held up in last pair, ridden in 5th after 3 out, rallied travelling well to lead before and hit 2 out, ridden approaching last, headed inside final 150 yards, no extra in 3rd 100 yards out
raced keenly, tracked leaders on inside, 3rd before not fluent 2 out, driven and one pace between last 2, rallied last, 2nd run-in, stayed on gamely to lead inside final 150 yards, held on
led, pushed along and headed before 2 out, soon weakened, beaten in 4th, mistake last
raced keenly, tracked leaders, ridden and weakened before 2 out
tracked leader, chased new leader approaching 2 out, soon every chance until hit last, lost 2nd run-in, rallied gamely to regain 2nd 100 yards out, kept on
raced keenly, tracked leaders on outside, went right 1st, jumped slowly 2nd and next, jumped slowly and lost place 5th, soon behind, tailed off
always in rear, pushed along and struggling after 3rd, soon lost touch, tailed off
BALLYANDY (NAP) has been unlucky to come up against Moon Racer twice already this term. It was slightly disappointing that he also finished behind Mirsaale at Cheltenham last time but the uphill finish and extra yardage here should suit and he is getting weight from the four previous winners in the race. Cultivator is held high regard and went some way towards justifying his reputation with a smooth win at Ascot. Messire Des Obeaux easily won a handicap over this trip at Bangor on his return to action and is also worth following but Apasionado looks a speedy sort who may be better over 2m, though the form of his latest victory has been franked. Carlisle winner Aintree My Dream looks up against it on these terms.
Cultivator 15-8 (10-12) Held up, off the pace, in 4th, took closer order 4 out, led before 2 out, drew clear last, driven out, readily, won at Ascot 2m fll (3) gd in Oct beating Bagad Bihoue (11-8) by 4l, 5 ran.
Messire Des Obeaux (FR) 6-4fav (11-5) Mid-division, headway to chase leaders 4 out, led before 2 out, clear last, ran on strongly, won at Bangor 2m 4f hcp (2) gs in Nov beating Tornado In Milan (11-10) by 10l, 7 ran.
Aintree My Dream (FR) 1-3fav (10-12) Tracked leaders in 3rd, went 2nd before 7th, led 3 out, clear from 2 out, eased towards finish, won at Carlisle 2m 4f (4) sft in Oct beating Late Romantic (10-12) by 10l, 9 ran.
Apasionado (GER) 6-5fav (11-5) Led, headed 2nd, led again bend after winning post, ridden and ran on, won at Huntingdon 2m (4) gd in Nov beating Lisheen Prince (10-12) by 2 1/4l, 11 ran.
Ballyandy 5-4fav (11-0) Tracked leaders, driven before last, soon pressed for 2nd, kept on flat, not pace to challenge, 3rd of 6, 2 3/4l behind Moon Racer (11-4) at Cheltenham 2m (1) sft in Nov.
Coeur Blimey (IRE) 14-1 (12-0) Chased leaders early, mid-division after 4f, towards rear 5f out, ridden and no impression 3f out, kept on one pace straight, 8th of 11, 13 1/2l behind Blow By Blow (12-0) at Punchestown 2m (1) Good - Yielding in Apr.
Kabanga Bay 50-1 (11-0) In touch on outer, lost place after 3rd, soon towards rear, headway under pressure before 2 out, went 3rd last, kept on, no impression with front pair, 3rd of 14, 5 1/4l behind Peak To Peak (11-0) at Fontwell 2m 3f mdn (4) sft in Nov.