tracked leaders, lost place 4 out, soon weakened, tailed off next, pulled up before last
led to 4th, chased winner, ridden after 3 out, soon lost place, weakened from next, tailed off
tracked leaders, driven and lost place after 4 out, tailed off from next
tracked leaders, outpaced 3 out, soon ridden and weakened
raced wide, held up behind, headway before 3 out, chased leaders next, soon ridden, stayed on to chase winer flat, no impression
tracked leader, led 4th, made rest, driven 2 out, kept on, well, ridden out flat
took keen hold, held up behind, headway before 4 out, tracked winner next, driven and one pace when hung left between last 2, weakened last
held up in touch, tracked leaders 3 out, soon ridden, stayed on to chase winer between last 2, no impression, lost 2nd flat
MANWELL had been a 200/1 chance in his three previous maidens but landed a coup on his handicap debut over the track and trip on New Year's Eve. Not surprisingly the assessor has taken a dim view with a massive 18lb rise but he's probably still ahead of the handicapper and can complete a double. Leviathan hasn't won for over two years but that was in a Class 2 handicap at Ascot and he's taking a drop in grade though he has a long absence to overcome. Makethedifference won a bumper on heavy ground but his three victories over hurdles have been in much quicker conditions than he'll face here. No Win No Fee is back on the same mark as when scrambling home at Stratford but that was on summer ground which he won't have here.
Ashoka (IRE) 33-1 (10-13) Raced wide, never better than mid-division, last and struggling before 3 out, tailed off and pulled up before 2 out, at Kempton 2m hcp (3) gs in Jan.
Whispering Harry 11-1 (10-11) Chased leaders, lost place after 4th, well behind 9th, tailed off before 4 out, soon pulled up, at Haydock 2m hcp (3) sft in Dec.
Makethedifference (IRE) 10-1 (11-0) Not fluent, led or disputed lead until hit 7th, weakened after 3 out, last of 6, dist behind Overtown Express (11-12) at Warwick 2m hcp (3) sft in Jan.
Leviathan 16-1 (10-1) Chased leaders, took closer order before 3 out, weakened approaching 2nd last, 5th of 7, 23l behind Thunder Sheik (10-9) at Newbury 2m hcp (2) gs in Apr.
Restraint of Trade (IRE) 10-1 (11-12) Always towards rear, 7th of 12, 11 1/4l behind Political Quiz (11-11) at Leicester 2m hcp (4) gs in Jan.
Minella Fiveo (IRE) 20-1 (11-5) Always towards rear, tailed off, 6th of 8, dist behind Vote Of Confidence (11-6) at Bangor 2m 4f hcp (4) gd in Oct.
Manwell (IRE) 6-1 (10-11) Held up in rear, headway going well after 4 out, 2nd 3 out, not fluent 2 out, led last, clear flat, ran on well, won at Uttoxeter 2m hcp (5) sft in Dec beating Cafe Au Lait (10-5) by 7l, 14 ran.
Jolly Roger (IRE) 20-1 (10-10) Towards rear, well beaten 3 out, 9th of 15, 20l behind Matchaway (11-13) at Hereford 2m hcp (4) sft in Jan.
No Win No Fee 7-4fav (11-2) Tracked leaders, 2nd before 3 out, ridden before next, soon beaten, 6th of 8, 23 1/2l behind Claude Carter (11-0) at Perth 2m (4) gs in Sep.