chased leaders, went 2nd before 2 out, ridden and lost 2nd before last, kept on to regain 2nd towards finish
held up towards rear and keen, some headway before 2 out, no impression
in touch, soon mid-division, weakened after 3 out
held up mid-division, weakened after 3 out
held up mid-division, went 5th before 2 out, went 4th 2 out, ridden before last, one pace
with leaders, led before 6th, soon headed, weakened before 2 out
led, ridden and headed before 6th, weakened before 2 out
held up mid-division, headway before 3 out, chased winner before last until no extra towards finish
in touch in 5th, weakened after 3 out
tracked leaders in 4th, led before 2 out, kept on well, driven out
held up mid-division, weakened after 3 out
always towards rear, pulled up last
with leaders, pushed along before 3rd, weakened before 3 out
A few of these have often flattered to deceive lately. They include Quaddick Lake, Canadian Diamond and Decoy but Brinestine did win at Taunton before failing to handle a step up in grade at Ascot and Ut Majeur Aulmes was impressive at Uttoxeter last month off a 10lb lower mark. Poet is very lightly-raced over hurdles and is a real mudlark while Grams And Ounces won off a higher mark in a purple patch a couple of years ago. QUICK DECISSON has won twice on this track on heavy ground and sent off favourite on similar going at Uttoxeter on New Year's Eve. He weakened before the second last that day but that race was over 2m5f - expect him to recoup losses back over a more suitable trip.
Alaivan (IRE) 33-1 (10-9) Mid-division, pushed along and weakened approaching 3 out, 14th of 20, 47l behind Willow's Saviour (10-5) at Ascot 2m hcp hdl Grade 3 (1) sft in Dec.
Chesil Beach Boy 16-1 (10-8) Led to 4th, remained close up, weakened after 3 out, 7th of 8, well behind Champagne West (10-2) at Wincanton 2m 6f hcp hdl (2) hvy in Dec.
Quaddick Lake (IRE) 5-1 (10-11) Behind, headway 4 out, weakened after next, 7th of 12, 24l behind Junction Fourteen (11-3) at Kempton 2m 5f hcp hdl 0-135 (3) sft in Dec.
Canadian Diamond (IRE) 8-1 (10-13) Tracked leaders, went 2nd 3rd, led after 3 out, not fluent 2 out, headed approaching last, soon one pace and no chance with front pair, 3rd of 9, 31l behind The Skyfarmer (11-0) at Cheltenham 2m 1f hcp hdl 0-135 (3) gd in Dec.
Union Saint (FR) 20-1 (11-12) Held up behind on otuside, struggling 4 out, soon weakened, pulled up before next, in a race won by Society Shares (10-8) at Ffos Las 2m 4f hcp hdl 0-130 (3) hvy in Dec, 9 ran.
Brinestine (USA) 10-3 (10-10) Raced keenly, in touch on outside, went 2nd at 4th, effort and every chance 2 out, kept on until lost place after last, no extra flat, 5th of 9, 3 1/2l behind Dunraven Storm (11-7) at Ascot 2m hcp hdl 0-145 (2) gs in Nov.
Poet 11-4fav (11-10) Took keen hold, tracked leader, hit 2nd, pushed along and every chance 2 out, weakened quickly between last 2, 8th of 9, 17l behind Ranjaan (11-9) at Kempton 2m cond hcp hdl (0-130) (3) gd in Nov.
Decoy (FR) 8-1 (10-8) Chased leaders, reminders before 4th, weakened 3 out, 5th of 8, 14l behind Citizenship (11-6) at Exeter 2m 1f hcp hdl 0-135 (3) sft in Dec.
Ut Majeur Aulmes (FR) 11-2 (11-4) Held up in rear, headway 3 out, led approaching last, clear flat, ridden out, won at Uttoxeter 2m hcp hdl 0-120 (4) gs in Dec beating Mystifiable (11-5) by 5l, 11 ran.
Quite By Chance 33-1 (11-7) Mid-division in touch, lost place before 3 out, weakened next, 15th of 19, 35l behind Quick Jack (11-0) at Cheltenham 2m nov hcp hdl (3) gd in Nov.
Quick Decisson (IRE) 7-2fav (10-12) Tracked leaders, hit 4th, went 2nd when jumped slowly next, led before 3 out, headed approaching 2 out, weakened before last, 4th of 8, 41l behind Madness Light (11-3) at Uttoxeter 2m 4f hcp hdl 0-130 (3) hvy in Dec.
Look For Love 22-1 (10-6) Always in rear, last of 8, 29l behind Citizenship (11-6) at Exeter 2m 1f hcp hdl 0-135 (3) sft in Dec.
Grams And Ounces 66-1 (11-3) Tracked leader, ridden and weakened approaching 2 out, 8th of 10, 27l behind Fergall (11-4) at Huntingdon 2m hcp hdl 0-130 (3) gs in Dec.
Kim Tian Road (IRE) 3-1 (11-12) Held up in rear, took keen hold, some headway after 3 out, no impression and soon weakened, tailed off, 8th of 9, well behind Western Approaches (10-13) at Taunton 2m 3f hcp hdl 0-115 (4) gd in Dec.
Advisor (FR) 25-1 (11-1) Tracked leaders, reminder and lost place after 3rd, closed 5th, ridden after 6th, weakened 3 out, 6th of 9, 44l behind Western Approaches (10-13) at Taunton 2m 3f hcp hdl 0-115 (4) gd in Dec.