made all, 3 lengths clear 3f out, ridden approaching final furlong, driven and all out
raced wide tracked leaders, pushed along over 1f out, ridden and kept on one pace final furlong
held up, ridden 2f out, not trouble leaders
tracked leaders, pushed along over 2f out, ridden and weakened over 1f out
keen early in rear, pushed along over 1f out, never a factor
raced wide in touch, ridden over 1f out, kept on final furlong
held up, ridden 2f out, weakened final furlong
tracked winner, ridden over 1f out, driven and ran on towards finish, just held
Above The Rest has yet to encounter ground this soft and is having a first run since August. Commander Cole has a lengthy absence to overcome but that’s not usually a problem for one from his yard. He was progressive when last seen and William Cox claims a valuable 5lb but going and trip are against sprinter Kimberella and the weights point to SO BELOVED (NAP). David O’Meara also runs the consistent Firmament but Danny Tudhope has chosen his stablemate, who didn’t win last year but ran some cracking races in defeat including when beaten under a length in the Group
Kimberella 8-1 (9-5) Close up, pushed along over 2f out, effort inside final furlong, stayed on towards finish, 3rd of 8, 2 3/4l behind City Light (9-5) at Lingfield 6f stks (2) pol in Mar.
Above The Rest (IRE) 33-1 (9-0) Tracked leaders, outpaced over 2f out, soon ridden, kept on under pressure from over 1f out, no impression, 8th of 18, 3 1/4l behind Talaayeb (8-6) at York 7f Grp 3 stks (1) gd in Aug.
Bertiewhittle 18-1 (8-4) Slowly away, always behind, 6th of 7, 5 3/4l behind Von Blucher (9-1) at Newcastle 7f hcp (2) pol in Jan.
Burnt Sugar (IRE) 14-1 (9-4) Prominent stand side, ridden over 2f out, soon weakened, 16th of 18, 24 1/4l behind Accidental Agent (9-3) at Ascot 7f hcp (2) gs in Oct.
Von Blucher (IRE) 33-1 (9-8) Always towards rear, weakened over 1f out, last of 10, 17 1/4l behind Perfect Pasture (9-8) at Doncaster 6f lst stks (1) sft in Mar.
Commander Cole 2-1fav (9-7) Short of room start, held up towards rear, headway over 1f out, led inside final furlong, ran on well, won at Wolverhampton 1m 1f (2) pol in Nov beating Masham Star (9-6) by 2 1/4l, 6 ran.
Firmament 33-1 (9-10) Held up and behind, headway far side over 1f out, kept on same pace and no impression inside final furlong, 8th of 20, 4 3/4l behind Lord Glitters (9-3) at Ascot 1m hcp (2) sft in Oct.
So Beloved 12-1 (9-2) Chased leading pair, every chance 2f out, weakened inside final furlong, 9th of 12, 5 3/4l behind Second Thought (9-0) at Kempton 1m lst stks (1) pol in Nov.