tracked leader until ridden and lost place 14th, tailed off when refused 3 out
in touch, tracked leaders 6 out, pressed winner 2 out, soon outpaced
in rear when hampered 1st, jumped badly right, ridden 9th, tailed off when pulled up before 5 out
close up, ridden and lost place 11th, weakened 4 out, tailed off
made most, ridden 2 out, clear when stumbled on landing last
jumped left 1st, in touch, ridden 4 out, not trouble leaders
with winner, ridden 3 out, weakened next
Vinny Gambini, Ashford Wood, Major Ridge and Darsi Dancer have all been chasing before but have yet to win over fences. The latter may prove best of them back over the larger obstacles. But ON THE ROAD arrives on a roll having notched-up four consecutive wins over hurdles and Evan Williams’ charge should go close again if continuing his good progress now chasing for the first time. What A Game won over hurdles at Cartmel in May and also makes his chasing bow.
Ashford Wood (IRE) 11-1 (11-1) Mid-division, lost place approaching 5 out, soon behind, tailed off, 8th of 10, dist behind Thegreendalerocket (11-0) at Chepstow 3m 2f hcp (4) gs in Oct.
On The Road (IRE) 13-8fav (11-12) Tracked leaders, led before last, kept on well, won at Exeter 2m 6f hcp (5) sft in Nov beating Samson (11-4) by 3 1/2l, 11 ran.
Darsi Dancer (IRE) 13-2 (11-0) Led, headed 3rd, tracked leaders when reminders next, ridden 3 out, soon weakened, 7th of 12, 16 3/4l behind Tantamount (11-10) at Perth 3m hcp (4) sft in Jul.
What A Game (IRE) 11-4 (10-13) Prominent, hit 6th, ridden and lost place 4 out, rallied 2 out, kept on same pace, 4th of 7, 6 3/4l behind Daliance (11-9) at Fakenham 2m 7f hcp (4) gd in Oct.
Cabragh (IRE) 250-1 (10-12) Tracked leaders, lost place and in rear from 3rd, struggling from next, last of 6, dist behind Prime Venture (10-12) at Sedgefield 2m 1f (4) gs in Nov.
Vinny Gambini (IRE) 9-1 (11-4) Mid-division, pushed along before 4 out, weakened from next, 6th of 11, 20 3/4l behind West Of The Edge (11-9) at Wetherby 3m hcp (4) gs in Nov.
Major Ridge (IRE) 12-1 (11-1) Soon towards, struggling 9th, continued tailed off, 10th of 15, dist behind Seventeen Black (10-0) at Hexham 2m 4f hcp (5) gs in Apr.