led until before 3 out, soon weakened
last pair, jumped slowly and struggling 5th, tailed off next, never a factor
chased leaders, not fluent 4th, pushed along on outside before 3 out, went 2nd 2 out, no chance with winner, lost 2nd towards finish
last pair, blundered 2nd, outpaced and struggling after 4 out, never a factor
went left 1st, held up in touch, good headway chasing leaders and led approaching 3 out, clear when hit last, kept on well
chased leader until after 4 out, remained handy, went left and slightly hampered 3 out, rallied into 2nd again towards finish, no chance with winner
chased leading pair, 2nd after 4 out, led and hung left before next, soon headed, chased winner until next, kept on same pace run-in, lost 2 places towards finish
Golden Jeffrey was placed at Musselburgh just 10 days ago but this is tougher and a couple of these have recent form over course and distance. Cornborough ran well for second here having won on the Flat before that but RAVEN’S TOWER is just preferred. The latter was beaten less than a length when third in a tight finish last month and Ben Pauling’s charge is taken to come out best with a conditional taking 7lb off his back today. Beeno still looks high enough in the weights and Vendor is having his first outing since going close here back in 2016. Melody Of Scotland arrives out of sorts but is still preferred in this grade to Desert Island Dusk.
Beeno (IRE) 12-1 (9-10) Dwelt and went right start, headway to lead after 2f, ridden and headed over 2f out, weakened over 1f out, 5th of 6, 16 1/4l behind Smart Champion (9-3) at Catterick 1m 6f mdn stks (5) gf in Oct.
Vendor (FR) 10-1 (11-1) Tracked leader, challenged 4 out, every chance run-in, kept on and just held, 2nd of 4, nk behind The Dutchman (11-1) at Wetherby 1m 7f (4) gs in Nov.
Raven's Tower (USA) 33-1 (11-1) Tracked leaders, driven and outpaced before 3 out, ridden after next, rallied and every chance last, kept on, held near finish, 3rd of 6, 1/4l behind Innocent Touch (11-8) at Wetherby 2m hcp (3) gd in Oct.
Melody Of Scotland (FR) 16-1 (11-4) Mid-division, headway 3 out, lost place 2 out, 15th of 20, 28 1/4l behind First Assignment (10-13) at Cheltenham 2m 5f hcp (3) gd in Oct.
Cornborough 14-1 (11-4) Held up in 6th, steady headway approaching 3 out, went 2nd at the last, next, kept on same pace run in, no chance with winner, 2nd of 7, 2 1/2l behind Storm Rising (11-6) at Wetherby 2m hcp (3) gd in Nov.
Golden Jeffrey (SWI) 11-4 (11-9) Led, not fluent 2nd, hit 5th, edged right before 2 out, long at last, headed towards finish, 2nd of 9, 1 1/4l behind Chica Buena (10-2) at Musselburgh 2m hcp (4) gf in Nov.
Desert Island Dusk 12-1 (11-9) Tracked leaders, hampered 4 out, soon pushed along, close up when mistake 2 out, well held in 4th between last 2, 4th of 9, 17 1/4l behind Court Dreaming (11-11) at Kelso 2m 5f hcp (4) gd in Nov.