held up in rear, pushed along on inside over 2f out, headway when tried to switch right and hung left over 1f out, switched left back to inside entering final furlong, ran on
broke well, led early, held up in touch on inside, switched right and pushed along over 2f out, hard ridden and kept on towards finish
prominent, pressed leader after 2f, pushed along to challenge over 2f out, soon ridden, close 4th when hampered near finish
soon led, pushed along and headed 1f out, no extra inside final furlong
held up and behind, headway on inside over 2f out, every chance 1f out, soon ridden, ran on
keen early, always close up, pushed along to lead and edged left 1f out, held on well
in rear, niggled along over 4f out, ridden over 2f out, switched right over 1f out, some late progress
held up towards rear, pushed along on outside 3f out, no response
held up in mid-division, pushed along over 2f out, soon behind
keen early, prominent, pushed along over 2f out, weakened 1f out
Chevallier bids to win this for the third time in succession and has every chance of doing so on the back of finishing third here a fortnight ago ahead of both Isomer and the disappointing My Target. But AL JELLABY (NAP) was having his first outing since August when narrowly beaten at Kempton earlier in the month and Clive Cox’ charge has plenty of scope for further improvement this year. He gets the vote though Ballard Down is not out of this either having also run well at Newcastle on his reappearance and first start for David O’Meara’s yard. Florencio has recorded all eight wins so far over shorter trips including a recent success over 7f here and Insurgence has done all his winning to date over the same distance.
Ballard Down (IRE) 5-1 (9-7) Tracked leader, ridden to lead over 1f out, headed inside final furlong, no extra and lost 2nd close home, 3rd of 5, 1 1/2l behind Tough Remedy (9-0) at Newcastle 1m hcp (3) pol in Jan.
Chevallier 4-1 (9-4) Raced wide tracked leaders, ridden and unable to quicken over 1f out, kept on one pace, 3rd of 6, 2 3/4l behind Apex King (8-2) at Lingfield 1m hcp (2) pol in Jan.
Al Jellaby 6-4fav (9-4) Soon led, ridden and headed entering final furlong, rallied close home, 3rd of 8, 1/4l behind Chiefofchiefs (9-7) at Kempton 1m hcp (3) pol in Jan.
Sea Fox (IRE) 12-1 (9-2) Close up, pushed along 3f out, weakened entering final furlong, 7th of 9, 9 1/4l behind Keyser Soze (9-3) at Lingfield 7f hcp (3) pol in Dec.
Insurgence 15-2 (9-1) Towards rear, ridden 2f out, kept on inside final furlong, nearest finish, 6th of 10, 3 1/2l behind Hombre Casado (8-9) at Kempton 7f hcp (3) pol in Oct.
Mr Scaramanga 33-1 (9-1) Dwelt towards rear, headway on inner over 1f out, weakened inside final furlong, 7th of 8, 4l behind Keyser Soze (9-7) at Lingfield 7f hcp (2) pol in Jan.
Isomer (USA) 7-1 (8-13) Tracked leaders, ridden and unable to quicken over 1f out, kept on same pace, 4th of 6, 3 1/2l behind Apex King (8-2) at Lingfield 1m hcp (2) pol in Jan.
Florencio 5-1 (9-6) Raced wide in touch, headway over 2f out, ridden and ran on final furlong, joined winner post, won at Lingfield 7f hcp (4) pol in Jan beating Highland Acclaim (8-9), 9 ran.
My Target (IRE) 9-4 (8-12) Dwelt raced wide pushed along and soon in touch towards rear, pushed along 2f out, no impression, 5th of 6, 6l behind Apex King (8-2) at Lingfield 1m hcp (2) pol in Jan.
Key Player 25-1 (8-6) Raced wide tracked leaders, ridden to lead over 1f out, headed approaching final furlong, soon weakened, 12th of 15, 9 1/2l behind Crack On Crack On (8-6) at Haydock 1m hcp (2) gd in May.
Scofflaw 3-1jfav (9-2) Towards rear, ridden and headway over 1f out, kept on towards finish, 3rd of 11, 2l behind Glenn Coco (9-1) at Chelmsford City 7f hcp (4) pol in Jan.