prominent, close up in 4th when mistake and unseated rider 3 out
towards rear on outside, struggling 10th, tailed off 2 out, pulled up before last
raced keenly, led and soon clear, hit 6th, reduced advantage 8th, headed 2 out, soon ridden and no impression with front pair, weakened last
always behind, mistake 8th, pulled up before next
towards rear, outpaced 10th, hampered next, weakened before 2 out, tailed off
tracked leaders until fell 4 out
in touch, left clear 3rd 3 out, went 2nd and poised to challenge after next, shaken up to lead flat, driven out
behind, some headway when badly hampered 4 out, behind when unseated rider next
mid-division, outpaced 10th, left remote 4th 3 out, never near leaders, tailed off
tracked clear leader, close up 8th, led 2 out, ridden and headed flat, kept on
not fluent 1st, soon mid-division, behind and struggling when mistake 8th, pulled up before 10th
Lamb's Cross was beaten less than a length at Leicester last time. The winner almost followed up here last week so the form looks decent and his stable couldn't be in better form. But he was beaten 18 lengths by LITTLE JIMMY at Chepstow earlier and is only 8lb better off. That form has also been franked and though Tom Gretton's gelding is a tricky ride, he also won this last year and is only 5lb higher. On The Case will strip fitter for last month's fourth at Leicester and is a likely danger but Albatros De Guye was still beaten 20 lengths when second at Fakenham and a few of the others have a bit to prove after disappointing last time.
Road To Freedom 16-1 (11-5) Held up, struggling after 6th, mistake when well behind 10th, tailed off, 6th of 9, well behind De Vous A Moi (11-6) at Uttoxeter 2m 4f hcp chs 0-115 (4) sft.
The Pier (IRE) 33-1 (11-8) Mid-division when blundered and unseated rider 3rd, in a race won by Etania (10-7) at Stratford 2m 5f 5yo nov hcp (4) gs, 9 ran.
Unknown Legend (IRE) 5-1 (11-7) Keen led, headed 6th, soon pushed along, dropped to rear 9th, pulled up before next, in a race won by Lord Fox (10-12) at Fakenham 2m 5f hcp chs 0-100 (5) gd, 8 ran.
Gizzit (IRE) 10-1 (11-4) Held up in rear, mistakes, slightly hampered 1st, well beaten 4 out, pulled up before 2 out, in a race won by Henri De Boistron (10-10) at Leicester 2m 5yo nov hcp (4) gs in Feb, 9 ran.
Nether Stream (IRE) 8-1 (11-12) Chased leaders to 8th, soon struggling weakened 5 out, pulled up before next, in a race won by Jim Job Jones (9-11) at Worcester 2m 4f hcp 0-100 (5) gd in Sep, 10 ran.
On The Case 7-2 (11-0) Held up on outside, not fluent 5th, headway next, blundered and lost place 7th, not fluent and closed next, left 2nd 3 out, no impression on winner, edged left and lost 2nd before last, 4th of 6, 7l behind Vivacissimo (11-12) at Leicester 2m 4f 5yo nov hcp (4) sft in Feb.
Little Jimmy 6-1 (10-7) Tracked leaders, took keen hold, went 2nd 3 out, challenged next, shaken up flat, pushed ahead towards finish, won at Chepstow 2m hcp chs 0-100 (5) sft in Feb beating Long John (11-12) by hd, 7 ran.
Lamb's Cross 12-1 (9-13) Held up in rear but in touch, headway 5 out, led next, hard pressed 2 out, headed last, kept on well close home, 2nd of 8, 3/4l behind Thoresby (11-7) at Leicester 2m 4f hcp chs 0-100 (5) gs.
Albatros De Guye (FR) 9-2 (10-10) Held up, blundered 2nd, outpaced 8th, rallied to chase clear winner bend approaching last, no chance with winner, 2nd of 6, 20l behind Artifice Sivola (11-11) at Fakenham 2m hcp chs 0-100 (5) gs.
Vering (FR) 10-1 (10-0) Never travelled or jumped with any fluency in rear, mistake 3rd, reminder and struggling after next, tailed off and pulled up before 8th, in a race won by Ballyegan (10-7) at Taunton 2m hcp chs 0-100 (5) gs, 7 ran.
Gainsborough's Art (IRE) 25-1 (9-7) Held up mid-division, weakened before 2 out, last of 8, 38l behind Carhue Princess (11-1) at Towcester 2m 3f hcp 0-100 (5) sft in Nov.