chased clear leader, pushed along over 2f out, no impression when ridden over 1f out, lost 2nd and weakened inside final furlong
chased leaders on outside, pushed along over 2f out, ridden and unable to quicken over 1f out, kept on towards finish, not pace to threaten
held up in last pair, pushed along inside final 3f, soon outpaced, never dangerous after
switched left to inside after start, soon tracking leaders switched right and headway 2f out, went 2nd and closed inside final furlong, led towards finish
took keen hold in rear, pushed along over 3f out, headway over 1f out, kept on inside final furlong
raced freely, led and soon clear, ridden over 1f out, reduced lead inside final furlong, headed and no extra towards finish
Tathmeen steps up in trip for his all-weather debut and Insurgence returns to action off an 8lb higher mark having ended last year with a course and distance success in a lower grade contest. FLAVIUS TITUS was last seen winning a novice event over today’s trip at Kempton in November and it’s Roger Varian’s charge that gets the nod to make a winning handicap debut. Launceston Place is another having his first start of the year and has been gelded since placing at Kempton butThe Mums continues to frustrate and Bungee Jump only won a claimer here last time and will find this tougher.
Tathmeen (IRE) 11-2 (9-7) Close up on outer, ridden and weakened approaching final furlong, last of 11, 9 1/2l behind Captain Jameson (9-3) at Doncaster 6f (4) sft in Nov.
Flavius Titus 13-2 (9-2) Mid-division, good headway on inside chasing leaders over 2f out, went 2nd over 1f out, led inside final furlong, ran on well (hand timed), won at Kempton 7f stks (5) pol in Nov beating Salute The Soldier (9-2) by 1l, 14 ran.
The Mums 9-4fav (9-3) Towards rear, ridden and headway over 1f out, kept on, 4th of 9, 5 1/4l behind No More Thrills (8-10) at Chelmsford City 7f fll stks (5) pol in Jan.
Insurgence 13-2 (9-4) Mid-division, headway over 2f out, switched right over 1f out, led inside final furlong, ridden and ran on, won at Lingfield 7f (5) pol in Nov beating Zalshah (9-6) by 1l, 13 ran.
Launceston Place (FR) 12-1 (9-5) In touch, ridden and headway over 1f out, one pace final furlong, 3rd of 10, 1 1/4l behind George Villiers (9-5) at Kempton 7f mdn stks (4) pol in Nov.
Bungee Jump (IRE) 5-1 (8-8) Keen led after 1f, clear over 4f out, unchallenged, won at Lingfield 7f stks (6) pol in Mar beating Fire Diamond (10-0) by 2l, 7 ran.
Chess Move (IRE) 33-1 (9-9) Keen close up, ridden over 1f out, kept on one pace, 4th of 14, 7 1/4l behind Herecomesthesun (9-4) at Kempton 1m stks (5) pol in Mar.