not that fluent, led, headed 4th, led 6th until 8th, mistake 12th, hit 4 out, no extra before 2 out
chased leaders, went 2nd 4 out until after next, 3rd and beaten 2 out, one pace
held up in last, closed from 4 out, chased winner after 3 out, mistake 2 out, no impression, stayed on same pace
tracked leader, not fluent 3rd, led next, headed 6th, led 8th, jumped right and not fluent 2 out, clear before last, stayed on
chased leaders, outpaced after 4 out, 4th and no extra 2 out
Tayzar didn’t get far at Kelso last month in a race in which Instant Replay returned to his best when finishing second. Inch Lala won over track and trip last month and was then third at Cheltenham. She was still beaten 40 lengths, however, while The Paddy Pie has climbed the weights without winning and has been racing over longer trips. OAK VINTAGE is a real course specialist and back here for the time since winning by 19 lengths in October. He has also switched to a yard in cracking form and a second at Wetherby on Boxing Day will have blown away any cobwebs.
Oak Vintage (IRE) 9-1 (11-0) Led until 12th, 3rd when mistake 4 out, mistake 3 out, went 2nd flat, no impression on winner, 2nd of 7, 11l behind Willie Boy (11-9) at Wetherby 2m 3f hcp (3) gs in Dec.
The Paddy Pie (IRE) 5-1 (10-13) Held up behind, headway on inside after 8th, led when hit 12th, ridden and headed between last 2, no extra in 3rd from last, 3rd of 9, 15 1/4l behind Cloth Cap (11-2) at Catterick 3m 1f hcp (3) gd in Nov.
Tayzar 7-2 (11-7) Held up towards rear, blundered and unseated rider 3rd, at Kelso 2m 1f hcp (3) gd in Dec.
Instant Replay (IRE) 10-1 (11-5) Tended to jump right, led, hit and headed 7th, regained narrow lead after next, ridden and headed 2 out, kept on same pace, no chance with winner between last 2, 2nd of 7, 9l behind Charmant (11-12) at Kelso 2m 1f hcp (3) gd in Dec.
Inch Lala (IRE) 15-2 (11-1) Held up mid-division, left 3rd 4 out, pecked and weakened next, 3rd of 10, dist behind Synopsis (12-0) at Cheltenham 2m 5f hcp (3) gd in Dec.