held up in touch, pushed along before 3 out, went 3rd 2 out, kept on from last
tracked leaders, led 8th, ridden before last, kept on gamely
held up towards rear, reminders before 7th, weakened from 12th, pulled up before 2 out
held up mid-division, headway 8 out, went 3rd from 13th, kept on same pace
led to 8th, tracked leader, ridden 2 out, kept on from last
held up in rear, effort before 4 out, never dangerous
towards rear, mistake 4th, outpaced 10th, headway before 4 out, ridden and mistake 3 out, weakened next
tracked leaders, ridden before 2 out, one pace
held up mid-division, blundered 8th, soon pushed along, never dangerous
held up mid-division, weakened before 5 out
Velator is 8lb higher than when winning this last year and hasn't had a prep race this time around. Jump City has his sights lowered after contesting a Grade 3 at Kempton but Al Alfa may need confidence restoring after taking a heavy fall at an early stage last time and Ballyallia Man hasn't fired this season. VIF ARGENT left previous form in this country well behind when winning easily over course and distance in February. He's been raised 8lb but has little to fear from Miss Tenacious on the form book and is probably capable of defying his new mark.
Jump City (FR) 16-1 (10-3) Last pair, slightly hampered 6th, ridden and struggling before 4 out, never on terms, 9th of 13, 24l behind Bally Legend (10-12) at Kempton 3m hcp chs G3 (1) sft in Feb.
Hector's Choice (FR) 12-1 (11-11) In touch, not much room on inside bend after 12th, weakened soon after, blundered 2 out, 12th of 18, 27l behind Tatenen (11-5) at Newbury 2m 6f hcp chs 0-135 (3) gd in Nov.
Velator 4-1 (11-9) Held up, pecked 8th, slipped slightly on bend before next, challengong for 2nd 4 out, soon led, blundered and headed next, no extra last, 6th of 7, 43l behind Goring One (10-9) at Wincanton 2m 5f hcp chs 0-130 (3) gd in Oct.
Vif Argent (FR) 9-4 (11-3) Held up in 4th, hit 6th, headway to challenge 4 out, led next, not fluent 2 out, went clear when steadied and jumped left last, comfortably, won at Wincanton 2m 5f hcp chs 0-130 (3) hvy in Feb beating Time To Think (11-5) by 7l, 5 ran.
Al Alfa 8-1 (11-2) Mid-division, fell 2nd, in a race won by Lost Legend (11-2) at Kempton 2m 4f hcp chs (2) gs in Mar, 11 ran.
Miss Tenacious 10-1 (11-12) Held up in touch in last, not fluent 1st or 6th, went 3rd briefly after 4 out, soon weakened, last of 5, 38l behind Vif Argent (11-3) at Wincanton 2m 5f hcp chs 0-130 (3) hvy in Feb.
Balbriggan (IRE) 6-4fav (12-0) Led 1st, not fluent 5th, hit 11th, headed 4 out, beaten next, weakened flat, 3rd of 4, 13l behind Little Chip (11-10) at Leicester 2m 7f hcp chs 0-120 (4) gf in Dec.
Ballyallia Man (IRE) 15-2 (11-4) Chased leader, led after 3rd, headed 12th, chased winner until after 3 out, kept on same pace from next, 4th of 10, 13l behind Midnight Sail (11-12) at Sandown 2m 4f hcp chs 0-130 (3) gs in Mar.
Captain Ocana (IRE) 200-1 (11-4) In rear, struggling after 7th, tailed off when pulled up before 3 out, in a race won by Taquin Du Seuil (11-4) at Cheltenham 2m 4f nov chs G1 (1) gd in Mar, 12 ran.
Lord Of The Dunes 9-2 (11-2) Chased leaders, closed when not fluent 5th, weakened after 3 out, pulled up before next, in a race won by Hollow Blue Sky (11-7) at Huntingdon 2m 4f hcp chs 0-115 (4) sft in Feb, 8 ran.