tracked leading pair, went 2nd 7th until approaching 9th, chased leaders, weakened 4 out
keen, held up in 5th place on inside, not fluent 5th, switched right to outside and headway 7th, 2nd approaching 9th, one pace and held when went left 2 out and last
tracked leaders on outside, mistake and weakened 8th, soon behind
chased winner until 7th, chased leaders, blundered 10th, weakened soon after
jumped well, made virtually all, clear 2 out, stayed on strongly
held up last, steady headway 9th, went 3rd 4 out, one pace next
Winning point-to-pointer Silent Steps has never won in a dozen starts under Rules and recent form figures flatter her. Hint Of Grey is only moderate but has managed to win six times split between hurdles and the Flat and wasn't disgraced on her chasing debut in a better race than this at Kempton. Mrsrobin completed a double on good ground in early summer but has been well beaten in two subsequent starts and has changed hands several times while Miss Yeats was beaten a long way on her chasing bow and failed to win in nine starts over timber. TOP AND DROP ran poorly on her final start at Plumpton in March but her form around this time a year ago when twice runner-up would probably be good enough so she gets the nod.
Silent Steps (IRE) 13-8 (12-0) Tracked winner, pushed along after 4 out, 3rd and looking beaten when awkward 3 out, weakened next, 3rd of 4, 13 1/4l behind Pulling Power (11-12) at Uttoxeter 2m 6f hcp (4) gd in Nov.
Hint Of Grey (IRE) 40-1 (11-0) Raced keenly towards rear, steady headway approaching 3 out, plugge don from, 5th of 10, 21l behind Kupatana (11-12) at Kempton 2m 2f hcp (4) gd in Nov.
Top And Drop 5-4fav (11-3) Tracked leader, not fluent 1st, slow 2nd, lost place after 3 out, last of 5, 35 1/2l behind Funny Oyster (10-2) at Plumpton 2m 2f hcp (4) gs in Mar.
Megaboost (IRE) 33-1 (11-11) In rear and never a factor, tailed off 4 out, soon pulled up, at Plumpton 3m 2f hcp (4) gd in Nov.
Miss Yeats (IRE) 7-1 (11-7) Mid-division, not fluent 13th, outpaced from 13th, pressing for modest 4th after 3 out, weakened before next, 4th of 9, 19 3/4l behind Kings Temptation (11-12) at Huntingdon 3m hcp (4) gd in May.
The Boola Bee (IRE) 6-1 (10-13) Held up in last pair, outpaced when left modest 3rd 3 out, 3rd of 5, 17 1/4l behind Dark Invader (11-13) at Wincanton 2m hcp (4) gf in Oct.
Mrsrobin (IRE) 66-1 (11-10) Tracked leader, weakened from 7 out, pulled up before 6 out, at Exeter 3m hcp (4) gd in Nov.