led after 2nd, headed 4th, led before 6th, headed 9th, 4th and beaten 2 out, went 3rd last
held up towards rear, headway before 16th, outpaced 18th, well beaten from 4 out, hampered 2 out
mid-division, not fluent 6th, struggling 12th, well behind after 15th, pulled up before next
prominent, ridden 17th, went 2nd before 2 out, no impression on winner last
mid-division, headway after 5th, lost place 17th, well beaten 5th when jumped left 2 out
prominent, hit 10th, went 2nd 17th, mistake 3 out, lost 2nd before mistake 2 out, weakened into 4th last
led until after 2nd, prominent, led 4th, headed before 6th, led 9th, clear last, stayed on well
chased leaders on outside, lost place when not fluent and ridden 7th, behind 11th, well tailed off 17th, pulled up after
held up in rear, hit 9th, headway 15th, outpaced next, mistake 18th, well beaten 3 out, pulled up before next
jumped right at times, towards rear, mistake 4th, well beaten after 15th, pulled up before next
held up towards rear, pushed along 12th, struggling before 16th, well behind 4 out
chased leaders, not fluent 10th, outpaced 17th, well beaten when hampered 2 out
behind, ridden after 12th, mistake 14th, pulled up before next
Missed Approach is a dour stayer and was a fair sixth in the Ladbrokes Trophy at Newbury when Cogry was pulled up. Sir Mangan also stays well and comes here off the back of a win at Bangor over a trip that would have been shorter than ideal. Kerry Lee runs three including 2016 winner Russe Blanc, though may have a better chance with Krackatoa King and last year’s second Goodtoknow. On The Road, Emperor's Choice and Milansbar all ran in last week’s Coral Welsh Grand National but none of them managed to complete. Ballycross was pulled up here 12 months ago and stamina is likely to be an issue again but CRESSWELL BREEZE ran well in the London National at Sandown after winning over 3m4f at Fontwell when ridden by today’s pilot Sean Bowen. She should go close if in the same mood as she holds Topper Thornton on the form book.
Missed Approach (IRE) 20-1 (10-6) Chased leaders, led 13th, headed 4 out, chased leaders, ridden and weakened approaching 2 out, 6th of 20, 27l behind Total Recall (10-8) at Newbury 3m 2f hcp (1) gs in Dec.
Sir Mangan (IRE) 9-2 (11-2) In touch, headway 6 out, chased leaders next, led 2 out, soon hard ridden and edged right, all out, won at Bangor 3m hcp (2) sft in Nov beating Actinpieces (11-7) by 1 1/4l, 8 ran.
Goodtoknow 14-1 (10-9) Prominent on outside, mistake 9th, lost place before 15th (canal turn), behind when pulled up before 17th, at Aintree 3m 2f hcp (1) hvy in Dec.
Cogry 14-1 (10-0) Chased leaders, weakened before 14th, soon behind, tailed off and pulled up before 17th, at Newbury 3m 2f hcp (1) gs in Dec.
Cresswell Breeze 8-1 (11-1) Always prominent, every chance from 2 out until blundered badly last, no extra closing stages, 3rd of 10, 3l behind Benbens (10-13) at Sandown 3m 5f hcp (2) gs in Dec.
Crosspark 9-2fav (11-4) Chased leaders on inside, mistake 4th, mistake and lost place next, behind when mistake 8th, pulled up before next, at Newbury 2m 6f hcp (2) gs in Dec.
Milansbar (IRE) 14-1 (10-9) Soon pushed along towards rear, last after 9th, hampered and unseated rider 12th, at Chepstow 3m 5f hcp (1) hvy in Jan.
Ballycross 11-2 (10-10) Mid-division, headway before 5 out, went 3rd before 3 out, kept on and lost 3rd place towards finish where no extra, 4th of 10, 4 1/4l behind Wild West Wind (11-2) at Chepstow 3m hcp (2) hvy in Dec.
Topper Thornton (IRE) 20-1 (10-10) Held up in rear, headway approaching 13th, chased leaders after 3 out, never on terms, 5th of 10, 6 1/2l behind Benbens (10-13) at Sandown 3m 5f hcp (2) gs in Dec.
On The Road (IRE) 20-1 (10-5) Held up towards rear, mistake and unseated rider 4th, at Chepstow 3m 5f hcp (1) hvy in Jan.
Krackatoa King 7-2fav (11-12) Chased leaders, led 5 out, headed 3 out, rallied next, led just after last, all out, headed post, 2nd of 11, hd behind Regal Flow (11-10) at Wincanton 3m 1f hcp (3) hvy in Dec.
Indian Castle (IRE) 6-1 (11-6) In touch, ridden to chase leaders after 3 out, one pace when switched right flat, kept on towards finish, not reach leaders, 6th of 15, 2 1/4l behind What A Moment (11-10) at Cheltenham 3m 1f hcp (3) gs in Nov.
Russe Blanc (FR) 10-3 (10-9) Chased leaders, mistake and last 16th, mistake next, rallied when mistake 4 out, one pace 3 out, no extra next, 4th of 5, dist behind Vyta Du Roc (11-6) at Cheltenham 3m 2f hcp (2) hvy in Jan.
Emperor's Choice (IRE) 10-1 (10-3) Tracked leaders, fell 1st, at Chepstow 3m 5f hcp (1) hvy in Jan.
Itstimeforapint (IRE) 12-1 (10-11) Tracked leaders, reminders 17th, soon lost place, pulled up, at Catterick 3m 6f hcp (3) sft in Jan.