in rear, headway before 4 out, led before 2 out, clear before last
led, not fluent 4 out, headed 3 out, kept on and no chance with winner
in touch, ridden before 2 out, kept on same pace
tracked leaders in 3rd, went 2nd from 8th, led 3 out, headed before 2 out, no extra from last
with leader, pushed along before 7th, reminders and weakened from next
Astigos came good dropped to this trip at Wetherby last month. He's only 5lb higher but will probably face a battle for the lead from the tough and consistent Pearls Legend and that could set the race up for a finisher. MOUNTAIN KING was less than three lengths behind Pearls Legend at Newbury in November and is now 9lb better off. He's reunited with Richard Johnson today and can pick up the winning thread again with a clear round. Upsilon Bleu is starting to come down the weights and would have a chance on last season's form but Yorkist generally struggles in this grade and Ulis De Vassy hasn't raced since August.
Upsilon Bleu (FR) 7-2jfav (11-12) Held up in touch, weakened from 4 out, 5th of 6, 27l behind Gardefort (11-0) at Wetherby 1m 7f hcp (2) hvy in Jan.
Pearls Legend 5-1 (10-12) Led until after 2nd, prominent, ridden before 3 out, 3rd and one pace before next, lost 2 places towards finish, 5th of 9, 15 1/2l behind Bold Henry (10-7) at Sandown 2m hcp (2) hvy in Jan.
Yorkist (IRE) 12-1 (11-7) Chased leaders, not much room 3rd, went 2nd travelling well before 3 out, led next, driven and headed flat, no impression towards finish, 2nd of 9, 3 1/2l behind Chestnut Ben (10-5) at Musselburgh 2m hcp (3) sft in Feb.
Ulis De Vassy (FR) 9-4fav (10-11) Prominent, ridden after 5 out, outpaced on outside next, weakened 2 out, 5th of 7, 20 3/4l behind Fairyinthewind (10-1) at Worcester 2m hcp (2) gs in Aug.
Astigos (FR) 15-8 (11-12) Made all, clear before 4 out, unchallenged, won at Wetherby 1m 7f hcp (4) hvy in Feb beating Bawden Rocks (10-9) by 25l, 4 ran.
Mountain King 7-2 (11-12) Held up towards rear, mistake 9th, under pressure 5 out, soon beaten, 6th of 9, 28 1/2l behind Johnny Og (10-8) at Ascot 2m 3f hcp (3) sft in Jan.