mid-division, headway out wide chasing leaders 6th, pushed along in 3rd before 3 out, ridden before next, soon outpaced, rallied and left disputing close 2nd and hampered soon after the last, stayed on to lead towards finish
The Black Squirrel won at Cartmel last month but an 8lb rise proved beyond him at the same track last time while Quivvy Lough is 5lb higher than when returning the shock 100/1 winner over course and distance. Knight Commander finished runner-up to Kendelu, due to run in the previous division of this, at Newton Abbot recently but has something to prove over this far as does DORETTE. But the latter produced a late rally to finish a close-up third over 2m4f at Sedgefield on her reappearance and Chris Kellett’s mare could be in the mix at the finish.
Ratfacemcdougall (IRE) 4-1 (11-0) Tracked leaders, driven along and reminders just after 3 out, struggling 2 out, one pace, 7th of 10, 29 1/4l behind Chanceanotherfive (11-3) at Perth 3m hcp (4) gd in Sep.
Airton 9-1 (11-11) In touch in mid-division, weakened 3 out, 8th of 13, 25 1/2l behind Present Chief (11-12) at Uttoxeter 2m 7f hcp (5) gd in Aug.
Always Able (IRE) 40-1 (10-12) Held up in last pair, never on terms, tailed off, 7th of 13, 28 1/4l behind Full Back (11-5) at Fontwell 2m 3f mdn (4) sft in Jan.
The Black Squirrel (IRE) 11-10fav (11-12) Prominent, ridden after 2 out, 4th and weakening when pitched just after last, 4th of 13, 29 1/2l behind Ever So Much (11-4) at Cartmel 2m 6f hcp (5) sft in Aug.
Rebel Leader (IRE) 25-1 (10-13) Rear of mid-division, not fluent 2nd, well beaten 4 out, never involved, 8th of 17, 24 3/4l behind Espalion (11-8) at Uttoxeter 2m 4f hcp (4) gd in Sep.
Quivvy Lough (IRE) 100-1 (11-3) Chased leaders, not fluent 7th, closed on outside before 3 out, switched right before last, led flat, stayed on, won at Uttoxeter 2m 7f hcp (5) gd in Sep beating Christopher Robin (11-12) by 1/2l, 16 ran.
Shantou Tiger (IRE) 80-1 (11-9) Rear of mid-division, mistake and ridden 7th, not fluent next, behind from 4 out, tailed off, 8th of 9, dist behind My Lady Grey (11-4) at Newton Abbot 3m 2f hcp (5) gd in Aug.
Knight Commander 11-2 (10-12) Mid-division, hit 4th and pushed along, headway chasing leaders 4 out, 2nd after next, ridden and every chance when mistake 2 out, 1 length down last, no extra run-in, 2nd of 11, 1 1/4l behind Kendelu (11-0) at Newton Abbot 2m 6f hcp (5) gd in Sep.
Short Flight (IRE) 17-2 (10-12) Behind, going well after 3 out, closed after 2 out, ridden and hung left before last, soon beaten, 6th of 13, 14 3/4l behind Ever So Much (11-11) at Hexham 2m 7f hcp (5) gd in Sep.
Whiskey Moon 25-1 (11-3) Held up in midfield, headway 5th, not fluent 6th, weakened after 7th, pulled up soon after, at Bangor-on-Dee 2m 7f hcp (5) sft in Aug.
Drumreagh (IRE) 8-1 (11-0) Raced in touch on outer, reminder after 4th, pushed along after 3 out,, 8th of 10, 37 3/4l behind Nachi Falls (11-12) at Fontwell 2m 3f hcp (5) gd in Aug.
Earcomesali 300-1 (10-5) Dived at 1st, towards rear, well beaten before 3 out, 6th of 9, 37 1/2l behind Shinobi (10-11) at Uttoxeter 2m 4f (4) gd in Sep.
Dorette (FR) 20-1 (10-0) Chased leaders, not fluent 3 out, outpaced before next, rallied last, kept on, 3rd of 10, 1 1/4l behind Flying Focus (11-1) at Sedgefield 2m 4f hcp (5) gf in Sep.
Stripe Of Honour (IRE) 200-1 (10-0) Always towards rear, tailed off, 13th of 16, dist behind Quivvy Lough (11-3) at Uttoxeter 2m 7f hcp (5) gd in Sep.
Aheadfullofdreams (IRE) 33-1 (11-2) Held up in mid-division, well beaten after 3 out, 8th of 16, 31 1/2l behind Imperial Elysian (11-9) at Huntingdon 2m 4f hcp (4) sft in Jan.
Princess Roania (IRE) 9-2 (11-7) (tt) nvr on terms, 4th of 10, 30 1/2l behind Dr Kananga (12-0) at Cothelstone 2m 4f in Mar.