tracked leaders, ridden and no extra from last
tracked leaders, outpaced before 2 out, kept on from last, one pace
tracked leader, lost place from 4 out, tailed off
led, pressed from 2 out, headed last, rallied run-in, kept on to regain lead towards finish
held up towards rear, headway before 3 out to chase leaders, led last, kept on and headed towards finish
held up behind, weakened before 3 out
always behind, tailed off from 4 out
Not a very competitive contest and it is likely to rest between Bal De Rio and SHINING ROMEO and the latter gets the vote. The five-year-old continues to improve over hurdles and this step up in trip can help him to successfully concede weight to Brian Ellison's hurdling newcomer. Jungle Girl should probably be checked out in the market given that the yard has had a couple of recent winners, while the same probably applies to Nemean Lion , although his trainer may have handicaps more in mind than this.
Shining Romeo 8-1 (11-11) Held up in rear, took keen hold, closed 4th, 3rd before last, 2nd briefly flat, no impression on winner, 3rd of 8, 5 1/4l behind Comanche Chieftain (11-12) at Stratford 2m hcp (3) gd in Aug.
Ask Shanroe (IRE) 250-1 (11-0) Always behind, tailed off 3 out, 6th of 9, dist behind What Happens Now (12-0) at Hexham 2m 7f (4) gd in Aug.
Bafana Blue 150-1 (11-0) Behind, reminders before 3rd, soon in rear and pushed along, tailed off before 5 out, pulled up, at Kelso 2m 7f mdn (5) gs in Dec.
Grow Nasa Grow (IRE) 25-1 (11-0) In rear and in touch, pushed along before 5 out, lost place after 4 out, 3rd of 4, dist behind Malton Rose (11-0) at Uttoxeter 2m 4f mdn (4) gd in Jul.
Nemean Lion (IRE) 3-1 (12-0) Raced in 4th, ridden and no impression from over 1f out, 4th of 5, 19 1/4l behind Exchange Rate (12-0) at Downpatrick 2m 3f gd in Jul.
Bal De Rio (FR) 9-1 (10-7) Held up mid-division, headway over 2f out, went 4th over 1f out, kept on inside final furlong, 3rd of 16, 2 3/4l behind Diamonds A Dancing (10-0) at Carlisle 1m 3f hcp (5) gs in Aug.
Jungle Girl Desideratum M out of Red Snow.
Wandaover 200-1 (10-7) Towards rear, not always fluent and jumped slowly at times, behind 4 out, pulled up before last, at Hexham 2m 7f (4) gd in Aug.