led early, mid-division, headway on outside over 1f out, ran on, led post (hand timed)
soon led, headed over 4f out, led briefly inside final furlong, no extra towards finish
held up towards rear, headway and edged left 1f out, stayed on, not reach leaders
took keen hold, prominent, led over 4f out, headed inside final furlong, held towards finish
mid-division, no impression final 2f
mid-division, ridden 3f out, soon beaten
chased leaders, closed 1f out, led well inside final furlong, headed post
prominent, ridden over 2f out, stayed on same pace 1f out
chased leaders, ridden over 3f out, soon beaten
led briefly after start, prominent, switched right over 1f out and inside final furlong, not quicken
mid-division on inside, no impression final 2f
reared start and slowly away, always behind
always towards rear
IT MUST BE FAITH arrives in fine form having won a tougher race than this over track and trip last time with Berlios well beaten. Partnered by a leading amateur, he’s preferred to The Amber Fort, who went close in a selling race here last time. Searanger won over course and distance in November and Arcanista ran well at Chelmsford more recently while Laughton slips further down the weights. But Pushkin Museum was runner-up off a higher mark in last year’s renewal and makes more appeal.
The Amber Fort (USA) 85-40fav (9-4) Held up in rear, headway on outside well over 1f out, stayed on inside final furlong, went 2nd towards finish, not quite reach winner, 2nd of 9, nk behind Trotter (9-4) at Wolverhampton 6f stks (5) pol in Feb.
Rose Marmara 10-1 (8-11) Tracked winner, pushed along halfway, ridden 2f out, kept on one pace, lost 2nd narrowly close home, 3rd of 6, 2 3/4l behind Hope Solo (9-4) at Ripon 6f hcp fll (4) gf in Sep.
Meshardal (GER) 16-1 (8-10) Held up towards rear, slightly impeded over 1f out, no impression, last of 9, 7l behind Summerghand (9-0) at Chelmsford City 6f hcp (4) pol in Apr.
It Must Be Faith 9-1 (9-0) Soon tracked leaders, pushed along to lead inside final furlong, ran on, won at Wolverhampton 6f hcp (5) pol in Mar beating Major Crispies (9-7) by 2l, 10 ran.
Wahaab (IRE) 8-1 (8-12) Held up, soon outpaced, beaten halfway, last of 6, 22 1/4l behind The Daley Express (9-7) at Bath 5f hcp (4) hvy in Mar.
Ticks The Boxes (IRE) 14-1 (9-10) Mid-division on outside, ridden over 3f out, soon beaten, last of 10, 14 3/4l behind Queens Royale (9-6) at Southwell 7f hcp (6) pol in Dec.
Laughton 10-1 (9-0) Dwelt, held up, never dangerous, last of 9, 11 1/4l behind Jacob's Pillow (9-7) at Musselburgh 5f hcp (5) hvy in Mar.
Berlios (IRE) 7-2 (9-5) Chased leader, led over 1f out, headed well inside final furlong, 2nd of 7, 1 1/2l behind Madrinho (9-9) at Wolverhampton 6f hcp (6) pol in Apr.
Dark Confidant (IRE) 5-1 (11-5) Tracked leaders, ridden over 2f out, weakened final furlong, last of 8, 9 1/4l behind Dodgy Bob (10-13) at Carlisle 6f hcp (6) gs in Aug.
Pushkin Museum (IRE) 4-1 (9-9) Took keen hold, raced wide close up, pushed along over 2f out, weakened final furlong, 5th of 8, 8 1/2l behind Highly Focussed (9-2) at Wolverhampton 6f hcp (6) pol in Mar.
Arcanista (IRE) 20-1 (9-5) Mid-division, ridden and headway over 1f out, kept on inside final furlong, 2nd of 10, 1 1/2l behind Billyoakes (9-7) at Chelmsford City 6f hcp (6) pol in Mar.
Chicago School (IRE) 33-1 (9-5) Took keen hold, held up towards rear, wide on home turn, headway on outside over 1f out, never going pace to reach leaders, 7th of 13, 6 1/4l behind Inshaa (8-7) at Lingfield 7f hcp (6) pol in Apr.
Searanger (USA) 22-1 (8-11) Mid-division, headway when switched inside 1f out, soon ridden, ran on to lead well inside final furlong, just held on, won at Wolverhampton 6f hcp (6) pol in Nov beating Rockley Point (9-7) by hd, 10 ran.