made all, clear before 5th until 8th, joined 3 out, soon driven, edged right after 2 out, stayed on gamely and holding rivals towards finish
held up, went 2nd 6th, challenged 3 out, ridden approaching last, held towards finish
held up, not fluent 8th, soon ridden, no impression, well beaten 2 out, went modest 4th last
chased winner until 6th, switched right after 3 out, switched left before last, pressing front pair flat, 3rd and held towards finish
chased leaders, mistake and lost place 5th, struggling after 8th, well beaten from 3 out
held up, not fluent 3rd, headway 7th, close 3rd 4 out, not fluent next, soon beaten, lost modest 4th flat
Theo has gone well fresh before and has his first start since April attempting to repeat last year’s success in this. But SIZING PLATINUM is preferred as he’s undergone wind surgery since placed at Uttoxeter in May and is only 3lb higher than an earlier win at Chepstow. Utility was still in contention when falling at Southwell on his bid for a hat-trick and he can figure along with Adrrastos, who scored over course and distance in July but this is much tougher than the race Atlantic Storm won at Stratford last week and Poker School is also upped in class.
Sizing Platinum (IRE) 16-1 (11-12) Always prominent, left 2nd 8th, every chance when hit 2 out, soon ridden, 3rd and weakening when jumped left last, 3rd of 7, 9 1/2l behind Royal Village (10-8) at Uttoxeter 2m 4f hcp (2) gs in May.
Theo (IRE) 11-1 (11-0) Held up towards rear, mistake 12th, never on terms, 9th of 13, dist behind Born Survivor (11-2) at Ayr 2m 4f hcp lst (1) gd in Apr.
Utility (GER) 11-10fav (12-0) With winner, slight lead after 4 out, disputing lead when fell 3 out, at Southwell 2m (4) gd in Sep.
Adrrastos (IRE) 6-1 (11-12) Tracked leaders, pushed along in clear 3rd after last, ridden turning in, kept on same pace, no impression with front pair, 3rd of 5, 5 1/4l behind Ardera Cross (10-12) at Cartmel 2m 1f hcp (2) gs in Aug.
Poker School (IRE) 12-1 (11-9) Chased leaders, mistake 1st, not much room after 12th, lost place 4 out, 9th of 12, 25 3/4l behind Topofthecotswolds (11-5) at Stratford 2m 7f hcp (3) gd in Aug.
Atlantic Storm (IRE) 3-1 (11-5) Chased leaders, not fluent 7th, went 2nd 3 out, led before last, driven out, won at Stratford 2m 1f hcp (4) gd in Sep beating Adman Sam (11-0) by 1l, 7 ran.