mid-division, pushed along briefly 2nd, well beaten after 3 out, plugged on flat
held up in rear, not always fluent, headway after 3 out, went 2nd from 2 out, no impression on winner, stayed on
held up towards rear, mistake 4 out, well beaten next
chased leaders on inside, outpaced after 2 out, soon no impression
tracked leaders, lost place before 2 out, soon behind, pulled up before last
held up towards rear, headway when mistake 3 out, mistake 2 out, soon weakened
chased leaders, raced freely, ridden before 2 out, 4th and no impression before last
mid-division, outpaced after 3 out, soon weakened, pulled up
led until 1st, with leader, not fluent 5th, lost 2nd before 7th, 3rd and no impression before last
led 1st, mistake 4 out, jumped left 3 out, soon headed, weakened after next
in rear, ridden 7th, pulled up before 4 out
mid-division, well beaten 3 out, pulled up after
held up towards rear, some headway 3 out, no impression
prominent, bumped 3 out, soon led, ridden after 2 out, not fluent last, stayed on
Alan King has two entries. Stockburn looks plenty high enough on what he's shown to date and not surprisingly Wayne Hutchinson has chosen Stylish Moment, who makes his handicap debut after showing potential around this sort of trip. The Drone, a dual point-to-point winner, beat two rivals at Stratford before just failing to make a successful return to that track over 3m2f in July though he had a very hard race that day. THE GROOVY HOOVY (NAP) had shown potential before landing a touch at Southwell where the further they went the better he got. In the expectation he'll get a strong gallop he looks the one to beat. Miss Mash took advantage of very heavy going at Newton Abbot to win easily but an 11lb rise make this much more difficult in better conditions. Picture Painter had a recent run on the Flat to put him straight and David Pipe's recent acquisition is one to keep on the rights side.
Stockburn (IRE) 7-1 (11-1) Ran in snatches, chased leaders, 3rd 4 out, pushed along after next, weakened approaching 2 out, 4th of 6, 10 3/4l behind Kilfilum Cross (11-8) at Kempton 3m 1f (4) sft in Apr.
Miss Mash 5-1 (11-5) Held up behind, smooth headway after 3 out, went 2nd going well into straight, led on bit approaching 2 out, soon clear, very easily, won at Newton Abbot 2m 6f hcp (4) hvy in Oct beating Western Sunrise (11-11) by 11l, 13 ran.
Shadow's Boy 25-1 (10-8) Last trio, jumped slowly 5th, weakened and in rear 3 out, tailed off, 6th of 7, dist behind Ennistown (11-12) at Plumpton 3m 1f hcp (3) gd in Sep.
Stylish Moment (IRE) 10-1 (11-0) Tracked leaders, outpaced by front pair before 2 out, kept on, no danger after, 3rd of 7, 17 1/2l behind Cotswold Way (11-0) at Huntingdon 2m 4f mdn (4) gd in Oct.
Oscar Sunset (IRE) 14-1 (12-3) Mid-division in touch on inside, lost place before 3 out, soon weakened, pulled up before next, at Ffos Las 2m 6f hcp (4) gd in May.
Pointed And Sharp (IRE) 14-1 (11-1) Behind, headway 3 out, stayed on under pressure after last, never nearer, 4th of 11, 7 1/4l behind Canyon City (11-7) at Fontwell 2m 3f hcp (3) gf in Oct.
Chase End Charlie (IRE) 16-1 (11-2) Prominent, lost place before 5th, slow and not fluent 6th, soon behind, pulled up before 3 out, at Worcester 2m 4f hcp (3) gd in Sep.
Larch Hill (IRE) 16-1 (10-12) Mid-division, headway before 5th, outpaced when not fluent 3 out, well beaten next, 6th of 10, 33 1/2l behind Seddon (10-12) at Stratford 2m (3) gd in Nov.
The Drone (IRE) 20-1 (10-10) Led to 3 out, soon pushed along, regained lead between last 2, ridden and headed narrowly approaching last, kept on and every chance flat, just held, 2nd of 7, shd behind Forthefunofit (11-12) at Stratford 3m 2f hcp (3) gd in Jul.
Picture Painter (IRE) 8-1 (8-10) Held up in last pair, some headway on outside edging left 3f out, no headway final 2f, 8th of 13, 18 1/2l behind Graceful Lady (9-8) at Newbury 2m hcp (5) gs in Oct.
Sinakar (IRE) 5-2fav (11-7) Held up, towards rear, not much room 9th, soon ridden, effort 2 out, no impression, no extra flat, 5th of 7, 8 1/4l behind Skylander (11-5) at Worcester 2m 7f hcp (3) gd in Aug.
Paddys Runner 13-2 (8-12) Mid-division, ridden over 2f out, kept on inside final furlong, not pace to threaten leaders, 7th of 11, 6 1/4l behind The Way You Dance (9-1) at Kempton 2m hcp (5) pol in Jul.
The Groovy Hoovy 15-2 (11-12) In touch 2nd, close 3rd 2 out, led last, stayed on, driven out, won at Southwell 2m 4f hcp (4) gd in Oct beating Asking Questions (12-0) by 1 1/2l, 14 ran.
Samson's Reach 50-1 (9-5) Slowly away, in rear, outpaced over 6f out, raced alone far side, never dangerous, 5th of 6, 35 3/4l behind Time For A Toot (8-11) at Haydock 1m stks (5) hvy in Oct.