led, headed 3f out, no extra inside final furlong
prominent, ridden over 2f out, went 2nd 1f out, no impression on winner
towards rear, soon pushed along, well beaten over 2f out
always prominent, led 3f out, clear inside final furlong, comfortably
chased leaders, ridden over 2f out, stayed on same pace inside final furlong
tried to anticipate start, missed break and always towards rear
chased leaders towards stands side, soon outpaced, well beaten final 3f
chased leaders, ridden over 2f out, lost place over 1f out
mid-division, ridden over 3f out, some headway over 1f out, no impression
A nice prize for this venue and Midnight Malibu beat three of today’s opposition when scoring over track and trip recently. She just got the better of Foolaad on that occasion and the latter should go close again while Moonraker and Samovar finished further behind. But Tim Easterby’s mare had earlier fallen victim to ORNATE (NAP) here and it’s David Griffiths’ dual course winner that gets the vote in a tight sprint given he’s subsequently gone very close to catching the 109-rated Encore D’Or in a conditions race at Newcastle with Suzi's Connoisseur back in fifth. Crosse Fire and Erissimus Maximus were also beaten by the selection here earlier while Uncle Jerry and Atletico debut on the Fibresand with the former arriving in better form though upped in class today.
Foolaad 6-4fav (9-12) Chased leaders, ridden over 1f out, kept on and held towards finish, 2nd of 7, 1/2l behind Midnight Malibu (8-11) at Southwell 5f hcp (3) pol in Jan.
Ornate 11-1 (9-0) Led, ridden over 1f out, soon hung left under pressure, headed inside final furlong, kept on same pace, 2nd of 7, nk behind Encore d'Or (9-0) at Newcastle 5f stks (2) pol in Jan.
Atletico (IRE) 33-1 (9-7) Always behind, 8th of 9, 6 3/4l behind Desert Doctor (9-1) at Chelmsford City 6f hcp (3) pol in Jan.
Moonraker 11-2 (9-3) Led, headed final furlong, kept on towards finish, 3rd of 7, 1 1/2l behind Midnight Malibu (8-11) at Southwell 5f hcp (3) pol in Jan.
Suzi's Connoisseur 33-1 (9-0) Chased leaders, driven and every chance over 1f out, weakened closing stages, 5th of 7, 2 1/4l behind Encore d'Or (9-0) at Newcastle 5f stks (2) pol in Jan.
Midnight Malibu (IRE) 15-2 (8-11) Close up, led final furlong, ridden and pressed inside last 150 yards, held on well, won at Southwell 5f hcp (3) pol in Jan beating Foolaad (9-12) by 1/2l, 7 ran.
Erissimus Maximus (FR) 13-2 (9-7) Close up, ridden 2f out, soon weakened, 6th of 8, 6 1/2l behind Ornate (9-8) at Southwell 5f hcp (4) pol in Jan.
Samovar 14-1 (9-2) Tracked leader, effort over 1f out, kept on same pace final furlong, 4th of 8, 3 1/4l behind Acclaim The Nation (9-7) at Wolverhampton 5f hcp (4) pol in Jan.
Uncle Jerry 7-2jfav (9-6) Held up towards rear, not much room over 1f out, headway and switched right entering final furlong, ran on, 3rd of 8, nk behind Yolo Again (9-7) at Wolverhampton 5f hcp (4) pol in Jan.
Crosse Fire 12-1 (9-4) Chased leader on outside, effort well over 1f out, soon one pace, 3rd of 8, 7 1/2l behind Space Bandit (9-10) at Southwell 7f hcp (5) pol in Jan.