tracked leader, led after 4 out, driven and headed narrowly 2 out, kept on and every chance flat, soon ridden, not pace of winner towards finish
held up behind, headway after 4 out, chased front pair after next, driven and outpaced between last 2, came towards stands side rail and rallied after last, led flat, ran on
chased leaders, pushed along before 4 out, lost place after next, behind from 2 out, tailed off
led, mistake 6th, headed after 4 out, weakened after next, tailed off when pulled up before 2 out
tracked leaders, headway to press leader 3 out, led narrowly when hit next, soon ridden, headed flat, no extra towards finish
held up in rear, headway on outside after 4 out, close up next, outpaced before 2 out, no impression with leaders between last 2
held up behind, chased leaders on inside after 3 out, outpaced before next, no impression between last 2
Wicked Willy was declared over fences here yesterday. Count Simon keeps finding one too good and the five-year-old has his fair share of weight here. Sky Khan is equally frustrating but is better treated. Secrete Stream made a winning reappearance at Haydock in December so a further break isn’t necessarily a disadvantage and he’s only 4lb higher. Schiehallion Munro makes his handicap debut but has done well over hurdles, winning at Sedgefield and Wetherby. WHATMORE is back over his best trip and should strip fitter for his run at Aintree. Richard Patrick’s claim can help him overcome top weight against these.
Whatmore 14-1 (11-12) Prominent early, chased leaders, ridden and beaten before last, hung left and no extra flat, 7th of 19, 15 3/4l behind Chief Justice (11-2) at Aintree 2m hcp (2) gd in Apr.
Count Simon (IRE) 6-4fav (11-10) Led and disputed, led from 2 out, soon ridden, slight mistake and headed at last, kept on same pace in 2nd run-in, 2nd of 6, 4 3/4l behind Laverteen (11-5) at Downpatrick 2m 3f Good - Yielding in Mar.
Secrete Stream (IRE) 12-1 (11-7) Tracked leader, driven after 2 out, 3 lengths down last, ridden and stayed on to lead inside final 110 yards, just held on, won at Haydock 2m 3f hcp (3) hvy in Dec beating Becky The Thatcher (11-0) by nk, 10 ran.
One For Harry (IRE) 14-1 (11-4) Led, slow 1st, headed 3 out, weakening when left in 4th last, 4th of 12, 12 1/4l behind Crixus's Escape (10-8) at Ayr 2m 4f hcp (3) sft in Mar.
Schiehallion Munro 10-1 (11-3) Held up in mid-division on inside, headway chasing leaders before 3 out, switched left and went 2nd before the last, ridden to lead and edged right run-in, ridden out, won at Wetherby 2m 4f (4) gd in Feb beating Coolanly (11-9) by 3/4l, 13 ran.
Spirit Of Kayf 12-1 (11-0) Behind, beaten 6 out, 6th of 12, dist behind Crixus's Escape (10-8) at Ayr 2m 4f hcp (3) sft in Mar.
Sky Khan 14-1 (10-13) Keen in rear, headway 3 out, soon under pressure, stayed on well after last, 5th of 8, 4l behind Mahlervous (11-2) at Ayr 2m 5f hcp (2) gd in Apr.
Wicked Willy (IRE) 20-1 (11-4) Held up in last pair, headway and shaken up before 2 out, soon challenged, led before last, driven clear flat, readily, won at Kempton 2m 5f hcp (2) gs in Mar beating My Way (11-1) by 6l, 10 ran.