held up and behind, pushed along after 8th, struggling when fell 10th
held up, headway tracking leaders 8th, pushed along after 11th, weakened next, 6th and no chance when blundered badly 2 out
tracked leaders, left in 2nd, one pace 3rd, led 4 out until 3 out, pushed along in 3rd before next, disputing, held 2nd run-in until no extra final 100 yards
led, hit 7th, headed 4 out, led again 3 out until before 2 out, weakened soon after
tracked leaders until blundered and unseated rider 3rd
took keen hold, held up, slight peck 2nd, headway tracking leaders 8th, led narrowly 4 out until next, led again before 2 out joined 2 out, ridden and headed between last two, stayed on same pace run-in
held up in last pair, mistake 7th, good headway tracking leaders 8th, pushed along after 9th, rallied on outside into 2nd approaching 2 out, upsides 2 out, ridden to lead between last two, stayed on well and came clear run-in
chased leaders, left in 3rd place at 3rd, driven after 3 out, weakened before next
The veteran Jolly Boys Outing scored in a class below this over slightly shorter here on Boxing Day but couldn't handle a massive 14lb rise on a return visit the following month. Silent Cliché gained a narrow victory at Huntingdon on Boxing Day but couldn't handle the 6lb rise on his next start at Leicester. COSWAY SPIRIT won this last year and followed up over the track and trip a few days later from 8lb higher. He's had just two subsequent runs and though well below par he's taken to bounce back. Nalim is going the right way and would have an obvious chance on his recent second at Market Rasen while the lightly-raced Typical Oscar couldn't handle heavy going last time and is better judged on his victory at Southwell in November.
Wicklewood 16-1 (11-7) Chased leader, led 8th until approaching 3 out, dropped to 3rd and driven along after 3 out, no extra in 5th on long run before next, tailed off, 6th of 10, well behind Gilzean (11-7) at Lingfield 2m 7f hcp hdl 0-100 (5) hvy in Feb.
Silent Cliche (IRE) 7-2 (11-12) Held up in rear, headway approaching 11th, lost place before 4 out, well held after, stayed on flat, 6th of 9, 14l behind Donapollo (11-8) at Leicester 2m 7f hcp chs 0-100 (5) gs in Feb.
Tinelyra (IRE) 9-4 (11-0) Ap; led 9-11; chsd wnr 3 out; ev ch last; no ex cl home, 2nd of 7, 3/4l behind Ballyjames (11-0) at Heythrop 3m ptp gd in Jan.
Cosway Spirit (IRE) 7-2fav (11-4) With winner until 4th, stayed 2nd until not fluent 13th, last and ridden after next, weakened before 4 out, tailed off, last of 6, well behind Gentle George (11-6) at Leicester 2m 7f hcp chs 0-105 (4) sft in Feb.
Typical Oscar (IRE) 11-4 (11-3) Tracked leaders, not fluent 7th, mistake and lost place 10th, behind 11th, pulled up before 4 out, in a race won by Dixie Bull (11-0) at Ffos Las 3m hcp chs 0-100 (5) hvy in Jan, 6 ran.
Jolly Boys Outing (IRE) 14-1 (9-10) Behind, headway from 3 out, went 5th 2 out, never dangerous, 6th of 11, 32l behind Newton Thistle (10-10) at Towcester 3m hcp ch 0-110 (4) sft in Jan.
Nalim (IRE) 7-1 (9-12) Held up towards rear, pushed along after 7th, headway after 4 out, chased winner before last, stayed on and no impression, 2nd of 11, 2 3/4l behind Trafficker (11-12) at Market Rasen 3m 1f hcp chs 0-100 (5) sft in Feb.
Top Benefit (IRE) 16-1 (9-9) Led, headed 4th, outpaced from 4 out, kept on to take 3rd place towards finish, 3rd of 6, 12l behind Carhue Princess (10-13) at Towcester 2m cond hcp chs (5) sft in Jan.