chased leaders, shaken up before 2 out, hung left and went 2nd flat, pressing winner, just held
with leader, led 2nd, headed narrowly before 2 out but stayed with every chance until 3rd and held towards finish
held up in rear, headway before 7th, mistake 3 out, 4th and one pace next, no impression
chased leaders, lost place before 4th, ridden after 7th, weakened 7th
mid-division, mistake 1st, not fluent next, ridden 5th, last next, pulled up before 3 out
towards rear, slow 2nd, headway before 4th, challenged after 3 out, led before next, driven before mistake last, pressed flat, held on
in rear, mistake 4th, weakened before 3 out
led until 2nd, prominent, mistake 6th, weakened after 3 out
Best To Come was only beaten a length over course and distance last month and a 2lb rise is fair but there is no reason why DANCEINTOTHELIGHT won’t give a good account again. Twice a winner here, Donald McCain’s grey isn’t getting any younger but will have most of these off the bridle on the final circuit. Hear The Chimes won here in November and has had wind surgery since while Dolly's Dot has each-way claims.
Best To Come (IRE) 10-1 (11-11) Led to 2nd, remained prominent, challenged 2 out, ridden and every chance last, not quicken flat, stayed on towards finish, always just held, 2nd of 12, 1l behind Flowery (11-7) at Sedgefield 2m 4f hcp (5) sft in Dec.
Danceintothelight 5-2fav (11-12) Led, soon clear, given breather before 6th, soon went clear again, not fluent 2 out, reduced lead after, headed last, no impression on winner flat, 2nd of 15, 6l behind Rockliffe (11-1) at Catterick 2m 3f hcp (5) gs in Dec.
Hear The Chimes 9-1 (11-11) Mid-division, headway approaching 3 out, soon chasing leaders, led before last, ran on well, won at Sedgefield 2m 4f hcp (5) gd in Nov beating Bertie Blake (10-8) by 1 3/4l, 11 ran.
Newstart (IRE) 14-1 (10-12) Tracked leaders, lost place 3 out, soon outpaced, beaten when hampered next, 6th of 8, 20 3/4l behind Dimple (11-7) at Kelso 2m 7f hcp (4) gd in Dec.
Ska Ridge 100-1 (10-12) Led until 3rd, chased leaders, lost place after 3rd, weakened after 3 out, 6th of 11, 25 1/2l behind Sweet Vinetta (10-5) at Catterick 2m 3f (4) sft in Dec.
Magic Dragon (IRE) 100-1 (10-12) Held up in rear, some headway 3 out, nudged along and no impression after, well held when mistake 2 out, 8th of 11, 28 3/4l behind Sweet Vinetta (10-5) at Catterick 2m 3f (4) sft in Dec.
Dolly's Dot (IRE) 16-1 (10-4) Tracked leader, lost place before 3 out, soon ridden and no impression, stayed on to take modest 4th flat, 4th of 10, 19l behind Lastin' Memories (10-11) at Newcastle 2m 5f hcp (5) gs in Dec.
Perseid (IRE) 7-2 (10-0) Not always fluent, held up towards rear, closed 4 out, losing place when mistake 2 out, 9th of 10, 20 1/2l behind Petite Ganache (11-5) at Newcastle 2m 6f hcp (5) gs in Jan.