chased leaders on inside, 2nd before 9th until next, chased leaders, slightly outpaced when hit 2 out, rallied and rider lost iron briefly before last, every chance run-in until winner quickened on towards finish
A dire contest in which stakes should probably be kept to a minimum unless there is a significant market move. ANGE DES MALBERAUX has only won over shorter trips so far but didn’t appear to be stopping when third over 3m at Musselburgh two runs ago and would be the one to beat on that form. A step up in distance might suit the lightly-raced The Delray Munky while Turtle Cask is well treated nowadays and has bags of stamina, though has been out of sorts since scoring at Hexham in September. Minella Suite has been chasing and isn’t certain to get home over a trip this far.
The Delray Munky 50-1 (10-5) Well off the pace in 4th, well behind before 3 out, left 3rd next, 3rd of 7, 24l behind Ballycrystal Court (10-12) at Musselburgh 2m 3f (4) gd in Dec.
Minella Suite (IRE) 6-1 (11-12) Prominent, ridden and weakened before 3 out, 4th of 8, dist behind Middlebrow (11-13) at Catterick 2m 3f hcp (5) gs in Nov.
Ange Des Malberaux (FR) 7-1 (11-10) Led, headed before 2 out, one pace, 8th of 13, at Sedgefield 2m 4f hcp (5) sft in Dec.
Letemgo (IRE) 7-1 (10-7) Towards rear, headway after 4 out, weakened before 3 out, 6th of 11, 34 1/2l behind Too Many Chiefs (11-6) at Ayr 3m hcp (4) hvy in Jan.
Herecomesnelson (IRE) 50-1 (11-4) Mid-division, struggling after 4 out, soon weakened, tailed off, last of 12, dist behind Chozen (11-8) at Carlisle 2m 1f hcp (4) sft in Nov.
Nicki's Nipper 100-1 (10-3) In touch, weakened and struggling 11th, never on terms after, tailed off, 6th of 9, 37 3/4l behind Attention Please (10-3) at Catterick 3m 1f hcp (4) gs in Dec.
Turtle Cask (IRE) 20-1 (11-2) Mid-division, headway 3 out, soon weakened, tailed off, 11th of 16, dist behind Final Fling (11-6) at Wetherby 3m hcp (5) sft in Dec.
Topham Bay (IRE) 13-2 (11-1) Always towards rear, tailed off and pulled up before last, at Hexham 2m 4f hcp (5) hvy in Nov.
Massini's Lady 5-1 (11-12) Led til hdd aft 3 out; one pce, 2nd of 6, 2 1/4l behind Teviot Prince (12-5) at Hexham 3m mdn in May.
Poetic Presence (IRE) 16-1 (10-3) Led until before 3 out, rallied next, weakened last, 6th of 16, 27 1/4l behind Final Fling (11-6) at Wetherby 3m hcp (5) sft in Dec.
Rory's Valentine (IRE) 11-1 (10-5) Held up towards rear, chased leaders 3 out, outpaced before next, never on terms, left remote 3rd before last, tailed off, 3rd of 7, 37l behind Red Danaher (11-8) at Catterick 3m 1f hcp (5) sft in Jan.
Broadway Belle 7-1 (10-0) Chased leaders, lost place after 4 out, 9th of 16, 35 1/2l behind Final Fling (11-6) at Wetherby 3m hcp (5) sft in Dec.
Son Of Feyan (IRE) 17-2 (10-1) Held up, weakened 4 out, 5th of 9, 24l behind Court Baloo (10-4) at Musselburgh 3m hcp (5) gd in Nov.
Beyondtheflame 25-1 (10-0) Led, hit 4 out, headed next, soon ridden and weakened, tailed off when went left next, 5th of 7, dist behind Red Danaher (11-8) at Catterick 3m 1f hcp (5) sft in Jan.