mid-division, much closer 4 out, travelling easily when pressed leader 2 out, took over heading to the last, 6 lengths clear jumping last, extended advantage run in, comfortable
This quite competitive for the track and time of year. Amy Murphy is a rare visitor here and BARMAN’s second at Plumpton, which has been franked since, was a big step forward so he gets the nod ahead of Honourary Gift, runner-up to a previous winner here on his chasing bow. Maxed Out King won twice here last season but lacks a recent run and has gone back up in the weights. Lucky Robin has become disappointing but Beautiful Ben won at Southwell before finishing third at Perth and My Renaissance is well treated if he can be persuaded to put his best foot forward.
Honourary Gift (IRE) 17-2 (11-4) Prominent, mistake 4th, not much room 5th, no impression on winner 2 out, pecked last, 2nd of 7, 6l behind Peterborough (11-4) at Sedgefield 2m hcp (4) gf in Sep.
Barman (FR) 12-1 (11-5) Raced keenly, held up tracking leaders on inside, going well in 3rd when hit 4 out, went 2nd after next, ridden and well held after 2 out, 2nd of 6, 3 1/2l behind Carolines Charm (11-7) at Plumpton 2m 1f hcp (4) gf in Sep.
Lucky Robin (IRE) 18-5 (11-12) Led, lost position 4 out, driven and effort before 3 out, not fluent 3 out, weakened before last, 4th of 10, 23 1/4l behind Mint Gold (11-11) at Perth 2m hcp (4) gd in Sep.
Sporting Press (IRE) 22-1 (11-9) Midfield, pushed along and reminders after 7th, faded 4 out, pulled up before next, at Perth 2m hcp (4) gd in Sep.
Maxed Out King (IRE) 5-1 (12-1) Jumped soundly, made all, clear 3 out, ridden and reduced lead before last, stayed on well, unchallenged, won at Sedgefield 2m hcp (5) sft in Mar beating Roxyfet (11-12) by 2 1/4l, 10 ran.
Beautiful Ben (IRE) 5-1 (11-9) Mid-division, pushed along to track leader before 3 out, ridden before 2 out, made no impression after last, 3rd of 10, 22 1/2l behind Mint Gold (11-11) at Perth 2m hcp (4) gd in Sep.
My Renaissance 12-1 (10-4) Chased leaders, hit 7th, soon outpaced, went modest 4th briefly after final bend, 5th of 9, 15 3/4l behind Sword Of Fate (10-7) at Cartmel 2m 1f hcp (4) gs in Aug.
Mac Cennetig (IRE) 33-1 (10-12) Tracked leader until before 3 out, chased leaders, hung right and weakened before next, 7th of 11, dist behind Little Stevie (11-12) at Market Rasen 2m 1f hcp (5) gd in Jul.