chased leaders, ridden 3 out, weakened next
behind until kept on from 3 out, never near leaders
held up, headway 8th, led 3 out, hit next, ridden and headed flat, no extra
raced keenly, in touch when stumbled and unseated rider 2nd
mid-division, headway 4 out, effort next, soon ridden and weakened
led until took wrong course after 3rd
chased leaders, hit 7th, weakened after 4 out
always behind, tailed off and pulled up before 8th
mid-division, headway 4 out, chased leaders when hit 2 out, kept on same pace
held up, headway 3 out, ridden next, hit last, stayed on under pressure to lead flat
held up, headway 4 out, chased leaders next, soon ridden and one pace
chased leaders, went 2nd after 4 out, led briefly before next, soon ridden, weakened 2 out
in touch, ridden 2 out, kept on same pace approaching last
tracked leader, left in lead after 3rd, headed 5th, chased leaders until lost place 7th, tailed off and pulled up before 4 out
tracked leaders, led and hit 5th, mistake 7th, headed before 3 out, soon weakened
mid-division, headway 4 out, soon ridden and no impression
A wide open contest gets proceedings underway and many would have chances on their best form but the principals look to be Bohemian Spirit, Killer Cat and I Got Rhythm and the confident vote is given to Bohemian Spirit. The selection has been in good form of late over fences and returns to hurdles on a lenient mark. He has conditions to suit and he looks the one to be on. Killer Cat rates the main danger as he has dropped to a handy mark and it would be no surprise if he showed improved form in a first-time tongue tie and cheekpieces, so he certainly should be noted in the market. I Got Rhythm is another that could go well but he continues to rise in the weights without getting his head in front and he is becoming hard to win with. Silver Seeker won well last time when beating Named At Dinner but all his best form is on a much softer surface and for that reason he is opposed. Of the remainder, the booking of Tony Dobbin for Ablastfromthepast catches the eye and he is another to note in the market but for the winner we return to Bohemian Spirit who looks well handicapped.
Master Massini (IRE) 8-1 (10-11) Towards rear, reminders before 6 out, soon no danger, 14th of 18, well behind Good Thyne Jack (10-9) at Limerick 2m 5f hcp hdl 0-109 hvy in Dec.
Talarive (USA) 33-1 (11-0) Towards rear, outpaced after 5th, 9th of 16, 38l behind Sunday City (11-6) at Catterick 2m 3f hcp hdl 0-110 (4) gd in Jan.
I Got Rhythm 6-1 (11-4) Mid-division, effort 9th, ridden approaching 3 out, soon one pace, 5th of 14, 12l behind Tickateal (11-4) at Musselburgh 3m hcp hdl 0-105 (4) gf in Jan.
Bohemian Spirit (IRE) 4-6fav (11-5) Made all, driven out flat, won at Musselburgh 2m 4f hcp chs 0-110 (4) gf in Jan beating Jodante (10-11) by 1 1/2l, 6 ran.
Killer Cat (FR) 9-1 (11-2) Mistakes, tracked leaders, hit 7th and 3 out, weakened next, 6th of 12, 23l behind Businessmoney Jake (11-7) at Fontwell 2m 6f cnd hcp hdl 0-105 (E) sft in Dec.
Brave Effect (IRE) 40-1 (11-9) Held up, hit 6th, tailed off when pulled up at the 10th in race won by Cyborsun (11-5) at Sedgefield 2m 5f hcp chs 0-90 (5) sft in Jan, 14 ran.
Scarrabus (IRE) 50-1 (10-7) Always behind, 8th of 10, well behind Galero (11-12) at Musselburgh 2m 4f nov hcp chs 0-110 (4) gd in Jan.
Commanche Tryer (IRE) 16-1 (9-12) Never better than rear of mid-division, completely tailed off, 18th of 21, well behind Castle Hope (9-13) at Cork 3m hcp hdl 0-116 hvy in Jan.
Ablastfromthepast (IRE) 20-1 (10-10) Close up and disputed lead for much, ridden and weakened from 4 out, completely tailed off, 11th of 12, well behind Bally Scanlon (10-11) at Cork 2m nov hcp hdl 0-105 hvy in Dec.
Silver Seeker (USA) 9-2 (10-11) Held up towards rear, pushed along 7th, outpaced 4 out, headway 3 out, stayed on strongly to lead last, kept on, won at Newcastle 2m 4f cnd hcp hdl 0-95 (5) sft in Jan beating Named At Dinner (10-12) by 10l, 8 ran.
Silver Bow 33-1 (11-0) Always towards rear, 6th of 12, 23l behind Camden Bella (11-0) at Ayr 2m 4f mrs nov hdl (4) sft in Jan.
Norminster 200-1 (10-12) Always behind, 9th of 14, well behind Money Trix (11-5) at Kelso 2m 2f nh nov hdl (4) gs in Jan.
Drumossie (AUS) 11-1 (10-3) Held up mid-division, outpaced from 8th, 4th of 10, 8l behind Cedar Rapids (10-11) at Catterick 2m nov hcp chs 0-105 (4) gd in Jan.
Opal's Helmsman (USA) 50-1 (10-6) Always behind, ridden approaching 3 out, soon beaten, tailed off, 14th of 16, well behind Not Today Sir (11-9) at Musselburgh 3m hcp hdl 0-105 (4) gd in Jan.
Pathughkenjo (IRE) 20-1 (10-4) Pulled hard early, mistake 1st, weakened from halfway, completely tailed off, last of 22, well behind More Like It (10-11) at Naas 2m cnd hcp hdl 0-100 gs in Oct.
Prince Adjal (IRE) 7-1 (11-9) Tracked leaders, lost place approaching 5th, in rear when fell at the 7th in race won by Whaleef (11-12) at Catterick 2m nov hcp chs 0-105 (4) gd in Jan, 7 ran.
Emerald Destiny (IRE) 14-1 (10-12) Held up, headway to chase leaders 3 out, weakened approaching next, 8th of 15, 26l behind No Commission (10-12) at Catterick 2m 4yo nov sll hdl (5) gd in Jan.