mid-division, tracked leaders 5th, went 2nd 2 out, wide entering straight, ridden to lead when hit last, hard pressed flat, held on near finish
in touch, ridden to chase leading pair after 2 out, kept on same pace, no impression before last, lost moderate 3rd near finish
tracked leader, led 6th, ridden and headed approaching last, rallied and every chance flat, held near finish
behind, chased leaders under pressure before 2 out, never able to challenge, weakened between last 2
in rear, reminder after 5th, weakened before 2 out, tailed off
mid-division, chased leaders under pressure before 6th, weakened 2 out, tailed off
led, mistake 4th, headed 6th, lost place 2 out, soon weakened
chased leaders, lost place after 6th, soon weakened, behind when pulled up before 2 out
held up towards rear, mistake 3rd, chased leaders under pressure before 2 out, stayed on to take moderate 3rd near finish, no chance with front pair
mid-division, struggling 6th, weakened before 2 out
mid-division, lost place before 6th, soon behind
CLARET CLOAK looked set for another good season when third on his reappearance at Ascot but he's been well beaten in two runs in decent company since. He has his sights lowered here, however, and may have the class to defy top weight ahead of the back-to-form Seventh Sky. Dreambrook Lady is another who's staged a bit of a revival lately and Jeremy Scott's mare can't be ignored but Grams And Ounces is still paying the price for last year's exploits and Iolith may need another race to put him straight. Trip The Light is the type to go well off a low weight and he may be the pick of the remainder.
Claret Cloak (IRE) 25-1 (10-7) Towards rear, headway into mid-division before 3 out, ridden next, soon weakened, 16th of 28, 32l behind Ted Veale (10-6) at Cheltenham 2m 1f hcp hdl G3 (1) gs in Mar.
Ruler Of All (IRE) 11-1 (10-12) Held up in rear, not fluent 7th, jumped slowly next, mistake and behind 10th, went 4th 2 out, no chance (finished 4th, placed 3rd), 3rd of 6, 5l behind Andreo Bambaleo (10-12) at Market Rasen 2m 4f nov chs (4) gd in Jun.
Seventh Sky (GER) 4-1 (11-6) Held up in 4th, closed before 5th, not fluent and led 3 out, headed next, every chance thereafter, stayed on, just held, 2nd of 9, hd behind Canadian Diamond (11-8) at Ludlow 2m hcp hdl 0-125 (3) gs in Mar.
Dreambrook Lady (IRE) 10-3fav (11-10) Held up towards rear, headway after 6th, mistake 3 out, every chance approaching last, stayed on, 3rd of 10, 1l behind Pearls Legend (11-6) at Ludlow 2m hcp hdl 0-125 (3) sft in Feb.
Grams And Ounces 5-1 (11-9) Chased leading pair, went 2nd 3rd, no impression when blundered 3 out, lost 2nd and weakened before next, 3rd of 4, 22l behind Sublime Talent (10-10) at Taunton 2m Novice Handicap Chase (0-140) (5yo+) (3) sft in Feb.
Iolith (GER) 25-1 (11-3) Held up in rear, headway 3 out, went 2nd after 2 out until last, no extra final 100 yards, 4th of 9, 9l behind Shotavodka (11-12) at Newbury 2m hcp hdl 0-145 (2) hvy in Mar.
De Faoithesdream (IRE) 6-4 (11-8) Led, headed when mistake 2 out, weakened approaching last, tailed off, 4th of 8, 42l behind Grate Fella (10-12) at Sedgefield 2m 1f NH nov hdl 4-6yo (4) gd in Nov.
Gracchus (USA) 11-1 (11-1) Held up in rear but in touch, effort when blundered 4 out, soon weakened, 5th of 6, 18l behind Nobunaga (10-5) at Stratford 2m 1f hcp chs 0-135 (3) gd in Jun.
Trip The Light 11-1 (11-13) Chased leaders, went 2nd 4th, lost 2nd well before 2 out, mistake and weakened 2 out, 5th of 9, 16l behind Walden Prince (10-8) at Sandown 2m Am hcp hdl 0-115 (4) sft in Mar.
Rocky Elsom (USA) 9-2 (11-7) Chased leaders, effort 3 out, weakened before last, 5th of 9, 21l behind Tresor De Bontee (11-2) at Uttoxeter 2m nov hcp 0-115 (4) hvy in Mar.
Smart Catch (IRE) 40-1 (10-7) Mid-division, lost place after 2nd, jumped left 4th, weakened approaching 2 out, pulled up before next, in a race won by Shotavodka (11-12) at Newbury 2m hcp hdl 0-145 (2) hvy in Mar, 9 ran.