held up, headway over 6f, ridden to lead over 4f, headed over 2f, stayed on same pace
jumped left at start, always rear division
in touch, led after 5f, headed over 4f, soon beaten
towards rear, ridden along and headway over 4f, one pace final 2f
prominent, ridden along over 5f, soon beaten
held up, headway over 4f, ridden to lead over 2f, soon clear, comfortably
held up, headway over 4f, one pace final 2f
prominent for 6f
mid-division, effort when raced extremely wide over 3f, never dangerous
led, headed after 5f, remained in touch until weakened over 2f
mid-division, ridden along over 6f, headway over 4f, weakened over 2f
in touch, ridden along over 6f, reminders over 4f, weakened over 2f
dwelt, always behind
dwelt, towards rear, headway over 3f, stayed on final 2f
GOBLIN may be able to get the better of the remarkable veterans Cumbrian Knight and York Cliff. Don Cantillon has a decent record when employing the services of Simon Walker and if the selection attracts market support then take heed. Goblin missed the whole of 2007 and is entitled to have needed the two runs that he had at Great Leighs last month. He's proven on the track, well handicapped on his old form and will relish the longer trip. Cumbrian Knight maintained his unbeaten track record with a three quarters of a length defeat of York Cliff and both have sound claims under pilot's that know their mounts well. Zaffeu has plenty of course form to his name and may have needed the run last month so could improve on that whilst Stravita won well last time and should go close if seeing out this longer trip. This is competitive but Goblin may be able to roll back the years.
Zaffeu 16-1 (9-4) Mid-division, ridden over 3f out, never dangerous, 7th of 8, 16l behind Simple Jim (8-9) at Southwell 1m 6f hcp 0-75 (5) fbs in Dec.
Cumbrian Knight (IRE) 8-1 (11-1) Started slowly, led after 4f, headed 5f out, weakened over 3f out, 11th of 12, 21l behind Snowberry Hill (10-6) at W'hampton 1m 6f amt hcp (6) pol in Dec.
Eforetta (GER) 20-1 (10-9) Held up, ridden over 3f out, never dangerous, 9th of 12, 19l behind Winged d'Argent (11-5) at Nottingham 1m 6f hcap (4) sft in Jul '07.
Stravita 13-2 (9-2) Held up, good headway 6f out, ridden to lead 2f out, pushed clear final furlong, won at Southwell 1m 4f hcp 0-60 (6) fbs in Dec beating Dazzling Begum (8-13) by 3 1/2l, 11 ran.
Spiritonthemount (USA) 16-1 (8-13) Always rear division, ridden and struggling final 3f, tailed off, 10th of 11, 40l behind Bank On Benny (9-3) at W'hampton 2m 1f hcp 0-75 (5) pol in Nov.
Hi Dancer 11-1 (9-11) Always behind, 9th of 15, 22l behind Neon Blue (10-4) at Redcar 1m 2f ldy rds hcp (6) gd in Oct.
Goblin 11-1 (9-2) In rear, ridden 2f out, never near leaders, 7th of 10, 9l behind Spume (8-10) at Great Leighs 1m 5f hcp 0-60 (6) pol in Dec.
York Cliff 16-1 (9-8) Mid-division, headway over 5f out, ridden over 2f out, weakened well over 1f out, 6th of 11, 10l behind Bridgewater Boys (9-8) at W'hampton 1m 4f sll (6) pol in Dec.
Sovietta (IRE) 6-1 (8-6) Led, headed over 6f out, weakened over 4f out, 11th of 12, 32l behind Opera Writer (9-1) at Warwick 1m 5f app hcp (6) gf in Jul.
Optimum (IRE) 14-1 (8-13) In touch, ridden and weakened over 2f out, 8th of 11, 20l behind Starstruck Peter (8-10) at W'hampton 2m 1f hcp (6) pol.
Reminiscent (IRE) 16-1 (8-5) Tracked leaders, led over 4f, ridden and headed over 2f, weakened final furlong, 4th of 6, 7l behind Gayanula (8-4) at Southwell 1m 4f app hcp (6) fbs in Dec.
Restart (IRE) 17-2 (8-13) Towards rear, soon pushed along and outpaced, reminders over 6f out, kept on over 1f out, no impression, 5th of 12, 7l behind Zuwaar (9-5) at W'hampton 2m 1f hcp 0-65 (6) pol in Dec.
Charlie Bear 66-1 (8-11) Very slowly away, behind, never nearer, 7th of 11, 33l behind Stravita (9-2) at Southwell 1m 4f hcp 0-60 (6) fbs in Dec.
Que Beauty (IRE) 100-1 (7-13) In rear, pushed along over 6f out, never near leaders, 8th of 11, 45l behind Stravita (9-2) at Southwell 1m 4f hcp 0-60 (6) fbs in Dec.