made most, joined 3 out, driven before next, soon ridden, headed approaching last, readily outpaced by winner flat, just held on for 2nd near finish
tracked leaders, joined leader on inside 3 out, driven to lead approaching last, ridden clear flat, eased near finish, readily
with leader, lost place 3 out, unable to go with front trio soon after, no chance from next, lost modest 4th near finish
held up in touch in rear, pushed along after 7th, outpaced when ridden after 4 out, lost touch after next, plugged on to take modest 4th near finish
tracked leaders, went 3rd 3 out, effort when hit next, soon ridden and one pace, stayed on and just failed for 2nd near finish, no impression with winner
Another race that looks a virtual match on paper. It could be a hat-trick for Paul Nicholls and Lorcan Williams as DANSE IDOL has been holding her own in strong company since she won a Wincanton maiden in December. She is getting 14lb from likely market rival Double Treasure and may also enjoy a fitness advantage over Jamie Snowden’s gelding, who has done well since reverting to hurdles but was pulled up when last seen in a Grade 2 at Cheltenham in November which hasn’t really worked out. The remainder should be playing for places.
Double Treasure 10-3 (11-0) Made most to before 5th, soon lost place and behind, pulled up before next, at Cheltenham 2m 5f (1) gd in Nov.
Danse Idol (IRE) 5-6fav (10-12) Held up in rear but in touch, slow 7th, headway 3 out, stayed on into 2nd approaching last, hung left under pressure closings stages, no chance with winner, 2nd of 5, 12l behind Papagana (10-12) at Doncaster 3m lst (1) gd in Mar.
First Assembly (IRE) 66-1 (11-0) Raced wide in touch, pushed along 3 out, soon in rear, weakened 2 out, last of 7, 35 1/4l behind Mon Port (11-7) at Market Rasen 2m 1f (4) gd in Mar.
Laoch Beag (IRE) 22-1 (10-13) Held up towards rear, headway chasing leaders after 3 out, left 3rd and slightly hampered next, went 2nd at the last, no chance with winner, 2nd of 12, 5l behind Theatre Rouge (11-12) at Newton Abbot 2m 6f hcp (5) gd in Apr.
Deputy Jones (IRE) 4-1 (11-11) Alw pr, 3rd 1/2way, 5th 3out, prog 2out & disp last, sow to ld run-in, won at Loughanmore 3m mdn gd in Apr beating Isle Of Destiny (11-11) by 3l, 10 ran.