held up behind, headway before 7 out, led 6 out, clear before 3 out, kept on well
tracked leaders, one pace from 4 out
led to 8 out, quickly weakened and pulled up
tracked leaders, weakened from 7 out, tailed off, pulled up before 3 out
went 2nd before 4 out ridden before 3 out, kept on and no impression
tracked leader, led 8 out, headed 6 out, soon weakened, tailed off, pulled up before 3 out
BANNY’S LAD (NAP) left previous chase form well behind when sauntering to victory on heavy going at Sedgefield. If he handles this quicker surface, a penalty is unlikely to prevent a follow-up as he has Harry Bannister’s claim in his favour. Groomed appears to have gone off the boil but Premier Grand Cru won off a 10lb higher mark over course and distance in 2014 and has been placed in all three starts this campaign, though well beaten. Tiquer has only won on soft going at Uttoxeter so far but he was third off his new mark at Exeter on New Year’s Day.
Tiquer (FR) 4-1 (11-5) Held up, in mid-division, on inside, headway chasing leaders approaching 10th, 3rd before 4 out, ridden and no impression next, 3rd of 11, 8 3/4l behind Only Gorgeous (10-3) at Exeter 2m 3f hcp (4) sft in Jan.
Kings Cross (FR) 40-1 (11-4) Always behind, well adrift 5th, 9th of 10, dist behind Catchin Time (11-0) at Warwick 2m hcp (4) hvy in Feb.
Groomed (IRE) 10-1 (10-13) Disputed lead to 5th, soon pushed along, lost place before 4 out, weakened from next, 6th of 8, 28 1/4l behind Plaisir D'amour (11-12) at Wetherby 1m 7f hcp (4) gs in Feb.
Premier Grand Cru (FR) 6-1 (10-13) Mid-division, headway 11th, outpaced 4 out, stayed on approaching last, never on terms, 3rd of 9, 24 3/4l behind Dr Robin (11-4) at Sedgefield 2m 5f hcp (4) sft in Feb.
Banny's Lad 9-2 (11-12) Mid-division, 3rd from 7th, close up 3 out, soon not much room, 2nd 2 out, led before last, went clear, easily, won at Sedgefield 2m 3f hcp (5) hvy in Feb beating The Omen (10-7) by 12l, 8 ran.
River Purple 100-1 (10-0) In touch, lost place after 5 out, weakened and pulled up before next, at Ludlow 2m 4f hcp (3) sft in Feb.