SHOW’S OVER made hard work of landing the odds at Sedgefield last week and runner-up Yourholidayisover will be 8lb better off, though the latter rarely finds much at the business end. We’ll stick with Fergal O’Brien’s charge even though the five-year-old Wisecracker has found only one too good the last twice. By Rail has had a short break since disappointing when favourite at Bangor in October but Little Jimmy hasn’t raced since June and has become hard to win with.
By Rail 7-2jfav (11-2) Chased leader, led briefly 3 out, pushed along and weakened between last 2, left poor 4th last, 4th of 8, 15 1/2l behind Ortenzia (11-6) at Bangor 2m 1f hcp (4) gd in Oct.
Show's Over (IRE) 10-11fav (10-9) Mostly tracked leader until before 3 out where hampered, not much room 2 out, not clear run and switched right before last, led at the last, stayed on, clear towards finish, won at Sedgefield 2m hcp (5) gs in Nov beating Yourholidayisover (10-0) by 3 1/4l, 7 ran.
Little Jimmy 8-1 (10-6) Held up towards rear, headway 4 out, weakened before 2 out, pulled up before last, at Bangor 3m hcp (4) gd in Jun.
Anti Cool (IRE) 6-1 (11-1) Held up in rear, headway normal 4 out, weakened next, tailed off, 6th of 7, dist behind Saffron Prince (11-10) at Stratford 2m 1f hcp (5) gd in Oct.
Wisecracker 9-2 (10-11) Jumped left at times, chased leaders, definite 2nd 3 out, not fluent 2 out, mistake and no impression last, 2nd of 7, 7l behind Deise Vu (11-12) at Hereford 2m hcp (5) gf in Nov.
No No Cardinal (IRE) 25-1 (10-0) Mid-division, ridden and weakened after 5th, tailed off when pulled up before 3 out, at Exeter 2m 3f hcp (5) gd in Nov.
Yourholidayisover (IRE) 9-1 (10-0) Mid-division, headway after 4 out, hampered 3 out, led before last, soon headed, shaken up and found nil, 2nd of 7, 3 1/4l behind Show's Over (10-9) at Sedgefield 2m hcp (5) gs in Nov.