chased leaders, jumped right at times, one pace 3 out, plugged on flat, went 3rd towards finish
held up in rear, not fluent 4th or 7th, brief effort 4 out, no impression, well held from 2 out
held up towards rear, jumped badly right, well beaten from 4 out
led until 4th, 2nd until before 9th, blundered 10th, lost place before 12th, well beaten from 4 out
chased leaders, went 2nd before 9th, ridden 3 out, mistake last, held by winner flat, kept on
chased leader, led 4th, kept on well flat
held up in rear, headway 12th, ridden and hung left after 2 out, 3rd and beaten last, lost 3rd towards finish
The Boola Bee was given plenty to do when runner-up at Wincanton last week and could get closer here, though has no form on going this soft. Kentford Mallard signed off here in May with a victory here over 2m4f and there should be more to come over fences but SILENT STEPS pulled well clear at Chepstow 12 days ago once she got to the front and Bryony Frost keeps the partnership intact so Neil King’s mare can defy an 8lb rise. Longhousesignora has won a hurdle and a point but fell when last seen over fences.
Longhousesignora (IRE) 6-1 (11-6) Prominent until 3rd, tracked leaders, ridden and lost place before 2 out, 6th of 10, 16 1/2l behind Some Can Dance (11-0) at Carlisle 3m 1f hcp (3) gs in Mar.
Annie Bonny 20-1 (11-0) Held up in rear, headway 3 out, weakened next, 6th of 7, 13 1/4l behind Pointed And Sharp (11-0) at Fontwell 2m 3f hcp (4) gd in Oct.
Kentford Mallard 33-1 (11-9) Held up behind, steady headway on outside after 5 out, tracked leaders next, challenged 2 out, upsides when mistake last, ridden to lead narrowly flat, kept on, all out, won at Worcester 2m 4f hcp (4) gs in May beating Court Duty (11-7) by 1 3/4l, 13 ran.
Silent Steps (IRE) 6-4fav (11-0) Tracked front pair, pushed along before 5 out, ridden after 3 out, rallied on inside before next, led between last 2, clear flat, ran on, won at Chepstow 3m hcp (4) sft in Oct beating Still Believing (11-10) by 10l, 5 ran.
Sheneededtherun (IRE) 9-2 (10-0) Behind, closed 3rd, mistake 9th, struggling 13th, well beaten 16th, pulled up before 4 out, at Cheltenham 3m 2f hcp (3) gd in Apr.
Stupid Cupid (IRE) 66-1 (10-0) Mid-division, mistake 2nd, headway chasing leader approaching 4 out, lost 2nd and flattened 2 out, weakened soon after, 7th of 11, 30 1/2l behind Runasimi River (11-4) at Hereford 2m 4f hcp (4) gd in Oct.
Right Royals Day 50-1 (10-0) Held up in rear, steady progress on inside 9th, left 2nd 4 out, soon ridden, not quicken flat, 2nd of 11, 1 3/4l behind Howlongisafoot (10-1) at Uttoxeter 2m 6f hcp (5) sft in Oct.
The Boola Bee (IRE) 5-1 (11-10) Held up well behind, ridden and still loads to do before 4 out, rapid headway when not much room after 3 out, chased winner from next, no impression, 2nd of 10, 1 3/4l behind Love The Leader (11-8) at Wincanton 3m 1f hcp (5) gd in Oct.