held up in rear, hit 6th, in 5th and pushed along before 4 out, went 4th 2 out, no impression
tracked leaders, fell heavily 3rd
always towards rear, blundered 4th, reminders after 5 out, soon weakened, tailed off
tracked leader when hampered and stumbled badly 1st, unseated rider
held up towards rear, blundered 5 out, soon weakened
led, jumped badly left and slowly 1st, headed 2nd, tracked leader until before 5 out, soon no impression
in touch, jumped left mainly throughout, led 2nd, headed last, ridden and kept on, not pace of winner
held up mid-division, pushed along after 5 out, ridden before 3 out, no impression
tracked leaders, went 2nd before 5 out, led last, kept on well flat
Baaher was fortunate to be handed victory over 2m4f here last month though he had done well to recover from a bad error himself. Lucy Alexander gave RED TANBER a fine ride when successful over an extra half-mile here earlier this month and, as that was only his second start over fences, he can score again as the shorter trip won't be a problem. Heavenly Chorus appeared to enjoy stepping up to 2m4f on his reappearance here and she wasn't quite at her best over this trip last time though she had the favourite Saddlers Deal just behind. Sheriff Hall has yet to win over fences and is better handicapped over timber and Otto Quercus makes too many mistakes.
Heavenly Chorus 4-1 (11-3) Held up, hit 1st, headway after 8th, went 3rd 4 out, hit 3 out, stayed on same pace last, 3rd of 7, 6l behind Carrietau (11-0) at Musselburgh 2m hcp chs 0-120 (4) gd in Nov.
Sunarri (IRE) 40-1 (10-10) Held up mid-division, blundered 2nd, headway 10th, went 3rd from 2 out until weakened before last, 5th of 8, 26l behind Our Mick (11-3) at Catterick 2m 3f beg chs (5) gd in Nov.
Saddlers Deal (IRE) 2-1fav (11-2) Held up in 4th until pushed along approaching 5th, closed 3 out, stayed on same pace from next, 5th of 7, 7l behind Carrietau (11-0) at Musselburgh 2m hcp chs 0-120 (4) gd in Nov.
Kaolak (USA) 4-1 (11-0) Tracked leader, led after 4 out, headed before 3 out, ridden and weakened before 2 out, 3rd of 14, 18l behind Alsahil (10-7) at Musselburgh 2m mdn hdl (5) gd.
Baaher (USA) 4-1fav (11-5) Held up, headway 5th, mistake and lost place next, slightly hampered next, reminders 11th, headway after 12th, went 2nd 4 out, 9 lengths down when left in lead 3 out, clear last, ridden out, won at Musselburgh 2m 4f nov hcp chs 0-105 (4) gd in Nov beating Stand Clear (11-4) by 2l, 9 ran.
Sheriff Hall (IRE) 9-2 (10-11) Led and soon clear, 25 lengths ahead when not fluent 4th or 5th, reduced advantage 3 out, mistake and headed lasst, not much room and switched right flat, no extra, 2nd of 10, 2 3/4l behind Parc Des Princes (11-7) at Musselburgh 2m hcp hdl 0-100 (4) gd in Nov.
Otto Quercus (FR) 9-2 (11-12) Held up in rear, not fluent 6th, steady headway from 9th, blundered 4 out, went modest 4th next, stayed on to take 3rd approaching last, no chance with front pair, 3rd of 10, 15l behind Tipsy Indian (10-11) at Sedgefield 2m hcp chs 0-95 (5) gd in Nov.
Just Maddie 22-1 (10-11) Chased leader, ridden before 3 out, weakened 2 out, 3rd of 11, 19l behind Karingreason (11-8) at Catterick 2m hcp chs 0-105 (4) sft.
Red Tanber (IRE) 13-2 (10-0) Tracked leaders, went 2nd from 5th, led 4 out, clear after 2 out, stayed on well, won at Musselburgh 2m 4f nov hcp chs 0-100 (5) gd beating O Crotaigh (11-12) by 12l, 6 ran.
Clouseau (NZ) 25-1 (11-1) Held up mid-division, tracked leaders 6th, in 3rd and reminders after 7th, weakened before 3 out, 5th of 7, 45l behind Kings Grey (11-7) at Newcastle 2m hcp chs 0-120 (4) gd in Nov.