always prominent, raced keenly, led 4th to 5th, reminder after 10th, led after 13th to 2 out, regained lead approaching last when saddle slipped and rider kicked both irons out, hanging left, stayed on flat
led until took wrong course 2nd (water) soon pulled up
left in lead 2nd, headed 4th, jumped slowly 6th, not fluent 12th, mistake 13th, weakened approaching 3 out, terrible blunder last, tailed off
held up in rear, hit 9th, headway when hit 4 out, pressing winner approaching last where not fluent, stayed on under pressure towards finish
chased leaders, jumped right 3rd, led 5th, jumped right 11th, jumped right 13th, soon headed, weakened approaching 2 out, terrible blunder last, tailed off
held up, last when mistake 13th, went moderate 3rd near finish
held up, headway 8th, went 2nd before 3 out, led 2 out, ridden and headed approaching last, soon weakened
PARADISE EXPECTED probably did not appreciate the drop in trip at Market Rasen last time and Tim Vaughan's mare looks well worth another chance back over a more suitable distance today and she can resume winning ways, getting the vote ahead of Great Tsar and Prophete de Guye. The last mentioned has been in good form of late following a good win at Southwell with a decent effort when a close third behind Shake The Barley at Taunton but those efforts have been over two miles and he is not certain to stay this far so may be best watched. Jackella has run below par in his last two starts and of more interest may be the relatively lightly raced Bali Bay, who comes from the stable of Nigel Twiston-Davies. Charlie Longsdon's Great Tsar has been running consistently well recently and should again be thereabouts but preference is for Paradise Expected, who is back over his best trip.
Jackella (IRE) 8-1 (10-11) Tracked leaders, weakened before 4 out, 7th of 12, well behind Ferimon (11-8) at Fakenham 3m hcp chs 0-120 (3) gs in Jan.
Maree Hall (IRE) 16-1 (11-6) Tracked leaders, led 9th, headed 12th, weakened quickly and pulled up 5 out in race won by Peter Pole (11-12) at Exeter 3m nov hcp chs 0-110 (4) gd, 12 ran.
Bali Bay (NZ) 15-2 (11-2) Soon prominent, pecked 8th, led 4 out, ridden and headed after 3 out, edged left after 2 out, weakened flat, 4th of 6, 15l behind Potts of Magic (10-11) at Huntingdon 3m hcp chs 0-115 (4) gd.
Prophete de Guye (FR) 3-1 (11-1) Mid-division, headway 7th, mistake 4 out, ridden approaching 3 out, kept on same pace, 3rd of 9, 6l behind Shake The Barley (11-10) at Taunton 2m nov hcp chs 0-100 (4) gs in Feb.
Peterfly (FR) 40-1 (11-5) Held up in touch, weakened from 3 out, 7th of 8, well behind Soprano (10-13) at Leicester 2m nov hcp chs 0-105 (4) gs.
Great Tsar (IRE) 6-1 (10-12) Never dangerous, 6th of 12, 24l behind Milton Des Bieffes (9-11) at Stratford 2m 4f hcp chs 0-110 (4) gd.
Paradise Expected 8-11fav (10-12) Tracked leaders, blundered 2nd, led 10th, headed 3 out, every chance last, not quicken towards finish, 2nd of 11, 1/2l behind Toulouse Express (11-2) at Market Rasen 2m 4f nov hcp chs 0-95 (5) sft.
A Few Kind Words (IRE) 33-1 (11-2) Towards rear, blundered 5th, weakening when unseated rider at the 8th in race won by Take It There (11-6) at Taunton 2m 3f nov hcp chs 0-95 (5) gs in Dec, 12 ran.