chased leaders, weakened approaching 2 out
chased leaders, led approaching 2 out, driven out, just held on
behind, jumped slow 5th, soon detached, pulled up 3 out
held up in touch, went 2nd 2 out, soon ridden, stayed on towards finish, just held
in touch, ridden after 3 out, weakened approaching 2 out
held up, weakened approaching 2 out
led, ridden and headed approaching 2 out, weakened from last
always behind and mistakes, tailed off from 7th
Lord On The Run gets the vote in the opener with Telegonus and Oeil d'Estruval rating the main dangers. The selection has been in fair form of late over fences and was third behind Youll Do For Me last time. He returns to hurdles off what looks an attractive mark and under conditions that suit he is taken to score. Telegonus rates the main danger on his win a couple of starts ago but he has since disappointed so he can not be put forward with much confidence. Oeil d'Estruval is game and consistent and is sure to run his race but he often finds less than expected off the bridle. Ooops goes well fresh so should be watched in the market. Of the remainder Osako D'airy is another with place claims but his best form is with more cut in the ground and with this in mind for the winner we return to the well handicaped Lord On The Run.
Lord On The Run (IRE) 6-1 (11-5) In rear, headway 10th, every chance 3 out, ridden and weakened approaching 2 out, 3rd of 12, 19l behind Youll Do For Me (11-7) at Towcester 2m 6f hcp chs 0-115 (4) gd in Oct.
Osako D'airy (FR) 14-1 (11-9) Prominent, chased winner after 3 out until weakened approaching last, 6th of 14, 25l behind Tayman (10-6) at Folkestone 2m 4f hcp hdl 0-105 (4) gf in Oct.
He's My Man (IRE) 100-1 (10-9) 3rd when unseated rider 1st unseated rider in race won by Tramantano (11-2) at Cheltenham 2m nov chs (3) gs in Oct, 7 ran.
Telegonus 12-1 (10-5) In touch, stayed 8th, weakened approaching 2 out, 8th of 12, 31l behind Souffleur (11-2) at Aintree 3m nov hcp hdl (3) gd in Oct.
Oeil d'Estruval (FR) 9-2 (10-7) Held up towards rear, headway after 5th, beaten 3 out, 6th of 15, 14l behind Felinious (11-8) at Towcester 2m hcp hdl 0-100 (4) gd in Oct.
Oops (IRE) 7-1 (10-8) Towards rear, outpaced 3 out, never on terms, 7th of 12, 30l behind Wot Way Chief (11-3) at Wetherby 2m 4f hcp hdl 0-115 (4) gd in Apr.
Hardybuck (IRE) 25-1 (9-10) Chased leaders, outpaced 3 out, beaten when mistake next, 9th of 10, 27l behind Insurgent (9-11) at Carlisle 2m 1f cnd hcp hdl 0-115 (4) gd in Oct.
Roman Candle (IRE) 17-2 (11-2) Never a factor, 7th of 14, 27l behind Penric (11-3) at Hereford 2m 3f cnd nov hcp hdl (F) gf in Oct '05.
Miss Shred Easy 50-1 (10-3) Led from 4th until headed 10th, soon weakened, tailed off, 12th of 15, well behind Aggie's Lad (10-11) at Aintree 3m nov hcp hdl 0-105 (4) gd in May.