raced wide, held up, headway 4 out, outpaced before 2 out, went modest 4th between last 2, never on terms
held up in touch, chased leaders 4 out, outpaced after next, weakened 2 out, behind when pulled up before last
tracked leaders, driven after 3 out, ridden and weakened next, tailed off
held up in rear, tracked leaders after 3 out, went 2nd before next, soon challenged, led before last, ridden and edged right flat, kept on
led, joined before 4 out, headed before next, soon weakened, tailed off when pulled up before 2 out
tracked leaders, joined leader before 4 out, led before next, clear before 2 out until between last 2, headed before last, kept on same pace
tracked leader to before 4 out, outpaced next, ridden to take 3rd before 2 out, kept on same pace, no impression
NOVIS ADVENTUS (NAP) carries a penalty for last week’s easy win at Worcester and will be going up more than 7lb from tomorrow so running here is a sensible move. Harry Reed’s claim helps with the extra and Neil Mulholland’s top weight can complete a quick double. Stablemate Poetic Lady won on this card last year and goes well fresh so can’t be ignored. Mcgroarty is another unlikely to fail through lack of fitness and was in good form around this time last year while Maquisard ran well in a recent pipe-opener on the Flat. Sensible Friend looks the pick of the remainder.
Robin Des Mana (IRE) 25-1 (11-10) Raced wide and keen, tracked leading pair, went 2nd 4th, carried wide on paddock bend after 7th, lost 2nd 3 out, weakened, tailed off, 3rd of 4, dist behind Haul Away (11-10) at Fontwell 2m 6f (4) gd in Aug.
Maquisard (FR) 16-1 (9-7) Slowly into stride, held up, headway over 3f out, chased leaders over 1f out, stayed on into 2nd inside final furlong, no chance with winner, 2nd of 7, 3 1/2l behind Just In Time (9-6) at Goodwood 1m 6f hcp (4) gd in Aug.
Mcgroarty (IRE) 5-1 (11-3) Chased leaders, lost 3rd 3 out, ridden before 2 out, mistake hung left and weakened soon after, 5th of 7, 26l behind Sizing Granite (11-9) at Newbury 2m hcp (2) sft in Mar.
Mellow Ben (IRE) 15-8fav (11-11) Soon led, headed before 2 out, no extra last, 5th of 9, 12 1/2l behind Ready And Able (11-7) at Huntingdon 2m 4f hcp (4) gd in May.
Nachi Falls 14-1 (11-4) Led, clear 3rd until 4 out, headed, weakened and pulled up before 3 out, at Worcester 2m 7f hcp (3) gd in Jul.
Sensible Friend (GR) 9-2 (10-11) Raced wide, chased leaders, went 2nd 4 out, led and flattened 3 out, headed 2 out, chased winner, no impression, 2nd of 7, 6l behind Whatthebutlersaw (11-12) at Fontwell 2m 6f hcp (4) gd in Aug.
Sea's Aria (IRE) 15-2 (11-12) Chased winner throughout, ridden and held bypassing last, kept on for clear 2nd, 2nd of 12, 6l behind Mr Fickle (11-12) at Fontwell 2m 3f hcp (5) gd in Aug.
Novis Adventus (IRE) 5-1 (11-0) Held up in rear, not fluent 5th, headway from 7th, challenging when not fluent 2 out, led last, clear flat, easily, won at Worcester 2m 4f hcp (3) gd in Sep beating Notnow Seamus (11-9) by 9l, 8 ran.
Poetic Lady (IRE) 15-8fav (11-4) Tracked leading trio, closer in 3rd at 6th, 2nd and every chance when lost 2nd 3 out, weakened next, 4th of 5, 21 3/4l behind Still Believing (11-12) at Ludlow 2m 5f hcp (3) gf in Oct.