tracked leaders, lost place 6th, behind when pulled up before 2 out
jumped badly, always in rear
held up, took keen hold, not fluent 1st, mistake and unseated rider 2nd
led until before 2nd, tracked winner, not fluent 7th, hit 4 out, 3rd and beaten when mistake last, no extra flat
held up, headway approaching 7th, outpaced 4 out, stayed on same pace from 2 out
took keen hold, in touch, closed 3rd, jumped right and went 2nd 2 out, no impression on winner
tracked leaders, not fluent 3rd, went 2nd 4 out until not fluent next, stayed on same pace from next
prominent, led before 2nd, driven and stayed on well flat
Dual winning hurdler Billy Blade was making his chasing debut when falling at the fourth last when in contention at Bangor and should be in the shake-up if none the worse. Rough Times didn't run badly on his chasing bow at Worcester and that will have done him good while this trip and fast ground is just what the veteran Bajan Sunshine requires though he has a long absence to overcome. Clu Agus Cail landed a novices' handicap over the C&D a year ago but has shown very little subsequently so this can go to SHROPSHIRELASS, who jumped well enough when runner-up behind Citrus Mark here ten days ago and doesn't have much more to do. The Grey One needs to brush up his jumping but could be thereabouts with a clear round.
Mangonel 25-1 (10-11) Held up in touch on inside, outpaced 3 out, never on terms, 5th of 7, 20l behind Akbabend (11-1) at Fontwell 2m 6f hcp hdl 0-120 (4) gd in Aug.
Billy Blade 7-2 (10-4) Held up in rear, headway to chase leaders when fell 3 out, in a race won by Tasheba (12-0) at Bangor 3m nov hcp chs 0-115 (4) gd in Aug, 5 ran.
Rough Times (IRE) 13-2 (11-7) Held up in rear, not fluent 4th, headway 9th, every chance 4 out, no extra last, 4th of 13, 18l behind Bennys Quest (11-6) at Worcester 2m hcp chs 0-95 (5) gd in Aug.
Clu Agus Cail (IRE) 18-1 (11-3) Held up, bad mistake 9th, mistake 4 out, no impression, 9th of 12, 39l behind Zhukov (11-1) at Fontwell 2m 6f hcp 0-100 (5) gd in Aug.
Shropshirelass 17-2 (10-3) Held up in rear, headway to chase leading pair before 2 out, ridden and stayed on to take 2nd flat, not reach winner, 2nd of 5, 3/4l behind Citrus Mark (11-6) at Fontwell 2m 2f hcp chs 0-105 (4) gd in Aug.
The Grey One (IRE) 10-1 (10-8) Held up in rear, headway after 3 out, mistake last, kept on same pace, 5th of 8, 5l behind Guns of Love (9-11) at Huntingdon 2m hcp 0-100 (5) gf in Aug.
Terra Bleu (IRE) 4-1 (10-4) Tracked leaders, outpaced when mistake 4 out, soon weakened, last of 4, well behind Charming Lad (11-11) at Fontwell 3m 2f 5yo nov hcp (4) gs in Jun.
Zepnove (IRE) 40-1 (9-7) Mid-division, reminder after 2nd, headway before 3rd, lost place after next, outpaced from 8th, well held, 5th of 9, 38l behind Whistling Senator (11-9) at Huntingdon 3m 2f hcp hdl 0-105 (4) gd in May.
Bajan Sunshine (IRE) 3-1 (10-3) Tracked leader, led 12th, ridden after 3 out, headed 2 out, no extra flat, 3rd of 6, 14l behind Gunner Rose (10-4) at Southwell 2m 4f hcp chs 0-110 (4) gd in Aug '11.