took keen hold, tracked leader, led 2 out, soon headed, beaten before last
held up in mid-division, no impression from 2 out
held up towards rear, headway after 3 out, stayed on same pace approaching last
chased leaders, challenged 2 out, soon led, hung left flat, strongly pressed, just held on, finished 1st, placed 2nd
mid-division, dived at 3rd, headway 2 out, challenging when hit last, hampered flat, stayed on, just held, finished 2nd, placed 1st
tracked leaders, not fluent 3 out, lost place after next
held up in rear, not fluent 4th, headway 2 out, close 3rd when badly hampered flat, held after
chased leaders, lost place 3rd, mistake 3 out, soon well beaten
led until 2 out, soon weakened
Court Royale makes his handicap debut after landing a Ludlow novices' event and is definitely on the upgrade. Borak has now won three times since June but all on quick ground and wouldn't want the going to ease any further. Cougar Kid loves it around here and isn't badly treated though his best form has been over further. It's a long way for CONTRE TOUS to travel for this and he's dropped to a mark he should be winning from soon so gets the nod in a tight looking handicap. Jaboticaba has been a bit disappointing since arriving from France though any further ease in the ground will be in his favour. Winning bumper World Premier makes his handicap debut and Barry Geraghty is hanging around for the ride.
Furiously Fast (IRE) 6-4fav (11-5) Keen tracked leaders, led 3rd, ridden 2 out, ridden and ran on, won at Ffos Las 2m (4) gd in Nov beating Southport (11-5) by 3 1/2l, 8 ran.
Contre Tous (FR) 16-1 (11-12) Held up towards rear, outpaced on outside 3 out, soon ridden, never on terms, weakened next, 7th of 8, 37 1/2l behind New Agenda (12-0) at Ludlow 2m hcp (4) gd in Oct.
Court Royale (IRE) 4-1 (10-12) Raced keenly, held up in touch, tracked leaders after 4 out, shaken up between last 2, not fluent last, ridden to lead flat, ran on, won at Ludlow 2m (4) gd in Oct beating Gortroe Joe (11-4) by 2 1/2l, 7 ran.
Jaboticaba (FR) 7-2jfav (11-1) Mid-division, headway 2 out, ridden and wide off last bend, weakened before last, 5th of 12, 12 3/4l behind Romanor (10-10) at Stratford 2m hcp (3) gf in Jun.
World Premier (FR) 10-1 (10-12) Mid-division, headway and close up 3 out, soon driven and no impression, weakened next, 5th of 12, 32 1/4l behind Denmead (10-12) at Huntingdon 2m (4) gd in Oct.
Love Lane (IRE) 10-1 (11-1) With leader, keen, led after 3rd, headed 3 out, soon lost place, 5th of 7, 28 3/4l behind Iconic Sky (11-8) at Market Rasen 2m 5f hcp (3) gd in Apr.
Cougar Kid (IRE) 7-1 (11-7) Held up behind, headway before 4 out, chased leaders after next, went 3rd 2 out, soon ridden, not fluent last, went 2nd and kept on flat, no impression with winner, 2nd of 11, 4 1/2l behind Voodoo Doll (11-6) at Bangor 2m 4f hcp (4) gd in Jun.
Deep Resolve (IRE) 100-1 (11-5) Mid-division, driven and lost place 3 out, weakened next, behind when blundered last, 11th of 12, 36 1/4l behind Snapdragon Fire (11-13) at Huntingdon 2m hcp (4) gd in Oct.
Dont Be Robin (IRE) 14-1 (11-6) Chased leaders, pushed along and weakened before 2 out, badly hampered and left in 4th place last, 4th of 11, 11 1/4l behind Hollywood Ken (11-12) at Chepstow 2m hcp (4) sft in Apr.
Borak (IRE) 14-1 (10-12) Waited with in close 5th, smooth headway approaching 2 out, came between horses and produced to challenge last, driven to lead final 150 yards kept on gamely, won at Wincanton 1m 7f hcp (4) fm in Oct beating Volpone Jelois (11-9) by nk, 5 ran.