led until 3rd, led again 5th, mistake next, ridden 2 out, stayed on well
tracked leader, effort 2 out, under pressure when hit last, no extra
always behind, mistakes throughout, weakened halfway
chased leader, lost place after 3rd, soon behind, tailed off
held up in rear, struggling 4th, weakened 3 out
in touch, headway approaching 2 out, soon every chance, stayed on same pace after last
prominent, led 3rd, headed 5th, under pressure 2 out, weakening when mistake last
GRAND LAHOU's victory at Perth should have boosted his confidence and he's fancied to follow up here as Fool's Wildcat was well beaten in this grade in the autumn and made no show in a recent comeback run on the Flat. Kingdom Of Munster has been a big disappointment and will probably find one too good again while Ladies Best looks to be on the downgrade. It's two years since Topenhall won a race but he didn't run badly at Southwell last month and could go close.
Grand Lahou (FR) 9-4 (11-4) Made all, not fluent 3rd and next, ridden 2 out, clear between last 2, stayed on well, comfortably, won at Perth 2m sell hdl (5) sft beating Lord Redsgirth (11-4) by 10l, 5 ran.
Fool's Wildcat (USA) 9-2 (11-9) Tracked leaders, went 2nd 4th, challenged approaching 6th, soon led, not fluent 7th, headed before 2 out, soon weakened, 3rd of 7, 28l behind Erdeli (11-5) at Stratford 2m 3f cnd/am sll hdl (5) gd in Oct.
Ladies Best 33-1 (11-0) Behind when blundered and rider lost irons 3rd, not recover and unseated rider soon after, in a race won by Bobowen (11-2) at Stratford 2m 3f hcp hdl 0-105 (4) gd in Jul, 15 ran.
Kingdom Of Munster (IRE) 6-1 (10-12) Mid-division, headway 7th, chased leaders next, stayed on to go 2nd 2 out, no chance with winner, 2nd of 14, 24l behind Father Shine (10-12) at Southwell 2m 4f nov sell hdl (5) gd in Jul.
Massams Lane 13-2 (9-9) Held up in rear, ridden and struggling after 6th, behind from next, tailed off, 7th of 9, well behind Munlochy Bay (11-8) at Hereford 2m 4f hcp hdl 0-95 (5) gd in Mar.
Topenhall (IRE) 11-2 (10-12) Tracked leader, challenged on outside 3 out, ridden after next, kept on same pace approaching last, 2nd of 6, 4l behind Goodwood Starlight (11-8) at Southwell 2m sell hdl (5) gd in Jul.
Kissing Clara (IRE) 6-1 (10-10) Tracked leaders, led after 3 out, headed between last 2, headed between last 2, no extra, weakened before last, 6th of 9, 23l behind Forty Thirty (11-5) at Stratford 2m sell hdl (5) gf in Jul.
Umverti 20-1 (10-4) Tracked leaders, jumped right 4th, weakened 2 out, 9th of 19, 23l behind Union Saint (10-10) at Uttoxeter 2m hcp hdl 0-100 (5) gd in Jul.