All Force Majeure may do better now he's had his sights lowered but still looks as though he'll need more time. Billy My Boy was receiving plenty of weight from the winner when second in an Exeter novices' handicap last time while Taunton third Say My Name continues to look very one-paced. ABIDJAN clearly isn't one of his powerful yard's leading novices but he was only headed on the run-in in this grade at Plumpton last time and is probably capable of going one better, though Millanisi Boy wouldn't be far away if recapturing his best form.
Abidjan (FR) 13-8fav (11-2) Led and wandered at some flights, went right 5th, pushed along before 2 out, ridden and pressed between last 2, joined last, headed and no extra final 120 yards, 2nd of 12, 1 1/4l behind Faithful Mount (11-2) at Plumpton 2m mdn hdl (5) gd.
All Force Majeure (FR) 8-1 (10-9) Last pair, ridden and struggling 3 out, never involved, 8th of 10, 27l behind Dino Mite (10-3) at Taunton 2m 3f nh nov hdl (4) gd.
Astre Rose (FR) 13-2 (11-1) Slight lead until 5f out, chased leaders, ridden and weakened over 3f out, last of 8, well behind Silent Alliance (11-4) at Chepstow 2m NH flat (6) hvy in Jan.
Billy My Boy 3-1 (10-8) Chased leader, led 3rd, hanging left when headed 2 out, chased winner, well held before last, kept on same pace run-in, 2nd of 8, 7l behind Remind Me Later (11-12) at Exeter 2m 1f nov hcp hdl 0-110 (4) gd in Mar.
Conas Taoi (IRE) 66-1 (11-0) Chased leaders, lost place 4th, well beaten after, hampered last, went 4th flat, 4th of 14, 34l behind Mister Grez (11-7) at Chepstow 2m nov hdl (4) gs.
Craiganee (IRE) 14-1 (11-0) Made most, mistake 5th, ridden and headed after 3 out, weakened and blundered next, 5th of 9, 32l behind Monsieur Gibraltar (11-5) at Newton Abbot 2m 3f nov hdl (4) gs.
Grissom (FR) 300-1 (11-4) Mid-division on outside, in touch when dived at 6th, soon weakened, fell 3 out, in a race won by Sir Ivan (11-4) at Exeter 2m 3f nov hdl (4) gs in Feb, 16 ran.
Multimedia 66-1 (10-7) Always towards rear, never involved, 6th of 10, 23l behind Dino Mite (10-3) at Taunton 2m 3f nh nov hdl (4) gd.
Sparkling Hero 100-1 (10-8) Took keen hold, not fluent 1st, held up in last pair, struggling in rear before 4th, hampered next, tailed off when fell heavily 3 out, in a race won by Rocky Rebel (11-1) at Exeter 2m 3f nov sell hdl (5) gd in Mar, 9 ran.
Calin Du Brizais (FR) 33-1 (10-7) Raced keenly tracking leaders on outside, 2nd briefly 6th, ridden after 3 out, weakened and eased before next, tailed off, 6th of 9, 49l behind Monsieur Gibraltar (11-5) at Newton Abbot 2m 3f nov hdl (4) gs.
Gorman (FR) 20-1 (10-7) Mid-division, headway 4 out, weakened before 3 out, 10th of 14, well behind Scoop The Pot (11-2) at Ludlow 2m nh nov hdl (4) sft in Feb.
Say My Name (IRE) 18-1 (10-7) Tracked leaders in 3rd, pushed along and lost place after 2 out, kept on run-in, took 3rd place close home, 3rd of 7, 11l behind Mister Grez (10-13) at Taunton 2m 1f nh nov hdl (4) gd in Mar.
Millanisi Boy 20-1 (11-3) Held up in rear, headway 5th, weakened before 3 out blundered 2 out, 7th of 8, well behind Bally Beaufort (10-12) at Chepstow 3m NH mdn hdl (4) gs in Mar.