In touch, outpaced after 4 out, rallied and effort 2 out, no extra flat
mid-division, outpaced 4 out
behind outpaced when fell 7th
towards rear, struggling from halfway
towards rear, hampered 7th, soon struggling
held up in rear, headway approaching 3 out, effort between last 2, weakened flat
mid-division, ridden 4 out, weakened next
mid-division, struggling halfway, hampered 7th, tailed off when pulled up before 4 out
in touch, out paced approaching 3 out, kept on one pace from 2 out
held up towards rear, headway 3 out to chase leader, led approaching the last, stayed on well
led to 3rd remained prominent, effort after 2 out, kept on same pace flat
towards rear, outpaced and hampered 7th
chased leaders, lost place 4, rallied approaching 3 out, one pace from next
prominent until weakened after 4 out
mid-division, up rear halfway, kept on one pace from 2 out, no impression on leaders
prominent, weakened after 3 out
prominent, led 3rd, headed approaching last, no extra flat
Merigo has an exciting season over fences ahead of him but this is probably just a fitness run, so we will take a chance on QUEEN OF DIAMONDS. The selection was a good winner at Cartmel two starts back when she raced close to the pace and showed a good turn of foot to go clear. Next time up at Sedgefield her young jockey Campbell Gillies gave her a lot to do and she never looked like featuring; the instructions to Oliver Williams will hopefully be to have her handy throughout on this nippy track. Box Walsh hasn't shown anything to date but this mark of 90 may prove attractive, Ad Murum needs to improve his hurdling technique, whilst Sonara represents a stable in good form and this 70-rated flat horse could be well-treated. Humourous is a course and distance winner, whilst Pay On has won here before and shouldn't be too readily dismissed. Not a stellar start to the day, but we will side with Queen Of Diamonds.
Merigo (FR) 13-2 (10-0) Led until blundered and headed 11th, led again approaching 5 out, ridden and joined next, kept on gamely run-in, won at Ayr 3m 1f nov hcp chs (2) gd in Apr beating BallaBriggs (10-2) by 3 1/2l, 8 ran.
Exit Forty Four (IRE) 25-1 (11-0) Held up towards rear and keen, weakened from 5th, 9th of 12, well behind Sharevar (11-0) at Sedgefield 2m 1f mdn hdl (4) gf in Sept.
Sonara (IRE) 9-4jt-fav (10-10) Tracked leaders, weakened approaching omitted hurdle 3 out, 6th of 11, 23l behind Tucker (11-0) at Wetherby 2m cnd nov hdl (4) gf in May.
Queen of Diamonds (IRE) 5-4fav (10-12) In rear, ridden and headway approaching 3 out, kept on, not reach leaders, 6th of 14, 30l behind Loom (11-0) at Sedgefield 2m 5f cnd hcp hdl 0-100 (4) gf in Sept.
Ad Murum (IRE) 13-2 (11-3) Held up, badly hampered and unseated rider at the 6th in race won by Ngong Hills (11-8) at Wetherby 2m 6f hcp chs 0-90 (5) frm, 15 ran.
Admiral Savannah (IRE) 28-1 (10-12) Tracked leaders, behind from 5th, 6th of 8, 29l behind Rich Lord (10-12) at Catterick 2m 4yo nov hdl (4) sft in Feb.
Airedale Lad (IRE) 50-1 (11-2) Held up in touch, weakened 4 out, 7th of 11, 42l behind Caipiroska (10-8) at Wetherby 2m 3f nov hcp hdl 0-105 (4) sft in Dec.
Monty's Boy (IRE) 33-1 (10-11) Chased leaders, 2nd halfway, improved to lead 5 out, ridden and headed after 2 out, 3rd and no extra before last, soon weakened, 9th of 15, 23l behind Noble Crusader (11-12) at Downpatrick 2m 2f mdn hdl gs in Aug.
Kirkside Pleasure (IRE) 14-1 (10-6) Tracked leaders, outpaced 3 out, soon ridden and weakened, 9th of 11, 25l behind Mr Preacher Man (11-6) at Perth 3m hcp hdl 0-115 (4) gs in Sept.
Box Wallah (IRE) 20-1 (10-12) Always behind, 7th of 12, well behind Bene Lad (10-0) at Kelso 2m 6f hcp hdl 0-110 (4) sft in Apr.
Humourous (IRE) 9-1 (11-2) Led, hit 7th, headed after next, weakened 3 out, tailed off when pulled up 2 out in race won by Valerius (10-4) at Perth 3m nov hcp hdl 0-105 (4) gd in Jul, 9 ran.
Pay On (IRE) 20-1 (10-7) Mid-division, outpaced 2 out, no impression when not fluent last, 7th of 16, 34l behind Max Bygraves (11-2) at Kelso 2m 2f nov hcp hdl 0-95 (5) gd.
Jane Doe 150-1 (10-0) Behind, effort on outside halfway, weakened 3 out, 8th of 11, well behind Its Tough (11-0) at Perth 2m 4f mdn hdl (5) gs in Sept.
Lerida 25-1 (11-5) Mid-division until weakened from 3 out, 10th of 17, 44l behind Spivitus (10-11) at Catterick 2m sll hcp hdl 0-90 (5) gd in Dec.
Golden Streak (IRE) 150-1 (10-12) Tracked leaders, weakened after 7th, 8th of 16, well behind Anglicisme (10-5) at Towcester 2m 3f sll hdl (5) gd.
Turbulent Flight 80-1 (10-7) In touch, ridden and weakened 3 out, 9th of 11, well behind Its Tough (11-0) at Perth 2m 4f mdn hdl (5) gs in Sept.
Hooky's Hope 66-1 (9-7) Towards rear, headway and in touch 3 out, soon ridden and one pace, 4th of 13, 18l behind Flying Doctor (11-7) at Perth 3m hcp hdl 0-105 (4) gd in Jul.