close up, ridden to challenge leader when hung left over 1f out, driven and went 2nd near finish
held up in touch, ridden over 2f out, headway over 1f out, led inside final furlong, edged right near finish
tracked leader, led entering final 3f, ridden 2f out, headed inside final furlong, lost 2nd near finish
dwelt, soon switched to outer and outpaced, detached
close up, ridden over 2f out, weakened over 1f out
close up, pushed along over 4f out, weakened 3f out
raced wide, in rear, ridden after 2f, never near leaders
raced wide, close up, ridden 3f out, weakened over 1f out
led, ridden and headed entering final 3f, weakened inside final furlong
towards rear, ridden and headway over 1f out, never near leaders
tracked leaders, ridden 3f out, weakened over 1f out
None of this bunch inspire much confidence and only a token vote goes the way of INDOMITABLE SPIRIT. He landed a double on the Polytrack during the summer and can race off a similar mark on his Fibresand debut. Excelling Oscar, Risk 'n' Reward and It's All A Game are all course and distance winners with the latter arriving in the best form while Thunderbird has gone close over track and trip before, though finished last here on his latest start. Little Choosey and Marmooz also handle the surface.
Excelling Oscar (IRE) 25-1 (9-4) Close up, pushed along over 2f out, kept on same pace, 6th of 14, 10 3/4l behind Tiger's Home (8-13) at Southwell 7f hcp (6) pol in Nov.
Indomitable Spirit 9-2 (9-2) Tracked leaders, ridden over 2f out, kept on same pace, no impression when lost place inside final furlong, 7th of 11, 3 1/2l behind Snow King (8-9) at Lingfield 6f hcp (6) pol in Nov.
Fortinbrass (IRE) 12-1 (8-11) Slowly into stride, held up, headway over 1f out, ridden and kept on same pace inside final furlong, 5th of 8, 4 1/4l behind Air Of York (9-13) at Wolverhampton 6f hcp (6) pol in Nov.
Risk 'n' Reward (IRE) 40-1 (9-2) Slowly away, behind, well beaten final 3f, last of 12, dist behind Dove Mountain (8-13) at Ayr 7f hcp (6) gd in Sep.
Equilicious 33-1 (9-0) Raced far side, held up in dispute of 4th, went 3rd in group inside final furlong, one pace and no chance with main group leaders final furlong, went 2nd in group last stride, 8th of 18, 6 1/4l behind Hugie Boy (9-7) at Thirsk 6f hcp (6) gf in May.
Thunderbird 25-1 (9-1) Prominent, pushed along 3f out, weakened over 1f out, last of 14, 19 3/4l behind Tiger's Home (8-13) at Southwell 7f hcp (6) pol in Nov.
It's All A Game 16-1 (10-6) Mid-division, not clear run 3f out, headway over 1f out, kept on final furlong, nearest finish, 5th of 13, 5 1/2l behind Roger Thorpe (10-8) at Southwell 1m hcp (6) pol in Nov.
Little Choosey 7-1 (9-5) Raced wide close up, lost place over 2f out, 11th of 13, 8 3/4l behind Salvado (9-2) at Chelmsford City 6f hcp (7) pol in Nov.
Marmooz 16-1 (9-0) Pushed along in mid-division, ridden halfway, never on terms, 6th of 10, 5l behind Lamps Of Heaven (9-0) at Southwell 5f mdn stks (5) pol in Nov.
Tsarglas 20-1 (9-6) Chased leaders, pushed along over 2f out, weakened over 1f out, 12th of 13, 29l behind Actonetaketwo (9-2) at Kempton 1m hcp (7) pol in Nov.
Cardinal Sin 66-1 (8-2) With leader, lost place 2f out, ridden over 1f out, kept on same pace, no impression final furlong, 7th of 10, 6 1/4l behind Etaad (9-3) at Lingfield 7f hcp (6) pol in Nov.