tracked leaders, blundered 8th, lost place after 10th, behind from 13th, pulled up before 4 out
led or disputed lead to 5 out, upsides again next, led narrowly 3 out, ridden before next, kept on, headed flat, no extra towards finish
tracked leaders on inside, driven and lost place after 5 out, weakened from next
held up behind, blundered and rider lost iron briefly 11th, struggling 5 out, ridden and headway under pressure after 2 out, kept on flat, nearest finish
tracked leaders, hit and lost place 13th, outpaced 5 out, never able to get back on terms, weakened 2 out, tailed off
held up in touch on outside, effort 4 out, ridden after next, kept on same pace, no extra after last
mid-division, chased leaders after 5 out, ridden after 3 out, stayed on to dispute 3rd after last, no impression with front pair
led or disputed lead to 5 out, soon outpaced, behind from next, tailed off
held up behind, headway before 4 out, soon driven and one pace, never able to get on terms with leaders
always prominent, led 5 out, joined next, headed 3 out, ridden before last, kept on same pace, no impression with front pair flat, just held on for 3rd
always behind, lost touch and pulled up before 5 out
mid-division, driven and lost place before 4 out, soon behind, pulled up approaching last
held up mid-division, smooth headway to track leaders 5 out, almost upsides when blundered 2 out, soon driven, stayed on to lead flat, ridden out towards finish
Station Master has claims back in a handicap and Theclockisticking remains unexposed over fences. Ami Desbois probably deserves to get his back in front but is getting no respite from the handicapper and Dell' Arca also looks high enough in the ratings. Cheltenham sixth Captain Chaos and Value At Risk represent the all-conquering Skelton team and Bob Mahler has returned to form with a vengeance. Viens Chercher is another recent winner and Neil Mulholland has Fingerontheswitch and Cesar Et Rosalie lurking at the foot of the weights. BRIAN BORANHA was the last to finish in the Scottish Grand National having never got involved. But he wasn’t given a hard time and is edging back towards a decent mark. He handles some give in the ground, though wouldn’t want the heavens to open. Ziga Boy is well treated but has a bit to prove nowadays and Un Prophete continues to be let down by his jumping.
Bob Mahler (IRE) 6-1 (11-7) Chased leader until 6th, stayed handy, challenged last, soon led, stayed on strongly to draw clear, won at Cheltenham 3m 1f hcp (3) gd in Apr beating Little Bruce (11-7) by 7l, 11 ran.
Ami Desbois (FR) 7-1 (11-12) Pressed leader, led narrowly before 10th, made most after, ridden between last 2, blundered and headed narrowly last, rallied gamely and every chance flat, just failed, 2nd of 12, hd behind Achille (11-6) at Ffos Las 3m hcp (3) sft in Apr.
Dell' Arca (IRE) 20-1 (10-12) Held up towards rear, struggling 16th, pulled up before 20th, at Uttoxeter 4m 2f hcp lst (1) hvy in Mar.
Theclockisticking (IRE) 12-1 (10-10) With leader, led 4 out, ridden and headed 2 out, stayed on same pace, lost 4th flat, 5th of 21, 18l behind Aux Ptits Soins (11-8) at Aintree 3m 1f hcp (1) gd in Apr.
Station Master (IRE) 7-4 (11-4) Always prominent, pressed winner after 4th, led narrowly after 13th until after 5 out, with winner, ridden before 2 out, 11/2 lengths down last, switched outside and every chance flat, kept on, just held, 2nd of 4, 1 1/2l behind Captain Cattistock (11-4) at Fontwell 3m 2f (4) gd in Apr.
Value At Risk 14-1 (10-7) Chased leaders, left 3rd and slightly hampered 2 out, no impression, 3rd of 13, 13l behind Born Survivor (11-2) at Ayr 2m 4f hcp lst (1) gd in Apr.
Brian Boranha (IRE) 25-1 (10-1) Always behind, 13th of 23, dist behind Takingrisks (10-1) at Ayr 4m hcp (1) gd in Apr.
Ziga Boy (FR) 22-1 (11-7) Led to 1st, remained in touch, outpaced 5 out, ridden before next, soon weakened, tailed off when pulled up before last, at Newbury 3m 2f hcp (3) gs in Mar.
Jetstream Jack (IRE) 9-1 (12-5) Held up in rear, headway chasing leaders when hit 4 out, 3rd next, went 2nd 2 out, led before last, idled run-in, headed towards finish, 2nd of 9, 1/2l behind Irish Octave (10-13) at Chepstow 3m hcp (4) gs in Apr.
Viens Chercher (IRE) 4-1 (10-9) Made all, not fluent 3 out, pushed clear after next, ridden turning in, in no danger when not fluent last, driven out, kept on, won at Stratford 2m 7f hcp (3) gd in Mar beating What A Laugh (10-0) by 14l, 6 ran.
Un Prophete (FR) 11-2 (11-11) Behind, not fluent 2nd or 9th, closed 10th, chasing leaders when fell 4 out, at Fakenham 2m 5f hcp (3) gs in Feb.
Fingerontheswitch (IRE) 3-1fav (11-9) Held up, headway chasing leaders 7th, 3rd and one pace from 4 out, 3rd of 10, 8 3/4l behind Bafana Blue (10-3) at Wetherby 3m hcp (3) gd in Apr.
Cesar Et Rosalie (FR) 13-2 (11-8) Tracked leaders on inside, reached for 13th, no chance with leading pair, weakened between last 2, 5th of 10, 15 3/4l behind Orchardstown Cross (11-0) at Newbury 2m 6f hcp (4) gs in Mar.
Captain Chaos (IRE) 20-1 (11-3) Prominent, led narrowly 15th, ridden and headed turning in, lost place 2 out, kept on same pace, well held from last, 6th of 23, 15 1/4l behind Any Second Now (11-11) at Cheltenham 3m 2f hcp (2) gs in Mar.
Milansbar (IRE) 11-1 (11-12) Mid-division when sprawled on landing and dropped to rear 2nd, blundered next, no danger after, lost touch when pulled up after 9th, at Ffos Las 3m hcp (3) sft in Apr.