Cheltenham Festival 2019 Analysis

Cheltenham Festival Analysis by Roy Waterhouse

In-running pen pictures and ratings for all 498 horses who ran at the 2019 Cheltenham Festival.

Arrangement: Finishing position – Horse name in bold – comments, then rating at the end.
Notes:
– A rating of ‘0’; horse didn’t complete.
– A rating between [ ]; horse didn’t complete, but got far enough into the race to take an educated guess as to where it would have finished.

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Tuesday

SKY BET SUPREME NOVICES’ HURDLE (GRADE 1) (1)
1 Klassical Dream prominent, headway and chased leader 3rd, further ground and led 5th, still travelled comfortably going down the hill to 3 out, nudged along approaching home turn, drew 2 lengths clear home turn, shaken up approaching last, stayed on to go further clear, driven out up the hill, stayed on well and pulled further clear, decisive. Although kept up to his work up the hill, there’s more to come from this one. 146
2 Thomas Darby held up, blundered 4th, ridden into 5th, made ground wide down the hill and midfield 3 out, travelled comfortably approaching 2 out, niggled along after it, soon more firmly pushed as Klassical Dream went for home, hard driven off home turn, kept on approaching last, was leaned on last, hard driven, stayed on up the hill, found enough to hold on for 2nd, no impression on winner. 142
3 Itchy Feet held up, not fluent 1st, in close to 3rd, ridden into 4th, still moved largely comfortably at the top of the hill, nudged along approaching 3 out, mistake there, soon hard ridden, midfield when mistake 2 out, driven and stayed on approaching home turn, hung left off the bend, stayed on under a ride approaching last, carried rival left last, hard driven, kept on under pressure but one pace last 100 yards. Of the two stablemates who ran 2nd and 3rd to Klassical Dream, the runner-up is the better prospect of the two at this stage, simply because of Itchy Feet’s apparent tendency to hang, but there’s no doubt that this one’s level of ability is pretty much identical to Thomas Darby’s. 141
4 Fakir D’oudairies chased clear leader, tracked leaders when leader came back to field before 3rd, ridden into 4th, lost ground 5th and midfield at the top of the hill where clipped Angels Breath’s heels and momentarily lost momentum, niggled along, pushed along approaching 3 out, couldn’t go with leaders approaching 2 out, well held home turn, kept on under pressure approaching last though well held, stayed on last 175 yards and made places to go 4th post. Perhaps not up to taking on his elders yet, but another interpretation of this is that he could be better over further; either way a markedly different performance to his win on Trials day, no early keenness. 127
5 Felix Desjy held up, went left 1st, keen, headway wide and midfield approaching 2nd, further ground and prominent 4th, tracked leaders and moved comfortably at the top of the hill, upsides leaders 3 out, chased winner within a length going to 2 out, shaken up after it, hard ridden home turn, driven and no extra approaching last, fading when mistake last, lost places and no extra under pressure up the hill, lost 4th post. Had nothing left for the hill after making a mid-race move from the midfield and challenging for the lead with 3 to jump. 135
6 Aramon midfield, in close to 1st, ridden into 3rd, hit 5th, mistake 3 out, a little ground going largely comfortably and switched wider as closed on leaders approaching 2 out, niggled along approaching home turn, chased 1st 2, hard ridden once in line for home, outpaced as winner went on, chance of 2nd last, no extra after it, stuck to task but faded up the hill. 135
7 Angels Breath prominent, in close to 2nd, shuffled back and midfield 3rd, closer order and prominent 5th, clipped Fakir D’Oudairies’ heels at the top of the hill and ended up back in midfield as a result, ridden along and outpaced going down the hill to 3 out, looked held when mistake there, hard ridden going to 2 out, midfield when put under pressure after it, well back home turn, kept on under a ride approaching last, stuck to task but no impression. The incident with Fakir D’Oudairies at the top of the hill didn’t cost him a better placing, but he shaped as though worth a try over 2m4f. 124
8 Mister Fisher midfield, a little closer order approaching 3rd, ridden into 4th, pushed along from the top of the hill to 3 out, outpaced under a ride going to 2 out, no impression home turn, lost ground before and after last. 123
9 Vision D’honneur midfield, closer order 3rd, niggled along then ridden into 4th, ridden into 5th then niggled along away from it and again going down the hill to 3 out, closer order and more prominent, soon more firmly ridden along, hard ridden and not getting to leaders approaching 2 out, ridden and weakened home turn, well held approaching last, looked heavy-legged, no more. 118
10 Al Dancer midfield, wide, keen, made ground and prominent 3rd, tracked leaders approaching 4th, chased winner going comfortably at the top of the hill, niggled along approaching 3 out, pushed along and couldn’t go with Klassical Dream approaching 2 out, reached for it, hard ridden and weakened, well held home turn, lost further ground approaching last, eased off, tailed off. 113
11 Grand Sancy niggled along briefly first couple of strides, midfield racing wide, mistake 1st, keen, headway and prominent approaching 3rd, rather pulled his way forward to track leaders approaching 4th, niggled along going down the hill to 3 out, more firmly ridden after it, outpaced, unable to go with leaders approaching 2 out, mistake there, well held when put under pressure approaching home turn, no further impression, tailed off last, no more. 111
12 The Big Bite chased leader early, tracked leaders from 2nd, mistake 4th, held place going okay at the top of the hill, mistake 3 out, pushed along and carried head high, lost place approaching 2 out, well held, ridden and weakened further approaching home turn, tailed off last, eased off. 103
13 The Flying Sofa held up, ridden into and reached for 3rd, niggled away from it, in close to 5th, struggling in rear and pushed along, couldn’t go on and detached from main group 3 out, ridden along and no headway, well back when in close to 2 out, tailed off last. 97
P Brandon Castle went on, clear after 1st, about 7 lengths up 2nd, came back to the field by 3rd, mistake 4th, headed 5th, pushed along and began to drop back through field from the top of the hill, rear of main group and losing further ground 3 out, tailing off when mistake 2 out, pulled up straight after. 0
P Normal Norman midfield, pushed along and looked to be struggling after 4th, dropped rear 5th, weakened at the top of the hill, dropped right away and tailed off when pulled up before 3 out. 0
P Beaufort West held up rear, slow 1st, niggled along after 4th, more firmly pushed along after 5th and appeared to be struggling, weakened from the top of the hill, detached last and pushed along to no avail before and after 3 out, tailed off when pulled up after next. 0

RACING POST ARKLE CHALLENGE TROPHY NOVICES’ CHASE (GRADE 1) (1)
1 Duc Des Genievres midfield, a little keen, made a little ground and prominent 6th, tracked leaders 8th, 1st 3 broke clear 9th, chased leader from 10th and travelled comfortably, led 3 out, was the only one on the bit approaching home turn, not hard ridden to draw clear approaching 2 out, further ahead last, pushed out, stayed on well to go further clear still up the hill, readily and decisive. Some publicity was given to what horses weren’t in this Arkle (mainly Le Richebourg), but this was still a 13-length win where he wasn’t hard ridden until after the last, and no reason why he couldn’t be a player in an Altior-less Queen Mother Champion Chase. 152
2 Us And Them held up, jumped big and pecked on landing 1st, also gave 2nd plenty of air, not fluent 6th and briefly niggled along, niggled again after 8th, a lot to do 10th appearing to be struggling, pushed along going down the hill to 3 out, stayed on under a hand ride approaching home turn, put under pressure turning in, passed a few when hit 2 out, continued to stay on after last, strong effort under pressure to go 2nd up the hill, not the remotest impression on Duc De Genievres. Taken off his legs this time and best work at the end, unlike previously not noticeably doing anything wrong under pressure. 139
3 Articulum prominent, shuffled back a little 4th and prominent to midfield, closer order when mistake 7th, lost a bit of ground when mistake 9th, headed chasing group as 1st 3 broke clear, closed on 1st 3 going down the hill and moved more comfortably approaching 3 out, in close to it, soon hard ridden, stayed on into 3rd under a ride when jumped right 2 out, kept on after last, no further impression but stuck to task. 135
4 Clondaw Castle chased leader, flat-backed jump 1st, jumped big 2nd and briefly disputed lead, shuffled back a little 4th but still tracked leaders, left chasing leader 6th, relegated to 3rd 9th but still raced close up and travelled comfortably, chased Duc Des Genievres from 3 out, niggled along home turn, more firmly pushed along as winner asserted on straightening, looked held 2 out, hard ridden, faded, driven after last, looked heavy-legged and tired, weakened and was closed on, lost 2nd then 3rd 150 yards out, no more. This was a better run than his finishing position suggests, having travelled like the second best horse in the race – maybe conditions played a part, and there could be more to come from this one. 133
5 Knocknanuss niggled along for the first 100 yards, midfield to rear, slow 1st, headway after 2nd, chased leader 3rd, disputed lead 5th, led narrowly when left in a 2 or 3 length lead 6th, ridden into 9th and 10th, niggled along from the top of the hill, headed 3 out, more firmly pushed along and unable to go with 1st 2, well held under a ride home turn, faded, lost 3rd approaching 2 out, put under pressure, continued to lose ground, mistake last when well held, driven and no impression up the hill, kept on. 128
6 Paloma Blue prominent, shuffled back and prominent to midfield 5th, lost ground and midfield when mistake 6th, ridden into 7th, niggled along approaching 8th, mistake 10th and pushed along away from it, kept on a little going down the hill to 3 out, pushed along after, no impression approaching home turn, well held 2 out, ridden into and mistake last, no more. 125
7 Hardline held up rear, headway and midfield 7th, niggled along approaching 8th and again after 9th, well back when ridden into 10th, kept on a bit going down the hill to 3 out, pushed along after it, no impression, well held when not fluent 2 out, left alone between last 2, just nursed home run-in, tailed off. 114
8 Slate House midfield, brushed 3rd and 4th, hampered 6th, ridden into 7th, lost ground and struggling 8th, rear and tailing off 9th, hopeless when mistake 3 out, nearly a fence behind jumping 2 out, completed in own time. 108
F Ornua led, 2 lengths clear 3rd, in close to 4th, joined approaching 5th, narrowly headed when fell 6th. 0
P Lalor held up, lost place and ridden along nearing 5th, ridden in detached last and losing ground on the rest approaching 6th, struggling 8th, pulled up after 9th. This wasn’t happening after the first 4 fences. 0
U Kalashnikov prominent, ridden into 5th, brought down 6th. 0
U Glen Forsa midfield, shuffled back a little when hit 4th and unseated rider. 0

