mid-division, headway 4 out, soon chasing leaders, weakened before last
held up towards rear, headway 5 out, chased leaders 3 out, led before last, ran on
prominent, driven to challenge 2 out, weakening when mistake last
chased leaders, led before 2 out, mistake last, soon headed, no extra closing stages
held up towards rear, headway on outside before 3 out, weakened after next
behind, headway 3 out, chased leaders next, kept on same pace closing stages
mid-division, mistakes 2nd and 4th, headway after 4 out, weakened 2 out
mid-division, mistake 3rd, weakened next, soon behind, pulled up before 3 out
tracked leader, led 3rd, soon headed, led again before 4 out, headed approaching 2 out, kept on same pace
mid-division, short of room and outpaced after 3 out, rallied after next, ran on closing stages, never reached winner
led, keen, headed 3rd, soon led again, headed before 4 out, weakened next
behind, some late headway, never dangerous
Collodi is only a plater while it remains to be seen how Great Hall copes with a return to hurdling, though is a course and distance winner as is Sparkleandshine. Emma Lavelle runs two but both the hat-trick seeking Blushing Red and Shiroccan Roll would need to improve again to land this. Mister Universum kept on nicely behind Chieftain’s Choice at Doncaster and is a consistent sort at this level while William H Bonney took advantage of a drop in class to score at Hereford last month. RAVEN’S TOWER has been more like his old self this autumn and, providing the going doesn’t get much softer, Ben Pauling’s top weight should go well. Romanor looks the pick of the remainder.
Raven's Tower (USA) 7-2 (11-9) Chased leaders, not fluent 4th, pushed along on outside before 3 out, went 2nd 2 out, no chance with winner, lost 2nd towards finish, 3rd of 7, 3 3/4l behind Cornborough (11-1) at Wetherby 2m hcp (3) gd in Nov.
William H Bonney 11-8fav (11-12) Held up towards rear, headway 2 out, led last, ridden out (2nd hurdle after the winning post omitted), won at Hereford 2m hcp (3) gd in Nov beating Cougar Kid (10-12) by 1/2l, 11 ran.
Mister Universum (GER) 5-1 (11-12) Held up, not fluent 5th, effort 3 out, no impression on winner next, kept on, just prevailed in duel for 2nd, 2nd of 6, 8l behind Chieftain's Choice (11-1) at Doncaster 2m 1f hcp (3) gf in Dec.
Eskendash (USA) 8-1 (11-7) Held up in rear, headway on outside approaching 3 out, kept on run-in, shared 3rd post, 3rd of 7, 5 3/4l behind Storm Rising (11-6) at Wetherby 2m hcp (3) gd in Nov.
Sparkleandshine (IRE) 28-1 (10-3) Held up towards rear, headway 3 out, chasing leaders when not fluent next, stayed on same pace, 4th of 9, 8 3/4l behind Fidux (11-2) at Ascot 2m hcp lst (1) gd in Nov.
Romanor 8-1 (11-3) Held up in rear, headway before 2 out, not quicken approaching last, went 4th towards finish, 4th of 7, 8l behind Thahab Ifraj (10-3) at Wincanton 2m 4f hcp (3) gf in Nov.
Shiroccan Roll 9-4 (11-4) Sweating, raced keenly, chased leaders, led 2 out, headed before last, kept on same pace run-in, 2nd of 7, 1 3/4l behind Grand Sancy (11-8) at Wincanton 1m 7f (3) gd in Nov.
Prince Of Steal (IRE) 25-1 (12-5) Keen prominent, blundered 3rd and lost ground, recovered 5th, ridden and dropped to rear 8th, pulled up next, at Market Rasen 2m 7f hcp (3) sft in Mar.
Furiously Fast (IRE) 20-1 (12-3) Took keen hold, tracked leader, led 2 out, soon headed, beaten before last, 5th of 9, at Hereford 2m hcp (4) gd in Nov.
Great Hall 33-1 (9-10) Led 1f, remained prominent, led again over 4f out, headed over 2f out, soon weakened, 6th of 7, 20 1/4l behind Caspar The Cub (8-10) at Kempton 1m 4f hcp (3) pol in Nov.
Blushing Red (FR) 7-1 (11-9) Made all, clear before 2 out, kept on well, ridden out, won at Kempton 2m hcp (4) gd in Nov beating Rocket Ronnie (10-5) by 1 1/4l, 12 ran.
Collodi (GER) 33-1 (11-4) Jumped left at times, led, not fluent 1st, headed 2 out, no extra last, 5th of 8, 14 1/2l behind Snapdragon Fire (11-11) at Huntingdon 2m hcp (3) gd in Nov.