held up towards rear, driven over 4f out, soon beaten, tailed off
behind, headway over 5f out, chased leaders over 2f out, led approaching final furlong, stayed on well
led, hard driven over 2f out, headed over 1f out, kept on well under pressure
chased leaders, effort over 2f out, weakened approaching final furlong
held up towards rear, headway over 5f out, no impression
mid-division, headway over 5f out, chased leaders over 2f out, never on terms
chased leaders, lost place 2f out
in touch, under pressure over 3f out, soon lost place
tracked leader, lost place over 3f out
prominent, weakened over 3f out, tailed off
chased leaders, driven to challenge over 1f out, kept on same pace final furlong
mid-division, under pressure over 3f out, soon beaten, tailed off
chased leaders, weakened over 5f out, tailed off
always behind, tailed off
held up, headway over 3f out, never on terms
keen in rear, never dangerous, tailed off
This looks a decent bumper for the track with several powerful yards represented. Nicky Henderson’s Mr Woody can only improve on his second at Warwick and Financier looked in need of the run when third at Chepstow. Not A Nail was favourite when placed at Exeter in December and Farrants Way was also third at Uttoxeter, though will struggle to overturn that form with impressive winner King Roland. Calum Gilhooley and STICK WITH BILL also made winning starts with Harry Whittington’s charge making all here just before Christmas. This is a much more competitive affair but the Oscar gelding should have plenty more to offer. Anax and Shakem Up'arry are newcomers to consider.
Calum Gilhooley (IRE) 33-1 (11-0) In touch in rear, pushed along 3f out, headway when switched inside over 1f out, ridden to lead inside final furlong, ran on, won at Bangor-on-Dee 2m 1f (5) sft in Dec beating Timeforaspin (11-0) by 1 1/2l, 7 ran.
King Roland (IRE) 8-11fav (11-0) Held up in rear, headway on outside form 8f out, led over 5f out, clear final 3f, very easily, won at Uttoxeter 2m (5) hvy in Dec beating Stung For Cash (11-0) by 22l, 9 ran.
Stick With Bill (IRE) 5-2fav (11-6) Made all, quickened readily clear over 1f out, ran on well, won at Ffos Las 2m (5) hvy in Dec beating Little Red Lion (11-6) by 2 1/4l, 6 ran.
Anax (IRE) Oscar gelding out of Limetree Leader.
Cage Of Fear (IRE) 8-1 (11-6) Mid-div, 9th 4out, hdwy 5th 2out & eff 3rd last, kow but not trouble easy wnr, 2nd of 12, 8l behind Lecale's Article (11-11) at Largy 3m mdn gd in Apr.
Farrants Way (IRE) 6-1 (11-0) Mid-division, lost place 12f out, closed over 4f out, went 3rd over 1f out, no chance with winner, 3rd of 9, 32l behind King Roland (11-0) at Uttoxeter 2m (5) hvy in Dec.
Financier 8-1 (11-0) Held up on inside, headway over 4f out, chased winner over 3f out, no impression inside final 2f, lost 2nd inside final furlong, 3rd of 8, 13 3/4l behind Ask For Glory (11-0) at Chepstow 2m (4) sft in Dec.
Just Got To Get On 25-1 (11-0) Behind, headway over 4f out, led over 2f out, headed over 1f out, soon rallied, stayed on same pace final furlong, 3rd of 11, 1 1/4l behind Jelski (11-0) at Ffos Las 2m (5) sft in Jan.
Mr Woody (IRE) 11-2 (11-0) Tracked leaders, driven over 3f out, stayed on to take narrow 2nd final furlong, no impression with winner, 2nd of 9, 8l behind Nobby (11-7) at Warwick 2m (5) gs in Dec.
Not A Nail (IRE) 9-4fav (10-12) Tarcked leader, every chance over 2f out, wandered under pressure inside final furlong, no extra closing stages, 3rd of 14, 4 1/2l behind Haldon Hill (10-12) at Exeter 2m 1f (5) hvy in Dec.
Shakem Up'arry (IRE) Flemensfirth gelding out of Nun Better.
Shutthegate (IRE) Milan gelding out of Miss Conduct.
Dorrana (IRE) 50-1 (10-5) Behind, headway over 3f out, never nearer, 5th of 14, 13 1/4l behind Haldon Hill (10-12) at Exeter 2m 1f (5) hvy in Dec.
Gilwen Gracelyn Dick Turpin M out of Gilwen Glory.
Mac Amara Dick Turpin M out of Macnance.
Half Nelson Mount Nelson gelding out of Maria Antonia.