tracked front pair, went 2nd at 5th, fell 8th
led, headed 2nd, tracked leader to 5th, in touch, left 2nd again 8th, ridden after 2 out, kept on same pace before last, no impression with winner
mid-division, chased leaders 4 out, left 4th next, soon outpaced, never on terms, lost place last
with leader, led 2nd, went left and headed 4 out, 4th and held when fell next
mid-division, jumped big and lost place 5th, soon behind, struggling 8th, tailed off 3 out, soon pulled up
mid-division, headway on outside when left 3rd at 8th, led 4 out, ridden after 2 out, stayed on well
behind, headway into mid-division 4th, tracked leaders 4 out, went 3rd next, ridden and one pace between last 2, no impression after
always behind, struggling from 7th
behind, reminders after 7th, late headway before 2 out, stayed on to take 4th from last, never troubled leaders
EMPTY THE TANK is now a pound lower than when successful over course and distance just over a year ago. He didn't really take to fences here last time and looks better treated than recent winners Crown Hill and Chakisto. Norse Light was behind the selection at Huntingdon in the spring and is worse off at the weights while Flashman hasn't really been firing lately. None of the others make much appeal.
Honkytonktennessee (IRE) 14-1 (11-7) Tracked leaders, mistake 5th, soon weakened, last of 7, dist behind Fields of Glory (11-0) at Huntingdon 2m hcp (4) sft in Mar.
Flashman 18-1 (10-12) Chased leading trio until mistake 5th, behind when jumped slowly next, tailed off 3 out, 5th of 6, dist behind Presenting Lisa (11-8) at Huntingdon 2m hcp (4) gd in Oct.
Norse Light 5-1 (11-8) Last pair, jumped slowly 4 out, modest 5th 3 out, driven and outpaced before next, 6th of 7, 31l behind Aces Over Eights (11-8) at Towcester 2m hcp (4) gf in May.
Berry De Carjac (FR) 13-2 (11-10) Mid-division, lost place 5th, mistake 13th, closed next, weakened after 3 out, pulled up 2 out, at Perth 3m hcp (4) gs in Sep.
Empty The Tank (IRE) 4-1 (11-12) Held up in last pair, steady headway 9th, 4th before next, 3rd 3 out, no chance with leading duo when blundered and unseated rider last, at Plumpton 2m 4f hcp (4) gf in Sep.
Mr Medic 33-1 (10-13) Chased leaders, riddden and weakened between last 2, 6th of 10, 25 1/4l behind Florrie Boy (11-7) at Chepstow 2m 3f hcp (4) gd in Mar.
Chakisto (FR) 5-2jfav (10-8) Held up, hampered 1st, closed 3rd, led going well before 2 out, ridden and ran on well flat, won at Uttoxeter 2m hcp (5) gs in Oct beating Donna's Pride (11-12) by 1l, 7 ran.
Remember Forever (IRE) 33-1 (11-2) Mid-division, headway before 5th, 2nd next, ridden when not fluent 3 out, soon weakened, 7th of 10, dist behind Westend Prince (11-10) at Fontwell 2m 6f hcp (5) gd in Jun.
Micquus (IRE) 16-1 (10-9) Held up towards rear, steady headway 6th, pushed along after next, pushed along in 5th 8th, sooon weakened, tailed off when mistake 3 out, soon pulled up, at Taunton 3m hcp (5) sft in Mar.
Crown Hill (IRE) 15-2 (11-6) Took keen hold, chased leaders, not fluent 7th, challenged on inside and not fluent 2 out, disputing lead when left clear last, won at Perth 2m 4f hcp (4) sft in Sep beating Double Court (10-9) by 2 1/2l, 12 ran.