tracked leader, led after 2 out, drew clear closing stages, readily
mid-division, headway when hit 2 out, soon switched right and no impression
tracked leaders, led after 3 out, headed after next, stayed on same pace
in touch, effort 2 out, weakening when not fluent last
held up, headway 3 out, chased leaders approaching last, never able to challenge
tracked leaders, not fluent 5th, weakened after 4 out, soon behind
held up towards rear, headway halfway, chased leaders 4 out, every chance 2 out, kept on under pressure
led until after 3 out, soon lost place
behind, headway on outside before 3 out, weakened before last
Bumble Bay is 20lb lower than when winning at Newton Abbot in 2016 and showed signs of life when fourth here recently so can’t be ignored. THIRD ESTATE was beaten again when favourite for a seller at Newton Abbot on Monday but this isn’t much better and he probably wouldn’t be winning out of turn. Marju's Quest gave a bold sight at Market Rasen last month but weakened once headed and looks held by Bumble Bay on the form book. Never A Word ran his best race so far at Bangor in August and makes more appeal than the other four-year-old Let's Be Happy.
Third Estate (IRE) 9-4fav (12-0) Held up towards rear, headway chasing leaders 2 out (normal 3 out) went 2nd and kept on well under pressure on extended run-in, always held, 2nd of 16, 3/4l behind Scorpion Star (10-5) at Newton Abbot 2m 2f hcp (5) gd in Oct.
Clock On Tom 16-1 (11-12) Held up towards rear, mistake 4th, headway on outside 3 out, disputing modest 4th 2 out, well beaten last, 7th of 12, 16 1/2l behind Excellent Team (12-1) at Uttoxeter 2m hcp (5) gd in Jun.
Never A Word (USA) 20-1 (10-13) Not fluent, led, headed 2 out, no impression on winner last, stayed on same pace, 2nd of 11, 6l behind Included (11-12) at Bangor 2m 1f hcp (4) gd in Aug.
Optima Petamus 7-2fav (9-2) Chased leaders on inside, switched left over 2f out, 2nd travelling well 2f out, every chance inside final furlong, stayed on, 3rd of 13, 3/4l behind Jack Blane (8-13) at Hamilton 1m hcp (6) sft in Sep.
Trapper Peak (IRE) 16-1 (10-12) Keen, tracked leader from 2nd, led before 2 out, ridden between last 2, headed and dropped to 3rd before the last, soon weakened quickly, 6th of 10, 13 3/4l behind Undefined Beauty (12-0) at Southwell 2m hcp (4) gd in Oct.
Let's Be Happy (IRE) 4-5fav (9-7) Tracked leader, took keen hold, squeezed through to lead over 2f out, headed over 1f out, kept on well under pressure, 2nd of 6, 1 1/4l behind Secratario (9-5) at Wolverhampton 1m 4f stks (6) pol in Sep.
Bumble Bay 9-2 (10-5) Held up towards rear, mistake 5th, headway on inside 2 out, kept on flat, 4th of 11, 2 3/4l behind Mauricio (11-12) at Uttoxeter 2m hcp (5) gd in Sep.
Sprogzilla 25-1 (10-4) Led, clear until 5th, headed before 3 out, stayed on same pace, 3rd of 12, 8l behind Newt (11-4) at Uttoxeter 2m hcp (5) gd in Jul.
Kilcaragh Boy (IRE) 14-1 (10-0) Held up towards rear, headway chasing leaders before omitted 3 out ( normal 4 out) weakened before last, (normal 2 out), 7th of 16, 17 1/2l behind Scorpion Star (10-5) at Newton Abbot 2m 2f hcp (5) gd in Oct.
Dont Call Me Doris 125-1 (10-5) Tracked leader, lost place after 4 out, soon behind, tailed off, 10th of 12, dist behind Henry Smith (10-12) at Bangor 2m 1f mdn (5) gd in Aug.
Marju's Quest (IRE) 8-1 (11-6) Led, clear before 2 out, headed flat, 3rd and no extra towards finish, 3rd of 14, 4l behind Double Court (10-6) at Market Rasen 2m 3f hcp (5) gd in Sep.
May Mist 66-1 (10-11) In touch, mistake 5th, weakened next, 8th of 12, dist behind Celestial Path (11-12) at Worcester 2m hcp (5) gd in Jun.