raced keenly, tracked leaders, ridden and lost place before 4 out, closed 3 out, not fluent 2 out, soon not much room and switched right, went 2nd and jumped right last, stayed on under strong pressure, led close home
Poker School defied market expectations to finish second at Southwell nine days ago and is well treated on past form but Yccs Portocervo was well beaten when third at Stratford. Henrietta Bell can build on her run at Market Rasen and makes appeal than Elkstone and Aeglos but BENI LIGHT returned from a break to win over course and distance last autumn and, though still 9lb higher, is fancied to get the new campaign off to a winning start.
Poker School (IRE) 14-1 (12-3) Chased leaders, mistake 5th, not fluent next, ridden before 3 out, jumped left and not fluent last, went 2nd towards finish, no impression on winner, 2nd of 7, 3 1/4l behind Dogon (11-4) at Southwell 2m hcp (4) gd in Jul.
Yccs Portocervo (FR) 12-1 (10-12) Chased leaders, went 3rd 4 out, pecked next, blundered and weakened next, 3rd of 7, 30l behind Leoncavallo (10-12) at Stratford 2m 5f (3) gd in Jul.
Henrietta Bell (IRE) 8-1 (10-5) Towards rear, outpaced after 4 out, some headway 3 out, soon weakened, mistake last, 6th of 8, 16l behind Ballyhome (10-12) at Market Rasen 2m 5f (3) gd in Jul.
Elkstone 9-1 (11-3) Towards rear, mistake 9th, remote 4th 10th until 11th, no chance, tailed off, 6th of 9, dist behind Shoal Bay (11-9) at Southwell 2m 4f hcp (3) gd in Jul.
Aeglos (IRE) 11-2 (11-1) Chased leaders who soon went clear, pecked 8th, well behind from 10th, tailed off 4 out, 7th of 9, dist behind Shoal Bay (11-9) at Southwell 2m 4f hcp (3) gd in Jul.
Mine's A Pint 9-1 (11-3) Held up, steady progress 4 out, ridden and weakened 2 out, 3rd of 6, 15 1/2l behind Oscar Wilde (11-3) at Sedgefield 2m 3f hcp (4) sft in Jan.
Beni Light (FR) 2-1fav (11-7) Chased leaders, effort 4 out, weakened after next, 6th of 9, 25l behind Arqalina (10-8) at Ffos Las 2m 5f hcp (4) sft in Nov.
Murray Mount (IRE) 16-1 (10-2) Tracked leaders in 4th, closer on inside 4 out, blundered next, hit 2 out, went 3rd soon after, plugging on when mistake last, kept on pressing for 2nd, 3rd of 5, 1 1/2l behind Monty's Award (12-5) at Stratford 2m 7f hcp (4) gd in Aug.