ULTIMA HANDICAP CHASE (GRADE 3) (1)
1 Beware The Bear held up, niggled along after 1st and 2nd, headway and midfield 4th, further ground and prominent 9th, ridden into 15th, at most a length down when ridden into 17th, pushed along going down the hill to 3 out, hard ridden and stayed on approaching home turn, a length down 2 out, stayed on to lead last, hard driven, went left under pressure, idled in front, driven out, jockey going faster than the horse last 50 yards but did enough. 153
2 Vintage Clouds sent on, headed 2nd, ridden into and in close to 3rd, led 6th then headed immediately, briefly niggled along after 8th, in close to 13th, also in close to 17th and pushed along away from it, stayed on, held place to 3 out, put under pressure home turn, stayed on and led approaching 2 out, hard driven, headed last, no extra last 175 yards, stuck to task and closed on winner a little last 100 yards. Good run, hard work off and on but jumped soundly. 145
3 Lake View Lad prominent, mistake 6th, tracked leaders 13th, ridden into 15th and 16th, steadied into 17th and shuffled back a few lengths, pushed along going to 3 out, ridden and shuffled back to 4 or 5 lengths 6th home turn, stayed on wide from 2 out, chance of a place last, hard driven, picked up well last 175 yards, closed on 1st 2 but no extra last 100 yards. Good run, lost a couple of lengths from the third last to between the last two fences before doing good late work, suggesting that further won’t be a problem. 154
4 Big River stoked along to make a start, prominent, lost ground and midfield 6th, not fluent 8th, lost further ground and midfield to rear under a push 14th, mistake 15th, struggling 17th, well back and looked likely to get tailed off going down the hill to 3 out, put under pressure in rear after it, passed a few under a ride before and after 2 out, jumped last in 11th some 12 lengths off winner, absolutely flew up the hill and passed several more to go 4th close home. Not hard to see why he’s been entered up in races over longer trips. 136
5 Flying Angel prominent, niggled along approaching 2nd, lost ground and midfield 4th, mistake 13th, a bit slow 15th, pushed along at the top of the hill, closed on those ahead a little under a ride 3 out, hard ridden and hung left approaching home turn, stayed on under a ride from 2 out, chance of a place last, no more up the hill, looked heavy legged, took 5th close home. Barely stayed. 137
6 Activial chased leader, led 2nd, ridden into 3rd, headed 6th, remained prominent, jumped 7th twice the height, tracked leaders 9th, ridden into 13th, 14th and 15th, niggled along from approaching 16th, stayed on from 3 out, couldn’t go with leaders home turn, pushed along approaching 2 out, put under pressure between last 2, stayed on approaching last, disputed 3rd jumping, hard driven, faded up the hill, lost ground and places last 75 yards. On the sharp end all the way and doing too much, didn’t get home. 146
7 Magic Of Light midfield, dived at 1st, ridden into 2nd, had closed up a little when not fluent 9th and 10th, closer order and prominent 14th, mistake 16th, niggled along and further ground to dispute close 5th going down the hill to 3 out, pushed along and outpaced after it, looked held home turn, jumped 2 out in 8 lengths 8th, no extra going to last, just kept on at the same pace up the hill. 142
8 Up For Review held up, ridden into 2nd, headway and midfield 5th, further ground and prominent to midfield 9th, further ground and with leaders when not fluent 15th, tracked leaders at the top of the hill, travelled comfortably and every chance when blundered 3 out, nudged along and appeared to be still going best after, shaken up in earnest home turn, weakened from there to 2 out, jumped right there, looked heavy-legged, dropped back and allowed to jump last in own time, no more. Looks can be deceptive, and the blunder at the third last clearly knocked the stuffing out of him to a greater extent than the jockey made it appear at the time. 133
9 Oldgrangewood held up, not fluent 1st, raced with high head carriage, mistake 6th, not fluent 7th, in last 4 when in close to 11th, a lot to do when niggled along 17th, pushed along and stayed on into midfield going down the hill, hard ridden after 3 out, passed a few by 2 out, ridden and closing on those ahead in 9th approaching last, no more up the hill and was being closed on by the 10th last 50 yards, nearest finish. Made little contribution until started to close from the third last to the last, then faded and arguably didn’t quite see the race out. 125
10 Noble Endeavor midfield, lost ground and a couple of positions 13th, well back 16th, at most niggled along and kept on past a few going down the hill to 3 out where jumped slightly right, put under pressure in poor position approaching home turn, stayed on past a few going to 2 out, hung left, not stay on any further approaching last, picked up inside last 100 yards and was closing on the 9th but not by enough to get the place. Didn’t apply himself between the second last and the last (not that he had a chance of a place though). 135
11 Crucial Role midfield to rear, mistake 4th, some ground and midfield 16th, niggled along 17th, niggled along and made some ground going to 3 out, mistake there and pecked on landing, reminder after but little impression approaching home turn, passed a few nearing 2 out but essentially well held, looked heavy-legged after last, no more. Jumping needs a lot of work, but he’s only seven, so there’s time. 131
12 O O Seven midfield, headway and prominent 4th, led 6th, niggled along approaching 3 out, ridden and headed approaching home turn, stuck to task when in close to 2 out, no impression under a ride before steadied into last, in a heap on landing, weakened markedly up the hill, dropped away, very tired. Did too much in the blinkers. 132
13 Singlefarmpayment held up, one from last 3rd, mistake 12th, shaken up 16th, made no ground under a push 17th, no headway 3 out, well held approaching home turn, mistake 2 out, left alone approaching last where hampered by a faller when already tailing off, eased right down, trailed in. 106
F Give Me A Copper midfield, lost place and niggled along 7th, made ground and prominent to midfield 12th, niggled along approaching 17th, firmly pushed along away from it, close enough but some going better at the top of the hill, ridden 3 out, hard driven approaching home turn, no impression, lost ground, well held in midfield home turn, left alone 2 out, driven between last 2, making no ground when fell last. This (and to a lesser extent the ride on Coo Star Sivola) were better examples than Declan Lavery on Jerrysback in the National Hunt Chase, of riders continuing on tiring horses when there was no point in doing so. 0
P Minella Rocco held up, dropped to last pair 8th, weakened further and tailed right off when pulled up at the top of the hill. Not looking good for this one in the short term, didn’t even manage a circuit – presumably something amiss. 0
P Mister Whitaker midfield to rear, mistake 5th, very slow 8th and dropped rear, niggled along after 11th, lost place 16th and niggled along detached from main body of the field, slow 17th, tailed off 3 out, pulled up before 2 out. 0
P General Principle prominent, nudged along before blundered 15th, lost place and midfield when not fluent 16th, hard ridden after 17th, kept on and closed a little on those ahead going down the hill to 3 out, no extra when mistake there, pushed along, no more approaching home turn, lost ground on those ahead, well held home turn, no more, weakening when badly hampered last, pulled up early on run-in. 0
P Calipto held up, last over 1st, mistakes 4th, 10th and 11th, niggled along 16th, struggling 17th, well held and tailing off in rear before mistake 18th, pushed along after it, made no ground, pulled up before 2 out. 0
P Royal Vacation midfield, soon niggled along, ridden into 6th, jumped big 8th and pushed along away from it, lost place and dropped to last 10th, pushed along after that and 11th, struggling 15th, tailing off when pulled up before next. Didn’t want to know. 0
P Sizing Codelco midfield, niggled along after 9th, lost place and rear 13th, ridden along, carried head high and dropped further back 14th, last pair 15th, tailed off 16th, hopeless when pulled up before 3 out. Took no interest. 0
P Coo Star Sivola prominent, niggled along after 10th, ridden into 15th, pushed along and lost place after 17th, midfield and well held 3 out, well back 2 out, tiring and tailing off when hampered by the faller last and ground to a halt. 0
P Shantou Village prominent, lost place and midfield 14th, niggled along before 15th, jumped big 16th, made a bit of ground back 17th, pushed along at the top of the hill, hard ridden and outpaced going down the hill to 3 out, made no ground and eased down nearing it, eased right off immediately after, pulled up before 2 out. 0
P Catamaran Du Seuil stoked along to make a start, rear, mistakes 6th and 7th, headway and midfield 12th, lost place 15th and ridden along, rear 16th, mistake 17th, weakened, tailed off 3 out, pulled up before 2 out. 0
P Willie Boy prominent to midfield, raced wide, mistakes 2nd and 6th, not fluent 11th, lost place and midfield approaching 12th, mistake 16th, nudged along, hard ridden 17th, stuck to task before mistake 3 out, pushed along and unable to stay with those ahead, well held when mistake and in a heap 2 out, pulled up before last. 0

