held up towards rear, not fluent 5th, headway when not fluent next, 7th and no impression 3 out
mid-division, headway on inside before 4th, every chance approaching last, no impression on winner flat
always towards rear
chased leaders, not fluent 5th, weakened after next, tailed off
held up towards rear, 8th 3 out, never involved
led, ridden and headed before 2 out, no extra in 5th last
mid-division, headway before 3 out, challenged from 2 out, led before last, clear flat, comfortably
chased leaders, not fluent 4th, weakened after next
prominent, lost place 5th, soon weakened, well behind before 3 out, pulled up approaching next
chased leaders, ridden after 3 out, not quicken 2 out, kept on flat
held up in mid-division, 6th 3 out, soon weakened
prominent, not fluent 1st, not fluent 5th, soon ridden, every chance 3 out, led before 2 out, headed approaching last, stayed on same pace flat
mid-division, mistake 2nd, not fluent next, well behind after 6th, tailed off
always behind, tailed off before 3 out
This is pretty competitive but if VIRGINIA CHICK can maintain his impressive levels of improvement, despite now being 27lb higher than when scoring at Exeter in December, he should go close once again. His winning run came to an end last time at Warwick but he handled the heavy ground effectively and there was no disgrace in coming home runner-up behind the well-punted Now McGinty in what rated a decent contest. Take Em Out looks on a fair mark for his hurdling debut and is respected along with Brynmawr, who gained a first career success last time and is expected to progress further under the tutelage of Colin Tizzard. However, the main danger looks to be Lady Karina, still lightly-raced for Venetia Williams and with a career record of real promise to date. She was far from out of things when falling at Cheltenham in a much better race when last seen in December, though the market may well inform as to her chance after a break.
Lady Karina 7-2jfav (10-7) Chased leaders on outside, fell 6th, at Cheltenham 2m 4f hcp (2) sft in Dec.
Brynmawr 3-1fav (11-9) Always handy, challenged 2 out, soon led, hung left and went clear approaching last, eased towards finish, won at Southwell 2m 4f hcp (4) sft in Mar beating Rainy Day Dylan (11-11) by 7l, 7 ran.
No No Mac (IRE) 14-1 (11-4) Chased leaders, blundered and lost place 7th, last pair and never quite on terms after, plugged on run-in, went modest 4th post, 4th of 7, 12 1/2l behind Un Guet Apens (10-13) at Kelso 2m 6f hcp (2) sft in Jan.
Ten Times Better (IRE) 28-1 (11-11) Led, blundered and headed 4 out, soon weakened, pulled up before 3 out, at Exeter 2m 3f hcp (3) sft in Feb.
Agincourt Reef (IRE) 66-1 (11-4) Took keen hold, tracked leader, led briefly over 2f out, lost 2nd 2f out, soon weakened, 4th of 5, 13 1/4l behind Sir Ivan (11-4) at Kempton 2m 2f (4) pol in Mar.
Camron De Chaillac (FR) 4-1fav (11-8) Led, not fluent 6th, mistake 8th, soon driven, headed before 3 out, weakened quickly, behind when pulled up before 2 out, at Taunton 3m hcp (4) sft in Feb.
Virginia Chick (FR) 5-1 (11-12) Mid-division, ridden and weakened before 2 out, 2nd of 10, 7l behind Now Mcginty (11-8) at Warwick 2m 5f hcp (4) hvy in Mar.
Mr Fitzroy (IRE) 14-1 (11-8) Chased leaders, hard driven approaching 10th, soon weakened, behind when blundered and unseated rider last, at Taunton 2m 2f hcp (4) sft in Feb.
Take Em Out (IRE) 13-2 (11-4) Led, ridden before 2 out, headed approaching last, edged left when held flat, no extra, 2nd of 10, 7l behind Ballymoy (11-4) at Uttoxeter 2m mdn (4) hvy in Feb.
Norse Legend 5-4fav (11-4) Made most, mistake and pushed along after 8th, headed soon after 3 out, chased leader, led again briefly before 2 out, ridden and no extra in 3rd between last 2, 3rd of 6, 12 1/2l behind Graasten (11-12) at Plumpton 2m 5f hcp (4) hvy in Feb.
Stolberg (IRE) 16-1 (11-10) Held up last, well behind when awkward 3 out, headway on inside under pressure 2 out, modest 4th between last 2, 4th of 8, 8l behind Ratify (11-5) at Sandown 2m hcp (4) sft in Mar.
Great Tempo (FR) 25-1 (11-12) Mid-division, driven after 4 out, ridden after next, never reached leaders, weakened after last, 9th of 13, 30 1/2l behind Pop Rockstar (11-12) at Wetherby 3m hcp (4) sft in Dec.
Wenceslaus (GER) 40-1 (11-3) Chased leaders, not fluent 4th, ridden after 3 out, soon weakened, 6th of 10, 24 1/4l behind Shining Romeo (11-8) at Huntingdon 2m hcp (4) sft in Feb.
Join The Navy 50-1 (10-10) Always in rear, never a factor, 10th of 14, 17 1/4l behind Quiz Master (11-1) at Fontwell 2m 6f hcp (4) gs in Feb.
Georgieshore (IRE) 15-2 (10-1) Tracked leaders, pushed along before 5th, weakened from 3 out, 8th of 9, 21 1/2l behind Gregarious (11-10) at Towcester 2m hcp (4) hvy in Mar.