jumped right, led until 3rd, chased winner after, no impression when lost 2nd 2 out, one pace, lost 3rd flat
held up on outside when fell 2nd
tracked leader, mistake 1st, led 3rd, hit 11th, clear from 2 out, comfortably
tracked leaders, not fluent 2nd or 13th, went 2nd 2 out, no chance with winner, stayed on same pace
chased leaders, lost place 9th, well beaten when pulled up before 11th
held up, not fluent 1st or 3rd, headway 9th, outpaced 13th, plugged on from 2 out, went 3rd flat
held up in rear, not fluent 1st, headway after 10th, ridden next, outpaced before 13th, soon behind, tailed off
chased leaders on outside, lost place 2nd, not fluent next, losing touch 11th, tailed off
held up, jumped slowly 10th, soon struggling, behind when pulled up before next
Plenty with claims in a wide-open chase including a trio of winners at Wetherby. Horizontal Speed won at the latter track in January but had a tough race at Cheltenham last time while Foundation Man and Midnight Belle also scored at Wetherby earlier this year but have been beaten off higher marks since. The latter had MWALESHI a couple of lengths back in third when winning but Sue Smith's charge re-opposes on better terms and gets a tentative vote to turn the tables. Newbury winner No Buts is not out of this after competing in Graded company and Seventh Sky is back on the same mark as when winning at Musselburgh in February.
Mwaleshi 11-2 (11-9) With leader, ridden and weakened from 2 out, 4th of 8, 24l behind Sa Suffit (10-12) at Ayr 2m 4f hcp hdl 0-140 (3) sft.
Horizontal Speed (IRE) 12-1 (11-7) In touch, led 2nd, hard pressed 2 out, soon ridden, headed flat, kept on until no extra and dropped to 4th towards finish, 4th of 20, 3 1/2l behind Irish Cavalier (11-7) at Cheltenham 2m 4f Listed nov hcap ch (1) gs.
Seventh Sky (GER) 4-1 (11-8) Led until jumped slowly and headed 4th, reminder 9th, chased winner until 4 out, chased leading pair, pushed along before 3 out, driven between last two, plugged on into 2nd run-in, no chance with winner, 2nd of 5, 10l behind Traffic Fluide (11-3) at Sandown 2m nov chs (3) gd.
No Buts 25-1 (10-10) Held up, ridden before 3 out, no progress, 14th of 23, 13l behind Darna (10-11) at Cheltenham 2m 5f hcp chs G3 (1) gd.
Foundation Man (IRE) 20-1 (10-5) Mid-division on outside, lost place 11th (foinavon), tailed off when pulled before 14th, in a race won by Poole Master (10-12) at Aintree 2m 5f hcp chs (2) gs in Dec, 16 ran.
Benefit Cut (IRE) 11-4 (11-12) Led, hit 8th, mistake next, headed before 3 out, no extra next, 4th of 5, 14l behind Bobcatbilly (11-5) at Doncaster 2m 3f hcp chs 0-140 (3) gd in Feb.
Midnight Belle 12-1 (10-6) Mid-division, tracked leaders, 11th, outpaced 3 out, weakened next, 7th of 11, 36l behind Sound Investment (11-12) at Newbury 2m 4f hcp chs G3 (1) gs in Feb.
Drumshambo (USA) 16-1 (11-9) Held up, mistake 13th, outpaced 16th, well beaten after 5 out, pulled up before next, in a race won by Carruthers (11-11) at Newbury 3m 2f hcp chs 0-140 (3) gd, 10 ran.
Ciceron (IRE) 8-1 (11-2) In touch, went 3rd at 9th, ridden 3 out, kept on one pace, lost 3rd at last, 4th of 6, 13l behind Gullible Gordon (10-8) at Market Rasen 2m 6f hcp chs 0-140 (3) gd in Jun '13.