tracked leading pair, went 2nd at 6th, hit 10th, pushed along and no impression 3 out, ridden before next, stayed on run-in, always held
chased winner until 6th, chased leading pair until mistake and lost place 11th, behind and no chance next
raced keenly, held up last, mistake 7th, left in modest 3rd place at 14th
mostly jumped well, made all, clear 4 out, hit next and 2 out, good jump to assert and went right last, stayed on strongly, unchallenged
tracked leading trio, mistake 8th, 3rd 11th, hit next, blundered and unseated rider 14th
Mahlermade has placed in half of his 10 career starts but a first victory continues to elude the top weight, who has gone up another 2lb. Lough Salt has also proved frustrating to follow but Cougar's Gold was just beaten at Ffos Las after scoring at Uttoxeter, though is handicapped to the hilt now. LORD COUNTY (NAP) is the only course winner in the line-up and he got a lot closer to the in-form Manwell at Wetherby than he had at Catterick 11 days earlier. Edward Glassonbury has won on him before and takes off a valuable 7lb again. Babytaggle gets plenty of weight but may be making up the numbers.
Mahlermade (IRE) 6-1 (11-5) Chased leaders went 2nd after 4 out, kept on same pace run-in, no chance with winner, 2nd of 13, 3 1/4l behind Plantagenet (10-11) at Taunton 2m 7f hcp (4) gs in Dec.
Lord County (FR) 8-1 (11-6) Tracked leaders, ridden and effort after 3 out, went 2nd last, kept on, readily outpaced by winner flat, 2nd of 5, 2 1/2l behind Manwell (11-7) at Wetherby 2m 3f hcp (4) gd in Jan.
Lough Salt (IRE) 9-2 (10-5) Held up in touch, mistake 13th, headway 4 out, chased leaders next, every chance after last, kept on well under pressure, 2nd of 6, 3/4l behind My Old Gold (11-4) at Wetherby 3m hcp (3) gs in Jan.
Cougar's Gold (IRE) 9-4fav (10-9) Led leaders, led 4th, ridden and strongly pressed last, kept on gamely, headed post, 2nd of 8, shd behind Mixchievous (11-2) at Ffos Las 2m 5f hcp (4) hvy in Dec.
Babytaggle (IRE) 16-1 (11-2) Mid-division approaching 8th, headway chasing leaders 13th, stayed on in 3rd and every chance last, weakened towards finish, 4th of 14, 1 3/4l behind Top And Drop (11-5) at Chepstow 3m hcp (4) gs in Jan.