held up towards rear, cruised into contention 3 out, not fluent 3 out, pushed along and slightly outpaced 2 out, regrouped and waited to make challenge approaching last, kept on strongly run-in but not enough
mid-division, headway 9th, tracked leaders 4 out, pushed along and a length back in 3rd 3 out, not fluent when made challenge 2 out, kept on and every chance last, no extra run-in
Tis Fantastic clearly appreciated the switch to fences at Stratford in August and a 6lb rise is not insurmountable but he does have to give a couple of pounds to the more-experienced JOLY MAKER, who acts well on ground with some give and is still on a fair mark. City Never Sleeps finished ahead of Chatelier when third at Bangor but needs to brush up his jumping. Spirit Of Hale may find this an insufficient test of stamina on his reappearance.
Tis Fantastic (FR) 13-2 (10-13) Chased leader, led 3rd, made rest, stayed on well, won at Stratford 2m 3f hcp (5) sft in Aug beating Doctor Haze (11-6) by 3 1/4l, 9 ran.
Joly Maker (IRE) 3-1fav (11-12) Held up towards rear, took closer order 9th, ridden and stayed on from 2 out, 3rd of 12, 7 3/4l behind Arcade Attraction (11-11) at Ffos Las 2m hcp (5) gs in Oct.
Spirit Of Hale (IRE) 5-1 (11-2) Mid-division on outside, reminders after 6th, close up after 8th, mistake next, soon pushed along, ridden to chase winner before 4 out, never on terms, lost 2nd flat, 3rd of 10, 7l behind The Dawn Man (10-10) at Wetherby 3m hcp (5) hvy in Mar.
City Never Sleeps (IRE) 8-1 (11-2) Prominent, led 6th, tendency to jump right from 8th, ridden and headed before last where jinked badly right, no extra run-in, 3rd of 8, 7 1/4l behind Vocaliser (11-11) at Bangor-on-Dee 2m 4f hcp (5) sft in Sep.
Royal Act 7-1 (11-1) Led, headed after 4 out, ridden before next, weakened from 2 out, 7th of 10, 13 1/2l behind Lots Of Luck (11-8) at Taunton 2m hcp (5) hvy in Mar.
Glorious Boru (IRE) 33-1 (10-11) Midfield, mistake 3 out, no impression, 7th of 13, 18 1/2l behind Going Mobile (11-3) at Market Rasen 2m 3f hcp (5) gd in Oct.
Torrent Des Mottes (FR) 28-1 (10-6) Towards rear, headway 8th, mistake next, not fluent 11th, struggling from 13th, rider came off before 2 out, at Huntingdon 3m hcp (5) gd in Oct.
El Scorpio (IRE) 20-1 (10-7) Prominent, led after 2nd, lost a few places 5th, ridden after 13th, weakened 5 out, pulled up before 3 out, at Chepstow 3m hcp (4) hvy in Jan.
Chatelier (FR) 13-2 (10-9) Midfield, hit 6th, headway before 3 out, kept on without troubling winner, 4th of 8, 8 1/4l behind Vocaliser (11-11) at Bangor-on-Dee 2m 4f hcp (5) sft in Sep.
Indian Harbour 11-1 (10-6) Restrained in midfield, took closer order 3 out, ridden before two out, weakened before last, 6th of 10, 20l behind Velvet Voice (10-0) at Bangor-on-Dee 2m 1f hcp (5) gd in Sep.
Go Hard Or Go Home (IRE) 10-3 (10-4) Chased leaders, lost ground 3rd, closed before 9th, hit 11th, weakened from normal 2 out and pulled up before last, at Sedgefield 3m 2f hcp (5) gd in Aug.
Trimmers Lane (IRE) 14-1 (10-8) Always behind, reminders and struggling after 5th, tailed off next, 6th of 9, 32 1/2l behind Clondaw Fixer (10-3) at Sedgefield 2m 3f hcp (4) sft in Mar.
Cnoc Sion (IRE) 66-1 (10-0) Always in rear, ridden and beaten before 12th, tailed off and pulled up before 3 out, at Southwell 2m 4f hcp (5) gd in Aug.
Taboo (IRE) 12-1 (11-7) Led to 4 & 15 til hdd & wknd qckly 2 out, 5th of 12, dist behind Voie Dans Voie (12-0) at Larkhill 3m gd in Mar.