held up in mid-division, mistake and slightly hampered 2nd, slow 4th, headway approaching 4 out, pushed along to chase leader approaching last (normal 2 out), weakened to 3rd driven and outpaced approaching final furlong
Nicky Henderson does well in this type of race at the track and Zama Zama is fancied to go well on his hurdling debut having run well when sixth in a Listed bumper at Cheltenham when last seen. Plenty Pocket also has plenty of scope, while Taigan won in minor company in the French provinces in June. IRON CONDOR wasn't beaten far behind Saturday's impressive Ascot winner Court In Motion at Cheltenham earlier this month, however, and a repeat of that effort may well suffice here getting 7lb from Uttoxeter winner Dubawi Phantom.
Dubawi Phantom 13-8fav (10-7) Held up, not fluent 2nd or 4th, headway approaching 3 out, challenged next, led last, ran on, won at Uttoxeter 2m mdn hdl (5) gf beating Officer In Command (10-7) by 1 1/2l, 7 ran.
Iron Condor 13-2 (11-0) Took keen hold, mid-division, headway after 3rd, mistake 5th, not fluent 2 out, kept on same pace flat, held by leaders, 4th of 9, 2 1/2l behind Court In Session (11-0) at Cheltenham 2m mdn hdl (3) gf.
Murphy's Choice 9-1 (10-8) Held up behind, ridden over 3f out, no impression from 2f out, 8th of 13, 17l behind Fourth Estate (10-13) at Doncaster 2m NH flat (6) gd in Mar.
North Cape (USA) 10-1 (8-11) Slowly away, headway to lead after 2f, soon clear, increased lead halfway, ridden over 1f out, kept on, won at Goodwood 1m 4f hcp 0-90 (3) gf in Sep '10 beating Kings Troop (9-4) by 1l, 6 ran (flat).
Plenty Pocket (FR) 7-2 (10-7) Pulled hard in rear, headway 4th, soon tracking leaders, lost place after 3 out, 8th of 9, well behind Grandouet (11-8) at Ascot 2m 4yo hdl (3) gs in Jan.
Storming Redd 100-1 (11-0) Always towards rear, 9th of 10, 40l behind Amtired (11-0) at Wetherby 2m mdn hdl (5) gs.
Taigan (FR) (9-13) won at Le Lion D'angers(FR) 1m 3f n h flat gs in Jun beating Tennis Cap (9-13) by 1 1/2l, 12 ran.
Tiagra 16-1 (10-5) Prominent, led over 3f out, soon ridden, headed over 2f out, weakened over 1f out, 4th of 12, 20l behind Be My Present (10-1) at Kempton 2m mdn NH flat (6) gd in Mar.
Zama Zama 10-1 (11-2) Held up in mid-division, ridden and hanging left over 2f out, stayed on from over 1f out, never nearer, 6th of 16, 11l behind Keys (11-2) at Cheltenham 1m 6f 4yo NH flat (Listed) (1) gs in Jan.
Setter's Princess 20-1 (10-3) Chased leaders on outer, hit and chased winner from 5th, weakened before 3 out, 6th of 18, 32l behind Silver Gypsy (11-2) at Exeter 2m 3f mrs nov hdl (4) gs in Dec.