UNIBET CHAMPION HURDLE CHALLENGE TROPHY (GRADE 1) (1)
1 Espoir D’Allen midfield, closer order at the top of the hill, tracked leaders going to 3 out, niggled along and moved into 2nd approaching 2 out, moved well nearing it, led jumping, travelled much the best home turn, pushed along and readily pulled clear approaching last, steadied into it, ridden out, stayed on well to go further clear, most decisive. It was the riderless Buveur D’Air who was closest to Espoir D’Allen from the last to the line, but such was the manner of this success, you fancy he’d have beaten him even if Buveur still had his jockey on. 163
2 Melon led, was joined approaching 2nd, led 3rd, in close to 4th, opened up a 3-length lead 5th, ridden into 3 out, moved comfortably but was closed on by Espoir D’Allen approaching 2 out, headed there, pushed along, was readily outpaced home turn, pushed along, left well behind approaching last, looked tired and struggled over last, driven and kept on grimly up the hill, not the remotest impression on winner, held on to 2nd desperately. With 2nd and 3rd finishing more like three-mile chasers in the mud no way can this be strong form, Melon made a lot of use of to boot. 148
3 Silver Streak dropped out rear, mistake 2nd, mistake 5th and briefly pushed along away from it, headway and midfield at the top of the hill, prominent 3 out, niggled along in 3 lengths 4th, ridden along from 2 out, put under pressure home turn, outpaced as Espoir D’Allen went for home, kept on approaching last, all out and went right last, hard ridden, kept on, closed on Melon last 50 yards but just held for 2nd. Smashing run, but had a hard race, 2nd and 3rd looking more like chasers at the end of three miles in the mud than two-mile hurdlers. 148
4 Laurina tracked leaders, a little ground to chase leader 5th, closed on Melon at the top of the hill, 1st 2 a little way clear of Espoir D’Allen at that point, pulled out and moved upsides when mistake 3 out, pushed along, lost 2nd approaching 2 out, still a chance jumping, pushed along and outpaced home turn, hard driven and faded further approaching last, all out, hard driven, lost 3rd, kept on up the hill but no further impression. 139
5 Verdana Blue midfield, not fluent 1st, taken back and rear approaching 3rd, mistake 5th, not asked to improve as travelled comfortably at the top of the hill but out of her ground with 8 lengths to make and slightly detached from leaders approaching 3 out, still not asked for anything serious in 6th and about the same distance behind the leaders approaching 2 out, nudged along after it, couldn’t make ground and dropped abck, well held coming off home turn, got tired and weakened approaching last, no more. It was clear that in this ground, there was little happening from just before the second last and she hasn’t been knocked about. 132
6 Apple’s Jade chased leader, hit 2nd, ridden into 4th, niggled along and lost ground approaching 5th, hard ridden and going worst of the field at the top of the hill, lost further ground going down the hill to 3 out, well back and left alone approaching 2 out, allowed to complete in own time, tailed off. Something a lot, lot better than this was expected after her win at Leopardstown, but she didn’t turn up on the day, and whatever the race she ran in at the meeting, on this evidence she wouldn’t have done anything regardless. 126
7 Global Citizen midfield, mistake 1st, keen, a little ground before slow 2nd and nudged along away from it, ridden into 3rd, niggled along and lost ground 4th, pushed along away from 5th, lost place and rear at the top of the hill, going worst of the field approaching 3 out, hard driven and no impression approaching 2 out, tailed off jumping it, no more, trailed in. 88
B Sharjah midfield to rear, brought down 3rd. 0
F Buveur D’Air prominent to midfield, didn’t look to be moving well, ridden into 2nd, fell 3rd. There was no doubt that his jumping has got worse this season than last, and therefore in a sense this fall wasn’t a surprise. 0
P Brain Power pushed along to make a start and again after 1st, rear, mistake 4th and pushed along again, ridden and struggling 5th, lost place approaching 3 out, was tailing off when pulled up before 2 out. Even allowing for his being a 33/1 chance, this isn’t the same Brain Power who won the International or who won the handicap hurdle at Ascot in December 2016, essentially taking little interest. 0

OLBG MARES’ HURDLE (REGISTERED AS THE DAVID NICHOLSON MARES’ HURDLE) (GRADE 1) (1)
1 Roksana midfield, raced outer, switched inner by 3rd, headway and prominent at the top of the hill, switched wide nearing 3 out, every chance, niggled along approaching 2 out, hard ridden after it, still a chance home turn, hard ridden, stayed on into 2nd, put under strong pressure and unable to go with Benie Des Dieux approaching last, some 3 or 4 lengths 2nd when left clear in front by her fall, hard driven, all out, veered right (into the whip) 150 yards out, stayed on, went slightly left last 75 yards, always getting there but nothing to spare. 151
2 Stormy Ireland led, clear, ridden into 4th, not so far ahead 5th, moved 23 to 3 lengths ahead at the top of the hill, still moved comfortably enough approaching 2 out, headed there, pushed along, faded and also lost 2nd and 3rd home turn, hard ridden and kept on approaching last, stayed on and was taking back 3rd when left 2nd last, hard driven, stayed on, not reach Roksana, stuck to task. Sound effort from the front and didn’t fold up once headed, which it initially looked as though she might on the home turn. 149
3 Good Thyne Tara chased leader, reached for 2nd, chased clear leader 4th herself clear of the rest, closed up and herself not so far ahead of the rest 5th, ridden into 3 out, moved comfortably enough, niggled along approaching 2 out, every chance approaching home turn as chased Benie Des Dieux, hard ridden and faded a little off home turn, in 3rd when briefly left 2nd last then hampered by Benie Des Dieux’s fall, hard driven in 3rd, kept on under strong pressure but no impression on 1st and 2nd last 100 yards. 147
4 Lady Buttons held up, ridden into 3rd, niggled along towards rear before mistake 7th, pushed along at the top of the hill, made some ground approaching 3 out, pushed along in 6 lengths 4th approaching 2 out, mistake there, hard driven home turn, lost ground on those ahead, no impression when left well-held 4th last, driven out and faded up the hill, no more. 135
5 Slowmotion prominent to midfield, more midfield 4th, closer order and tracked leaders when ridden into 6th, niggled along, lost ground approaching 7th, more firmly pushed along, was under a strong ride and dropping back at the top of the hill, reminders approaching 3 out, no more and well back approaching 2 out, ridden and kept on past beaten ones approaching last, took 5th and stuck to task up the hill. A drop in class and a step up in trip looks the best thing for this one going forward. 132
6 Elimay midfield, in close to 2nd, niggled along away from 4th, reached for 5th and briefly pushed along, again pushed along after 6th, ridden after 7th, not going well in midfield to rear at the top of the hill, pushed along going to 3 out, hard ridden approaching 2 out, kept on a bit but no real impression, well back and left moderate 5th when pecked and slipped on landing last, lost places, kept on, took 6th close home, never a factor. 130
7 Cap Soleil held up rear, last 3rd, had made no places when niggled along after 7th, pushed along at the top of the hill, made a couple of places 3 out, stayed on past a few more and just about midfield 2 out but well held, well back home turn and under pressure, kept on from last, lost 6th close home, made no contribution. 129
8 Jester Jet tracked leaders, lost ground and midfield 7th, niggled along, ridden along and lost more places at the top of the hill, well held 3 out, in close to 2 out, ridden and no more home turn, well held when put under pressure approaching last, looked heavy-legged, no more up the hill. 126
9 Momella midfield, in close to 1st, some headway 5th, further ground wide and prominent when hit 6th, pushed along and lost place after 7th, looked held 3 out, put under pressure, no more from 2 out, tailed off last, eased off run-in. 118
10 Alletrix held up, took off too early 5th, had made no ground when pushed along at the top of the hill, became detached from rest approaching 3 out, pushed along and lost further ground approaching 2 out, well tailed off last, trailed in, made no contribution. 105
F Champayne Lady midfield, hit 1st, dropped rear 2nd, had made a little ground and travelled comfortably when fell 4th. 0
F Benie Des Dieux midfield, a little ground and prominent in chasing group 3rd, tracked leaders 7th, moved comfortably as loomed up 3 out, led 2 out, not off the bit to open up a 2-length lead home turn, pushed along approaching last, stayed on, was 4 lengths up and needed to be pushed along when fell last. In all probability she wouldn’t have gone that much further clear, and would have won by around 4 lengths. [155]
P Lackaneen Leader midfield, not fluent 2nd, nudged along after 7th, pushed along and lost place approaching 3 out, well held under a push after, eased off nearing 2 out, well tailed off when pulled up before last. 0
P Limini midfield, pecked on landing 1st, lost ground and rear when mistake 3rd, in last 3 4th, briefly niggled along 6th, had made no ground when niggled along wide approaching 3 out, pushed along away from it, no headway and well held when eased off approaching 2 out, well tailed off when eased to a walk and pulled up before last. 0

