made all, pushed along over 2f out, ridden and stayed on gamely inside final furlong
tracked winner, pushed along over 2f out, ridden and unable to quicken over 1f, rider dropped rein inside final furlong, stayed on towards finish
close up in 4th, pushed along 5f out, ridden over 1f out, stayed on inside final furlong, not trouble leaders
slowly away, soon recovered to track leaders, headway on outer to dispute 2nd 5f out, ridden 3f out, weakened and flashed tail over 1f out
Rubenesque, runner-up in this last year, scored over the 2m5f track back in April before finishing runner-up over hurdles at Perth a few days later but will do well to concede weight all round. FOREWARNING scored over the course and distance last month, when Stormin Norman was third, before a very good run in a better race at York and looks the one to beat. Kitty's Cove stays the trip as she showed at Musselburgh though may find the ground a bit quick.
Rubenesque (IRE) 7-2fav (11-6) Tracked leader, led and quickened clear after 3 out, ridden when hard pressed between last 2, headed last, one pace and no impression flat, 2nd of 11, 5l behind Stop Talking (11-2) at Perth 2m 4f hcp (4) gd in Apr.
Forewarning 8-1 (9-2) Mid-division, headway over 2f out, every chance over 1f out, kept on under pressure, 2nd of 12, 3/4l behind Platform Nineteen (9-3) at York 2m hcp (4) gd in Sep.
Stormin Norman 6-5fav (9-5) Raced wide keen in touch, pushed along over 6f out, ridden and headway over 1f out, one pace final furlong, 3rd of 7, 2 3/4l behind Forewarning (9-6) at Pontefract 2m 1f hcp (5) gd in Aug.
Kitty's Cove 11-2 (9-5) In rear, headway over 1f out, kept on and no impression, 5th of 11, 10 1/2l behind Well Funded (9-6) at Carlisle 1m 6f hcp (6) gs in Sep.
Mr Smith 4-9fav (11-3) Slight mistake 1st, tracked leaders, 3rd halfway, slight mistake 9th, disputed after 10th, slight mistake 4 out, soon led, slight mistake 3 out, asserted before next, soon clear, easily, won at Roscommon 3m hcp sft in Aug beating Messie (11-3) by 12l, 8 ran.