soon led, headed over 1f out, one pace inside final furlong
hampered over 5f out, eased and soon tailed off
in rear, ridden over 2f out, never threatened
mid-division, not much room 5f out, headway over 3f out, switched right 2f out, beaten over 1f out
tracked leaders, led over 1f out, idled, headed well inside final furlong, kept on
mid-division, effort from over 2f out, kept on, not trouble leaders
prominent, ridden and every chance 1f out, 3rd and held towards finish
behind, headway over 1f out, kept on, unable to get on terms
held up towards rear, headway over 1f out, led well inside final furlong, kept on well
towards rear, headway on inside over 4f out, no extra inside final furlong
broke well, mid-division, struggling over 3f out
prominent, driven over 2f out, soon beaten
prominent, ridden over 2f out, soon weakened
First Excel extended a string of placed efforts when third at Newcastle last time and was beaten by Kommander Kirkup here back in November and THE GOLDEN CUE over track and trip more recently. That was the latter’s first start on Fibesand and there should be more to come from Steph Hollinshead’s charge on this surface. Liamba finished behind the selection while Pearl Acclaim and Fly True have both been beaten at Chelmsford since winning their penultimate starts over course and distance. Poet's Pride and Muatadel are not out of this either if taking to the track.
First Excel 6-1 (8-13) Tracked leader, ridden over 1f out, led inside final furlong, headed towards finish, 3rd of 10, 1 3/4l behind Another Angel (9-1) at Newcastle 5f hcp (5) pol in Jan.
Kommander Kirkup 33-1 (9-0) In touch, pushed along over 2f out, weakened over 1f out, last of 9, 16 1/2l behind Athollblair Boy (9-8) at Newcastle 6f hcp (5) pol in Jan.
Capla Demon 9-1 (9-0) Tracked leader, pushed along over 2f out, weakened inside final furlong, 7th of 9, 7 1/4l behind Athollblair Boy (9-8) at Newcastle 6f hcp (5) pol in Jan.
Pearl Acclaim (IRE) 20-1 (8-11) Chased leaders on outside, wide into straight, ridden over 1f out, weakened inside final furlong, last of 8, 8 1/4l behind Joegogo (9-7) at Chelmsford City 5f hcp (5) pol in Jan.
Muatadel 20-1 (9-7) Mid-division, headway under pressure on inside over 1f out, soon ridden, kept on, not reach leaders, 4th of 12, 1 1/4l behind Mooroverthebridge (9-1) at Wolverhampton 7f hcp (6) pol in Jan.
Poet's Pride 5-1 (9-3) In touch, headway 2f out, soon every chance, kept on one pace final furlong, 4th of 12, 5l behind Mearing (9-0) at Carlisle 1m hcp (5) sft in Aug.
The Golden Cue 14-1 (9-3) Chased leading trio, ridden 2f out, stayed on to lead final strides, won at Southwell 6f hcp (6) pol in Jan beating First Excel (9-8) by shd, 9 ran.
Major Crispies 33-1 (9-7) Slowly into stride, soon chasing leaders, lost place over 2f out, 9th of 10, 26 1/2l behind Long Socks (9-3) at Southwell 1m hcp (6) pol in Jan.
Newstead Abbey 16-1 (9-5) Tracked leaders, ridden over 1f out, kept on same pace, no impression, 7th of 12, 2 3/4l behind Mooroverthebridge (9-1) at Wolverhampton 7f hcp (6) pol in Jan.
Fly True 4-1fav (9-8) Chased leader, every chance inside final furlong, kept on same pace closing stages, 4th of 13, 1l behind Poppy May (9-6) at Chelmsford City 6f hcp (7) pol in Dec.
Coiste Bodhar (IRE) 14-1 (9-3) Quickly away, led 2f, prominent, pushed along 2f out, kept on same pace, 5th of 6, 2 1/4l behind Gorgeous General (9-5) at Southwell 5f hcp (6) pol in Jan.
Sir Geoffrey (IRE) 50-1 (8-7) Towards rear, pushed along halfway, ridden 2f out, never a factor, 8th of 9, 13 3/4l behind Mr Strutter (9-3) at Southwell 6f hcp (6) pol in Dec.
Interchoice Star 66-1 (8-12) Raced wide in touch, ridden halfway, weakened over 1f out, 9th of 14, 11 1/2l behind Da Capo Dandy (9-9) at Southwell 6f hcp (6) pol in Apr.
Liamba 12-1 (9-7) Prominent early, mid-division, ridden 2f out, effort 1f out, kept on, 5th of 11, 2l behind Archimedes (9-6) at Newcastle 5f hcp (6) pol in Jan.