chased leaders, lost place 7th, beaten 5 out, pulled up next
disputed lead until led before 4th, headed approaching 2 out, no extra
held up in rear, pushed along 6th, headway to chase leaders after 8th, weakened before 4 out, behind when pulled up after next
in touch, mistake 7th, every chance 3 out, soon weakened
tracked leaders, every chance 3 out, led before next, soon strongly challenged, stayed on well closing stages
held up towards rear, headway before 5 out, weakened after next
mid-division, ridden 8th, beaten 5 out, completely tailed off
disputed lead until tracked leader 4th, outpaced 3 out, stayed on into 3rd before last
keen in rear, headway 7th, chased leaders 3 out, every chance from 2 out, no extra closing stages
Though 0-8 over hurdles, Heavenly Promise has won twice over fences and hasn’t raced off a mark this low in more than two years. But LUCK OF THE LEGION looks a more reliable proposition having shown the anticipated progress when upped in trip at Warwick. He could be called the winner a long way out that day so can shrug off an 8lb hike in the weights. Mauna Kea and Jimmy are returning from a break and Quarry Lami has a two-year absence to overcome while Velvet Cognac and American Life are both in the veteran stage now.
Mauna Kea (IRE) 10-1 (11-6) Raced wide in touch, ridden and lost place 9th, ridden and headway on long run to last, kept on flat, 3rd of 10, 12l behind Boher Lad (10-4) at Stratford 3m 2f hcp (4) gd in Apr.
Velvet Cognac 7-1 (11-5) Led until before 1st, chased leaders, went left 2nd, ridden 13th, weakened 2 out, hampered last, 5th of 13, 23 3/4l behind Royals And Rebels (11-2) at Stratford 3m 4f hcp (5) gd in Aug.
Quarry Lami (IRE) 16-1 (11-5) Held up mid-division, headway before 2 out, led last, kept on well, won at Taunton 3m hcp (5) gf in Nov beating Lady Of Longstone (12-3) by 2 1/4l, 12 ran.
Parisian Affair 50-1 (9-11) Slowly into stride, towards rear, effort over 2f out, never troubled leaders, 7th of 11, 7 3/4l behind Giving Back (9-13) at Chepstow 2m hcp (6) gd in Sep.
Luck Of The Legion (IRE) 5-1 (10-7) Prominent, led 3 out, ran on well, readily, won at Warwick 3m 2f hcp (5) gf in Sep beating Vif Argent (10-8) by 3 1/2l, 11 ran.
Jimmy 5-1cfav (10-11) Chased leaders to 4th, behind and reminders after 7th, no danger after, 11th of 16, 15l behind Itsaboutime (10-2) at Fontwell 2m 6f hcp (5) gd in Apr.
Trysor Ynys (IRE) 20-1 (10-13) Held up mid-division, lost place and reminder after 8th, soon behind, 8th of 11, 15 1/4l behind Hot Ryan (11-12) at Worcester 2m 7f hcp (5) gd in Sep.
American Life (FR) 7-1 (10-11) With winner until 4 out, soon ridden, weakened 2 out, 5th of 9, 19 1/2l behind Paddys Runner (12-3) at Fontwell 3m 2f hcp (5) gd in Jun.
Heavenly Promise (IRE) 7-1 (10-7) Led into start, behind, not fluent 5th, steady headway from 9th, not fluent 4 out, jumped left and 3rd 2 out, went left and no extra last, 3rd of 13, 16l behind Phoenix Rock (11-1) at Worcester 2m 7f hcp (5) gd in Sep.