close up in rear, pushed along in 4th after 13th, headway into 2nd before 3 out, soon ridden, 2 lengths down last, rallied final 110 yards, led final strides
made most, driven after 3 out, ridden 2 lengths clear before last, kept on same pace flat, headed final strides
chased front pair, ridden after 13th, outpaced 4 out, no chance with clear leaders from next, lost remote 4th closing stages
in touch on outside, struggling 12th, soon behind, lost touch 4 out, plugged on to take remote 4th closing stages
pressed leader, driven after 4 out, lost place before next, soon ridden, no chance with clear pair before 2 out
Go Conquer was third when favourite for a Grade 3 at Ascot earlier this month, a race he’d won 12 months earlier, but he looks a few pounds too high at present. Lofgren appears to have two ways of running and Straidnahanna is hard to catch right but Midnight Shot faces a more suitable test after a run over the cross-country fences at Cheltenham. O O SEVEN hasn’t won for a while but was highly tried last season and has wind surgery since his last run in April. He has the class to defy top weight and is unlikely to fail through lack of fitness.
O O Seven (IRE) 6-1 (11-0) Jumped well although to the left, led, ridden after 3 out, headed next, lost 2nd approaching last, weakened run-in, just held on for 3rd, 3rd of 6, 12 3/4l behind Top Notch (11-6) at Sandown 2m 7f (1) gs in Apr.
Go Conquer (IRE) 11-4fav (11-10) Led, headed after 2 out, weakened last, 3rd of 9, 5 1/2l behind Traffic Fluide (11-12) at Ascot 3m hcp (1) gd in Nov.
Midnight Shot 5-1 (10-5) Tracked leaders, challenged 6 out, outpaced 3 out, weakened before last, 6th of 7, 26 1/2l behind Josies Orders (10-11) at Cheltenham 3m 6f hcp (2) gd in Nov.
Lofgren 16-1 (11-11) Chased leader, led 2nd until next, chased leader until pushed along before 4 out, ridden and outpaced before next, rallied run-in, went modest 3rd post, 3rd of 6, 15l behind Catamaran Du Seuil (11-7) at Wetherby 2m 3f hcp (3) gd in Nov.
Straidnahanna (IRE) 14-1 (11-12) Led, hit 11th, headed before next, ridden and lost place after 3 out (usual 4 out), weakened before 2 out, tailed of, 6th of 9, dist behind Cloth Cap (11-2) at Catterick 3m 1f hcp (3) gd in Nov.