tracked leaders, headway to lead approaching 2 out, ridden and ran on
in touch, pushed along 4th, ridden and headway approaching last, stayed on to go 2nd towards finish
tracked leader, clear with leader 4th, reduced lead and led 4 out, ridden and headed approaching 2 out, soon weakened
close up, headway when blundered 2 out, soon ridden, kept on one pace flat
tracked leaders, pushed along 3 out, soon struggling, pulled up next
in touch in rear, ridden 2 out, not trouble leaders
led, not fluent 2nd, clear with one other 4th, reduced lead and headed 4 out, ridden to chase winner 2 out, one pace and lost 2nd flat
FIRST QUEST beat Vive Le Roi at Uttoxeter in July when last seen. The runner-up has won three times since with his latest victory at Newbury last week coming off a mark of 128 so Jim Boyle’s four-year-old could be thrown in here on 109. A switch back to hurdles should suit Comber Mill while Love Lane shaped with promise on her return to action at Hereford. Toboggan's Fire has place claims again, along with Keel Over, while Lily Of Leysbourne has suffered a couple of narrow defeats over 2m4f here this year but isn’t certain to enjoy the drop back in trip.
Love Lane (IRE) 25-1 (11-7) Tracked leaders, not fluent 3 out, lost place after next, 6th of 9, at Hereford 2m hcp (4) gd in Nov.
Lily Of Leysbourne 5-4fav (10-12) Held up towards rear, hampered 3rd, headway 5th, chasing leaders when mistake 6th, led approaching 2 out, challenged after last, headed towards finish, kept on, 2nd of 9, nk behind L'chamise (10-12) at Market Rasen 2m 5f (4) gd in Oct.
Keel Over 6-1 (11-1) Mid-division, headway 4 out, chased leaders next, weakened before last, 3rd of 9, 21l behind Forecast (11-6) at Lingfield 2m 3f hcp (3) hvy in Nov.
First Quest (USA) 13-2 (11-9) Mid-division, headway before 3 out, went 2nd before last, challenged last, led flat, comfortably, won at Uttoxeter 2m hcp (5) gs in Jul beating Vive Le Roi (11-11) by 2 1/4l, 13 ran.
Toboggan's Fire 9-2 (11-3) In touch, left in 3rd 4 out, under pressure after 2 out, mistake last, kept on, 3rd of 8, 16 3/4l behind Hidden Dilemma (10-6) at Carlisle 2m 1f hcp (4) sft in Nov.
Wot A Shot (IRE) 28-1 (10-8) Held up in rear, took keen hold, headway 2 out, no extra flat, 6th of 9, 13 3/4l behind Chica Buena (10-2) at Musselburgh 2m hcp (4) gf in Nov.
Maroc 40-1 (10-6) Keen, chased winner, pushed along and lost 2nd approaching 2 out, ridden and weakened between last 2, 6th of 12, 19 1/2l behind Blushing Red (11-9) at Kempton 2m hcp (4) gd in Nov.
Comber Mill (FR) 12-1 (11-12) Prominent in chasing group, closer when jumped slowly 6th, lost place and never on terms after, tailed off and pulled up before 4 out, at Ludlow 2m hcp (4) gd in Nov.