CLOSE BROTHERS NOVICES’ HANDICAP CHASE (LISTED RACE) (1)
1 A Plus Tard disputed lead, chased leader from 2nd, tracked leaders from 3rd, travelled comfortably approaching 3 out, chased leader approaching home turn, led starting the bend, led 2 lengths 2 out, shaken up and ran on to pull 8 lengths clear by last, pushed out and continued to run on to draw further clear up the hill, impressive. Couldn’t be faulted in any respect, and if he were mine his future would be over two miles to two and a half. 150
2 Tower Bridge prominent, mistake 4th and jockey one hand free, brushed 6th, shuffled back to midfield 7th, raced wide from 8th, niggled along approaching 13th, pushed along away from it, not well placed at the top of the hill in about 11th or 12th with 10 lengths to find, closed on those ahead approaching 3 out, pushed along away from it, stayed on well to pass a few approaching home turn and in contention for the places straightening, hard driven 2 out, stayed on, took 2nd last, hard driven, no chance with A Plus Tard but pulled clear of the 3rd. This didn’t go well after the first mile and he’s done well to get the runner-up spot – let’s go over three miles. 132
3 Ben Dundee tracked leaders, shuffled back and midfield after 3rd, short of room 12th, a little ground when ridden into 13th, prominent 3 out, pushed along after it, stayed on and chased 1st 2 home turn, pulled wide, ridden after 2 out with a chance of 2nd, a bit slow last and outpaced, driven and kept on, took 3rd last 150 yards, no impression on 2nd. 128
4 The Russian Doyen midfield early, headway to chase leader 3rd, briefly disputed lead 7th, ridden into 12th, disputed lead there, narrow advantage at the top of the hill going to 3 out, led approaching home turn but strongly challenged by A Plus Tard, hard ridden when nearly slipped up turning in, headed and readily outpaced, put under strong pressure, still a chance of 2nd last, driven and faded up the hill, was losing ground on the 3rd and being closed on by the 5th last 50 yards. A good run for a long way, bang there starting the turn for home. 124
5 Springtown Lake prominent, mistake 1st, chased leader 6th, steadied into 4 and and lost a bit of ground, keeping on when mistake 3 out, lost ground, hard ridden and looked held in 8th home turn, kept on a bit from 2 out, took 5th after last, no chance with those ahead. 122
6 Roaring Bull held up, pushed along and reminder after 2nd, headway and just about midfield 7th, was bumped bend before 8th and pushed along for a stride, niggled along after 10th, 11th and 12th, blundered badly 13th and came to a virtual standstill, pushed along at the top of the hill, ridden 3 out, effort and in contention for a place approaching home turn, couldn’t go on approaching 2 out, well held between last 2, tailed off last, driven and no more run-in. 118
7 Shady Operator prominent, losing a bit of ground when blundered 7th and pushed along for a stride, ridden into 8th and appeared to be struggling, ridden after 11th and 12th, hampered 13th and lost place, ridden along going down the hill to 3 out, pulled wide, looked held approaching home turn, pushed along and made no ground, well back 2 out, tailed off last. 115
8 Movewiththetimes prominent, not fluent 6th, mistake 9th, not fluent 10th and shuffled back to midfield, mistake 12th and vigorously ridden away from it, made a little ground before 13th, ridden away from it, not going well at the top of the hill and hard ridden, made a little ground going down the hill to 3 out, in contention under a ride approaching home turn, carried head to one side but kept on and half a chance of a place approaching 2 out, blundered there and couldn’t go on, soon well held, eased off nearing last, weakened up the hill and lost 2 places last 100 yards. 115
9 Huntsman Son midfield, shuffled back and midfield to rear 3rd, mistake 5th, badly hampered 6th, headway and midfield 8th, mistake 10th, further ground and prominent 11th, shuffled back and midfield 13th, made ground at the top of the hill and prominent starting downhill run to 3 out moving largely comfortably, pushed along 3 out, tracked leaders under a firm push home turn, pulled wide going to 2 out, hard driven, no impression approaching last, hung left, looked heavy-legged up the hill, weakened, no more. 115
10 Highway One O One led, in close to 6th and headed, led 8th, in close to 12th, ridden into 13th, headed and niggled along before mistake 3 out, hard ridden and lost place, well held when mistake 2 out, weakened further before and after last, no more, tailed off. Still bang there at the top of the hill, a better run than his finishing position after he was made a lot of use of. 109
11 Red Indian midfield, blundered 3rd and pushed along away from it, headway and prominent 6th, mistake 9th, lost ground and ridden along 10th, held place under a ride 12th but probably going worst of the leading group at that point, hard ridden and couldn’t stay with them at the top of the hill, dropped back through field, weakened further and tailed off home turn, trailed in. Used a bit of energy to get back in the leading group after an early blunder and that did for him. 101
F Riders Onthe Storm held up, keen, headway and midfield when hit 3rd, fell 6th. 0
P Walt started wide, close up, lost ground and midfield 5th, was bumped in the air 6th, reached for 7th and was bumped for a second time, rear 8th, pushed along 9th, losing further ground when pulled up before 11th. Getting anything but the rub of the green from an early stage, it might be the best thing to put a line through this run. 0
P Lough Derg Spirit towards rear, raced outer, passed a couple and just about midfield 4th, lost ground and rear when slightly hampered 7th, last when awkward jump 11th, detached 12th, tailed off when pulled up after 13th. 0
P Solomn Grundy held up, jumped a bit sideways 1st, windy jump 3rd, slightly hampered 6th, struggling under a push 11th, lost ground and detached last 12th, tailed off when pulled up after 13th. 0
P Dell Oro midfield, was bumped in the air jumping 4th, niggled along after 5th, mistake 6th, pushed along before mistake 7th, rear after, tailing off when pulled up before 11th. 0
P Good Man Pat midfield on inner, mistakes 8th, 9th and 11th, hit 12th, mistake 13th, lost place and rear under a push at the top of the hill, detached from main group and struggling 3 out, weakened, tailed off home turn, pulled up before 2 out. 0
P Cubomania midfield, not fluent 4th, headway on inner and prominent 6th, hit 11th, short of room 13th and niggled away from it, ridden along after 3 out, no room between horses and badly squeezed approaching home turn, pulled wide and couldn’t stay on approaching 2 out, weakened, well held there, eased off and pulled up before last. 0
P Quamino midfield to rear, shuffled back and rear 6th, passed a couple before hit 8th, not much headway before 13th, niggled along away from it, made no ground before not fluent 3 out, detached from main group in rear and weakening under a push, eased off nearing home turn, tailed off when pulled up before 2 out. 0
P Militarian midfield, ridden into 2nd and 3rd, mistake 4th and ridden along away from it, mistakes 5th and 6th, briefly pushed along away from 7th, losing place when blundered 8th, rear and struggling 10th, taken wide and kept on a bit going down the hill to 3 out, not fluent there, driven and little response approaching home turn, weakened, tailed off when pulled up before 2 out. 0

NATIONAL HUNT CHALLENGE CUP AMATEUR RIDERS’ NOVICES’ CHASE (GRADE 2) (1)
1 Le Breuil midfield, tended to jump left, headway racing wide and prominent 15th, took off on the wrong leg 19th, tracked leaders 20th, niggled along approaching 21st and chased leader from that point, hard ridden and reminder on downhill run to 3 out, stayed on under a ride and led home turn, the better jump 2 out, hard driven, headed last, put under strong pressure, rallied, led 150 yards out, found the most in a driving finish. 141
2 Discorama held up, occasionally jumped right, guessy jumps 2nd and 3rd, mistake 8th, started a move and going into midfield when hampered 17th, very good ground going comfortably 18th and attached himself to leading group, mistake 20th, in close to 22nd and ridden along away from it, headway wide going better on downhill run to 3 out, travelled best as disputed lead approaching home turn, ridden along home turn, within half a length 2 out, hard ridden, every chance when the better jump last and led slightly, hard driven, lugged left, headed 150 yards out, one pace under strong pressure last 100 yards. Jumping needs work and there’s a suspicion that he might not find the necessary under pressure, but there’s a staying chaser in there. 141
3 Jerrysback midfield, windy jump 12th, midfield on inner when as-good-as-brought down 14th, jockey lost irons and lost place/rear 15th, swerved to avoid faller 18th, moved comfortably and made gradual ground to get in touch with rear of leading group from 18th to 22nd, niggled along at the top of the hill, further ground going comfortably and disputed lead when pecked on landing 3 out, pushed along approaching home turn, hard ridden and got very tired very quickly approaching 2 out, barely clambered over it and stumbled on landing, ridden and kept on for poor 3rd up the hill, tailed off. It didn’t look as though he was working that hard to get back into contention after he was hampered at the 17th, but it took a toll eventually and he went from going close to empty and out on his feet in strides on the home turn. 94
4 Clondaw Cian held up, right cheekpiece came off a few yards after 4th, a little headway 14th but taken back, rear when mistake 17th then badly hampered by fallers, ridden along briefly straight after, detached last when mistake 18th, jumped right 19th, tried to pass a couple 22nd then lost place after and couldn’t go with rest of the field, detached last and tailing off 3 out, no more, tailed off 2 out, made no contribution. 93
F Atlanta Ablaze midfield, mistake 7th, closer order and just about prominent 12th, badly hampered and lucky not to get brought down 18th, switched wide 20th, not fluent 21st, chased leader with a good jump 22nd, every chance travelling comfortably going down the hill to 3 out, arguably moved best approaching home turn, niggled along turning in, soon more firmly pushed along, just beginning to get outpaced when fell heavily 2 out. The win-chance was just beginning to disappear, but he’d probably have finished some 15 lengths 3rd. if he’d stood up – what is for sure is that it was a good run, and if showing no ill-effects next season, he might win a good handicap chase. [119]
F Johanos held up, mistakes 6th and 7th, caught a bump on landing 14th, passed a couple and headway going comfortably into midfield bend before 15th, mistake 16th, fell 17th. His 100/1 SP suggested nothing much was expected, but he’d moved smoothly into midfield and looking likely to take closer order still at the time of his fall. 0
F Beyond The Law midfield, raced with low head carriage and took a hold, pulled his way forward to chase leader when hit 3rd, led and jumped left 4th, fell 9th. 0
F Just Your Type went on, headed 4th, in close to 7th, shuffled back but remained prominent 9th, ridden into 11th, made ground and chased leader 12th, left in lead 14th, ridden into 17th, niggled along after 22nd, ridden into 3 out, swamped by challengers on all sides, soon headed, weakened approaching home turn, put under pressure, well held turning in, weakened further, tailed off when fell last. 0
F Mulcahys Hill reluctant to start when the tape was released and needed a deal of stoking up to get going, gave the rest 2 lengths’ start, quickly sent up into midfield by 2nd racing wide, prominent when ridden into 4th, tracked leaders going to 12th, mistake 19th, ridden into 22nd, hard ridden at the top of the hill, lost place going to 3 out, well held and tailing off approaching home turn, fell 2 out. 0
F Whisperinthebreeze chased leader, took off too early 7th, left in clear lead 9th, mistakes 10th and 13th, fell 14th. 0
F Ballyward held up, mistake and pecked on landing 5th, headway and midfield when fell 17th. 0
F Gun Digger disputed lead, jumped slightly right 2nd, was bumped 3rd, shuffled back and tracked leaders from 4th, left chasing clear leader 9th, soon shuffled back and reverted to tracking leaders, left chasing leader 14th, fell 18th. 0
P Ok Corral midfield to rear, mistake 1st, jumped big 2nd, a bit slow 9th, headway and just about midfield 11th, dived at 14th, shuffled back and rear 15th, mistake then nearly brought down 17th, beginning to struggle when slow 18th then swerved to avoid faller, detached from main group when mistake 20th and pushed along, well held 3 out, eased down, tailed off when pulled up before 2 out. 0
P Impulsive Star prominent, ridden into 3rd, shuffled back and midfield 8th, mistake 9th, headway and prominent again when as-good-as-brought down 14th, ridden into and mistake 19th, pushed along and lost place/midfield when blundered 20th, rear and struggling under a ride 21st, tailed off when pulled up and eased to a walk before 22nd. 0
P Plantagenet held up, briefly pushed along after 7th, ridden into and windy jump 8th, hard ridden and reminder after 11th, again niggled along after 14th, headway wide and midfield 15th, reminder after 16th, pushed along and lost place 21st, soon in rear, weakened further under a push after 22nd, tailed off when pulled up before 3 out. 0
P Chef Des Obeaux midfield, blundered 6th, pushed along 7th, pushed along again away from 16th, jockey at work when as-good-as-brought down 17th, pulled up immediately. 0
P Warthog prominent to midfield, mistake 12th, a little headway and prominent 17th, mistake 18th then as-good-as-brought down, made ground and back on terms 20th, pushed along 21st, weakening and dropping back through field when jumped slowly 22nd, pulled up immediately. 0
U Skipthecuddles prominent to midfield, more midfield when took off too early and unseated rider 4th. 0

