tracked leader in steadily run race, every chance last, kept on well, never reached winner
made all, set very steady pace and not fluent, quickened after 3 out, strongly challenged last, all out, held on well
restrained in 3rd in steadily run race, effort approaching last, stayed on well, never reached leaders
Successful in handicaps here and at Uttoxeter this year, VICTARION is penalised reverting to novice company but should still have too much for Worcester runner-up Simon The Great and Fr Humphrey, a staying chaser who has barely raised a gallop since joining the Mulholland team.
Victarion (IRE) 7-2 (11-6) Held up in rear, not fluent 7th and soon pushed along, headway on outside 3 out, led next, clear last, racing awkwardly flat, ridden out, won at Uttoxeter 2m 7f hcp (4) gd in Jul beating King Cool (11-2) by 7l, 7 ran.
Fr Humphrey (IRE) 12-1 (11-13) Chased leaders, not fluent 11th, mistake 14th, struggling before 16th, closed 4 out, soon weakened, pulled up after 2 out, at Stratford 3m 4f hcp (5) gd in Aug.
Simon The Great 16-1 (11-0) Held up, headway 5th, went 2nd 7th, soon led, headed 2 out, over 3 lengths down flat, closed on idling winner towards finish, just held, 2nd of 5, hd behind Sunset Showdown (11-7) at Worcester 2m 7f (4) gd in Aug.