held up in rear, headway and switched right approaching last, ridden to lead flat, ran on well
chased leader, every chance when not fluent 2 out, unable to quicken last, stayed on same pace flat
held up, switched right and closed after 2 out, ridden to lead approaching last, headed flat, held towards finish
held up, not fluent 4th, pushed along and brief effort on inside after 4 out, outpaced before 2 out, soon weakened
led, not fluent 1st, ridden and headed approaching last, weakened flat
chased leader, not fluent 4th, pushed along before 2 out, stayed on same pace from last
Suggestion ended a long losing run when scoring at Wetherby on Boxing Day but is 9lb higher today. Royal Reserve has won six times on the Flat but failed to figure in four previous efforts over hurdles and has switched to Lucinda Russell’s yard but Pc Dixon was placed on several occasions last year and should be sharper for a recent outing. The latter comment also applies to THE CHARACTER, who won off a higher mark at Sedgefield in 2017 and was having his first start since when fading away in the closing stages at Hexham in November. Donald McCain’s charge is expected to finish much closer today with Tunnel Creek perhaps best of the rest.
Royal Reserve 100-1 (8-10) Always behind, struggling 6f out, tailed off, 32nd of 33, dist behind Low Sun (9-2) at Newmarket 2m 2f hcp stks (2) gf in Oct.
Suggestion 9-2 (11-1) Chased leaders, led 2 out, clear flat, ran on well, won at Wetherby 2m hcp (4) gs in Dec beating En Meme Temps (12-0) by 7l, 11 ran.
Wishfull Dreaming 14-1 (11-11) Tracked leader, every chance 3 out, weakened after next, 9th of 19, 14 3/4l behind Take A Break (11-10) at Carlisle 2m 1f hcp (4) gd in Nov.
Tunnel Creek 6-1 (11-10) Held up towards rear, outpaced before 3 out, rallied to chase leaders after next, never troubled leaders, 6th of 14, 8 1/4l behind Hoke Colburn (11-10) at Southwell 2m 4f hcp (4) gd in Nov.
Beyondtemptation 12-1 (10-13) Led, headed before 2 out, weakened approaching last, 3rd of 7, 22l behind Eternally Yours (11-10) at Newcastle 2m 5f hcp (4) sft in Dec.
Pc Dixon 16-1 (12-0) Mid-division, headway 6th, not much room 3 out, soon outpaced, weakened before next, 12th of 15, dist behind Rockliffe (11-1) at Catterick 2m 3f hcp (5) gs in Dec.
The Character (IRE) 33-1 (11-5) Towards rear, some headway before last, never dangerous, 6th of 14, 17 1/2l behind Saint Freule (10-13) at Hexham 2m hcp (4) sft in Nov.