held up, headway approaching 3 out, every chance when hit last, not quicken flat
took keen hold, held up, headway 3 out, switched right approaching 2 out, weakened before last
behind when mistake 1st, soon tailed off, jumped very slowly 2nd and 3rd, soon pulled up
mid-division, headway after 4th, weakened approaching last
mistake 1st, always behind
prominent, ridden 3 out, weakened approaching 2 out
jumped badly right 1st, always behind
prominent, led 4th, headed after 7th, weakened approaching 2 out
held up, headway approaching 7th, challenge 3 out, led 2 out, ran on well, readily
held up in mid-division, shaken up before 7th and again before 3 out, never near leaders
mid-division, mistake 1st, headway 6th, weakened approaching last
led, not fluent 3rd, headed 4th, led again after 7th, hung right on bend soon after, not fluent 3 out, headed 2 out, weakened flat
mid-division, headway 6th, weakened approaching 2 out
prominent, weakening when mistake 7th
prominent, hampered 1st, jumped left 4th, weakening when almost hit rails approaching 6th
The betting will help distinguish between the chances of Jonjo O'Neill's quartet however on jockey bookings Kia Kaha looks the one to side with and he gets the vote at the main expense of Rood Report. The selection makes his hurdling debut this afternoon having shown plenty of ability in two bumper starts last year. He is sure to have been well-schooled and this half-brother to Miss That is fancied to win today. The form of Rood Report's most recent start has been franked by the winner going in three times since (including a very competitive and valuable handicap last time) and given that was just his first run back from a long break, he must be feared. Sonic Anthem deserves a look as a course and distance winner, the only one in the field however he came up short last time and needs to step up. Warsaw Pact was well-fancied on his hurdling debut but put in an abject display and this former Sir Mark Prescott inmate needs to prove that jumping is his game. Cordier is another who could bounce back to form and would therefore be a player, however it is Kia Kaha who is given the nod.
Rood Report 9-1 (10-12) Held up towards rear, headway 3 out, went 2nd approaching last, stayed on to lead towards finish, won at Bangor 2m 1f nov hdl (4) gf in Aug beating Pigeon Island (11-4) by 3/4l, 12 ran.
Sonic Anthem (USA) 9-1 (11-9) Took keen hold, held up, headway approaching 2 out, weakened flat, 3rd of 16, 13l behind Holiday Cocktail (11-6) at Uttoxeter 2m nov hcp hdl 0-95 (5) gd in Sept.
Any Offer (IRE) 100-1 (10-12) Towards rear when unseated rider in race won by Elusive Dream (10-12) at Market Rasen 2m 1f nov hdl (4) gd in Sept, 12 ran.
Champion de Sou (FR) 66-1 (11-4) Prominent, weakened after 5th, lost touch when pulled up 3 out in race won by Sydney (11-4) at Folkestone 2m 4f mdn hdl (4) hvy in Feb, 12 ran.
Cordier 15-2 (10-10) In touch, outpaced after 3 out, soon weakened, 6th of 12, well behind Barbers Shop (11-6) at Southwell 2m 1f hdl (4) gd in Jun.
Coronado's Gold (USA) 11-1 (11-4) Led, ridden and headed 3 out, soon weakened, 8th of 14, well behind Alph (11-1) at Fakenham 2m nov hcp hdl 0-105 (E) gd in Nov '05.
Figaro's Quest (IRE) 22-1 (9-4) Mid-division, lost place over 4f out, progress soon after, weakened approaching final furlong, 5th of 12, 10l behind Brastar Jelois (8-8) at W'hampton 1m 4f sll (6) pol in Sept (Flat).
Galloway Mac 25-1 (9-0) Tracked leaders, ridden over 2f out, every chance inside final furlong, no extra, 5th of 12, 2l behind Fantasy Crusader (8-12) at Lingfield 1m stk (F4) pol in Oct '04 (Flat).
Hear Me Out (IRE) 9-1 (10-12) Mid-division, progress 4th, ridden after 5th, weakening when fell 3 out in race won by Investment Wings (10-7) at Towcester 2m nov hdl (4) gd in Jun, 15 ran.
Kia Kaha 7-4fav (11-8) Held up, headway 5f out, every chance 3f out, soon ridden, kept on same pace, 3rd of 11, 9l behind Seven Is My Number (11-4) at Ascot 2m nhf (1) gs in Dec.
Pop Ahead (IRE) 4-1 (11-12) Chased leaders, slight mistake 6 out, ridden in moderate 5th from 3 out, soon no impression, kept on same pace, 5th of 18, 42l behind An Fear Doiteain (11-12) at Limerick 2m 3f mdn hdl hvy in Mar.
Tempsford (USA) 10-1 (11-3) Held up, pushed along after 7th, kept on flat, never trouble leaders, 5th of 8, 16l behind Dream Alliance (11-9) at Haydock 2m 4f nov hdl (4) hvy in Feb '06.
Warsaw Pact (IRE) 2-1jt-fav (10-12) Chased leaders, weakened under pressure before 3 out, finished tired, virtually pulled up run-in, tailed off, last of 7, well behind Paradi (11-4) at Sandown 2m 4yo nov hdl (3) hvy in Feb.
Amber Brook (IRE) 25-1 (10-9) Held up towards rear, headway approaching 7th, chased winner from 3 out, soon ridden, held approaching last, 2nd of 11, 5l behind Ruby Dante (11-5) at N Abbot 2m 6f mrs nov hdl (4) gs in Jul.
Lucky Find (IRE) 50-1 (8-3) Mid-division, effort over 3f out, no impression, 7th of 8, 15l behind Don'tcallmeginger (8-6) at Beverley 1m 4f hcp 0-70 (5) gd in Jul (Flat).
Star Berry 100-1 (10-0) Always behind, not jump well, never dangerous, 9th of 12, 26l behind Artic Bliss (10-5) at Stratford 2m nov hdl (4) gf in Sept.