raced keenly tracking leading pair, went 2nd inside final furlong, kept on same pace
raced keenly, held up in last pair, headway tracking leaders 3f out, went 2nd inside final 3f until inside final furlong, kept on same pace in 3rd
tracked leaders, pushed along 5f out, ridden 4f out, weakened over 3f out, soon behind
led 2f, with winner until inside final 3f, weakened quickly
with leader, led after 2f, made rest, kept on well
raced on inside, held up last, headway over 3f out, soon tracking leaders, hung left and weakened over 1f out
held up in 5th, outpaced and struggling over 3f out
This mares’ bumper is usually informative and Nicky Henderson won it five years ago. He runs Nonesuch, who kept on under pressure when third at Ludlow. Harry Fry had the winner in 2016 and Toodlepip was started off in a Listed race so will enjoy this easier task, though has something to find with Hotter Than Hell on that run. Parody was odds-on at Lingfield and will know more today but REDBRIDGE GOLD was closing down the useful Mega Yeats at Carlisle in October on her debut under Rules and shouldn’t be far away if handling the quicker surface. Paris Dixie and Bravantina have also shown signs of ability.
Hotter Than Hell (FR) 16-1 (11-0) Mid-division, under pressure 3f out, soon beaten, 9th of 13, 22 3/4l behind Timetochill (11-0) at Huntingdon 2m lst (1) gs in Dec.
Methodtothemadness (IRE) 6-1 (11-6) Chsd ldrs, wo & ld 1/2way, 4l clr 4out, qcknd frm 3out, 2l adv & travl wll when fell 3out, unlucky, at Ballinaboola 3m mdn gd in Nov.
Nonesuch (IRE) 3-1 (10-7) Tracked leaders, pushed along over 5f out, lost place 4f out, rallied final furlong, went 3rd towards finish, 3rd of 9, 6 3/4l behind Jimmy The Digger (11-0) at Ludlow 1m 6f (4) sft in Dec.
Parody 10-11fav (10-10) Chased leaders, under pressure well over 4f out, outpaced over 3f out, stayed on approaching final furlong, never a threat, 5th of 7, 10l behind Giving Back (11-3) at Lingfield 2m (5) pol in Nov.
Redbridge Gold (IRE) 8-1 (10-12) Always prominent, tracked winner halfway, effort over 2f out, soon every chance, ridden over 1f out, no extra and well held inside final furlong, 2nd of 16, 3 1/2l behind Mega Yeats (10-12) at Carlisle 2m 1f (5) gs in Oct.
Toodlepip (IRE) 7-1 (11-0) Tracked leader, led over 5f out, headed over 3f out, weakened quickly, eased, 12th of 13, dist behind Timetochill (11-0) at Huntingdon 2m lst (1) gs in Dec.
Bravantina 16-1 (10-0) Held up, headway to chase winner over 1f out, kept on inside final furlong, 2nd of 7, 1 1/4l behind Zakharova (11-5) at Newcastle 2m (5) pol in Jan.
Dancing Darcy (FR) Shirocco M out of Polymiss.
Paris Dixie 6-4 (10-0) Held up and behind, headway on outside over 3f out, ridden and one pace final 2f, 3rd of 7, 5l behind Zakharova (11-5) at Newcastle 2m (5) pol in Jan.