raced on inside, tracked leader until 6th, handy 3rd, going well before 3 out, 2nd soon after 3 out, ridden between last 2, challenged and every chance run-in, no extra towards finish
A winner at Bangor last month, GRAND COUREUR found the progressive favourite Heavenly promise too good at Sedgefield last time. But the latter has won again since and the third was narrowly beaten last time so that form looks solid enough in a weak contest. Ballybreen has plenty to find on collateral form but Strictlyadancer finished a bit closer at Stratford on only his second outing over fences. Babytaggle doesn’t look badly treated on his best efforts though hasn’t raced since May and the remainder are harder to recommend.
Nautical Twilight 11-10fav (11-7) (bl) went 2nd 7; led 11-15; mist nxt; wknd qckly 3 out, 3rd of 4, 26l behind Templepoint (12-0) at Heslaker 3m gd in May.
Strictlyadancer (IRE) 7-1 (11-12) Raced wide, mistake 1st, weakened before 2 out, 5th of 7, 16 3/4l behind St Merryn (10-0) at Stratford 2m 1f hcp (5) sft in Oct.
Ballybreen (IRE) 50-1 (11-5) Mid-division, mistake 5th, pushed along after 5 out, never on terms, weakened from 3 out, 8th of 9, 32 1/2l behind Heavenly Promise (10-8) at Uttoxeter 2m 4f hcp (5) sft in Nov.
Babytaggle (IRE) 3-1 (11-5) Chased leaders, went 2nd after 3rd, mistake 7th, led bend after 9th, headed 3 out, no impression on winner from next, 2nd of 8, 14l behind Alltimegold (11-7) at Ffos Las 2m hcp (5) gd in May.
Jimmyjames 20-1 (9-11) Raced in rear early, 10th from halfway, pushed along from 3 out and soon no impression, pulled up before last, at Kilbeggan 2m 4f hcp sft in Apr.
Grand Coureur (FR) 10-3 (10-2) Held up, not fluent 4th, headway 8th, led 4 out to 3 out, ridden after 2 out, one pace, 2nd of 9, 12l behind Heavenly Promise (10-5) at Sedgefield 2m 5f hcp (4) sft in Oct.
Torrent Des Mottes (FR) 40-1 (10-12) Towards rear, ridden 2 out, plugged on, never nearer, 7th of 15, 22 1/4l behind Battleofthesomme (10-7) at Uttoxeter 2m hcp (5) sft in Nov.