always behind, no chance from 9th
jumped right, held up, headway 8th, ridden and weakened approaching 2 out
held up, headway approaching 9th, blundered 3 out, ridden and every chance flat, not quicken towards finish
always in rear, pushed along after 7th, lost touch from 9th, tailed off
held up, headway approaching 9th, went 2nd 3 out, ridden after 2 out, led flat, driven out
led after 1st, ridden after 3 out, headed and weakened flat
jumped right, led until after 1st, chased leader, not fluent 4 out, lost 2nd 2 out, weakened flat
Max O, a winning pointer, made the expected improvement switched to fences at Market Rasen and could make further progress now visored. Midnight Gem finally came good at Southwell but will not find it easy to follow up off a 5lb higher mark. BOY IN A BENTLEY was knocking on the door off much higher marks at the end of last year. He’s been less impressive since returning from a break but can’t get much lower in the weights and should be winning a race like this. Perpignan could also figure but the others have some improving to do.
Perpignan (IRE) 13-2 (11-13) Struggling in rear most of way, reminders halfway, tailed off last (usual 4 out), 6th of 7, 34 1/4l behind Ballycrystal Court (11-11) at Market Rasen 2m 5f hcp (4) gd in Aug.
Boy In A Bentley (IRE) 9-2 (11-9) Mid-division, headway 6th, went 3rd before 4 out, outpaced after 2 out, soon weakened, 7th of 8, 33 3/4l behind Game Line (10-11) at Stratford 2m 3f hcp (4) gd in Jul.
Caveat Emptor (IRE) 8-1 (11-8) Held up and behind, badly hampered 7th, no danger after, tailed off when eased from 3 out, 11th of 15, dist behind The Accountant (11-5) at Worcester 2m 4f hcp (5) gd in Aug.
Blackjacktennessee 9-1 (10-6) In rear, ridden 4 out, weakened next, tailed off, 7th of 8, dist behind Glance Back (11-6) at Bangor-on-Dee 2m 1f hcp (4) sft in Dec.
Invincible Don (IRE) 9-2 (10-8) Held up towards rear, 12th before 5 out, ridden and no impression entering straight , kept on one pace, 9th of 18, 26 3/4l behind Shes Flat Tothemat (11-6) at Tipperary 2m 4f hcp Yielding in Jul.
Max O (IRE) 20-1 (10-0) Chased leaders to last (usual 4 out), soon ridden, plugged on home straight, rallied to take 3rd near finish, never nearer, 3rd of 7, 2 1/4l behind Ballycrystal Court (11-11) at Market Rasen 2m 5f hcp (4) gd in Aug.
Midnight Gem 12-1 (10-4) Jumped right, chased leaders, went 2nd 11th, led last, kept on well, won at Southwell 2m 4f hcp (5) gd in Jul beating Grand Coureur (10-4) by 2 1/2l, 8 ran.