not always fluent on rear, behind 8th, tailed off
chased leaders, mistake 3rd, soon lost place, behind 9th, pulled up before 4 out
chased leader, lost place 4 out, no extra 3 out
in touch, not fluent when not much room 2nd, mistake 2 out, no extra last
in rear, mistake 3rd, ridden 10th, headway before 4 out, no extra 3 out
chased leaders, slow 7th, went 2nd 4 out, challenging when mistake 3 out, led next, stayed on, driven out
led, clear before 8th until after 11th, headed 2 out, stayed on same pace flat
in rear, headway after 4th, ridden 11th, closed home bend, soon weakened
held up, not much room 1st, headway when not fluent 8th, went 2nd from last, stayed on, not able to challenge winner
Write It Down won at Warwick last month but this looks more competitive and he is 5lb higher. Triple Chief is a regular here and usually makes the frame, though doesn’t win very often. BROWN BEAR is also proving expensive to follow but he’s twice finished second at Fontwell since dropped to this mark and, with fitness guaranteed, gets one more chance. First Figaro wouldn’t need to improve much on a second at Market Rasen to go one better but Duhallow Lad needs the mud and King Calvin just hasn’t taken to fences.
King Calvin (IRE) 7-2jfav (11-10) Held up in rear, pushed along before 12th, behind 3 out, pulled up before last, at Stratford 2m 7f hcp (4) gs in Oct.
Spring Steel (IRE) 20-1 (11-3) Took keen hold, chased leaders, went 2nd 12th until 4 out, lost place before 2 out, 5th of 6, 31l behind As You Like (11-12) at Newton Abbot 2m 5f hcp (4) gd in Aug.
First Figaro (GER) 7-1 (11-11) Led until slow 1st, prominent, not fluent 9th, ridden 4 out, led towards finish, headed close home, 2nd of 8, nk behind Beautiful Ben (11-13) at Market Rasen 2m 3f hcp (4) gd in Sep.
West Wizard (FR) (11-0) 9th of 11, 27 1/2l behind Easter Boy (10-7) at Compiegne 2m 3f sft in Sep.
Cheque En Blanc (FR) 9-1 (10-10) Held up mid-division, in 3rd and not fluent 4 out, chased winner from 3 out, kept on and held towards finish, 2nd of 8, 3l behind Pink Gin (10-9) at Wincanton 3m 1f hcp (4) gd in Jan.
Primal Focus (IRE) 10-1 (10-12) Held up, jumped right 8th, struggling 13th, tailed off, 7th of 8, dist behind Anteros (11-1) at Warwick 3m hcp (4) gf in Sep.
Triple Chief (IRE) 6-4 (10-6) Tracked leader to after 10th, in touch, driven and outpaced after 3 out, no impression with front pair before next, 3rd of 4, 27l behind Field Exhibition (11-6) at Newton Abbot 2m 5f hcp (4) gs in Aug.
Brown Bear (IRE) 2-1fav (11-6) Tracked leaders, slow 12th, driven to challenge when hit last, no extra closing stages, 2nd of 8, 9l behind Agent Westy (10-12) at Fontwell 2m 3f hcp (5) gd in Oct.
Write It Down (IRE) 10-1 (11-7) Held up, headway when not fluent 13th, led flat, stayed on well, won at Warwick 2m 4f hcp (5) gs in Sep beating Seeanythingyoulike (11-4) by 1 1/4l, 9 ran.
Duhallow Lad (IRE) 7-2fav (10-9) Held up in touch, tracked leaders 8th, hit 4 out, outpaced next, well held in 4th from 2 out, 4th of 7, 12 3/4l behind Lillington (11-12) at Newbury 2m hcp (3) gs in Mar.