held up in last pair, headway before 2 out, ridden and outpaced between last 2, challenging for well held 2nd when blundered badly last, no chance after
mistake 1st, held up in touch, weakened after 3 out, tailed offtailed off
chased leaders, led on long run before last, soon clear
raced keenly, led, blundered and stumbled 2nd, headed on long run before last, no extra and no chance with winner
always in rear, tailed off and pulled after 3 out
chased leader until after 6th, chased leaders, weakened next, tailed off
pecked 1st, in touch, closer in 4th place after 6th, weakened between last 2
chased leaders, pushed along and went 2nd after 6th until pushed along after 3 out, ridden and lost 2nd between last 2, plugging on when left in 3rd at the last
Shaman Du Berlais had no excuses when a beaten favourite at Newton Abbot last month and has become expensive to follow. MERCY MERCY ME could be heading down the same route but has been highly tried so far over hurdles and it will be a surprise if Paul Nicholls can’t find a race or two for his recent acquisition. Sidi Ismael ran a race full of promise at Kelso and can only improve and winning pointer Terrierman has joined the Skelton yard. Doc Penfro has changed stables and been absent since June last year so is best watched.
Doc Penfro 9-2 (10-12) Held up, headway 5 out, chased leaders next. hung left from 3 out, every chance next, kept on same pace closing stages, 2nd of 11, 4 1/2l behind Black Kalanisi (10-12) at Worcester 2m 4f mdn (4) gd in Jun.
Exploiteur (FR) 6-1 (11-11) Mid-div, 9th 1/2way, prog frm 3out, cl 3rd well bef 2out, wknd bef last, 6th of 13, 10l behind Overthetop (11-11) at Ballindenisk 3m mdn sft in Dec.
Happygolucky (IRE) 5-1 (11-11) Chsd ldrs, 4th on outer 1/2way, prog to chall in 2nd bef 2out, nt qckn wth ldr bef bypassed last, ko flat, 2nd of 10, 4l behind Saint Benedict (11-11) at Rathcannon 3m mdn gd in Nov.
Mercy Mercy Me 8-11fav (11-1) Chased leader, led 5th until hit 3 out, chased winner, ridden and well held next, 2nd of 11, 10l behind Mcnamaras Band (11-1) at Chepstow 2m 3f mdn (5) gs in Mar.
Out On The Tear (IRE) 50-1 (11-0) Held up in rear, hit 1st, lost touch after 7th, tailed off, 6th of 8, dist behind Mason Jar (11-0) at Uttoxeter 2m 4f mdn (5) sft in Oct.
Sidi Ismael (FR) 8-1 (10-12) Chased leaders on outside, went 2nd 3rd, led 6th, headed before next, led last, headed flat, held towards finish, 2nd of 7, 1 1/2l behind Mr Muldoon (11-4) at Kelso 2m 5f (4) sft in Oct.
Stormy Flight (IRE) 33-1 (11-4) In touch in mid-division, closed 9f out, went 2nd 2f out, no impression on winner, kept on, 2nd of 12, 11l behind Green Dolphin (11-4) at Wincanton 1m 7f mdn (5) gs in Mar.
Terrierman (IRE) 2-1fav (11-10) Hdwy 11; led 3 out; hdd nxt; led last; comf, won at Bangor-PTP 3m mdn in Mar beating Dee Star (12-0) by 6l, 9 ran.
Shaman Du Berlais (FR) 5-4fav (10-12) Led, clear after 2nd until 3 out, ridden and headed before 2 out, not much room before awkward last, no impression flat, 2nd of 6, 3 3/4l behind Ruthless Article (11-10) at Newton Abbot 2m 6f (4) gd in Sep.