tracked leaders, not fluent from 13th, outpaced after 4 out, rallied 2 out, soon weakened
jumped right, tracked leader until 11th and again after 13th, led before next, headed approaching 16th, weakened before 3 out, tailed off
tracked leaders, went 2nd 11th until after 13th, 2nd again 16th, led approaching 2 out, clear when mistake last, ridden out (no time taken)
jumped right, led until approaching 14th, led before 16th, ridden and headed before 2 out where not fluent, stayed on flat, no impression
FOREST PENNANT is preferred here to Sullumo, with Flight Leader interesting if taking up this engagement rather than one at Newbury. Paul Nicholls' son of Accordion was a good second to Mighty Man when last seen in December, form that has been franked by the winner since. He has to carry a penalty for an earlier Exeter win but he has the ability to make up into a nice chaser and the application of a tongue-tie may help him see out his race better. Sullumo is closely linked on a form line through Mighty Man. He was beaten a similar distance and there is unlikely to be much between them, especially if the ground deteriorates further. Dance Island makes his chase debut in a hot little race and may find things a bit tough, whilst Flight Leader comes here fresh after a two month break. He disappointed at Chepstow, but his earlier second to the selection means than on 6lb better terms today he has a chance. An open little race, but Forest Pennant edges it.
Forest Pennant (IRE) 13-8 (11-7) Tracked leaders, pecked 3rd, joined winner 12th, ridden and outpaced 3 out, soon no impression, 2nd of 3, 9l behind Mighty Man (11-1) at Hereford 3m 1f nov chs (3) sft in Dec.
Sullumo (GER) 9-2 (11-4) Tracked leaders, went 2nd 4 out, challenged on inside after next, ridden and outpaced between last 2, no chance with winner flat, 2nd of 5, 8l behind Mighty Man (11-4) at Huntingdon 3m nov stks (3) sft in Jan.
Dance Island (IRE) 10-1 (11-12) Held up in touch, headway 3 out, challenged when hampered next, ridden and lost 2nd last, no extra, 4th of 9, 13l behind Callerlilly (11-7) at Chepstow 3m nov hcp hdl 0-115 (4) hvy in Jan.
Flight Leader (IRE) 11-2 (11-1) Tracked leader, raced keenly, lost 2nd approaching 6th, remained handy, hampered 3 out, soon weakened, 5th of 8, 42l behind Synchronised (11-2) at Chepstow 3m nov chs (3) hvy in Dec.