tracked leaders, effort after 3 out, kept on same pace approaching last
chased leaders, outpaced 4 out, rallied after next, stayed on into 2nd approaching last, never able to challenge
mid-division, weakened 4 out
led until 2 out, weakened last
prominent, weakening when hit 3 out
behind, mistake 5th, never dangerous
held up towards rear, headway 2 out, stayed on into 4th after last, never a threat
mid-division, headway 4 out, chased leader next, led 2 out, drew clear last, very easily
held up in rear, hard driven 4 out, mistake 2 out, jumped right last, never dangerous
Trans Express is on familiar territory having won four of 10 previous starts around here. But GALACTIC POWER is also a course and distance winner and he’s been staging something of a revival lately – the bottom weight looks better treated. Macksville has had a wind operation and switched stables since winning at Huntingdon in October and Broughtons Admiral hasn’t shown much this season. Nifty At Fifty is interesting making his handicap debut but Nigh Or Never needs forgiving a poor run at Market Rasen.
Trans Express (IRE) 2-1fav (10-9) With leader, slight lead 4th, ridden and headed 2 out, stayed on same pace, lost 2nd at the last, 3rd of 6, 8l behind Cliffs Of Dover (11-12) at Exeter 2m 3f hcp (3) gs in Jan.
Broughtons Admiral 10-1 (11-10) Tracked leaders, lost place and beaten before 3 out, not fluent last, 7th of 10, 33 1/2l behind Burrows Park (11-2) at Ludlow 2m 5f hcp (4) sft in Dec.
Nigh Or Never (IRE) 9-2 (11-9) In touch, weakened approaching 2 out, 7th of 8, 19l behind Oregon Gold (11-1) at Market Rasen 2m 3f hcp (4) sft in Dec.
Floresco (GER) 25-1 (11-12) Led, pushed along after 3 out, headed approaching the last, hung left and no impression when lost 2nd towards finish, 3rd of 17, 4 1/2l behind Jimmy Rabbitte (11-5) at Taunton 2m 3f hcp (4) gs in Dec.
Drama King (IRE) 100-1 (11-0) Led, hit 3rd, stayed in centre in straight, headed over 2f out, soon hung right, weakened inside final 2f, 5th of 12, 29l behind Ask Dillon (11-0) at Ascot 2m 6f mdn (3) sft in Dec.
Nifty At Fifty (IRE) 16-1 (10-12) In rear, good headway after 3 out, ridden after last, kept on same pace, went 4th towards finish, 4th of 12, 7l behind Envole Toi (10-12) at Taunton 2m (4) gd in Dec.
Peur De Rien (FR) 5-1 (11-7) Led, not fluent 1st, headed 3 out, not fluent 2 out, weakened and lost 3rd flat, 4th of 6, 16 3/4l behind Falcon Sun (11-5) at Leicester 2m hcp (3) gf in Dec.
Copperhead 100-1 (10-12) Led until 2nd, lost 2nd before next, chased leaders, mistake 5th, weakened next, 8th of 13, dist behind Tidal Flow (11-4) at Newbury 2m 5f (4) sft in Dec.
Galactic Power (IRE) 5-1 (10-6) In rear, headway racing keenly 4th, steadied after next, outpaced after 4 out, plugged on from 2 out, went 4th towards finish, 4th of 10, 12 1/2l behind Burrows Park (11-2) at Ludlow 2m 5f hcp (4) sft in Dec.
William B (IRE) 7-2fav (11-10) Mid-division on inner, bad mistake 4 out, ridden in 8th 2 out, no impression, 8th of 20, 26 1/4l behind Davids Charm (11-1) at Galway 2m 5f hcp gd in Aug.
Macksville (IRE) 4-1 (12-0) Tracked leaders, took narrow 2nd 4 out, poised to challenge next, led 2 out, soon ridden, clear last, kept on, won at Huntingdon 2m 4f hcp (5) gd in Oct beating Gamekeeper Bill (11-0) by 3l, 15 ran.