tracked leader, led 6th, headed 8th, led again 4 out, all out and fading when headed close home
held up in touch, lost place 10th, ridden and headway 3 out, stayed on well to lead close home
held up towards rear, brief headway 7th, mistake next, soon beaten
always in the rear
in touch, ridden when mistake 4 out, weakened 2 out
mid-division, headway after 7th, led 8th, headed 4 out, weakened quickly 3 out
held up towards rear, headway from 4 out, ridden from 3 out, weakened 2 out
led, headed 3rd, behind from 10th, pulled up 4 out
tracked leaders and keen, led after 2nd, headed 6th, weakened 10th
always in the rear
mid-division, headway 7th, ridden to chase leaders 4 out, one pace
Another Native gets a narrow vote Caribou, with Nice Try and Briery Fox just a couple more to mention. There is quite a fair turnout for the day's feature race, and it is hoped that Another Native will be fit enough to do himself justice. Charlie Mann's eight-year-old is seen as a potential Grand National horse by his trainer who has been impressed with his jumping since the son of Be My Native came over from Ireland. He certainly did nothing to dispel that theory when hacking up at Wetherby last March, and although he will find life a bit tougher this term, is still one to follow. Caribou loves soft ground and being a French-bred, has it in his blood to go chasing early, so has to be kept on the right side, while Nice Try got round Sandown with no problems when scoring over fences last March so has ability. Briery Fox will find this trip on the short side, and has to give nearly a stone away to the selection Another Native who should be followed as the season progresses.
Nayodabayo (IRE) 2-1fav (11-10) Tracked clear leader, mistake 7th, weakened after 3 out, 6th of 7, 32l behind Parisienne Gale (11-5) at Huntingdon 2m 5f amt hcp hdl 0-110 (4) gf in May.
Briery Fox (IRE) 2-1fav (11-10) Tracked leader, effort 3 out, kept on to take 2nd towards finish, 2nd of 7, 4l behind Ryders Storm (11-7) at Perth 3m nov chs (2) gd in Apr.
Fait Le Jojo (FR) 12-1 (11-7) Led until after 2nd, prominent until approaching 3 out, weakened before last, 8th of 18, 12l behind Glimmer of Light (9-7) at Haydock 2m hcp hdl 0-135 (3) gs in Apr.
Alexanderthegreat (IRE) 33-1 (10-0) Held up mid-division, ridden and weakened 6 out, 12th of 13, well behind Fondmort (11-12) at Cheltenham 2m 5f lst hcp chs (1) gs in Jan.
Nice Try (IRE) 11-4 (11-0) Held up, mistake 9th, headway 12th, ridden 3 out, weakened towards finish, 4th of 9, 10l behind Darina's Boy (11-0) at Haydock 2m 6f nov chs (3) gs in Apr.
Another Native (IRE) 5-1 (11-0) Behind, not fluent 10th, headway approaching 3 out, ridden approaching last, kept on flat, 3rd of 9, 7l behind Darina's Boy (11-0) at Haydock 2m 6f nov chs (3) gs in Apr.
Baodai (FR) 14-1 (10-11) Tracked leaders, ridden and weakened 3 out, 9th of 13, 22l behind Mahogany Blaze (11-2) at Chepstow 2m 4yo hcp hdl (2) gd.
Caribou (FR) 6-4 (11-4) Tracked leaders, led 5th, stayed on well from last, ridden out, won at Market Rasen 2m 1f 4yo nov hdl (4) sft in Apr beating Osako D'airy (10-12) by 6l, 12 ran.