in touch in mid-division on inside, stumbled badly on bend before 3 out, never dangerous after
chased leaders, hampered 1st, went 2nd 5th, challenged 3 out, led next, ridden out
chased leader until 5th, ridden after 3 out, held last, kept on
mid-division on outside, lost place 4th, hampered and forced wide bend before 3 out, no headway
held up towards rear, headway on outside 4th, ridden and one pace 2 out
held up in mid-division, hampered bend before 3 out, headway on outside before next, no impression last
took keen hold, held up in rear, not much room 1st, not fluent 3rd or 4th, some late gains, no impression
led until 2 out, stayed on flat, held towards finish
held up towards rear, bumped 1st, headway on outside approaching 3 out, struggling 2 out
mid-division, in touch after 4 out, 7th and no impression when fell last
chased leaders, not fluent 1st or 6th, lost place before 3 out, well beaten when hampered last
held up in rear, mistake 2nd and 5th, slightly hampered bend before 3 out, no headway, hampered last
This is a competitive opener but SIZING TARA looks worth sticking with, despite further 8lb rise. He has won his last two at Newton Abbot on the bridle and Harry Kimber takes off 10lb. Back On The Lash is having a first run since a good second at Market Rasen in May but has been very lightly raced. Grageelagh Girl reverts to hurdles after failing to score in four runs over fences while Working Class has been in good form since wind surgery, though could have done without a further 3lb rise. Carntop has won three times over hurdles but seems best on flatter tracks. Eclair Des Sablons was improving in the spring but may need this.
Carntop 12-1 (11-1) Held up in touch, mistake 4 out, lost place before 2 out, soon weakened, tailed off, last of 7, at Newton Abbot 2m 1f hcp (3) gs in Aug.
Back On The Lash 11-2 (11-3) Mid-division, headway and left 3rd from 2 out, went 2nd run-in, no chance with winner, 2nd of 8, 7l behind The Sweeney (11-4) at Market Rasen 2m 5f hcp (3) gd in May.
Higgs (IRE) 25-1 (11-2) Mid-division on inside, outpaced after 3 out, soon ridden, weakened before next, 8th of 10, dist behind Wicked Willy (11-4) at Kempton 2m 5f hcp (2) gs in Mar.
Grageelagh Girl (IRE) 5-2jfav (11-10) Chased leaders, not fluent 5th, 2nd briefly 4 out, soon ridden, weakened before 2 out, 4th of 6, 35 1/4l behind Topofthecotswolds (11-11) at Stratford 2m 3f hcp (4) gs in Aug.
Sizing Tara 2-1fav (12-2) Mid-division, headway on outside 6th, strong challenge going well when left in lead 2 out, comfortably, won at Newton Abbot 2m 2f hcp (4) gd in Sep beating Onboard (11-11) by 1 1/4l, 13 ran.
Working Class 4-1 (11-5) Held up towards rear, not fluent 2nd, headway before 7th, challenged 2 out, held towards finish, 2nd of 10, 1 3/4l behind Misty Bloom (11-5) at Warwick 2m 5f hcp (4) gf in Sep.
Chirico Vallis (FR) 20-1 (11-12) Mid-division, headway before 6th, shaken up and wide after 3 out, no impression, well beaten and hanging left last, 6th of 12, 19l behind Doubly Clever (11-10) at Worcester 2m 4f hcp (4) gd in Aug.
Eclair Des Sablons (FR) 8-1 (11-0) Led until 2nd, led after 4 out, pressed 2 out, stayed on, headed towards finish, 2nd of 8, 1 1/2l behind Skandiburg (11-6) at Huntingdon 2m 4f (4) gd in Apr.
Airton 10-1 (10-5) Always behind, 5th of 7, 25 1/4l behind Teqany (10-12) at Stratford 2m hcp (2) gd in Sep.
Dontcounturchikens (IRE) 4-1 (11-0) Chased leaders, wandered into 2nd, went 2nd before 4 out, led and mistake 2 out, headed last, not much room flat, switched right and held by winner after, 2nd of 9, 1 3/4l behind Feel The Pinch (11-0) at Uttoxeter 2m mdn (4) gs in Jun.
Norab (GER) 8-1 (9-13) Led briefly soon after start, prominent, led again and edged left over 3f out, headed over 2f out, edged left over 1f out, switched right inside final furlong, kept on same pace, 3rd of 11, 1 3/4l behind Giving Back (9-13) at Chepstow 2m hcp (6) gd in Sep.
Arty Campbell (IRE) 20-1 (9-0) In touch, pushed along 2f out, weakened final furlong, 7th of 8, 11 1/4l behind Champarisi (9-5) at Wolverhampton 2m 1f hcp (4) pol in Sep.