prominent, not fluent 3 out, soon ridden, mistake 2 out, switched right approaching last, ran on to lead close home
always in rear, behind 4th, pulled up after
prominent, hit 2nd, challenged 3 out, led last, headed close home
tracked leaders, lost place approaching 4th, well beaten 3 out, tailed off
pulled hard, led, hit 1st, not fluent 4th, mistake 3 out, ridden when went left 2 out, went left and headed last, stayed on
tracked leaders, not fluent 1st, weakened approaching 2 out
mid-division, mistake 3rd, headway when not fluent 4th, weakened after 3 out, tailed off
held up in rear, not fluent 1st, headway when hampered 4th, mistake next, ridden approaching 3 out, disputing 2 lengths 3rd when fell last
mid-division, headway approaching 2 out where mistake, ran on flat, went 2nd close home
mid-division, behind 5th, tailed off
prominent, ridden after 3 out, weakened approaching 2 out, tailed off
held up towards rear, behind 5th, tailed off
prominent, not fluent, hampered and lost place 1st, headway approaching 3 out, no impression
mid-division, jumped slowly 3rd, towards rear when mistake and unseated rider 4th
Laughing Jack is the highest rated of these on the Flat, though Stentorian stayed the 2m when fourth at Newmarket in October and they should both figure on their hurdling debuts. However, CAPTAIN LOUI has experience on his side as he's been placed in both starts over timber including a second over C&D on his hurdling bow. He gets the vote given Songsmith has shown little so far over jumps, with Princesse Fleur and Bussa possibly the best of the remainder.
Brilliant Barca 15-2 (9-0) Ridden leaving stalls, tracked leaders, ridden over 3f out, weakened over 1f out, 8th of 9, 20l behind Abidhabidubai (9-0) at Nottingham 1m 3yo stk 0-65 (6) gf in May (flat).
Bussa 25-1 (8-10) Awkward leaving stalls, always raced in last place, ridden 4f out, short lived effort over 2f out, soon weakened, behind from over 1f out, last of 3, 40l behind Auld Burns (9-7) at Leicester 1m 2f con stks (3) gf in Jul (flat).
Captain Loui (IRE) 6-1 (10-12) In touch, headway to chase leaders 3 out, left close 2nd 2 out, ridden and lost 2nd before last, held in 3rd when hit last, weakened flat, 3rd of 10, 13l behind Reyamour (10-5) at Hereford 2m 1f 3yo hdl (4) gs in Nov.
Chippy 100-1 (8-10) Took keen hold, chased winner until over 3f out, weakened soon after, tailed off, 9th of 11, 37l behind Midnight Oil (8-10) at Leicester 1m 4f mdn stks (5) gd in Jun (flat).
Laughing Jack 15-2 (9-2) Keen carried head high, led 2f, led again 8f out, headed 3f out, weakened 2f out, 11th of 12, 23l behind Art Scholar (9-8) at Wolverhampton 1m 4f hcp 0-80 (4) pol in Oct (flat).
Now At Last (USA) 100-1 (10-7) Towards rear, striuggling and no chance when blundered 5th, tailed off, 6th of 10, 34l behind Reyamour (10-5) at Hereford 2m 1f 3yo hdl (4) gs in Nov.
Raynell 20-1 (8-9) Held up towards rear, headway on outside halfway, ridden over 3f out, weakened over 2f out, tailed off, 10th of 12, 30l behind Castlemorris King (8-8) at Wolverhampton 1m 4f hcp (0-55) (6) pol in Sep (flat).
Songsmith 14-1 (10-12) Held up in rear, headway 3 out, not fluent next, went 3rd briefly soon after, no impression in 4th when not fluent last, 4th of 8, 18l behind High Samana (10-12) at Folkestone 2m 1f 3yo mdn hdl (5) gd in Nov.
Stentorian (IRE) 25-1 (8-1) Tracked leaders, led 2f out, ridden and headed 1f out, kept on one pace, 4th of 10, 5l behind Gulf of Naples (9-1) at Newmarket 2m hcp 0-90 (3) gd in Oct (flat).
Sunley Surprise 100-1 (10-12) Tracked leaders, lost place after 2nd, pushed along and headway after 3rd, lost place from next, behind when mistake 3 out, tailed off, 7th of 8, well behind High Samana (10-12) at Folkestone 2m 1f 3yo mdn hdl (5) gd in Nov.
Umoristic (FR) 20-1 (10-12) Chased leader until approaching 5th, chased leaders, hit 3 out, weakened before next, stuggling when went badly left 2 out, tailed off, 9th of 10, well behind Reyamour (10-5) at Hereford 2m 1f 3yo hdl (4) gs in Nov.
Van Doesburg (IRE) 28-1 (8-11) Always behind, never a factor, lost touch final 3f, tailed off, last of 12, well behind Librettela (8-13) at Windsor 1m 2f 3yo hcp 0-65 (6) gf in Oct (flat).
Miss Brownes Fancy (IRE) 8-1 (8-12) Poor visibility in back straight, soon led, headed over 3f out, dropped to 3rd and kept on same pace under pressure from over 1f out, 3rd of 12, 5l behind Missy O' Gwaun (9-10) at Tramore 1m 4f 3yo hcp 47-65 gf in Aug (flat).
Princesse Fleur 11-1 (8-6) Held up in touch, smooth headway over 2f out, soon ridden to challenge, kept on same pace final furlong, 2nd of 12, 3/4l behind Blazing Buck (9-7) at Chepstow 2m hcp 0-60 (6) sft in Jul (flat).