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BALLYMORE NOVICES’ HURDLE (GRADE 1) (REGISTERED AS THE BARING BINGHAM) (1)
1 City Island midfield, keen, shuffled back and midfield to rear when mistake 4th, headway approaching 6th wide and midfield, briefly niggled along 7th, prominent when switched inside rivals approaching 3 out, pushed along and short of room when had to force a gap between horses to make ground approaching 2 out, moved more comfortably nearing it, disputed lead when travelled best home turn, shaken up, hard ridden in slight lead approaching last, hard driven run-in, edged right, drew clear last 175 yards, workmanlike but in the end decisive. 153
2 Champ midfield, headway 2nd, dived at 3rd, further ground and prominent when dived at 4th, ridden into 6th, niggled along going down the hill to 3 out, angled out for a clear sight at it, travelled better as tracked leaders approaching 2 out, arguably travelled best as pulled clear with City Island home turn, soon pushed along, ridden and one pace approaching last, hard driven as winner asserted, no extra last 175 yards, stuck to task till eased when safe in 2nd last couple of strides. 151
3 Bright Forecast midfield, a bit slow 1st and 2nd, shuffled back and rear 3rd, niggled along after it, a little ground when mistake 6th, mistake 7th, headway wide and midfield at the top of the hill, a bit slow 3 out and pushed along away from it, outpaced going to 2 out, hard ridden and a bit to do 2 out, stayed on home turn, closed on leaders approaching last, hard driven, effort last 175 yards, went 3rd close home and was closing on the 2nd last 50 yards, no impression on winner. Lots of potential here, but needs to learn to jump and could also do with 3m. 149
4 Brewin’upastorm held up, mistakes 4th and 5th, headway and just about midfield 6th, started a move at the top of the hill and closed on those ahead, quick headway approaching 3 out and tracked leaders, moved comfortably approaching 2 out, every chance, in close to it and pushed along, tracked leaders home turn but not going as well as 1st 2, hard ridden and outpaced approaching last, lugged left, went further left nearing last, hard driven, kept on, lost ground on 1st 2 and lost 3rd last 75 yards. Arguably made up ground too quickly from the top of the hill to the third last, but potential for the future here. 147
5 Sams Profile prominent to midfield, slow 1st and midfield, raced with low head carriage, slightly closer order 5th, ridden into 6th, headway and prominent approaching 7th, tracked leaders going comfortably approaching 3 out, moved largely comfortably when was bumped by City Island approaching 2 out, every chance when mistake and lost hind legs on landing, hard ridden and outpaced home turn, well held when reminder approaching last, no more up the hill, lost ground on those ahead and was being closed on by the 6th last 50 yards. One who may well prove a bit better than he’s done on the day here, done no favours when involved in a barging match with City Island approaching the second last, then the mistake there. 138
6 Galvin held up rear, blundered badly 6th, started a move after 7th and midfield creeping closer at the top of the hill, moved largely comfortably till mistake 3 out, pushed along, outpaced going to 2 out, looked held under a ride home turn, no more approaching last, kept on a bit run-in but unable to get 5th. 138
7 Seddon chased leader, narrow advantage 2nd, definite lead 3rd, ridden into and mistake 7th, not so far ahead at the top of the hill, niggled along disputing lead approaching 2 out, headed nearing it, weakened approaching home turn, well held approaching last and weakened further looking heavy-legged, no more. 127
8 Easy Game held up rear, a little ground and just about midfield after 2nd, not fluent 3rd, losing ground when mistake 7th, niggled along towards rear at the top of the hill, struggling when in a bit of a heap 3 out, pushed along and kept on a bit going to 2 out, all over the place there, well held home turn, no more going to last, well back last 175 yards, rather nursed home. 126
9 Jarveys Plate held up, niggled along away from 1st, in close to 4th, some ground and midfield, not fluent 5th and pushed along away from it, ridden into 6th, not fluent 7th, pushed along, lost place and towards rear at the top of the hill, couldn’t go with leaders from 3 out, ridden and no impression going to 2 out, well back last, kept on under a hand ride up the hill, passed one and was doing a bit of late work. Outclassed, but had a bit to give at the end. 125
10 Ask Dillon held up, slow 1st/dropped rear/niggled along away from it, went right 2nd and already struggling in slightly detached last, mistake 4th, slow 6th, pushed along and headway into midfield wide from the top of the hill to 3 out, no further progress going to 2 out and looked well held jumping, no more from last, tailed off. 124
11 Valdieu with leaders, wide early, chased leader from 2nd, ridden into 5th, led 7th, moved comfoprtably when joined up front going to 3 out, mistake there, not shaken up immediately after it, nudged along going to 2 out, ridden and quickly outpaced on landing, weakened quickly, looked heavy-legged when mistake last, lost further ground, tailed off. 110
12 Notebook prominent, a little keen, lost ground and midfield 5th, nudged along after 7th, more firmly pushed along approaching 3 out, struggling after it, lost ground under a ride and looked well held approaching 2 out, tailed off approaching last, allowed to complete in own time, trailed in. 102
P Battleoverdoyen midfield, mistake 2nd, nudged along going to 4th, niggled along away from it, niggled again approaching 6th, hard ridden and going worst of the field at the top of the hill, reminder and no headway after 3 out, well held under a ride going to 2 out, lost further ground approaching home turn, tailed off when pulled up before last. 0
P Beakstown with leaders, blundered 1st, jumped slightly left 2nd, shuffled back a little approaching 3rd but remained prominent, headway and tracked leaders approaching 6th, ridden into 7th, pushed along at the top of the hill, still half a chance 3 out, pushed along and weakened approaching 2 out, well held jumping, weakened further and tailed off home turn, eased off and pulled up before last. 0
P Dunvegan prominent, went slightly left 2nd, keen, tracked leaders bend before 3rd, shuffled back a little 5th but remained prominent, pushed along on inner and lost place at the top of the hill, well held when eased down before mistake 3 out, tailed off approaching 2 out, pulled up before last. 0
P Castlebawn West midfield, raced inner, losing ground and more towards rear when blundered 5th, ridden into 6th, nudged along in rear 7th, last/struggling and pushed along at the top of the hill, well held when blundered 3 out, left alone, soon tailed off, allowed to jump 2 out in his own time, pulled up before last. 0

RSA INSURANCE NOVICES’ CHASE (GRADE 1) (1)
1 Topofthegame midfield, ridden into and in close to 10th, ridden into 15th, closer order approaching 16th, further ground and poised in rear of leading group going down the hill to 3 out, moved comfortably as tracked leaders home turn, asked for a jump 2 out, every chance upsides leaders under a push sapproaching last, led on landing, hard driven, stayed on well, ridden out, always holding on. Straightforward performance, glided through the race and made jumping fences look easy. 149
2 Santini prominent, ridden into 1st, mistake 3rd, closer order and disputing 2nd when mistake 14th, every chance after 4 out, pushed along at the top of the hill, at most half a length down approaching home turn, pushed along, hard ridden and not going best turning in, ridden into and led 2 out, put under pressure, headed by Topofthegame last, hard driven, 1st 2 pulled clear up the hill, changed legs 150 yards out, no extra final 100 yards, stuck to task. Gave the impression here that the further he goes, the better he’ll be; jumping needs to improve a bit in his second season’s chasing. 149
3 Delta Work prominent to midfield, mistake 2nd, blundered 5th and midfield, making ground when hit 9th, hit 11th, headway and prominent 13th, further ground to chase leader 15th and moved well, mistake 16th, led 3 out, along with the majority took a middle-to-outer route approaching home turn, travelled much the best as led a neck turning in, steadied into and headed 2 out, shaken up, stayed on and still a chance last, hard driven, pulled wide of rivals 175 yards out, stayed on and closed on 1st 2 a little till no extra last 100 yards. After a succession of mistakes, it was to his credit that he moved like a floaty coffee to the front at the third last, only for his errors to finally take their toll at the next; he still came back a bit at the first two just after the last. Kemboy is the one to beat but if there’s a 2020 Gold Cup winner in this RSA, it’s this one. 147
4 Mister Malarky held up, nudged along after 2nd, ridden into 5th, headway and midfield when ridden into 6th, lost ground and towards rear 11th, ridden into 12th, made ground and back in midfield when ridden into 15th, pushed along after 16th, worked his way into leading group approaching 3 out, hard ridden and going worst of that group approaching home turn, couldn’t go on approaching 2 out, got tired approaching last, well back when ridden out up the hill, kept on and just held 4th, Never on the bit, this one’s sure to turn out a stayer – the Midlands Grand National is a suitable long-term target. 131
5 Mortal held up, overjumped and pecked a little on landing 1st, not fluent 5th and 11th, nudged along going to 12th, ridden into 16th, midfield when niggled along at the top of the hill, good headway on inner and prominent approaching 3 out moving comfortably enough, within 2 lengths jumping it, soon pushed along, was the only one to stay near the inside rail approaching and rounding home turn while the rest went middle-to-outer, effectively cut the corner and disputed lead approaching 2 out, hard ridden and outpaced between last 2, well held last, driven and weakened, lost 4th up the hill, kept on a bit late. Rachael Blackmore’s enterprising move on the home turn presented Mortal with a chance but he soon weakened between the last two, and he could be flattered by his proximity to the first three. 130
6 Drovers Lane prominent, taken back and midfield by 3rd, windy jump 5th, lost place and niggled along in rear 6th, headway and midfield 11th, mistake 12th, ridden into 13th and made ground to chase leader going to 14th, mistake there, niggled along at the top of the hill, had a chance 3 out, moved comfortably till pushed along starting home turn, lost place once in line for home, weakened further going to last, no more. Unlike when successful at Cheltenham in December he couldn’t get to the front, and that now looks important to him. 128
7 Count Meribel held up, headway and midfield 6th, in close to 7th and stumbled on landing, dropped to rear of the main group 10th, mistake 12th, niggled along approaching 13th, pushed along at the top of the hill, some 8 to 10 lengths down on leader approaching 3 out, made ground and not yet done with jumping it, ridden and kept on approaching home turn, no extra home turn, beaten and losing ground when mistake 2 out, blundered last when well back, no more under a ride up the hill. Ran as well as could be expected and might make his presence felt in Class 2 handicap chases in 2019/20; won’t mind a drop in trip to around 2m4f. 122
8 Now McGinty prominent, flat-backed jump 3rd, headway to chase leader approaching 8th, nudged along 11th, ridden into 12th and 13th, nudged along going to 14th, dropped to midfeld and more firmly pushed along going to 15th, dropped to rear by 16th and struggling, detached and well back going down the hill to 3 out, well back 2 out, no more from between last 2. 121
F Top Ville Ben chased leader, a little keen, led briefly 3rd, ridden into 5th, fell heavily 6th. 0
P Drinks Interval led in start, started last, soon nudged along, made quick ground before and after 3rd on outside of field to first chase leader then lead 4th, 3 lengths clear by 5th, ridden into 6th, was closed on when reached for 9th, steadied into 16th, niggled along at the top of the hill, headed 3 out, niggled along and lost place, dropped back through field, pushed along home turn but was already well back and tailing off, pulled up before last. 0
P The Worlds End led, headed 4th, slow 5th and lost ground, briefly pushed along, chased clear leader 7th, niggled along away from 12th, slow 13th and lost ground, briefly more firmly pushed along away from 14th, pushed along away from 16th, lost place and struggling at the top of the hill, lost further ground under a ride from 3 out, well back and weakening all the while approaching home turn, tailed off when pulled up before 2 out. 0
P On The Blind Side held up, nudged along after 1st, slow 4th and 5th, niggled along in rear before 6th where slow again, detached from remainder before 7th, had made no ground and if anything further back when appeared to take a false step on landing 9th, firmly pushed along 11th and made no ground, tailing off when pulled up after 12th. 0

