in touch main group, went 2nd behind clear leader 6th, close up 3 out, led when went left next, joined last, ridden and kept on well flat
chased clear leader to 6th, outpaced 3 out, soon lost place, weakened before next
in touch main group, close up 3 out, effort next, upsides when mistake last, ridden and every chance flat, no extra towards finish
mid-division, headway and in touch 3 out, not fluent next, soon ridden, stayed on to chase front pair flat
mid-division, outpaced before 3 out, never near leaders
held up in last pair, struggling before 3 out, never reached leaders
smartly away, led and clear to 3 out where not fluent, headed when hampered next, soon ridden and lost place well held last
held up in last pair, struggling after 5th, tailed off 3 out
It's possible that Alberta's victory in the Jump Jockeys’ Derby at Epsom last month will have given his confidence a boost. But his partner that day, Jamie Moore, partners Graasten here for father Gary and he also has a chance following his second to Affaire De Coeurs at Fontwell – he won twice on the Flat in Germany. BLUE SURF, rated 92 on the Flat, probably came up against a useful novice when second to Excellent Result at Huntingdon earlier this month and can go one better here as long as there isn’t significant rain, though Newton Abbot runner-up Djarkalin should also be winning soon.
Blue Surf 2-1fav (10-12) In touch, chased leading trio 3rd, 2nd before 3 out, led approaching next, headed last, rallied under pressure and every chance run-in, no extra towards finish, 2nd of 8, 3/4l behind Excellent Result (10-12) at Huntingdon 2m (4) gd in Oct.
Cashanova (IRE) 16-1 (11-5) Held up in mid-division, hampered 5th, 8th and well beaten when blundered 3 out, 6th of 11, 33 3/4l behind Scooter Boy (11-5) at Huntingdon 2m mdn (4) sft in Jan.
Djarkalin (FR) 9-2 (10-12) Raced keenly, chased winner throughout, chance 2 out, held approaching last, clear 2nd, 2nd of 8, 2 1/4l behind Black Corton (11-5) at Newton Abbot 2m 2f (4) gd in Oct.
Graasten (GER) 50-1 (8-5) Took keen hold, chased leaders, weakened over 3f out, behind and eased final 2f, 30th of 33, dist behind Sweet Selection (8-8) at Newmarket 2m 2f hcp (2) gd in Oct.
Lithic (IRE) 8-1 (11-3) In tiuch, pulled hard early, weakened over 3f out, 5th of 7, 33l behind Ballyandy (11-7) at Newbury 2m lst (1) hvy in Feb.
My King (FR) 50-1 (10-8) Always towards rear, struggling 4th, plugged on, never near leaders, 6th of 12, dist behind Brotherly Company (10-8) at Exeter 2m 1f mdn (5) gs in Apr.
Ravenous 20-1 (9-4) Chased leader until pushed laong 3f out, chased leaders, ridden and edged left 1f out, soon weakened, 7th of 12, 6 3/4l behind Wild Hacked (9-4) at Windsor 1m 4f hcp (3) gs in Oct.
Seven Clans (IRE) 25-1 (10-12) Mid-division, outpaced before 3 out, no chance with leaders, 6th of 9, dist behind Peter The Mayo Man (10-12) at Worcester 2m (4) gd in Sep.
Alberta (IRE) 7-1 (11-9) Raced wide keen tracked leaders, effort when edged left over 1f out, led inside final furlong, ran on, won at Epsom 1m 4f hcp (4) gd in Sep beating Jupiter Custos (10-12) by 1/2l, 9 ran.