made all, drew clear last, readily
tracked leaders, not fluent 4th, weakened approaching 2 out
held up in rear, outpaced halfway, soon detached, tailed off
tracked leader, driven to challenge when not fluent last, kept on same pace
held up towards rear, headway before 2 out, never a threat
held up towards rear, headway into 4th halfway, stayed on into 3rd, never able to challenge
Hotter Than Hell looks to have future over hurdles on the evidence of her win at Worcester in May and may be a better long-term prospect than last month’s course winner Deputy's Oscar, who is also penalised. Velkera and Thoor Castle are both winning pointers but the former makes most appeal with the latter likely to need further and a softer surface. MISTY WHISKY was prominent for a long way in a Grade 2 at Aintree in April having won bumpers earlier at Ludlow and Sandown, the latter being a Listed race. She looks an exciting prospect for hurdling this winter.
Deputy's Oscar (IRE) 9-4fav (10-12) Chased leaders, went 2nd after 3 out, led before next, clear flat, stayed on, won at Market Rasen 2m 1f (4) gd in Sep beating Absolute Jaffa (10-12) by 6l, 7 ran.
Hotter Than Hell (FR) 5-1 (11-0) Tracked leaders, went 2nd 3 out, led when stumbled on landing next, ridden out flat, kept on well, won at Worcester 2m 4f mdn (5) gs in May beating Sunrise Ruby (11-0) by 2l, 10 ran.
Madera Mist (IRE) 6-1 (10-7) Led to 3 out, soon ridden, weakened after 2 out, 5th of 8, 19 3/4l behind Mason Jar (11-0) at Uttoxeter 2m 4f mdn (5) sft in Oct.
Misty Whisky 8-1 (11-0) In touch, driven to chase leaders over 2f out, never going pace to get on terms, gradually weakened final furlong, 7th of 20, 11 3/4l behind The Glancing Queen (11-0) at Aintree 2m 1f (1) sft in Apr.
Thoor Castle (IRE) 3-1 (11-11) Trkd ldr in 2nd, lft in ld 5th & 1 1/2l adv frm 6out, 2l adv aftr 3out, in command bef last, so, won at Dromahane 3m mdn sft in Apr beating Pellady (11-11) by 2 1/2l, 8 ran.
Velkera (IRE) 6-1 (11-6) Ww twrds rr, 11th by 4th, prog 1/2way, went 3rd aftr 4out, prog aftr 2out, ld on inner early flat, in command, won at Dromahane 3m mdn gd in Apr beating Wouldubewell (11-11) by shd, 13 ran.
Lilypad (IRE) 14-1 (11-0) Tracked clear leader, led approaching 4 out, ridden and fell 2 out, at Worcester 2m mdn (5) gd in Sep.