led to 3rd, chased leader, hit 14th, led after 4 out, clear 3 out, hard ridden and headed last strides
in rear, reminder after 2nd, lost touch from 12th, tailed off when pulled up before 3 out
chased leader until approaching 3rd, lost place 10th, rallied after 4 out, ridden and weakened approaching 2 out
pulled hard, headway to lead 3rd, clear after 5th, jumped right and hit 7th, headed after 4 out, soon weakened, pulled up before 3 out
held up, headway after 12th, hit 13th, ridden and went 2nd approaching 3 out, pecked 2 out, stayed on to lead last strides
held up well in rear, pushed along and good headway after 4 out, ridden and stayed on same pace from 2 out
A couple of these stand out from the rest. Danboru was still in contention, though tiring, at Bangor when falling at the last. But he’s been raised 13lb this year despite failing to win and LITTLE WINDMILL is preferred. The latter put a string of poor efforts behind him when runner-up at Plumpton last time and was beaten less than a length off today’s mark over course and distance back in October. The remainder are struggling at present including the selection’s stablemate Silent Steps though Cruising Bye won on fast going last summer and Mont Royale slides further down the weights.
Little Windmill (IRE) 9-1 (11-5) Led, headed after 3 out, not fluent last, kept on same pace, 2nd of 5, 3 3/4l behind Cadeau Du Bresil (11-0) at Plumpton 3m 2f hcp (4) gd in Apr.
Mont Royale 20-1 (11-6) Mid-division on inside, lost place 10th, not fluent 12th, weakened before 3 out, 6th of 9, dist behind One Forty Seven (11-9) at Uttoxeter 3m hcp (4) gd in Mar.
Silent Steps (IRE) 11-2 (11-12) Disputed lead, headed 10th, kept on same pace from 2 out, 4th of 10, 19l behind Boher Lad (10-4) at Stratford 3m 2f hcp (4) gd in Apr.
Master Vintage 20-1 (11-12) Raced keenly, held up in rear, mistake 2nd, never a factor, tailed off, 7th of 10, 24 1/2l behind Drewmain Legend (10-12) at Chepstow 2m 3f hcp (4) gs in Apr.
Loch Linnhe 13-2 (11-5) Tracked leaders, joined leader 5th, weakened 5 out, 8th of 9, dist behind Inchcolm (11-4) at Newcastle 2m 7f hcp (4) gs in Apr.
Cruising Bye 6-1 (11-10) Chased leaders early, lost place and towards rear 7th, tailed off and pulled up before 4 out, at Plumpton 3m 4f hcp (4) gd in Nov.
Danboru (IRE) 7-2 (11-11) Held up in touch, led 5th, edged right and ridden after 2 out, challenged when fell last, at Bangor-on-Dee 3m hcp (4) sft in Mar.