CORAL CUP HANDICAP HURDLE (GRADE 3) (1)
1 William Henry held up, niggled along after 5th and 6th, headway and midfield before mistake 3 out and pushed along away from it, ridden 2 out with a bit to do, detached from leading group under a ride home turn, stayed on approaching last, hard driven up the hill, stayed on well last 175 yards, closed on Wicklow Brave, led last stride. 155
2 Wicklow Brave dropped out last, a little keen, still last and some 10 lengths off the leader at the top of the hill before 3 out, started a move on the bit and passed a few before 3 out, further ground between there and 2 out and midfield, at most nudged along approaching home turn, markedly improved position still basically on the bit and passed many to be with leaders turning in, shaken up approaching last and led, hard driven up the hill, stayed on but didn’t put it to bed, was closed on last 175 yards, headed by William Henry post. 157
3 Ballyandy prominent to midfield, made ground 5th, ridden into 6th and 7th, further ground going well and tracked leaders 3 out, nudged along approaching 2 out, moved better than most till shaken up home turn, hard ridden and stayed on to hold every chance approaching last, was half a length down jumping, put under pressure, stayed on, no extra last 125 yards, stuck to task and went down with honours. 151
4 Brio Conti midfield, headway 5th, largely prominent 7th, further ground and tracked leaders 3 out on the bit, travelled better than most home turn, led once in line for home but was quickly challenged by Wicklow Brave, headed nearing last, put under pressure starting up the hill, flattened out, lost ground on those ahead, kept on last 50 yards and held on to 4th. You knew how this was going to end up when he ended up in front going to the last – in an ideal world this one would be produced to lead halfway up the run-in. 148
5 Canardier held up towards rear, headway and just about midfield 4th, further ground 7th, noticeable ground past a few at the top of the hill before 3 out, niggled along approaching 2 out, closed on those ahead, niggled along home turn, soon more firmly shaken up, stayed on and held half a chance approaching last, hard driven, one pace up the hill, faded last few strides and was being closed on by the 6th. Good run, coming off the bit before a couple of the other principals. 142
6 Apple’s Shakira midfield, jumped a bit big 1st, a little keen, pushed along at the top of the hill, held place but by no means going as well as most of the leaders approaching 3 out, hard ridden immediately after it, stayed on a bit going to 2 out, hard ridden home turn, soon put under pressure, kept on but no impression on leaders nearing last, hard driven, carried head slightly to one side, looked held till kept on a bit and was closing on the 5th last few strides. Wasn’t going as well as several around at the top of the hill and wouldn’t be certain to reproduce this next time. 141
7 Uradel midfield, started a move approaching 3 out and closer order, moved well approaching 2 out, soon shaken up, stayed on under a ride approaching home turn, hard ridden and faded approaching last, hard driven, stayed on up the hill and closed on them a little till one pace last 75 yards. Tapped for pace at a crucial stage, maybe a longer trip is the answer over hurdles. 138
8 Bleu Berry held up, mistake 5th, started a move and passed a couple 7th, still most to pass at the top of the hill, good ground and midfield approaching 3 out, mot much room jumping, moved comfortably wide till mistake 2 out, pushed along, ridden and not going as well as one or two others but held a chance home turn, hard ridden and outpaced approaching last, put under pressure up the hill, faded last 175 yards, left alone final strides. 146
9 Tully East midfield, slightly closer order at the top of the hill, travelled well till badly squeezed on both sides on landing over 3 out, still moved comfortably till outpaced approaching 2 out, niggled along, lost place quickly home turn, well held under a ride approaching last, went left, stayed on under pressure up the hill, going on well at the finish. In view of his being exposed nowadays there has to be a query as to whether he’ll finish races as well as he did this one, but he was in a difficult position after what happened at the third last. 135
10 Lil Rockerfeller chased leader, not fluent 2nd, pushed along 5th, mistake 6th, pushed again, lost a few places before 3 out, ridden and stayed on before mistake 2 out, hard ridden home turn, kept on approaching last, weakened last 200 yards, no more. 144
11 Cracking Smart tracked leaders, in close to 1st, shuffled back soon after but remained largely prominent, closer order 5th and tracked leaders approaching 6th, chased leader 3 out, effort and led approaching 2 out, jumped left there, shaken up, hard ridden home turn, put under pressure, headed approaching last, faded nearing it, weakened further last 175 yards. 144
12 Oscar Knight held up, niggled along in rear after 4th and 5th, struggling when mistake 7th, hard ridden in rear, passed a few under a ride approaching 2 out, put under pressure home turn, well held approaching last, going on a bit last 100 yards, nearest finish. Didn’t apply himself. 126
13 Knight In Dubai prominent to midfield early, midfield 2nd, closer order and prominent to midfield 4th, good ground after 7th, passed all rivals and led going down the hill to 3 out, dived at it, nudged along approaching 2 out, went left and joined jumping, hard ridden, headed home turn, weakened under a ride approaching last, well held jumping, no more up the hill. 132
14 Scarpeta midfield, taken back and more towards rear 3rd, mistakes 6th and 7th, raced wide and headway going down the hill to 3 out, midfield jumping, came under a ride immediately after, ridden home turn, kept on a little but no impression on those ahead approaching last, no more last 50 yards. 143
15 Burbank prominent to midfield, a little keen, midfield 5th, moved comfortably enough after 7th racing wide, headway going down the hill to 3 out, pushed along after it, hard ridden after 2 out, well held under pressure approaching last, no more up the hill. 130
16 Calie Du Mesnil tracked leaders, niggled along and lost ground approaching 5th, remained largely prominent, niggled along going down the hill to 3 out where mistake, close enough approaching 2 out, short of room and mistake, hard ridden, weakened home turn, well held approaching last, blundered, no more. 117
17 Highest Sun midfield, niggled along approaching 5th, lost ground when mistake 7th, pushed along at the top of the hill, in rear under a push after 3 out, well back home turn, no more after last. 122
18 Vision Des Flos midfield, a little keen, mistake 2nd, bumped rival and rider momentarily unbalanced, closer order and prominent 4th, not fluent 6th, moved comfortably enough going down the hill to 3 out, niggled along nearing it, effort on inner and closed on those ahead approaching 2 out, hard ridden after it, weakened quickly, dropped away, well held and left alone approaching last, allowed to drop further back, no more. 130
19 Killultagh Vic held up, mistake 2nd, went right 3rd, jumped big 4th, niggled along 5th, more firmly ridden 6th, raced widest of all before in close to 7th, in last pair at the top of the hill, mistake 3 out, lost place and detached approaching 2 out, allowed to drop away approaching home turn, tailed off last, trailed in, made no contribution. 103
P Erick Le Rouge prominent, shuffled back a little but still largely prominent 3rd, niggled along from 5th, more firmly pushed along from 6th, losing place and midfield when mistake 7th, dropped rear going down the hill to 3 out, lost further ground and tailing off 2 out, eased right off and pulled up before last. 0
P Monbeg Theatre led, a little way clear 2nd, not so far ahead 5th, still led at the top of the hill, pushed along going down the hill to 3 out, not fluent, headed approaching 2 out, lost place and well held home turn, losing further ground when eased down and pulled up before last. 0
P Diamond Cauchois rear, niggled along away from 4th, pushed along turn into back straight, dropped away, tailed off when pulled up after 5th. 0
P Dancing On My Own midfield, keen, slow 1st, was bumped 2nd, headway and chased leader from 3rd, went left 7th, moved comfortably going down the hill till blundered, momentarily lost footing and bumped rival 3 out, lost place quickly, allowed to drop away by 2 out, eased down home turn, tailing off when pulled up before last. A possible hard luck-story even though he’d been close to the pace for a long time, going well enough when messing up at the third last. 1
P Eragon De Chanay chased leader, shuffled back a little when mistake 3rd, tracked leaders 4th, niggled along after 5th, ridden into 6th, mistake 7th and pushed along away from it, held prominent position till slightly hampered 3 out, lost place from there to 2 out, ridden, dropped rear, eased off, tailing off when pulled up before last. 0
P Farclas midfield to rear, some headway on inner and midfield 4th, ridden into 5th and 6th, mistake 7th and niggled along away from it, lost ground going down the hill to 3 out, hard ridden from there to 2 out, made no ground, eased down home turn, pulled up before last. 0

