mid-division, headway 6th, close 3rd when not much room and mistake 3 out, stayed on same pace flat
chased leaders, challenged after 10th, every chance 3 out, weakened last
in rear, detached from field after 4th, tailed off when pulled up before 3 out
chased leaders, ridden 8th, weakened after 10th
chased leaders, blundered and unseated rider 4th
held up in rear, well behind 10th, tailed off when pulled up before 3 out
led, headed bypassing omitted 4 out, soon weakened, pulled up before 3 out
in touch from 1st, weakened after 9th
mid-division, mistake 2nd, not fluent when headway 10th, weakened approaching 3 out, tailed off
held up in rear, hampered 4th, not fluent next, effort after 10th, no impression, weakened approaching 3 out
tracked leader, jumped left 9th, led bypassing omitted 4 out, headed last, stayed on
held up rear of mid-division, mistakes, weakend after 10th, tailed off
held up towards rear, pushed along and headway after 10th, driven 3 out, no extra flat
mid-division, headway on outside 5th, hampered 9th, weakened next, tailed off when pulled up before 3 out
held up towards rear, hampered 4th, headway after 10th, not much room 3 out, went 2nd next, led last, driven out
mid-division, hampered 4th, lost place before next, headway approaching 9th, outpaced before 3 out, stayed on well flat
VALLEY RIDE is a speculative selection in the feature on the card with Grand Slam Hero and Tempsford included upon the shortlist. Colin Tinkler's charge looked decent when obliging at Southwell a couple of months ago, Fast ground suits and a bold bid anticipated. Grand Slam Hero has won on his two starts since returning to Nigel Twiston-Davies and from a yard noted for their Saturday winners, he has to be respected. Tempsford is the choice of Tony McCoy from a typically strong battalion from the Jonjo O'Neill yard. He can race idly at times so the pilot will not be giving him a moment's rest from the saddle. Brooklyn Brownie is towards the pipe and slippers stage of his career but this likeable sort will try hard in spite of the handicapper's attentions. Nostringsattached won this last year but has been rejected by Tony McCoy on this occasion. Valley Ride ticks most boxes and earns the selection accordingly.
King Troy (IRE) 13-2 (11-12) Mid-division, not fluent 7th, headway 9th, tracked leader 11th, led approaching last, ridden and in command flat, won at Stratford 2m 5f hcp chs 0-140 (2) gf in May beating Herons Well (11-0) by 1 3/4l, 12 ran.
Pablo Du Charmil (FR) 16-1 (11-12) Held up in touch, went 3rd approaching 3 out, weakened after 2 out, 7th of 12, 22l behind Auroras Encore (11-1) at Uttoxeter 3m lstd hcp chs (1) sft in May.
Brooklyn Brownie (IRE) 28-1 (10-8) Held up in rear, headway 15th, challenged last, edged left and stayed on flat, just held, 2nd of 18, hd behind Ouzbeck (11-6) at Uttoxeter 3m 4f lstd hcp chs (1) gf in Jun.
Stan (NZ) 17-2 (11-12) In rear until pulled up before 7th, in a race won by Passato (10-12) at Stratford 2m 1f hcp chs 0-145 (2) gf, 9 ran.
Picaroon 1-6fav (11-12) Made all, clear from 3 out, readily, won at Wetherby 2m 4f nov chs (4) gd in May beating King's Majesty (10-12) by 9l, 4 ran.
War Of The World (IRE) 7-1 (11-11) In touch, mistake 7th, blundered badly 9th, not fluent 3 out, every chance when fell 2 out, in a race won by Poquelin (11-12) at Cheltenham 2m 4f hcp chs 0-145 (2) gf in Oct, 13 ran.
Seymour Weld 200-1 (11-7) Led, headed 6th, behind and not fluent 8th, tailed off when blundered 2 out, last of 7, well behind Kauto Star (11-7) at Haydock 3m Grade 1 chs (1) sft in Nov.
Valley Ride (IRE) 14-1 (10-7) Held up towards rear, stayed on to go 5th before last, kept on flat, went 3rd close home, nearest finish, 3rd of 18, 2 3/4l behind Ouzbeck (11-6) at Uttoxeter 3m 4f lstd hcp chs (1) gf in Jun.
Keepitsecret (IRE) 14-1 (10-12) Always towards rear, pulled up before 4 out, in a race won by Ouzbeck (11-6) at Uttoxeter 3m 4f lstd hcp chs (1) gf in Jun, 18 ran.
Nostringsattached (IRE) 10-1 (11-12) Held up in rear, headway when not fluent 10th (water), weakened 4 out, tailed off, 13th of 14, well behind Putney Bridge (10-7) at Stratford 2m 7f hcp chs 0-135 (3) gf in Jun.
Putney Bridge 5-4fav (11-11) Tracked leader, led 11th, 3 lenghts clear last, driven flat, all out towards finish, just lasted, won at Ffos Las 2m 5f hcp chs 0-125 (3) gf in Jun beating North Island (11-0) by hd, 7 ran.
Ballyagran (IRE) 7-2 (11-2) 2nd of 8, 1/2l behind Ballyholland (10-12) at Navan 2m 4f chs sft in Sep '08.
Tempsford (USA) 9-2 (11-6) Held up towards rear, headway 8th, ridden after 4 out, switched left before 3 out where not fluent, rider lost iron near side last, stayed on under strong pressure to lead towards finish, won at Market Rasen 2m 6f hcp chs 0-135 (3) gf in Jun beating Chorizo (10-9) by nk, 8 ran.
Polyfast (FR) 5-1 (11-8) Mid-division, headway after 6th, soon steadied, progess 11th, mistake 4 out, led last, stayed on well to draw clear flat (no time taken), won at Worcester 2m 4f hcp chs 0-135 (3) gd in Jun beating Franchoek (11-11) by 10l, 8 ran.
Grand Slam Hero (IRE) 15-8fav (11-12) Held up in 4th, 3rd after 10th, 2nd bypassing ommited 4 out, led after bypassing 2 out, driven out, won at Ffos Las 3m hcp chs 0-130 (3) gf in Jun beating De Soto (11-12) by 1l, 6 ran.
Silverburn (IRE) 11-4 (11-12) Led until after 8th, weakened approaching 2 out, 4th of 5, 14l behind Valley Ride (11-4) at Southwell 3m hcp hdl 0-135 (3) gd in Jun.