held up in touch in last pair, tracked leaders 5 out, ridden after 2 out, went 2nd between last 2, kept on same pace, no chance with winner
with leader, led 2nd, made rest, ridden clear after 2 out, in no danger after, stayed on well
held up in touch on inside, lost place and behind from 6th, lost touch 5 out, tailed off
tracked leaders on outside, blundered 7th, pushed along when blundered again and unseated rider 5 out
tracked leader, went 2nd after 5 out, outpaced after 2 out, lost place when ridden between last 2, no chance with front pair from last, lost 3rd flat
led, headed 2nd, tracked winner to after 5 out, lost place 3 out, weakened next, tailed off
held up in touch in last pair, tracked leaders 5 out, driven after 2 out, soon ridden and beaten
tracked leaders, ridden after 2 out, soon one pace, stayed on into narrow 3rd flat, no chance with front pair
Tidal Watch would surely have won at Newton Abbot had he jumped the last but has been raised 7lb. Theflyingportrait is now 5lb lower than when successful at Wetherby last November and has won his fair share down the years. It will be interesting to see how Sporting Press fares in this grade this season but Ardera Cross’ winning run came to an end here last week and he may be high enough in the weights now. BALLYVIC BORU was placed off this mark at Southwell and Market Rasen in May. A course and distance winner earlier, he possibly found 2m5f too far when favourite at Cartmel when last seen and should have benefited from a break.
Tidal Watch (IRE) 4-1 (11-12) Chased leaders, challenged going well 4 out, not fluent 3 out, soon led, jumped right 3 out, 7 lengths up when fell last, unlucky, at Newton Abbot 2m hcp (3) gd in Aug.
Theflyingportrait (IRE) 9-4fav (11-12) Set strong pace, jumped well, headed after 3 out, soon weakened, 5th of 7, dist behind Callthebarman (11-2) at Perth 2m hcp (3) gs in Jul.
Raven's Tower (USA) 11-4 (11-3) Chased leader, jumped a bit big at times, lost 2nd 4 out, last next, soon weakened, last of 4, 20 1/4l behind Adrrastos (11-9) at Worcester 2m hcp (3) gs in Jul.
Ardera Cross (IRE) 10-1 (11-9) Tracked leader, led after 4 out, ridden and headed after 2 out, soon one pace, 4th and beaten before last, 4th of 7, 18l behind One Night In Milan (11-12) at Kelso 2m 5f hcp (3) gd in Sep.
Ballyvic Boru (IRE) 7-4fav (11-5) Travelled strongly, held up, went 2nd 7th, not fluent next, shaken up after last, soon left behind by winner, lost 2nd last bend and weakened, 4th of 5, 22l behind Lord Wishes (10-8) at Cartmel 2m 5f hcp (3) gs in May.
Effet Special (FR) 3-1 (11-1) Chased winner, ridden before 2 out, soon no impression, lost well held 2nd when fell last, at Perth 2m 4f hcp (3) hvy in Aug.
Sporting Press (IRE) 10-11fav (11-10) Held up in rear, not fluent 2nd, headway before 5th, went 2nd after 6th until after next, well beaten from normal 3 out, went 3rd before omitted last, tailed off, 3rd of 5, dist behind Fair Loch (11-0) at Sedgefield 2m hcp (4) gd in Apr.
Beautiful Ben (IRE) 4-1 (11-12) Tracked leaders, disputing 3rd when brought down 3rd, at Kelso 2m 1f hcp (4) gd in Sep.