held up, towards rear halfway, progress and not clear over 1f out, squeezed between horses to challenge final 200 yards, ridden into narrow lead final 100 yards, kept on well
chased leader, 2nd halfway, challenged over 2f out, ridden to dispute 1 1/2f out, narrow lead over 1f out, headed final 100 yards, kept on same pace
held up towards rear early, 5th halfway, closer in 4th 4f out, challenged on outer 2f out, ridden to dispute 1 1/2f out, headed over 1f out, no extra final furlong
chased leaders, 3rd halfway, ridden to challenge 2f out, disputed 1 1/2f out, headed over 1f out, no extra final furlong, kept on one pace
always towards rear, ridden and no impression 2f out, kept on one pace
dwelt, soon settled behind leaders, 4th halfway, close up behind leaders 2f out, ridden and edged left over 1f out, kept on same pace inside final furlong
led, ridden and pressed 2f out, headed over 1f out, no extra final furlong
Markhan usually runs his race and won over 1m4f here before going close over 2m at Wolverhampton. But DALILEO is the more progressive and debuts for Johnny Murtagh’s yard having landed a double for Mark Johnston with victories at both Wolverhampton and Kempton last time. He gets the vote to defy a 4lb rise with All's Quiet upped 6lb for winning over course and distance in January, though that’s negated by his rider’s allowance and he can also figure with the remainder harder to fancy.
Markhan (USA) 7-2 (9-12) Held up towards rear and in touch, ridden and headway over 1f out, kept on to take 2nd place towards finish, 2nd of 5, 3/4l behind Moon of Baroda (9-0) at Wolverhampton 2m 1f hcp (4) pol in Jan.
Dalileo (IRE) 12-1 (9-5) Held up in 5th, headway over 2f out, challenged over 1f out, led entering final furlong, ridden out, edged left close home, won at Kempton 2m hcp (4) pol in Jan beating Navajo Star (9-0) by 1 1/4l, 7 ran.
All's Quiet (IRE) 7-1 (8-8) Held up, 6th halfway, progress 2 1/2f out, ridden to challenge 2f out, disputed 1 1/2f out, led inside final furlong, kept on well closing stages, won at Dundalk 2m hcp pol in Jan beating Marine One (8-12) by 2 3/4l, 8 ran.
City Limits 16-1 (11-3) Chased leaders, 5th halfway, ridden 3 out, under pressure in 4th entering straight, 3rd and no impression on leaders before last, kept on same pace, 3rd of 18, 9 1/4l behind Allez Dance (10-10) at Punchestown 2m mdn Good - Yielding in Feb.
Fern Owl 25-1 (11-1) Towards rear, hampered 1st, mid-division after 3rd, ridden and no impression before 3 out where slight mistake, slight mistake 2 out and soon no extra, 10th of 17, 31 3/4l behind Ask David (11-4) at Punchestown 2m 4f hcp Good - Yielding in Feb.
Poitin 16-1 (9-12) Mid-division on outer, pushed along early straight and no impression over 1f out, kept on one pace, 7th of 13, 14 1/4l behind Chaparral Dream (9-10) at Dundalk 1m 4f hcp pol in Feb.
Balgowlah (IRE) 33-1 (9-10) Waited with, slight mistake 3rd, 11th at 7th, pushed along in rear from 9th, soon one pace, 11th of 15, dist behind Gliondar Mo Chroi (11-0) at Punchestown 2m 4f hcp gd in Jan.