tracked leader, led after 3rd, headed 5th, reminder after 7th, driven and 7 lengths off winner 2 out, closed from last, unable to challenge
tracked leaders, fell 2nd
in touch, lost place 4 out, well behind 3 out
in touch on outside, closed approaching 4 out, disputing 4 lengths 3rd when fell 3 out
led until after 3rd, led 5th, clear after 3 out, 7 lengths ahead next, reduced lead from last but never really looked liked being caught
tracked leaders on inside, not fluent 4th, weakened before 2 out
towards rear, hampered 2nd, not fluent 6th, headway 4 out, 5 lengths 5th and ridden when fell 3 out
in rear, not fluent 4th, hit next, not fluent 7th, soon behind
Potters Hedger made late headway at Lingfield a couple of weeks ago so the extra furlong and stiffer track should suit. But AARON LAD was a progressive sort for Kieran Purcell in Ireland in the spring and it would be no surprise if Richard Newland finds further improvement in the son of Daylami. Linenhall’s win at Stratford is starting to look decent form and he should make a bold bid to defy his penalty while The Devils Drop was ahead of a subsequent winner when fourth at Chepstow and has plenty of scope.
Linenhall (IRE) 10-3 (11-0) Made all, wandered into 2nd, not fluent 7th, ridden and ran green before last, soon joined, slight bump flat, stayed on well, in command towards finish, won at Stratford 2m 6f mdn (4) gd in Nov beating Good Man Pat (11-0) by 1l, 6 ran.
Aaron Lad (IRE) 20-1 (11-12) Mid-division, 7th halfway, ridden into 4th before straight, stayed on to challenge 2 out, 3rd and ran around approaching last where slight mistake, kept on again run-in to 2nd closing stages, 2nd of 12, 2l behind Sizinguptheamazon (11-12) at Limerick 2m 3f mdn sft in Apr.
Potters Hedger 12-1 (10-12) Held up towards rear, headway after 3 out, left in 3rd place and slightly hampered 2 out, weakened into 4th at the last, 4th of 14, 16 1/4l behind Jabulani (10-12) at Lingfield 2m 3f (3) sft in Nov.
Pull Together (IRE) 33-1 (11-2) Prominent, keen, weakened over 2f out, 7th of 10, dist behind Caribert (11-2) at Wincanton 1m 7f (6) sft in Nov.
Royal Magic (IRE) 100-1 (10-12) Led until over 4f out, soon rallied, weakened over 1f out, 6th of 16, 20 3/4l behind Tidal Flow (10-12) at Newbury 2m (5) gs in Nov.
The Devils Drop (IRE) 12-1 (11-0) Towards rear, headway before 4 out, ridden before last, soon weakened, 4th of 16, 14 3/4l behind Chooseyourweapon (11-0) at Chepstow 2m 3f mdn (5) sft in Nov.
The Ogle Gogle Man (IRE) 14-1 (10-12) Behind, headway 4 out, soon chasing leaders, kept on into 3rd after 2 out, never able to challenge, modest 3rd, 3rd of 11, 37l behind Red River (10-12) at Wincanton 2m 5f (4) gd in Oct.
Trepuco Warrior (IRE) 7-1 (12-2) Twrds rr of mid div, 7th aftr a mile, mod 6th frm 8th, wknd 6out & mstk 5out, to last when pu bef 4out, at Kilworth 3m mdn Yielding - Soft in Mar.