held up in touch, steady headway into 4th after 3 out, went 2nd between last 2, ridden and held when mistake last
held up in touch, dropped to last 3 out, never on terms after
led, clear 5th, mistake next, pushed along and headed 2 out, lost 2nd between last 2, weakened into 4th run-in
tracked leaders on inside, tracked leading pair 4th, led travelling well 2 out, clear before the last, stayed on strongly
took keen hold, tracked leading pair until 4th, chased leaders, not fluent 6th and lost place, rallied under pressure into modest 3rd run-in
chased leader, not fluent 2nd and next, pushed along and lost 2nd before 2 out, weakened between last 2
held up in touch, pushed along and outpaced before 2 out
Paddocks Lounge has only won a seller and a claimer at Leicester recently and may struggle to complete his hat-trick, though Richard Johnson keeps faith with Sophie Leech’s 10-year-old. Dun Bay Creek hasn’t raced since June while Trans Express disappointed at Wincanton last month but Debece has been keeping better company while Wicked Willy has won his last two, though is 5lb higher today. Justification is 5lb better off than when finishing behind MIXCHIEVOUS over track and trip earlier this month but Venetia Williams’ charge should confirm that form and can go one better today.
Wicked Willy (IRE) 11-10fav (11-10) Behind, not fluent 4th, headway 3 out, chased leaders next, stayed on strongly after last to lead close home, won at Market Rasen 2m 7f hcp (4) sft in Jan beating Mwaleshi (11-7) by shd, 10 ran.
Dun Bay Creek 8-1 (10-13) Held up in touch, 3rd 3 out, closed 2 out, soon led, ridden clear flat, won at Newton Abbot 2m 6f (4) gd in Jun beating Policy Breach (10-13) by 2 3/4l, 8 ran.
Paddocks Lounge (IRE) 4-5fav (11-6) Made all, clear from normal 3 out, easily, won at Leicester 2m (5) hvy in Feb beating Golan Dancer (11-9) by 17l, 8 ran.
Justification 14-1 (11-1) Held up in touch, hit 3rd, steady headway tracking leaders in 3rd before 2 out, 2nd between last two until approaching last, 3rd and held when hit last, 3rd of 9, 10l behind Another Venture (11-7) at Sandown 2m 4f hcp (3) hvy in Feb.
Mixchievous 9-1 (10-8) Reluctant to line up, held up towards rear, dropped to last before 4th, tailed off 6th, headway on inside tracking leaders in 4th approaching 2 out, 3rd between last 2, went 2nd approaching last, kept on same pace run-in, 2nd of 9, 2l behind Another Venture (11-7) at Sandown 2m 4f hcp (3) hvy in Feb.
Trans Express (IRE) 9-2 (11-0) Chased leaders, lost place after 3 out, soon ridden, weakened before last, 8th of 13, 37 3/4l behind Kk Lexion (11-10) at Wincanton 2m 5f hcp (3) sft in Jan.
Sunday Central 66-1 (11-5) Always towards rear, 6th of 13, 35 3/4l behind Bodega (11-1) at Doncaster 3m hcp (4) gd in Jan.
Debece 7-2fav (10-1) Tracked leaders, challenged before 6th, led 3 out, headed after next, one pace last, stayed on flat, went 2nd towards finish, no impression on winner, lost 2nd post, 3rd of 9, 3 1/4l behind Florrie Boy (10-1) at Aintree 2m 4f hcp (2) gs in Dec.