It took 25 attempts for Banta Bay to finally win on the all-weather and he’s raised 4lb after scoring at Kempton. King Athelstan has been beaten since winning at Brighton in September but Music Major is back on the same mark as when scoring over track and trip early in the year. Mistress Nellie went close at Kempton when last racing over today’s distance but MRS IVY (NAP) has the most scope of these. She came good at Wolverhampton on only her second start handicapping and Ralph Beckett’s filly looks worth sticking with given there should be more to come from her.
Glacier Fox 66-1 (9-8) Tracked leaders, driven and lost place 3f out, weakened over 1f out, 13th of 16, 25 1/4l behind Gamesters Icon (10-4) at Nottingham 1m 2f hcp (5) hvy in Nov.
Cross Step (USA) 20-1 (9-10) Dwelt headway to soon lead and set steady pace, ridden and headed entering final 2f, weakened final furlong, last of 11, 12 1/2l behind Herm (9-6) at Wolverhampton 1m 6f hcp (6) pol in Dec.
Narjes 25-1 (9-3) Slowly into stride, soon held up mid-division, pushed along over 2f out, headway 1f out, kept on under pressure inside final furlong, 4th of 14, 2 1/2l behind Helian (9-4) at Lingfield 1m 2f hcp (6) pol in Nov.
Burguillos 50-1 (9-4) Slowly into stride, soon switched left to inside, always behind, last of 14, 17l behind Helian (9-4) at Lingfield 1m 2f hcp (6) pol in Nov.
King Athelstan (IRE) 14-1 (10-13) Held up in mid-division, headway chasing leaders over 4f out, disputing 2nd over 3f out until inside final furlong, weakened, 4th of 14, 11 3/4l behind Para Queen (10-2) at Windsor 1m 3f hcp (6) hvy in Oct.
Music Major 25-1 (9-6) Close up, ridden to lead approaching final furlong, headed inside final furlong, kept on, 3rd of 15, 4l behind Shifting Gold (9-5) at Lingfield 1m 4f hcp (6) pol in Nov.
Highway One (USA) 4-1 (9-0) Raced keenly, soon chasing leaders on outside, outpaced over 2f out, no threat after, 6th of 9, 9 1/2l behind Bird To Love (8-7) at Kempton 1m 3f hcp (6) pol in Nov.
Banta Bay 7-1 (8-13) Tracked leaders, led entering final furlong, stayed on, won at Kempton 1m 4f hcp (6) pol in Oct beating Master Milliner (9-1) by 1 1/2l, 14 ran.
Be Fair 33-1 (9-3) Towards rear, headway over 4f out on wide outside, stayed on same pace over 1f out, 3rd of 10, 10 1/4l behind Twpsyn (9-5) at Southwell 1m 4f hcp (6) pol in Nov.
Mrs Ivy 15-2 (8-12) Slowly into stride, held up, headway to chase leaders over 3f out, led approaching final furlong, hung right closing stages, all out, won at Wolverhampton 1m 4f hcp (6) pol in Oct beating Lyford (9-5) by 1/2l, 10 ran.
Mistress Nellie 5-2fav (9-3) Held up towards rear, some headway over 1f out, no impression, 6th of 12, 9 3/4l behind Born To Reason (9-3) at Wolverhampton 1m 1f stks (6) pol in Nov.
Ignatius (IRE) 5-1 (8-8) Tracked leaders, every chance when hung left under pressure entering final furlong, no extra closing stages, 5th of 10, 3l behind Affluence (10-1) at Chelmsford City 1m 6f hcp (6) pol in Nov.
Famous Dynasty (IRE) 16-1 (9-3) Always towards rear, never on terms, 12th of 13, 18 1/2l behind Foresee (9-3) at Kempton 1m 4f hcp (6) pol in Nov.
Sea's Aria (IRE) 14-1 (8-2) Towards rear and pushed along at times, weakened, 10th of 12, 21l behind Casa Comigo (8-10) at Lingfield 2m hcp (6) gf in Aug.
Petra's Pony (IRE) 10-1 (9-10) Headway to lead 6f out, pushed along and headed over 3f out, weakened and eased 2f out, last of 11, 37l behind Limerick Lord (9-10) at Southwell 1m hcp (7) pol in Mar.
Tyrsal (IRE) 10-1 (8-7) Slowly into stride, towards rear, headway over 3f out, weakened over 2f out, 5th of 9, 11 3/4l behind Blyton Lass (9-3) at Southwell 1m 4f hcp (6) pol in Nov.