mid-division, headway 7th, effort 4 out, soon weakened
mid-division, headway 6th, weakened before 4 out, pulled up before 3 out
chased leaders until weakened after 7th
made most, not always fluent, reminders after 4th, ridden and headed 2 out, led last, ran on
hit 1st, mid-division, headway after 7th, soon ridden, one pace from 3 out
pulled hard in mid-division, headway 4th, ridden and weakening when not fluent 4 out, stumbled and unseated rider next
mid-division, ridden approaching 4 out, headway 3 out, stayed on, not reached leaders
refused to race, took no part
in touch until weakened after 7th
held up towards rear, headway after 7th, led 2 out, ridden and headed last, no extra
always towards rear
held up towards rear, headway 5th, ridden after 4 out, went 3rd approaching last, stayed on
in touch until 7th, soon tailed off
chased leaders, went 2nd after 7th, ridden after 4 out, one pace from next
always behind, tailed off and pulled up before 4 out
This is a distinctly moderate contest and what can only be a tentative vote goes to Purr, who gets the verdict over Caislean Na Deirge and Ruling Reef. The last mentioned has run well on the flat of late and back over hurdles again at Newton Abbot last month but an 8lb rise for that effort looks harsh and she may be best watched. Paradise Expected is capable but has been well held in recent starts and of more interest may be That's For Sure, who found only Nick's Choice too good in a similar contest over course and distance last time. Caislean Na Deirge reverts to hurdles today off a fair mark, having been running creditably over fences and has to be considered but preference is for Purr. Paul Howling's gelding sprung a surprise when successful at Fakenham last month but at least he has recent winning form and, with ground conditions again to suit, he may be worth chancing again here.
Caislean Na Deirge (IRE) 7-1 (11-9) Behind, headway 13th, weakened 3 out, 4th of 8, 16l behind Standandbecounted (9-7) at Huntingdon 3m hcp 0-100 (4) gd in Mar.
Kimono Royal (FR) 16-1 (10-11) Mid-division, headway approaching 4th, ridden next, weakened 3 out, tailed off when pulled up 2 out in race won by Felinious (11-8) at Towcester 2m hcp hdl 0-100 (4) gd in Oct, 15 ran.
Sesaro Express (IRE) 11-1 (11-4) Prominent, left in lead briefly approaching 7th, weakened approaching 3 out, 9th of 15, 30l behind Scott's Mill (10-13) at Carlisle 3m 1f amt hcp hdl (5) gd in Nov.
Running Lord (IRE) 50-1 (11-9) Chased leaders until weakened after 9th, tailed off, 8th of 15, well behind Our Jim (11-3) at Hereford 3m 2f nov hcp hdl 0-95 (5) gd in Feb.
Ruling Reef 13-2 (10-8) Led, ridden after 3 out, headed last, no extra, 2nd of 6, 1/2l behind Monash Lad (10-11) at N Abbot 2m 3f amt sll hdl (5) gs in Mar.
Hidden Talents (IRE) 33-1 (11-7) Mid-division, not fluent 5th, headway 8th, joined leader 10th, every chance when mistake 4 out, soon ridden, weakened 2 out, 4th of 12, 19l behind Arceye (10-13) at Chepstow 2m 3f sll hcp chs 0-90 (5) sft in Mar.
Sorvino (IRE) 9-1 (9-9) Tracked leaders in 4th, 5th and ridden 3 out, no impression from next, 5th of 13, 20l behind Baron De Feypo (10-10) at Naas 2m 3f hcp hdl hvy in Jan '05.
Dunkerron 66-1 (10-7) Tailed off from 2nd, 13th of 18, well behind Double The Trouble (10-11) at Exeter 2m 1f amt hcp hdl (5) gs in Mar.
Maldoun (IRE) 80-1 (10-2) Reluctant to race, always behind, 8th of 16, well behind Peters Star (10-5) at Haydock 2m 4f hcp hdl 0-110 (4) gs in Mar.
Paradise Expected 17-2 (11-10) Chased leaders until 11th, faded from next, 5th of 12, 36l behind Arceye (10-13) at Chepstow 2m 3f sll hcp chs 0-90 (5) sft in Mar.
Castlemainevillage (IRE) 14-1 (11-1) Held up, keen, ridden 7th and behind, stayed on moderately, 4th of 16, 37l behind Nick's Choice (11-7) at Chepstow 2m 4f sll hcp hdl 0-90 (5) sft in Mar.
Padre Nostro (IRE) 16-1 (10-9) Towards rear, mistake 4th, soon reminders, no impression, 9th of 14, 48l behind Thievery (10-4) at Hereford 2m nov hcp chs 0-95 (5) gd in Nov.
Colwyn Bay (IRE) 100-1 (11-4) Behind from 7th, 8th of 13, well behind Galient (11-4) at Fontwell 2m 6f nov hdl (4) gd in Feb.
Purr 16-1 (9-10) In rear, soon ridden, never on terms, 8th of 17, 27l behind Decree Nisi (11-5) at Kempton 2m hcp hdl 0-90 (5) sft in Mar.
Lightening Fire (IRE) 11-1 (10-0) Tracked leaders, mistake 6th, ridden 3 out, outpaced soon after, rallied from 2 out, led briefly flat, no extra, 2nd of 13, 2l behind Hill Forts Henry (10-7) at Plumpton 2m 5f cnd sll hcp hdl (5) sft in Mar.
Ardfry (IRE) 150-1 (10-9) Mid-division, hampered 4th, ridden 7th, weakened soon after, 12th of 16, well behind Punchestowns (11-12) at Uttoxeter 2m 4f nov hdl (3) gd in Mar.
Clande Boye (IRE) 33-1 (9-9) Pushed along throughout, mistake 4th, lost touch from 6th, tailed off when pulled up 2 out in race won by Esquillon (10-6) at Huntingdon 2m 5f cnd hcp hdl 0-95 (5) sft in Jan, 7 ran.
That's For Sure 12-1 (10-7) Led, headed 2nd, prominent when jumped right 7th, led 4 out, soon headed and weakened 2 out, 2nd of 16, 11l behind Nick's Choice (11-7) at Chepstow 2m 4f sll hcp hdl 0-90 (5) sft in Mar.