keen, with leader, mistake 4th, ridden 7th, weakened approaching 4 out
held up, headway after 5th, led after 8th, headed 3 out, weakened approaching last
towards rear, headway after 7th, ridden 4 out, weakened next
lost touch 5th, pulled up before 4 out
mid-division, lost touch 8th
held up, steady headway 7th, brief narrow leader 2 out, switched left under pressure approaching last, no extra (green)
lost touch 5th
in touch, weakened 7th, pulled up before 4 out
held up, lost touch 8th, pulled up before next
in touch, ridden 4 out, soon held
soon led, clear 6th, headed after 8th, soon ridden, weakened
tracked leaders, weakened 6th, pulled up approaching 8th
mid-division, ridden 8th, soon beaten
mid-division, weakened 8th, pulled up approaching next
tracked leaders, ridden to lead 3 out, headed briefly 2 out, ridden out
lost touch 5th, pulled up before 4 out
Gullible Gordon is the one to beat but those who like a bit of each-way action could do worse than look at Bobby Bullock ahead of the more obvious Buck The Legend, Reidwil and Wind Instrument. The selection ran a fair race on his debut in a bumper at this venue but proved far better suited by going over obstacles when finishing a close up third to Kornati Kid at Wincanton. The winner has won again since and he should continue to progress. Wind Instrument looks to be getting his act together over hurdles, he should stay this far and it would be no surprise to see him emerge as the principal threat to the selection. Buck The Legend ran a fine race at Cheltenham last time and should relish the return to this trip having already finished second to a Ditcheat inmate over course and distance. Reidwil chased the same Nicholls horse home at Taunton next time but he has a bit to find. Better value could lie with Bobby Bullock who caught the eye staying on strongly in a warm heat at Ascot and should improve for this longer trip but we'll take the likely jolly, Gullible Gordon, to land the money.
Anacrusis 20-1 (10-9) Held up towards rear, effort approaching 3 out, never dangerous, 7th of 15, 28l behind Coe (10-12) at Wetherby 2m 7f nov hdl (4) sft in Dec.
Bobby Bullock (IRE) 40-1 (11-3) Held up, headway 9th, chased leader 3 out, weakening when hit next, 5th of 15, 8l behind Earth Crystal (11-3) at Ascot 2m 3f nov hdl (3) sft in Jan.
Buck The Legend (IRE) 25-1 (10-1) Held up towards rear, badly hampered 2 out, stayed on, never troubled leaders, 6th of 14, 14l behind Five Dream (10-12) at Cheltenham 2m 1f hcp hdl 0-145 (2) gs in Jan.
Electric Baloo 100-1 (11-5) Always behind, 10th of 14, well behind Bertie May (10-12) at Exeter 2m 3f nov hdl (4) gs in Jan.
Fremantle Doctor (FR) 66-1 (10-12) Always behind, tailed off 8th, 9th of 14, well behind Big Fella Thanks (11-4) at Taunton 3m nov hdl (4) sft in Jan.
Gullible Gordon (IRE) 14-1 (11-3) Mid-division, headway after 3 out, ridden next, stayed on flat, 3rd of 11, 3/4l behind Kornati Kid (11-1) at Wincanton 2m 6f nov hdl (4) sft in Jan.
Humble Jim (IRE) 100-1 (10-12) Mid-division, ridden and lost touch 7th, tailed off when pulled up at the last in race won by Honour High (10-12) at Fontwell 3m 3f nov hdl (4) sft in Jan, 14 ran.
Marlowe (IRE) 12-1 (10-7) Set steady pace, ridden over 3f out, narrowly headed over 1f out, kept on, no chance with easy winner, 2nd of 5, 3/4l behind Nelson's Spice (10-12) at Stratford 2m nhf (5) gd in Jul '06.
Master John (IRE) 5-1 (11-7) Held up; hdwy 4 out; led 2 out; stayed on wl, won at Badbury Rings 3m ptp gf in Mar '06 beating Coral Cay (11-7) by 6l, 11 ran.
Mister Knight (IRE) 7-1 (11-6) Mid-division, ridden 9th and weakened 3 out, 7th of 12, 30l behind Fine By Me (10-0) at Taunton 3m nov hcp hdl 0-125 (3) gd in Mar.
Reidwil (FR) 22-1 (10-12) Mid-division, headway 7th, pressed leaders approaching 3 out, one pace from 2 out, 2nd of 14, 9l behind Big Fella Thanks (11-4) at Taunton 3m nov hdl (4) sft in Jan.
Themanfrommayo 80-1 (10-13) Keen, mid-division, stumbled 4th, weakened 6th, tailed off when pulled up 3 out pulled up 3 out in race won by Orphelin Collonges (11-4) at Ludlow 2m 5f mdn hdl (4) sft, 15 ran.
Thumbprint (IRE) 125-1 (11-2) Held up in touch, lost place 3rd, tailed off 5th, pulled up before 6th pulled up 5 out in race won by Rustarix (11-2) at Taunton 2m 3f nov hdl (3) sft in Mar, 7 ran.
Triple Seven (IRE) 33-1 (10-9) Chased leaders, hit 4th, ridden 7th, soon weakened, tailed off when pulled up 3 out in race won by Timpo (10-12) at Warwick 2m 5f nh nov hdl (4) gs in Nov, 15 ran.
Wind Instrument (IRE) 7-1 (11-4) Led, clear 5th, edged left after 2 out, soon headed, weakened flat, 3rd of 16, 4 1/2l behind Forest Pennant (11-4) at Chepstow 2m 4f nh nov hdl (4) hvy.
Midnight Ocean 100-1 (10-12) Mid-division, effort after 3 out, weakened before next, 5th of 17, 37l behind Tizzy Blue (11-1) at Wincanton 2m 6f mrs nov hdl (4) gs in Jan.