held up, mistake 3 out, headway before next, no impression, weakened before last
led until 5th, led again before 3 out, strong pressed, headed towards finish
prominent, led 5th, headed before 3 out, soon beaten
chased leaders, not fluent 4th or 5th, challenged 2 out, every chance flat, one pace towards finish
held up in mid-division, ridden and headway on inside 3 out, challenging when slight stumble next, stayed on under pressure flat, led towards finish
in touch in mid-division on outside, headway after 4th, lost place 2 out, soon weakened
held up towards rear, ridden after 4th, behind next, headway 2 out, stayed on flat, went 3rd close home, unable to challenge
tracked leaders, ridden before 2 out, stayed on same pace last
prominent until not fluent 1st, tracked leaders, headway after 5th, wide when closing before 3 out, edged right and every chance 2 out, no extra last
held up in rear, not fluent 4th, headway after next, lost place before 3 out
Ubaldo Des Menhies looked sure to score for most of the home straight at Southwell before being reeled in on the run-in. It was a good effort all the same and Richie McLernon will probably opt to hold on to him a little longer this time around. Java Rose inhabits a fair mark and David Pipe is doubly represented via Perspicace, open to improvement, and A Hairy Koala, not ruled out on the return from a break. Alwaystheoptimist has to be of interest dropped 5lb by the assessor and Richard Johnson booked but BATHS WELL seems sure to pick up a handicap hurdle sooner or later and only found the well-handicapped Thinger Licht too good last time. He goes well for the stable conditional and can go one better.
Cusheen Bridge (IRE) 10-1 (11-8) Held up towards rear, headway into mid-division 4th,pushed along and headway on outside after 3 out, chased leaders and edged right 2 out, soon ridden, 3rd at the last, one pace run in and lost 3rd close home, 4th of 14, 4l behind Tara Road (11-8) at Ascot 2m 3f nov hcp hdl 0-120 (4) gd in Nov.
Baths Well (IRE) 14-1 (10-11) Led, slow 1st, ridden and headed before 2 out, still every chance last, stayed on same pace flat, 2nd of 8, 3 1/2l behind Thinger Licht (9-11) at Market Rasen 2m 5f hcp hdl 0-110 (4) gd.
Ubaldo Des Menhies (FR) 7-4fav (11-10) Tracked leader, not fluent 3rd, led after 3 out, ridden before next, driven and pressed between last two, kept on until headed and no extra final 100 yards, 2nd of 6, 1 1/4l behind Ruaraidh Hugh (11-1) at Southwell 2m 4f hcp hdl 0-120 (4) gd.
Perspicace 7-1 (10-11) Held up, headway before 6th, ridden and one pace 2 out, no extra before last, 6th of 9, 28l behind Flying Light (10-13) at Worcester 2m 4f hcp hdl 0-140 (3) gf in Jun.
Alwaystheoptimist 5-1 (11-12) Tracked leaders in 3rd until ridden and outpaced after 2 out, kept on to regain 3rd place close home, no impression, 3rd of 4, 8l behind Vivacissimo (10-8) at Stratford 2m hcp hdl 0-120 (4) gd in Jun.
General Montgomery (IRE) 11-2 (11-11) Held up, not fluent 4th or 6th, closed before next, mistake 4 out, soon ridden, weakened next, 6th of 8, well behind Ubaldo Des Menhies (11-8) at Southwell 2m 4f hcp hdl 0-115 (4) gd in Jun.
Benefits Well (IRE) 16-1 (11-5) Always towards rear, weakened from 3 out, tailed off, 11th of 14, well behind Shantou Magic (10-12) at Fontwell 2m 2f nh nov hdl (4) sft in Oct '13.
Sinndar's Man 11-2 (11-10) Held up in rear, ridden before 5th, soon behind, 7th of 9, 36l behind Tea In Transvaal (11-6) at Newton Abbot 2m 1f hcp hdl 0-115 (4) gs.
A Hairy Koala (FR) 5-1 (11-10) Led 2nd, clear when hit 8th, driven and reduced lead when edged right before 3 out, no extra and headed run-in, 2nd of 12, 3 1/2l behind Black Narcissus (10-3) at Exeter 2m 7f nov hcp hdl 0-105 (4) gs in Mar.
Ever So Much (IRE) 20-1 (11-4) Held up in rear, outpaced after 3 out, well beaten when blundered last, 9th of 10, 24l behind Politeness (10-10) at Wetherby 2m hcp hdl 0-120 (4) gd in May.
Java Rose 10-1 (11-12) Not fluent, tracked leaders, challenged 3 out, every chance next, no extra flat, 4th of 10, 14l behind Welcometothejungle (10-12) at Uttoxeter 2m 4f mrs hcp hdl 0-115 (4) gf.