on same pace inside final furlong
held up in touch in rear, ridden and effort over 3f out, one pace and no impression when edged left over 1f out, plugged on inside final furlong
held up in touch, challenged 2f out, no impression on winner final 150 yards, stayed on same pace
held up in touch in rear, stayed alone on inside on downhill run from 5f out, closed 3f out, one pace and no impression from over 1f out
tracked leaders, ridden over 4f out, lost place over 3f out, no impression after
took keen hold, tracked leader, every chance 2f out, beaten over 1f out, weakened inside final furlong
led, headed 3f out, lost place over 1f out, weakened
DEFINITLY RED won a couple of bumpers before finishing a creditable seventh in the Champion Bumper here in March. Steve Gollings' charge may be good enough to defy a penalty and get the better of Aqalim, third in a Grade 2 at Aintree in April. The latter's stablemate Arabic History never threatened Moon Racer when runner-up here last month but Masterplan made a winning start at Worcester recently and stable companion No No Manolito scored over a shorter trip at Newbury on his debut. Winning pointer Birch Hill makes his debut under Rules for the Henderson team and is one to note.
Definitly Red (IRE) 25-1 (11-5) Tracked leader, driven 3f out, lost place over 2f out, no impression from over 1f out, 7th of 22, 9l behind Silver Concorde (11-5) at Cheltenham 2m G1 NH flat (1) gd in Mar.
Always Lion (IRE) 33-1 (11-0) Tracked leaders, challenged 3f out, led narrowly over 1f out, soon ridden, held on under pressure final furlong, won at Worcester 2m NH flat (6) gd in Sep beating Paolozzi (11-7) by 1l, 10 ran.
Aqalim 16-1 (10-12) Tracked leaders in 3rd, ridden before 1f out, hung left inside final furlong, went 3rd last 75 yards, 3rd of 19, 2 3/4l behind Ballybolley (11-4) at Aintree 2m 1f G2 NH flat (1) gs in Apr.
Arabic History (IRE) 7-1 (11-10) Held up, pushed along 5f out, headway 2f out, went 2nd inside final furlong, no chance with winner, 2nd of 12, 12l behind Moon Racer (11-7) at Cheltenham 2m NH flat (4) gs in Oct.
Birch Hill (IRE) 5-2 (11-9) Alw cl up, disp 2out, went on last, row, won at Loughbrickland 3m ire ptp gf in Apr beating Kalanisi Glen (11-9) by 4l, 7 ran.
Horace Hazel 12-1 (10-13) Prominent early, tracked leaders, pushed along 4f out, switched left over 2f out, led over 1f out, edged left inside final furlong, ran on, won at Exeter 2m 1f NH flat (6) gd in May beating Kingscourt Native (11-2) by nk, 15 ran.
Masterplan (IRE) 15-8fav (11-0) Held up in touch in rear, headway over 3f out, ridden and switched left over 1f out, led entering final furlong, pushed out, won at Worcester 2m NH flat (6) sft in Oct beating A Good Skin (11-0) by 3/4l, 6 ran.
Ride On Time (IRE) 25-1 (11-0) Held up in mid-division, pushed along over 4f out, stayed on final 2f, no chance with leaders, 4th of 14, 20l behind Missed Approach (11-0) at Uttoxeter 2m NH flat (6) gs in Oct.
Neatly Put 5-1 (11-6) Chased leaders, 5th halfway, closer in 3rd 6f out, challenged 4f out, led 2f out, ridden and kept on well from over 1f out, won at Thurles 2m NH flat gd beating Midsommarkransen (12-0) by 1 1/4l, 12 ran.
No No Manolito (IRE) 15-2 (10-12) Held up in mid-division, headway over 3f out, led going well over 1f out, quickened clear inside final furlong, easily, won at Fontwell 1m 6f NH flat (6) gd in May beating Puisque Tu Pars (11-5) by 9l, 14 ran.