tracked leader until 4 out, ridden to chase winner next, weakened approaching 2 out
mid-division, hit 2nd, ridden and headway approaching 6th, weakened approaching 8th, tailed off
in touch until dropped to rear tamely approaching 6th, pulled up 4 out
chased leaders, ridden approaching 4 out, stayed on same pace, went 2nd after until 2 out until last, headed and no extra
held up towards rear, headway after 8th, soon ridden, stayed on steadily until 4 out, went 2nd last, not reached winner
mid-division, headway 8th, weakened 3 out
mid-division, mistake 7th, headway 4 out, soon ridder, weakened after 3 out
mid-division, ridden after 6th, behind 8th, pulled up before 4 out
chased leaders early, behind 6th, pulled up before next
mid-division, steady progress from 7th, led approaching 3 out, clear when mistake last, ridden out
led until after 4 out, weakened after, 6th and no chance when pulled up before last
always behind, pulled up after 8th
tracking leaders when stumbled and unseated rider on bend approaching 2nd
TRAFFIC CONTROL can weave his way to victory at the main expense of Sergeant Harper and Bob Run. The selection has got some useful form in Irish point-to-points and he put in a really pleasing effort at Southwell last time when he went clear before eventually being collared by Minella Theatre. The front two came well clear of the rest of the field in that race so it was a sound effort, and with ground conditions to suit this unexposed 6-year-old can get his head in front. Sergeant Harper looks the main danger even though he did finish a well beaten second behind Kayf Aramis here last time. There is a slight doubt about his ability to really see out this trip at this stage in his career, so although he should run his race, we are happy to take him on today. Bob Run will be suited by this step-up in trip, although he has yet to race on anything other than fast ground. King Fontaine was backed as though defeat was out of the question last time but he struggled to get home on the heavy ground and he could be worth another chance today. However, Tom George has his string in flying form at present and Traffic Control can provide him with another winner.
Bob Run (IRE) 13-2 (10-12) Held up towards rear, headway approaching 3 out, chased leader next, stayed on well under pressure, not reach winner, 2nd of 11, shd behind Bonikos (10-12) at Huntingdon 2m 4f nov hdl (3) gd in Nov.
Broken Beau (IRE) 10-1 (11-0) Held up, chased leaders 5 out, weakened 3 out, 5th of 14, 15l behind Thetwincamdrift (11-0) at Doncaster 3m mdn hdl (4) gs in Jan.
Ironical (IRE) 5-2 (10-4) Led, soon headed, stayed prominent, chased winner 4 out, ridden over 1f out and no impression, 2nd of 9, 10l behind Neil Harvey (11-0) at Towcester 2m nhf (5) gs in Dec.
King Fontaine (IRE) 4-9fav (11-6) Held up, headway after 8th, ridden and every chance 3 out, weakened last, 5th of 13, 4 1/2l behind Radmores Revenge (11-3) at Chepstow 3m mdn hdl (5) hvy in Jan.
My Friend Sandy 12-1 (11-2) Held up towards rear, hit 3rd, headway after 3 out, went 3rd 2 out, never near leading pair, 3rd of 8, 21l behind Aachen (11-10) at Towcester 2m nov hdl (3) hvy in Feb.
Pharaon de Touzaine (FR) 100-1 (10-12) 8th of 15, 28l behind Hey Big Spender (11-3) at Chepstow 2m 4f mdn hdl (4) sft in Feb.
Picture This (IRE) 8-1 (11-0) Held up mid-division, weakened approaching 3 out, 6th of 14, 17l behind Thetwincamdrift (11-0) at Doncaster 3m mdn hdl (4) gs in Jan.
Putney Bridge 12-1 (11-4) Mid-division, headway 8th, ridden and weakened approaching 3 out, 3rd of 10, 22l behind Gee Dee Nen (11-4) at Ludlow 3m mdn hdl (4) gs in Feb.
Ringo Cody (IRE) 16-1 (10-6) Always behind, 11th of 13, well behind Fairlight Express (10-11) at Fontwell 2m 4f nov hdl (4) gf in Sept '06.
Sergeant Harper (IRE) 16-1 (11-0) Held up, headway after 8th, ridden and every chance 2 out, one pace, 2nd of 13, 6l behind Kayf Aramis (10-11) at Chepstow 3m mdn hdl (5) hvy in Feb.
Throwaround 150-1 (11-0) Always in rear, 11th of 15, 36l behind Hey Big Spender (11-3) at Chepstow 2m 4f mdn hdl (4) sft in Feb.
Timetoring 40-1 (10-7) In touch and keen, ridden 4th, weakened 3 out, 10th of 15, 45l behind Accumulus (10-2) at Hereford 2m 1f nov hdl (4) gf in Oct '06.
Traffic Control (IRE) 5-1 (11-4) Led, headed approaching last, no extra, 2nd of 14, 4 1/2l behind Minella Theatre (11-4) at Southwell 3m mdn hdl (5) gs in Feb.
Mangonel 33-1 (10-12) Always struggling, 11th of 12, 48l behind Diklers Oscar (10-9) at Haydock 2m mrs nhf (5) gf in Nov.
Ring For Time 150-1 (10-9) Mid-division, behind from 6th, tailed off, 14th of 16, well behind Acordeon (11-2) at Ludlow 2m nh mdn hdl (4) gs in Feb.
Quick Fix (IRE) 40-1 (11-4) Chased leader, one pace from 2 out, 5th of 14, 28l behind Minella Theatre (11-4) at Southwell 3m mdn hdl (5) gs in Feb.