held up mid-division, pushed along after 4 out, soon lost place, kept on from 2 out
held up mid-division, pushed along and weakened before 3 out
in rear, headway after 4 out, challenged 2 out, soon led, kept on and headed close homoe
held up towards rear, headway before 4 out, in 4th from 2 out, no extra
with leader, took keen hold, challenged 3 out, ridden before last, no extra run-in
held up towards rear, effort 3 out, in 5th before last, soon weakened
held up mid-division, chased leaders 3 out, ridden before 2 out, weakened before last
led, blundered and headed 2 out, not fluent last, switched right last 100 yards, rallied to regain lead close home
tracked leaders in 3rd place, pushed along and lost place after 4 out
tracked leaders in 3rd, pushed along and weakened after 3 out
Hallings Comet finished ahead of Full, Astrum and the pulled-up Chic Theatre here last time having won over track and trip earlier. He’s still on a fair mark while Little Pop has finished third at Ffos Las since winning over fences at Southwell. But Dan Skelton appears to hold all the aces in this with Excellent Team back in the right grade and stable companion FREE STONE HILL just beaten at Stratford last month - the latter gets the vote racing off the same mark. Barizan was a decent handicapper at one time but is now in the veteran stage.
Barizan (IRE) 14-1 (10-10) Towards rear, in touch 6f out, ridden 3f out, stayed on same pace final furlong, 4th of 8, 9 1/4l behind Wordiness (10-8) at Doncaster 2m hcp (5) gf in Jul.
Excellent Team 9-2 (10-4) Raced keenly and never fluent, held up in touch, mistake 1st, pushed along when mistake 3 out, mistake and weakened next, behind and eased before last, 6th of 7, 20 1/4l behind Rossetti (11-3) at Stratford 2m hcp (2) gd in Jun.
Free Stone Hill (IRE) Evensfav (10-13) Held up in 4th, closed 5th, 2nd on home bend going well, led before mistake last, headed narrowly flat, just lost out on the bob post, 2nd of 5, shd behind Our Three Sons (11-0) at Stratford 2m hcp (3) gd in Jul.
Chic Theatre (IRE) 12-1 (11-12) Chased leaders, 2nd 4 out until well before next, weakened quickly, behind and pulled up before 2 out, at Worcester 2m hcp (4) gd in Jul.
Little Pop 7-1 (11-12) Led, ridden and headed last, no extra in 3rd run-in, 3rd of 14, 6 3/4l behind Prussian Eagle (11-10) at Ffos Las 2m hcp (4) gd in Jun.
Full (FR) 10-1 (11-10) Held up towards rear, headway on inside approaching 3 out, pushed along after 3 out, went modest 4th last, 4th of 11, 9 3/4l behind Utility (11-12) at Worcester 2m hcp (4) gd in Jul.
Borderlinedecision (IRE) 4-1fav (11-13) Held up towards rear, pushed along and no headway before 2 out, soon hung left under pressure, 8th of 14, 26 1/4l behind Prussian Eagle (11-10) at Ffos Las 2m hcp (4) gd in Jun.
Hallings Comet 8-1 (10-13) Led, clear when not fluent 3rd, reduced lead next, pushed along before 3 out, went left and headed 2 out, chased winner, ridden and kept on same pace run-in, 2nd of 11, 4 1/2l behind Utility (11-12) at Worcester 2m hcp (4) gd in Jul.
Astrum 25-1 (10-12) Never better than mid-division, weakened after 4 out, 7th of 11, 24 1/2l behind Utility (11-12) at Worcester 2m hcp (4) gd in Jul.
Dealing River 7-1 (11-10) Always towards rear, tailed off from 5 out, last of 10, dist behind Foxtail Hill (11-9) at Worcester 2m hcp (4) gd in Oct.
Marlais 50-1 (10-12) In touch in mid-division, weakened after 3 out, 12th of 18, dist behind Chalonnial (10-12) at Bangor 2m 1f (4) sft in Dec.