jumped left, led, 2 lengths ahead when blundered and unseated rider 3 out
tended to jump left, 2nd or 3rd, slow 8th, 2 lengths down when left in lead 3 out, headed after last, held towards finish
2nd or 3rd, tended to jump right, left 2nd 3 out, every chance last, 3rd and held towards finish
held up in last, bad mistake 1st, slow 5th, effort from 3 out, led after last, pushed out
Litterale Ci made a bad mistake and was quickly pulled up on her chasing bow at Ffos Las but she’d travelled strongly to that point and could make amends here with a clear round. However, SOUTHFIELD STONE will know what's required and has won three times over hurdles, including a Grade 2 at Kempton in February. He has the build of a chaser so gets the nod as The Mighty Don endured a traumatic first run over the larger obstacles at Fontwell a year ago and will surely find this too short. Moonlighter may also find this on the sharp side but has been lightly raced so is preferred to Thistle Do Nicely.
Moonlighter 11-2 (11-8) Raced keenly, held up in rear, good headway on outside chasing leaders before 6th, 2nd before 4 out until 3 out, chased leaders, ridden and weakened before next, 7th of 8, 35 1/4l behind Downtown Getaway (11-2) at Ascot 2m 6f (3) gs in Jan.
Southfield Stone 9-1 (11-4) Chased clear front pair, ridden and lost place before 3 out, well beaten when mistake 2 out, last of 7, 20 1/4l behind Felix Desjy (11-4) at Aintree 2m (1) sft in Apr.
The Mighty Don (IRE) 66-1 (11-10) Held up towards rear, not fluent 2nd, pushed along before 2 out, 9th last, kept on from last, never any chance, 8th of 18, 25l behind Paisley Park (11-10) at Cheltenham 3m (1) gs in Mar.
Litterale Ci (FR) 6-1 (9-12) Towards rear, headway over 3f out, ridden and weakened over 1f out, 6th of 8, 30 3/4l behind Laafy (8-10) at Nottingham 1m 6f hcp (3) hvy in Aug.
Thistle Do Nicely (IRE) 4-1 (11-4) Raced in 5th, jumped stickily early stages, went 4th before 4 out, not fluent 3 out, closed briefly 2 out, no extra last, 4th of 6, 21 1/2l behind Nube Negra (11-4) at Warwick 2m (4) gd in Oct.