BETWAY QUEEN MOTHER CHAMPION CHASE (GRADE 1) (1)
1 Altior chased clear leader Saint Calvados, himself well clear of the rest, raced with low head carriage after 2nd, mistake 7th (water), ridden into 8th, niggled along approaching 9th, ridden into 10th, moved upsides leader at the top of the hill, pace rather collapsed and field clustered up, still a length down 3 out, niggled along, no ttravelling best home turn, pushed along and led turning in, steadied into 2 out and was strongly challenged by Sceau Royal, hard driven and didn’t look the winner approaching last, didn’t get the best jump, hard driven, started to stay on, bumped rival, led 175 yards out, stayed on strongly under pressure to pull clear last 100 yards. This is what has become the usual, and a step up in trip is now long overdue. 164
2 Politologue prominent in chasing group, brushed 2nd, shuffled back and midfield 6th, closed up 8th, made ground to close on 1st 2 9th, ridden into and reached for 10th, niggled along at the top of the hill, tracked Altior as field clustered up approaching 3 out, moved upsides and briefly looked to be going better than Altior home turn, every chance 2 out, ridden, every chance last, hard driven, stayed on well, outpaced as Altior asserted last 150 yards, no extra close home. Literally did as well as he could have done. 162
3 Sceau Royal head of chasing group, lost 3rd but closed up 10th as field started to group up, tracked leaders going down the hill to 3 out, moved comfortably, arguably travelled best home turn as tracked Altior no more than a length down, drew upsides with the better jump 2 out, shaken up, the better jump and led last, hard driven, was bumped, headed 150 yards out, driven, no extra, lost ground on 1st 2 last 100 yards, stuck to task. Gave his all but, on ground a little on the soft side for him, was beaten by Altior who definitely will be suited by further, and Politologue, who we already know is best at around 2m4f. 161
4 Hell’s Kitchen held up rear, keen, ridden into 6th. was some 7 lengths off leader in rear of leading group when reached for 3 out, niggled along approaching home turn, ridden along straightening, came wide and stayed on from 2 out, in 4th last, faded, hard ridden, kept on up the hill, no impression on 1st 3. This looked a waste of an entry beforehand but fair play, he’s taken his form to another level – at the same time giving the impression that he’d do better over 2m4f. 155
5 Min towards head of chasing group, a little keen, in close to 2nd, slow 10th and lost ground, midfield, close enough 3 out, moved comfortably and had plenty of cover approaching home turn, niggled along, outpaced going to 2 out, ridden and no extra going to last, just kept on. Just about everything you might expect from Min was missing from this performance – didn’t travel or jump with his usual fluency, and as a result wasn’t well placed on the home turn. 153
6 Castlegrace Paddy midfield, a little keen, travelled comfortably but a bit to do in 6 lengths 7th going down the hill to 3 out, ridden into it, niggled along home turn, closed on leaders and some 3 lengths down and with a chance jumping 2 out, switched wide, unable to find more and left alone nearing last, lost groudnd on those ahead up the hill. Most logical conclusion is that he didn’t see it out with the uphill finish, after he looked on for a better finish than this ended up turning for home. 145
7 Saint Calvados led, clear, slowed up 2nd, ridden into 3rd, ridden into 5th, niggled along as Altior closed on him going to 10th, pace rather collapsed at the top of the hill and field clustered up, not so far ahead going down the hill to 3 out, niggled along, led a length jumping 3 out, pushed along home turn and was swamped as the principals went by, jumped 2 out in 5 lengths 6th and weakening, all done between last 2, mistake last when losing further ground, no more. 140
8 Ordinary World held up, niggled along in 12 to 15 lengths last approaching 5th, struggling and looked to be tailing off 8th, was the only one not in contention as field clustered up at the top of the hill, mistake 3 out, not hard ridden and situation accepted approaching home turn, allowed to complete in own time, tailed off after last. 130
P God’s Own held up, niggled along away from 5th, midfield 6th, ridden into 8th and 10th, made ground at the top of the hill, tracked leaders as field clustered up approaching 3 out, moved comfortably enough though nudged along approaching home turn, ridden off home turn and couldn’t go with them nearing 2 out, had begun to look held when abruptly pulled up before last. Would have been beaten between 8 and 12 lengths. [152]

GLENFARCLAS CHASE (A CROSS COUNTRY CHASE) (2)
1 Tiger Roll prominent to midfield, shuffled back and midfield 2nd, niggled along briefly after 2nd and 3rd, closer order 7th, prominent 17th, made ground to chase leader 22nd, went wide at the divided birch fence (26th), disputed lead going well 28th to 29th, led 3 out and soon clear without being asked a serious question, on the bit 2 out, nudged along home turn, drew further clear, impressive. Seeing is believing, and with the right horses in 2nd and 3rd and you can’t say they didn’t give their running, this can’t be anything else other than a massive career-best. 164
2 Josies Orders chased leader very early, shuffled back and prominent to midfield 2nd, ridden into 9th (Timber Rails) and briefly pushed along after it, briefly niggled along before 17th, pushed along 22nd, closer order approaching 23rd, ridden and looked reluctant with head to one side approaching 25th, hard at work approaching 27th but kept on a bit, outpaced 28th, well held under a ride 3 out, began to stay on from home turn, challenged for distant 2nd after last, hard ridden and took the place up the hill, no chance with Tiger Roll. Needed some persuasion to get where he got and gave the impression that he didn’t want to know early in the last mile. 142
3 Urgent De Gregaine held up, headway into midfield 5th, shuffled back when slow 7th and back towards rear, not fluent 24th, good ground going comfortably and midfield 25th, further good ground to track leaders 27th, mistake 3 out, moved into 2nd 2 out, soon pushed along, some 10 to 12 lengths down on Tiger Roll home turn, no impression going to last, lost 2nd soon after it, kept on. 141
4 Ballycasey prominent, tracked leaders 9th (Timber Rails), bunny-hopped dismount from the first bank (13th), moved comfortably till pushed along and struggled to stay with 1st 2 29th, hard ridden in well-held 3rd 2 out, lost the place and short of room last, kept on up the hill but no further impression. 139
5 Jarob midfield, raced with high head carriage, mistake 4th and rider briefly lost iron, mistake 10th (Rail Hedge), mistake 21st and briefly niggled, niggled along 24th, kept on from 2 out, closed on those ahead approaching last where not fluent, no more up the hill under pressure. Didn’t really take to the course, several errors on the way round. 134
6 Kingswell Theatre led, clear 2nd, not so far ahead when niggled along approaching 23rd, headed 28th, ridden and struggling to stay with Tiger Roll when not fluent 3 out, weakened from 2 out, well back last, no more, tailed off, eased off last 100 yards. 125
7 Vyta Du Roc midfield, niggled along 13th (Bank first time) and again 18th, dropped rear and more firmly ridden along from 19th, struggling in last pair after 22nd, mistake 23rd, tailed off 26th, passed a couple of stragglers 3 out, no more. 115
8 Fact Of The Matter chased leader, lost a little ground 22nd, still remained largely prominent but pushed along 23rd, lost place and midfield when mistake 27th (Aintree), well held 3 out, tailed off under a ride home turn, tired jump last, no more. 105
9 Aubusson tracked leaders early, lost ground and midfield 13th, pushed along and struggling approaching 23rd, tailed off 27th, last over last, trailed in. 104
10 Amazing Comedy held up, mistake 5th, made good ground from 12th and prominent to midfield 17th, lost ground when niggled along in midfield before mistake 27th, lost further ground and tailed off 3 out, left alone approaching last, trailed in. 101
P Auvergnat with leaders early, lost ground and midfield when mistake 17th, niggled along 20th, dropped back further when niggled along after 23rd, tailing off when pulled up after 25th. 0
P Ultragold midfield, mistake 7th, niggled along 16th, struggling in last pair after 22nd, pulled up after 25th. 0
P Devils Bride held up last and slightly detached, niggled along after 3rd, passed a couple 6th, dropped to last 15th, quickly weakened, pulled up before 17th. 0
P Bless The Wings midfield, lost ground and towards rear 10th, mistake 21st and dropped further back, soon weakened, tailing off when pulled up after 22nd. 0
U Tea For Two held up, a little headway and midfield when overjumped and unseated rider 21st. Was just beginning to creep forward at the time. 0

