in touch, bumped 1st, not fluent 5th, soon pushed along, weakened after 3 out
made all, clear approaching 2 out, unchallenged, easily
in touch, jumped right 1st, ridden after 3rd, weakened quickly approaching next, pulled up before 5th
tracked winner, ridden after 3 out, lost 2nd before next, weakened approaching last
mid-division, bumped 1st, mistake 3 out, soon ridden, never on terms with leaders
held up towards rear, headway after 3 out, chased winner before next where not fluent, no impression, just held on for 2nd
in touch, not fluent 2nd, ridden after 3 out, weakening when hampered 2 out
chased leaders, ridden after 3 out, weakening when hampered 2 out
held up towards rear, some headway on outside 3 out, soon weakened
held up towards rear, headway 5th, switched left approaching 2 out, one pace last
prominent, not fluent 5th, soon weakened, hampered 2 out
held up in rear, not fluent 2nd, headway approaching 2 out, stayed on same pace last
towards rear, headway approaching 2 out, went 3rd last, stayed on, just failed for 2nd, no chance with winner
mid-division, jumped slowly 4th, weakened before next, tailed off when pulled up before 2 out
held up towards rear, ridden after 3 out, never dangerous
jumped left and mistakes, always behind, tailed off
mid-division, headway 5th, ridden after 3 out, disputing 6th and beaten when fell 2 out
A turnout worthy of the prize and AUSTRALIA DAY can take the scalps of Inventor and Pure Faith. Paul Webber's charge has been kept busy on the flat but one presumes this has been the aim for quite some time. His bid for a similar contest at Kempton did not get further than the first flight but he still looks progressive and should give another good account. Inventor represents a yard that are in good form. He has kept counsel in some solid contests over the last year. Pure Faith looks an embroyonic chaser though Peter Bowen's yard are in serious form. The Welsh trainer is also set to be represented by the lightly raced, Heron Bay. Tiger O'Toole has progressed during the summer while Conquisto has been talked of in high regard by his connections and this should tell them plenty about whether hurdles or chase fences are what he'll be looking forward to over the Autumn. Stage Acclaim probably found 2m3f a little too far so this drop back to 2m1f could be to his advantage. Plenty of cogent chances and Australia Day can make his class count.
Inventor (IRE) 3-1fav (11-5) Held up in touch, headway 6th to chase leaders, led approaching last, kept on to go clear flat, won at Hexham 2m hcp hdl (2) gf in Jun beating Santa's Son (10-7) by 6l, 12 ran.
Australia Day (IRE) 11-10fav (11-6) Led, slipped on landing and fell 1st, in a race won by Cootehill (11-8) at Kempton 2m lst nov hdl (4yo+) (1) gf in Oct, 5 ran.
Secret Tune 66-1 (10-10) In touch, joined leaders 4 out, outpaced 2 out, soon ridden and weakened, 12th of 16, 23l behind Beshabar (11-2) at Ascot 2m 3f hcp hdl (2) gs in Feb.
Conquisto 8-1 (10-7) Led, ridden and headed approaching 2 out, one pace, 5th of 23, 7l behind Eradicate (10-1) at Haydock 2m hcp hdl G3 (1) gd in May.
Tiger O'Toole (IRE) 9-4fav (10-13) Held up mid-division, tracked leaders 5th, led 2 out, ridden approaching last, kept on well, won at Stratford 2m hcp hdl 0-135 (3) gf in May beating Forty Thirty (10-12) by 3l, 9 ran.
Gloucester 14-1 (10-7) Towards rear, pushed along 3rd, weakened after 4 out, 18th of 23, well behind Eradicate (10-1) at Haydock 2m hcp hdl G3 (1) gd in May.
Acambo (GER) 33-1 (11-9) Held up in rear, blundered 6th, soon well behind, tailed off, 12th of 14, well behind Humbel Ben (10-5) at Newton Abbot 2m 3f hcp hdl 0-135 (3) gd in Jun.
Pure Faith (IRE) 10-11fav (11-12) Made all, clear approaching 2 out, eased towards finish, won at Stratford 2m nh nov hdl (3) gf beating Nether Stream (10-12) by 5l, 7 ran.
Santa's Son (IRE) 10-1 (10-7) Prominent, led approaching 2 out, ridden and headed approaching last, no impression, 2nd of 12, 6l behind Inventor (11-5) at Hexham 2m hcp hdl (2) gf in Jun.
Mohanad (IRE) 9-4 (11-2) Tracked leaders, chased winner approaching 3 out, soon ridden, weakened flat, lost 2nd post, 3rd of 7, 12l behind Ghimaar (10-12) at Worcester 2m hdl (4) gs in Jun.
Dunaskin (IRE) 7-2fav (11-4) Pressed leader, ridden and lost 2nd when mistake 2 out, soon outpaced, rallied after last, ran on well to lead towards finish, won going away, won at Cartmel 2m 1f sell hdl (5) gd in May beating Lets Go Girls (10-5) by 2 3/4l, 9 ran.
Alazan (IRE) 10-3 (11-5) Held up in rear, took keen hold, headway when hampered 3 out, challenged next, soon led, mistake last, driven out, won at Bangor 2m 1f hcp hdl 0-120 (3) gd in May beating Aohna (11-0) by 1/2l, 11 ran.
Stage Acclaim (IRE) 11-2 (11-7) In touch on outside, ridden after 3 out, no extra when not fluent last, 5th of 11, 12l behind Black Jacari (11-2) at Market Rasen 2m 3f hcp hdl 0-125 (3) gd in Jun.
Nordwind (IRE) 33-1 (11-0) Tracked leaders, chased winner approaching 2 out, stayed on, no impression, 2nd of 12, 2 1/2l behind Tout Regulier (10-6) at Stratford 2m hcp hdl 0-130 (3) gf.
Heron Bay 8-11fav (10-13) Prominent, not fluent 3rd, hampered approaching 6th, soon pressing winner, every chance 3 out, ridden before next, no impression when mistake last, weakened flat, 2nd of 7, 8l behind Sahrati (11-5) at Uttoxeter 2m 4yo nov stks (4) gf.
Astrolibra 15-8 (11-3) Tracked leaders in 3rd, led approaching 3 out, ridden and 1 length up when blundered last, soon headed, not recover, 2nd of 7, 10l behind Knar Mardy (10-7) at Wetherby 2m 4f mrs nov hdl (4) gd in May.
Trumpstoo (USA) 6-1 (10-12) Too keen hold, held up towards rear, weakening when mistake 3 out, tailed off, 4th of 8, 49l behind Pistolet Noir (10-12) at Cheltenham 2m juv nov hdl Grd 2 (1) sft in Nov.