raced on inside, chased leader, led before 3rd until 2 out, lost 2nd between last 2, no extra in 3rd
raced wide, held up tracking leaders and bit keen, led on outside 2 out, headed last, not pace of winner
raced very wide, prominent, went 2nd 4th, every chance when fell 2 out
waited with in touch in rear, smooth headway before left close 3rd 2 out, went 2nd between last 2, led last, quickened clear, comfortably
raced keenly, held up in 5th, closer in 3rd place before 5th, pushed along and outpaced after 3 out, weakening when hampered and left 4th next, lost that placing run-in
led until before 3rd, lost 2nd next, chased leaders, pushed along and outpaced after 3 out, weakened quickly before next, went modest 4th run-in
Graceland jumped much better when making all at Stratford than she had when scoring at Cartmel but this looks a much tougher assignment carrying a penalty, though Donald McCain’s stable is back in form. Recent course and distance winners Cardigan Bay and HENRIETTA BELL also like to race prominently and the latter has scope in handicaps after just two runs over timber. Warwick second Shufoog was well beaten in this last year and is 2lb higher while the lack of recent run could hamper Chequered View and Sue Be It but Dieu Benisse won a novice event at Ffos Las having a first run for Philip Kirby while Ena Baie is a likely improver now handicapping.
Graceland (FR) 9-4fav (11-2) Raced keenly, tracked leader, led after 2nd, made rest, clear after 2 out, ridden turning in, driven out, kept on, comfortably, won at Stratford 2m hcp (3) gs in Jun beating Collodi (10-6) by 4 1/2l, 6 ran.
Cardigan Bay (FR) 5-2 (11-11) Led, jumped right and hanging right 5th and 6th, headed before 3 out, kept hanging right, ridden to lead when jumped right last, ran on, won at Southwell 2m hcp (4) gd in May beating Apres Le Deluge (11-12) by 3 1/4l, 4 ran.
Henrietta Bell (IRE) 4-7fav (11-0) Made all, clear before 2 out, comfortably, won at Southwell 2m mdn (4) gd in May beating Miss Brooklyn (11-0) by 3 1/2l, 7 ran.
Ena Baie (FR) 9-2 (10-12) Keen in rear, headway into 2nd bypassing omitted 2 out never able to challenge, 2nd of 7, 11l behind Valse Au Taillons (10-12) at Ffos Las 2m (4) gd in Jun.
Sue Be It (IRE) 3-1 (11-4) Tracked leaders, went 2nd after 6th, ridden and 2 lengths down last, soon left in lead, stayed on, won at Stratford 2m 3f (4) gf in Jun beating Stylish Dancer (11-0) by 7l, 10 ran.
Chequered View 5-2fav (11-12) Keen, tracked leaders, went 2nd at 8th, ridden 2 out, led narrowly last, headed briefly flat, ran on, won at Fakenham 2m 5f hcp (4) gs in Dec beating Thomas Todd (12-1) by 1 1/4l, 5 ran.
Dieu Benisse (FR) 11-4 (10-7) In touch, mistake 4th, chased leaders next, left in lead 2 out, ran on well, won at Ffos Las 2m (4) gd in May beating Dream Machine (11-0) by 3 1/4l, 7 ran.
Shufoog 12-1 (11-1) Tracked leaders, headway after 3 out, led narrowly before next, headed between last 2, ridden and readily outpaced by winner from last, 2nd of 7, 2 1/4l behind So Lonely (11-9) at Warwick 2m hcp (4) gd in May.