never that fluent, led until 3rd, led again next, hit 6th, headed next, chased leader until before 13th, chased leaders, 2nd again 3 out, led before 2 out, ridden headed and mistake last, stayed on same pace run-in
THE LATE LEGEND has been in great form, winning by wide margins at Sedgefield and over track and trip last month. The handicapper has reacted by raising him 11lb but a hat-trick beckons. Auld Sod still had a chance when unseating his rider last time and The Manuscript will have needed his run at Fontwell. Friends Don't Ask is preferred to Easter Eric and It's For Alan of the remainder.
Easter Eric 16-1 (11-9) Led until 3rd, led before 13th, clear 4 out, not fluent 3 out, headed before 2 out, held after, jumped left and not fluent last, kept on, 2nd of 12, 11l behind The Late Legend (10-8) at Huntingdon 3m hcp (5) gd in Oct.
The Late Legend 5-4fav (10-8) Chased leaders, slow 3rd, not fluent 12th, went 2nd after 3 out, led before next, jumped right last, stayed on, won at Huntingdon 3m hcp (5) gd in Oct beating Easter Eric (11-9) by 11l, 12 ran.
Friends Don't Ask 7-2 (11-12) Held up off the pace towards rear, good headway chasing leaders 12th, went 3rd and stayed on same pace from 4 out, 3rd of 10, 12 3/4l behind The Late Legend (10-8) at Sedgefield 3m 2f hcp (5) gd in Oct.
The Manuscript (IRE) 7-2cfav (11-10) Chased leaders, pecked 14th, outpaced next, mistake 4 out, weakened before 3 out, 4th of 8, dist behind Mogestic (10-9) at Fontwell 3m 2f hcp (5) gd in Sep.
It's For Alan 11-1 (11-6) Chased leaders, ridden and lost place before 3 out, 9th of 13, dist behind Tazka (11-12) at Fontwell 2m 6f hcp (5) gd in Sep.
Auld Sod (IRE) 4-1 (10-12) Chased leaders, ridden to chase winner when bad mistake 2 out (usual 3 out), keeping on when bad mistake and unseated rider last (usual 2 out), at Wincanton 3m 1f hcp (5) gf in Oct.
Mr Palmtree (IRE) 40-1 (10-12) Held up in rear, good headway out wide before 8th, close 3rd 4 out, pushed along before next, weakened before 2 out, 7th of 14, 26 3/4l behind Kendelu (11-6) at Uttoxeter 2m 7f hcp (5) gd in Sep.
Midnight Mustang 25-1 (10-0) In touch, headway 12th, chased leaders 4 out, stayed on same pace, 4th of 14, 5 3/4l behind Sunny Ledgend (10-3) at Exeter 3m hcp (5) sft in Mar.
The Jugopolist (IRE) 150-1 (11-4) Chased leaders, early reminders, led after 3rd, headed before 3 out, soon lost place, 5th of 6, dist behind Baracalu (11-5) at Leicester 2m (4) hvy in Jan.