led, headed after 3 out, weakened after next
chased leaders, took keen hold, jumped right 4th, ridden 3 out, weakened after next
behind, jumped right at times, well beaten 2 out, went remote 3rd latter stages
chased leader, led after 3 out, clear after next, mistake last, easily
held up in 4th, closed 5th, went 2nd after 2 out, no chance with winner
CELESTIAL DANCER was an ordinary all-weather maiden on the Flat and beaten more than 20 lengths on her hurdling debut at Wetherby but she still wouldn’t need to improve much on that to beat disappointing rivals. Marienstar won a point-to-point in Ireland but is having her first run for Alex Dunn. Approaching Star has an absence to overcome while Queen Of Epirus is 0-21 in her career, though was second in a handicap on soft going at Taunton last time.
Approaching Star (FR) 14-1 (8-10) Raced keenly, dispted lead at strong pace and clear of rest, led 5f out, reduced lead 4f out, headed 3f out, chased leading pair, ridden and lost 3rd 2f out, weakened, 4th of 5, 14l behind Urban Space (10-1) at Chepstow 1m 4f hcp (6) gf in Jul.
Celestial Dancer (FR) 6-1 (11-2) In rear, headway before 4 out challenged before 3 out, one pace and no impression on winner, 2nd of 6, 22l behind Sheneededtherun (11-2) at Wetherby 2m 4f mdn (5) gd in Apr.
Izzy Piccolina (IRE) 50-1 (11-7) Always towards rear, outpaced from after 3 out, 9th of 15, 37l behind Sheer Poetry (11-2) at Newton Abbot 2m 6f hcp (5) gd in May.
Marienstar (IRE) 16-1 (11-4) Prominent, mistake 6th, under pressure from 4 out, weakened from before next, 14th of 19, dist behind Jump For Dough (11-5) at Cork 3m hcp gd in May.
Queen Of Epirus 10-1 (10-6) Towards rear, headway after 3 out, stayed on from 2 out, went 2nd last, no impression on winner, 2nd of 16, 14l behind Bandon Roc (11-8) at Taunton 2m 3f hcp (5) sft in Feb.
Ede's The Business 66-1 (8-12) Slowly into stride, ridden and struggling over 3f out, never on terms, tailed off and eased final furlong, last of 13, dist behind Pipers Piping (8-13) at Wolverhampton 1m 1f hcp (6) pol in Dec.