always well behind
tracked leaders, went 2nd 4th, not fluent 6th, soon led, edged left and headed before last, stayed on same pace
held up towards rear, headway after 6th, ridden 3 out, stayed on same pace from next
held up in mid-division, headway after 6th, ridden and every chance before last, no impression on winner flat, no extra close home
prominent, blundered and lost place 3rd, pushed along after 6th, no impression 3 out
held up in mid-division, not fluent 3rd, headway after 6th, no extra 3 out
took keen hold, led, pecked 1st, went long and headed 4th, lost place 6th, soon behind, pulled up before 3 out
towards rear, headway approaching 3 out, one pace and never troubled leaders
chased leaders, blundered 5th and 6th, ridden and weakened before 3 out
chased leaders on outside, lost place 5th, behind next, pulled up before 3 out
in rear when tried to refuse and unseated rider 1st
held up in mid-division, hit 5th, headway next, went 2nd 3 out, led before last, edged right and clear flat, comfortably
held up in rear, some headway after 6th, weakened before 3 out, well behind when blundered 2 out
chased leaders, went 2nd briefly before 3 out, no extra 2 out
tracked leader, led 4th, not fluent 6th, soon headed, weakened before 3 out
This is a decent-sized field for the type of race. Sacred Square and Scoppio Del Carro probably have the best form but both have been generally disappointing – the former is having his 10th start over hurdles, though his first in a claimer. Archie Rice is not in the same form as when winning at Fontwell and Newton Abbot in June while Neworld reverted to type last time. GUARACHA, twice successful over a mile on the Flat, stayed on into sixth in a maiden hurdle here nine days ago. That was a big step on an earlier run at Plumpton and the four-year-old can make further progress to land this.
Mr Jalfrazy (IRE) 4-7fav (12-0) Held up; hdwy 12; led flat til hdd post, 2nd of 7, hd behind The Flying Column (12-0) at Whitfield 3m gd in Apr.
Guaracha 100-1 (11-0) Mid-division, outpaced and no impression before 3 out, stayed on flat, 6th of 14, 13 1/4l behind Banyu (11-0) at Ludlow 2m mdn (4) gs in Nov.
Neworld (FR) 4-1fav (11-12) In rear, headway before 2 out, ridden before last, soon weakened, 8th of 13, 17 1/2l behind Mulligan's Man (11-7) at Uttoxeter 2m hcp (5) hvy in Nov.
Sacred Square (GER) 10-1 (10-12) Held up in touch, outpaced before 3 out, plugged on again into well held 3rd before last, 3rd of 7, 16 1/2l behind Innocent Touch (10-12) at Musselburgh 2m (4) gd in Nov.
Archie Rice (USA) 25-1 (11-7) Mid-division, weakened before 8th, behind soon after, 9th of 11, 31 1/2l behind Panis Angelicus (11-12) at Wincanton 2m 5f hcp (4) gd in Oct.
One Last Dream 33-1 (10-12) Behind, never dangerous, 7th of 11, dist behind Nansaroy (10-12) at Chepstow 2m (4) sft in Nov.
Premier Jack's 33-1 (8-4) Took keen hold led after 1f, clear after 3f, reduced lead halfway, headed over 6f out, behind from 5f out, last of 8, dist behind Feb Thirtyfirst (9-1) at Lingfield 2m hcp (6) pol in Feb.
Solidago (IRE) 12-1 (11-7) Held up, headway approaching 6th, not fluent 3 out, soon weakened, 6th of 7, dist behind Pay Your Way (11-0) at Uttoxeter 2m hcp (5) gs in Oct.
Aaman (IRE) 66-1 (10-12) Always behind, tailed off, 9th of 10, dist behind Maxanisi (10-12) at Chepstow 2m (4) sft in Nov.
Big Smile (IRE) 100-1 (11-6) Held up towards rear, pushed along 6th, tailed off 4 out, 10th of 12, dist behind Scorpiancer (11-6) at Ludlow 2m 5f mdn (4) sft in Jan.
Sadiks Boy (IRE) 150-1 (11-0) Held up in rear, pushed along and lost place over 5f out, tailed off, last of 5, dist behind Mont Choisy (11-0) at Worcester 2m (6) gf in Jun.
Scoppio Del Carro 14-1 (10-11) Ridden 3f out, always towards rear, 12th of 16, 9 1/2l behind Taurian (11-0) at Lingfield 1m 4f hcp (6) pol in Nov.
Ninny Noodle 150-1 (11-5) Took keen hold, prominent, not fluent 1st, led before next, headed after 6th, soon weakened, pulled up before 3 out, at Uttoxeter 2m mdn (5) gs in Oct.
Symphony Of Pearls 20-1 (10-9) Prominent, ridden before last, hung left and weakened run-in, 5th of 13, 13 3/4l behind Mulligan's Man (11-7) at Uttoxeter 2m hcp (5) hvy in Nov.
Desroches (GER) 66-1 (10-5) Led until 5th, soon weakened, pulled up before 3 out, at Stratford 2m 3f (5) gs in Oct.
Santayana (GER) 14-1 (9-8) In touch, ridden over 3f out, weakened over 2f out, tailed off, last of 7, dist behind Belrog (10-0) at Wolverhampton 2m 1f hcp (6) pol in Oct.