held up in rear, lost touch approaching 7th, soon tailed off, pulled up after 5 out
chased leaders, mistake 5th, outpaced 5 out, rallied 3 out, chased winner next, kept on under pressure closing stages
held up in 4th, jumped slowly 2nd and 3rd, lost touch 7th, soon tailed off, modest 4th
tracked leader, led before 4 out, hard driven last, held on well
led, hit 6th, headed approaching 4 out, not fluent next, no extra from 2 out
Placed in five of his seven chase starts, Free Stone Hill is having a first run for Milton Bradley after almost a year off. His former handler Dan Skelton runs Finley's Eyes, who has also had a lengthy break but should make a better chaser than hurdler. GRANIA O’MALLEY is making steady progress over the larger obstacles and could get her head in front today after a recent second at Uttoxeter with Topofthecotswolds continuing to frustrate. Mon Eldorado has a bit to prove nowadays.
Free Stone Hill (IRE) 7-4fav (11-8) Close up, blundered badly 6th, tracked winner 4 out, pressed winner from 2 out, not clear run soon after last, kept on one pace, 2nd of 6, 1 3/4l behind Dr Dunraven (11-4) at Southwell 2m hcp (4) gd in Jun.
Topofthecotswolds (IRE) 5-2 (11-2) Led, ridden and headed 2 out, kept on one pace, 2nd of 7, 2 3/4l behind Chaparral Prince (10-11) at Fakenham 2m 4f mdn (4) gd in May.
Mon Eldorado (FR) 8-1 (11-2) Led, wandered into some of the hurdles, reluctant briefly bend before 7th, headed approaching 2 out, soon weakened, last of 9, dist behind That's A Given (11-5) at Wincanton 2m 5f hcp (4) gd in Apr.
Grania O'Malley (IRE) 7-1 (11-12) With leader, every chance 3 out, mistake 2 out, no impression on winner last, 2nd of 6, 6l behind Expresstime (10-2) at Uttoxeter 2m 4f hcp (4) gs in Jun.
Finley's Eyes (IRE) 13-2 (11-11) Raced keenly, led, hit 4th, headed before 2 out, weakened before last, 8th of 13, 25 1/4l behind Master Work (11-7) at Warwick 2m hcp (4) gd in Nov.