chased leaders, headway and disputed lead before 3rd, tracked leaders after 7th, outpaced briefly over 3 out, closed from under 2 out and took 2nd before last, ran on well flat and led close home
Kap Auteuil’s winning run came to an end at Cheltenham last month but he’s back down in class today and not out of this. Lingfield winner Sopran Thor found one too good off today’s mark at Kempton while Flagrant Delitiep will be sharper for last month’s comeback but is 12lb higher than when last successful. HAMILTON DICI (NAP) is only a four-year-old but beat older chasers at Warwick on his debut over fences. He’s 6lb higher today but has lots of scope and Kim Bailey’s charge looks worth sticking with.
Kap Auteuil (FR) 5-1 (10-11) Midfield, overjumped and stumbled 1st, hit next, mistake 4th, headway 7th, hit 4 out, soon pushed along, weakening when mistake 3 out, 7th of 9, dist behind Editeur Du Gite (11-3) at Cheltenham 2m hcp (2) gd in Nov.
Captain Chaos (IRE) 80-1 (11-2) Raced wide prominent, lost place 7th, in touch, ridden and dropped to rear 12th, weakened 4 out, pulled up 2 out, at Bangor-on-Dee 3m hcp (2) gs in Nov.
Flagrant Delitiep (FR) 3-1jfav (10-12) Disputed lead, shaken up and headed before 2 out, soon weakened, 5th of 6, 24l behind Milan Bridge (10-12) at Lingfield 2m 3f (3) gs in Nov.
Sopran Thor (FR) Evensfav (12-3) Held up in last pair, good headway tracking leaders at 9th, 2nd travelling ok after 4 out, readily held and no impression from next, no chance with winner, 2nd of 7, 5 1/2l behind Brief Ambition (11-7) at Kempton 2m 4f hcp (4) gd in Nov.
Whatsupwithyou (IRE) 13-2 (11-1) Held up in rear, never involved, 6th of 7, 26l behind Nassalam (10-12) at Ascot 2m 3f hcp (3) sft in Oct.
Thomas Macdonagh 11-2 (10-10) Towards rear, not fluent 7th, ridden 10th (bechers brook), headway 13th (valentines), not able to get on terms, well beaten 6th at the last, 7th of 13, dist behind Mac Tottie (11-1) at Aintree 2m 5f hcp (2) gs in Nov.
Somekindofstar (IRE) 11-4fav (11-8) Held up in touch, hampered 1st, went 2nd after 10th, led 13th, headed when blundered 2 out, soon weakened, 6th of 8, dist behind Go Steady (11-11) at Warwick 2m 4f hcp (4) gs in May.
Hamilton Dici (FR) 3-1fav (11-1) Chased leader, led 2nd until 12th, chased leader, led again before 2 out, joined last, battled on gamely to assert run-in, won at Warwick 2m 4f hcp (4) gs in Nov beating Bardd (10-4) by 3 1/4l, 7 ran.