held up towards rear, headway approaching 3 out, soon no impression, awkward landing 2 out, mistake last
led, headed before 3rd, led approaching 4 out, headed next, still close up when mistake last, one pace flat, lost 3rd close home
2nd until before 3rd, chased leaders, ridden and weakened before 3 out
took keen hold, mid-division, lost place 3rd, headway after not fluent 4 out, switched right after 2 out, went 2nd flat, no impression on winner
refused to race
slowly away, behind, jinked into 4th, headway when jumped right 3 out, weakened next
tracked leaders, mistake 7th, weakened before 3 out
tracked leaders, led before 3rd, headed before 4 out, led again 3 out, headed approaching last, no extra flat
mid-division, headway after 4 out, led approaching last, edged left flat, comfortably
very slow 1st and when in rear 2nd, jumped right and not fluent 3rd, headway before 3 out, stayed on flat, went 3rd close home, should improve
held up towards rear, headway before 3 out, no impression when jumped left and mistake 2 out
Smackwater Jack was going well when falling at Aintree in November and may have still been feeling the effects when only third at Wetherby last month. He should be good enough to win a race like this but LITTLE JACK is just preferred today given he had useful form in bumpers last year and is bred for jumping. Any market support for Towards The Dawn should be noted as he’s a brother to winning hurdler/chaser Awake At Midnight and half-brother to another winning hurdler. He’s preferred to Flat convert Financial Conduct and the remainder.
Bob Maxwell (IRE) 250-1 (11-0) Mistake 2nd, always behind, tailed off, 17th of 20, dist behind Rathhill (11-0) at Newbury 2m mdn (4) sft in Dec.
Cold As Ice (FR) 9-1 (11-5) Mid-division, not always fluent, pushed along and struggling 7th, very remote 8th 3 out, 7th of 11, dist behind Rock My Style (11-5) at Hereford 2m 4f mdn (5) sft in Jan.
Dry Lightening (IRE) 12-1 (11-6) Disp early, 3rd 1/2way, no ex & held in 5th from well bef 2out, wknd & ko bhnd, 5th of 10, 15 1/2l behind Dundrum Wood (11-11) at Rathcannon 3m mdn gd in Nov.
Financial Conduct (IRE) 8-1 (10-0) Behind, never on terms, last of 7, 23 3/4l behind Uber Cool (9-5) at Yarmouth 1m 6f hcp (2) gf in Sep.
Little Jack 3-1 (11-9) Unruly going to post, raced wide, held up, headway chasing leaders 11f out, went 2nd over 6f out, led inside final 3f out until over 2f out, chased winner until over 1f out, kept on same pace in 3rd, 3rd of 8, 8l behind Winningseverything (11-2) at Market Rasen 2m 1f (5) gd in Nov.
Mix Of Clover 50-1 (10-12) Jumped badly right, led, mistake and unseated rider 3rd, at Ludlow 2m (4) sft in Dec.
Mr Palmtree (IRE) 66-1 (11-0) Held up in rear, well beaten final 4f, 10th of 14, 26 1/4l behind Keep Rolling (11-0) at Warwick 2m (5) gs in Dec.
Rizzardo 33-1 (10-12) Held up mid-division, headway before 5 out to chase leaders, pushed along after 4 out, soon weakened, pulled up, at Ffos Las 2m 4f mdn (4) hvy in Dec.
Smackwater Jack (IRE) 9-2 (10-12) Tracked leader when ran green approaching 1st, tracked leaders 3rd, ridden 4 out, kept on same pace, 3rd of 8, 11 1/4l behind Encore Champs (10-12) at Wetherby 2m (4) gs in Nov.
Towards The Dawn Midnight Legend gelding out of Wakeful.
Diamond Rose 40-1 (10-10) Towards rear, no impression before 3 out, left modest 4th from last, 4th of 11, 37l behind Indefatigable (10-10) at Uttoxeter 2m (4) gs in Nov.