BOODLES JUVENILE HANDICAP HURDLE (REGISTERED AS THE FRED WINTER) (GRADE 3) (1)
1 Band Of Outlaws held up, a little ground and just about midfield approaching 2nd, steadily closed on leaders approaching 4th, in close to 3 out, effort delayed and plenty of cover approaching 2 out, got a split nearing it, further ground and tracked leaders home turn, travelled much the best, forced to switch from middle to outer when run blocked approaching last, pushed along, effort and challenged last, hard ridden, lugged left, stayed on well, led 175 yards out, stayed on strongly to pull clear last 100 yards, decisive in the end. This could possibly be marked up a bit on account of his having to switch approaching the last, and interesting to see where he goes from here. 132
2 Coko Beach midfield, slightly short of room on landing 2nd, briefly niggled along before and after 5th, closer order at the top of the hill and prominent, pushed along after 3 out, effort and every chance 2 out, mistake, hard ridden, chased new leader home turn, put under pressure, stayed on, every chance approaching last, led a neck on landing, headed 175 yards out, outpaced as winner asserted, kept on. Good run, on and off the bridle in the last six or seven furlongs of the race – wouldn’t be a surprise if he tries further at some stage. 125
3 Ciel De Neige held up rear, a little headway 3rd, further ground and midfield when in close to 5th, closed on leaders going down the hill to 3 out, effort delayed between there and 2 out, pushed along approaching home turn, stayed on straightening, closed noticeably on leaders approaching last, half a chance jumping, put under pressure, one pace last 150 yards, kept on though no impression on 1st 2 in final 100 yards. 121
4 King D’argent held up rear, keen, a little ground wide 3rd, mistake 4th, further headway and midfield going down the hill to 3 out, further ground to be just about prominent and yet to be shaken up approaching 2 out, pushed along starting home turn, steered to middle/inner, put under pressure and stayed on, half a chance last, one pace under pressure up the hill, stuck to task to get 4th close home, no impression on 1st 3. 116
5 Fanfan Du Seuil held up, hit 1st, some ground and just about midfield 3rd, mistake 4th, nudged along at the top of the hill, closed on leaders approaching 3 out, mistake, niggled along approaching 2 out, half a chance jumping, pushed along approaching home turn, ridden, taken fairly wide straightening, wandered approaching last, switched, no impression under a ride, kept on under pressure last 100 yards and made a place close home, no impression on those ahead. 122
6 Praeceps prominent, a little keen, tracked leaders 5th, moved well going down the hill to 3 out, led there, pushed along after 2 out, ridden and stayed on coming off home turn, heaed approaching last, still every chancne jumping, ridden and faded last 175 yards, lost ground and places up the hill, no more. Had little left for the finish after doing too much through the race, leading going well 3 out and hard ridden from the home turn – as such maybe this could be marked up a little. 115
7 Naturelle held up, in last pair 3rd, mistakes 4th and 5th, hadn’t made much if any ground when hampered and got no run at the top of the hill, niggled along, still behind a wall of horses approaching 2 out, hard ridden after it in midfield, effort once in line for home under a ride, kept on a bit approaching last though some 10 to 12 lengths back jumping and no chance of getting a place, hard ridden up the hill, stayed on well last 75 yards and made places, was closing on those ahead at the post. Has done okay after a troubled passage through the race. 120
8 Got Trumped midfield, shuffled back a little at the top of the hill, plenty to do 3 out, pushed along, made ground approaching 2 out, shaken up after it, effort and made ground on those ahead whilst at the same time taken from inner/middle to middle/outer approaching last, no further impression nearing it, ridden and no more run-in. 119
9 Our Power midfield to rear, mistake 2nd, lost ground and towards rear 3rd, niggled along 5th, had made little ground when mistake 3 out, pushed along, not much ground before 2 out, hard ridden, run blocked approaching home turn, ridden and outpaced straightening, kept on without making an impression approaching last, put under pressure, kept on though unable to make a place. 115
10 La Sorelita held up rear, mistake 4th, taken wide going down the hill and headway approaching 3 out, travelled comfortably as made headway into midfield approaching 2 out, niggled along after 2 out and more firmly shaken up approaching home turn, made no ground, ridden and outpaced approaching last, left alone nearing it, pushed along without being given a hard time run-in, no impression. This went well enough to the second last to think that another day, he’ll show himself better than this. 109
11 Star Max midfield, dived at 2nd, closer order when mistake 4th, mistake 5th, making little ground ahen mistake 3 out, niggled along, more firmly ridden after 2 out, no impression, well held coming off home turn, blundered last, put under pressure, kept on, no impression run-in, stuck to task. 109
12 Chief Justice held up, just about last when mistake 3rd, pushed along approaching next, detached last and struggling when mistake 5th, pushed along, made some ground approaching 3 out, pushed along and carried head high, a lot to do 2 out, ridden, got a split on the inner home turn and stayed on, closed on leaders approaching last, put under pressure, no further impression up the hill, left alone last 50 yards. Didn’t apply himself and there were a couple of mistakes. 116
13 Cracker Factory midfield, a bit more prominent 2nd, tracked leaders 5th, travelled comfortably and looked on for a frame-finish after 3 out, niggled along approaching 2 out, mistake there, pushed along, hard driven home turn and faded, looked held under a ride approaching last, dropped back, continued to lose ground after last. 115
14 Prabeni tracked leaders, jumped a bit big 1st and lost a couple of lengths, niggled along and lost place/midfield approaching 3rd, mistake 4th, closed up a bit and in touch at the top of the hill, niggled along approaching 3 out, pecked on landing, pushed along and dropped back approaching 2 out, well back home turn, about 20 lengths adrift of leaders last, no more. 105
15 Torpillo disputed lead, keen, led 2nd, ridden into 4th, looked comfortable in a half-length lead at the top of the hill, briefly niggled along 3 out, shaken up after 2 out, hard ridden and weakened home turn, well back last, lost further ground up the hill. 111
16 Zizaneur tracked leaders, mistake 4th, chased leader at the top of the hill, moved comfortably 3 out upsides leaders, pushed along and faded approaching 2 out, weakened, well held home turn, about 20 lengths back jumping last, no more. 95
17 Fine Brunello midfield, not fluent 2nd, ridden into 3rd and briefly pushed along away from it, same again 4th, ridden along and appeared to be struggling after 5th, hard ridden and no impression 3 out, well held 2 out, tailed off approaching last, trailed in. 93
18 Fox Pro disputed lead, chased leader from approaching 2nd, in close to 5th and niggled along away from it, firmly pushed along 3 out, faded approaching 2 out, midfield and well held under a ride 2 out, dropped rear and tailing off home turn, eased off, trailed in. 81
19 Lethal Steps midfield, raced inner, lost ground and midfield to rear 3rd, a little ground 5th, pushed along and began to struggle going down the hill to 3 out, lost place and well held under a ride 2 out, eased down home turn, tailed off last, trailed in. 73
P Dogon midfield, raced outer, in close to 2nd, mistake 4th and pushed along away from it, closer order and prominent approaching 5th, bang in contention approaching 3 out, pushed along and lost place quickly approaching 2 out, tailing off when blundered badly there, pulled up immediately. 0
P Oi The Clubb Oi’s prominent, keen early, niggled along before and after 3rd, mistake 4th and pushed along away from it, hard ridden and weakened into midfield after 5th, dropped to last and was tailing off 3 out, mistake 2 out when hopeless, pulled up straight after. 0

WEATHERBYS CHAMPION BUMPER (A STANDARD OPEN NATIONAL HUNT FLAT RACE) (GRADE 1) (1)
1 Envoi Allen midfield to rear, raced wide, midfield after 4f, closed up further after a mile, widest of all at the top of the hill, moved comfortably and closer order going down the hill, caught a bump 5f out, nudged along and made further ground to dispute lead home turn, shaken up, ran on in a length and a half-lead, was closed on entering final furlong, put under strong pressure, 1st 2 pulled clear, sustained effort and found more under driving last 100 yards. Had to get tough to get this win in the end, but possibly a better horse than the runner-up on account of being taken wide pretty much the whole way. 114
2 Blue Sari midfield, briefly niggled along at the top of the hill 6f out, briefly more firmly pushed along, made some ground, going more comfortably 3 1/2 f out, pushed along again approaching home turn, ran on and made ground to chase Envoi Allen entering final furlong, put under strong pressure, every chance 175 yards out, 1st 2 pulled clear, no extra final 100 yards, stuck to task. Chances are that Envoi Allen is a bit better in relation to this one than the distance beaten suggests on account of his being taken wide throughout but, as ever for anything that runs in this race, no less a prospect for hurdling himself. 105
3 Thyme Hill chased leader, nudged along after 9f, held place at the top of the hill, niggled along 4f out, soon more firmly pushed along, outpaced as leaders went on home turn, hard driven 1 1/2 f out, stayed on and took 3rd entering final furlong, one pace under pressure last 175 yards, closed on the 2nd a little last 50 yards. Cracking run and a good prospect for novice hurdles over 2m4f or more. 112
4 Abacadabras midfield, raced keenly after 6f, lost a few lengths and places after 10f, good ground going down the hill and prominent 4f out, bumped winner 3 1/2 f out, moved comfortably and disputed lead approaching home turn, pushed along turning in, hung right and carried head high and to one side, faded under pressure entering final furlong, well held last 175 yards, no more. Didn’t apply himself in the final furlong after he was produced to challenge on the bend. 108
5 The Glancing Queen midfield, a little keen, a little ground 6f out and moved comfortably going down the hill, nudged along 4f out, ridden along home turn and a bit outpaced, hard driven 1 1/2 f out, kept on without making an impression on those ahead, well held last 150 yards, effort late and took 5th final strides. 100
6 Sempo midfield, a little keen, raced inner, shuffled back and more towards rear after 3 1/2 f, travelled comfortably 6f out, a little headway into midfield at the top of the hill, nudged along 5f out, further ground and prominent home turn, no more than 3 lengths down turning in, shaken up, driven 1 1/2 f out, no extra, faded, lost ground on 1st 4 last 150 yards, lost 5th place close home. 106
7 Some Detail led, joined after 9f, niggled along in front at the top of the hill, pushed along 4 1/2 f out, stayed on till headed 3 1/2 f out, put under pressure approaching home turn, lost ground on leaders, well held turning in, weakened under pressure 1 1/2 f out, well back last 150 yards, took 7th from an eased rival on the post. 97
8 Meticulous tracked leaders, shuffled back a little but still prominent and moved comfortably 6f out, niggled along 3f out, more firmly pushed along approaching home turn, put under pressure once in line for home, faded, lost ground on those ahead final furlong, weakened last 100 yards, eased off last strides and lost 7th post. 97
9 Ask For Glory prominent to midfield, keen, closer order 6f out and prominent at the top of the hill, caught a few bumps 5f out and ended up towards outer, pushed along 3 1/2 f out, weakened approaching home turn, well held once in line, no more. 96
10 Flic Ou Voyou prominent, shuffled back and midfield after 5f, headway 6f out and tracked leaders at the top of the hill, nudged along 3 1/2 f out, more firmly pushed along approaching home turn, ridden and weakened turning in, well held 1 1/2 f out, kept on a little last few yards. 94
11 Thor De Cerisy held up towards rear, nudged along after a mile, more firmly niggled along 6f out, outpaced 4f out, well back approaching home turn, hard ridden turning in, hung in behind rivals 1 1/2 f out, kept on a little late. 93
12 Master Debonair chased leader, pulled hard, disputed lead after a mile, chased leader at the top of the hill, moved comfortably 4f out, pushed along and weakened quickly 3f out, well back home turn, no more. Raced more keenly than any of the others in the field who did so and paid the price for it in the last three furlongs. 93
13 Cascova held up rear, keen, pushed along and outpaced 6f out, struggling going down the hill, put under pressure home turn, negligible response, well held 1 1/2 f out, kept on a little till couldn’t go on final furlong. 84
14 Jelski held up, made ground and midfield after 6f, niggled along after a mile, dropped rear 6f out, firmly pushed along going down the hill and weakened 3 1/2 f out under a ride, well detached from the rest and looked likely to tail off approaching home turn, put under pressure in distant last once in line for home, kept on final furlong and closed on the back ones but unable to make a place. It’s pretty obvious given how this went, and considering who owns him, that this one is headed for the Grand National at some point rather than a career over hurdles (except maybe three mile-ones in the mud), so one for the very long term. 91

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JLT NOVICES’ CHASE (GRADE 1) (REGISTERED AS THE GOLDEN MILLER) (1)
1 Defi Du Seuil midfield, a bit sideways 2nd, closer order 9th, ridden into 10th, tracked leaders 11th, nudged along after 3 out, pushed along home turn, every chance when steadied into 2 out, ridden, effort and drew upsides last, hard driven, ran on to lead 175 yards out, pulled clear up the hill, decisive. In a race that came down to speed, this one had the most. 146
2 Lostintranslation disputed lead 1st, led 2nd, pulled a length and a bit clear bend before 3rd, reached for 4th, ridden into 12th and 13th, moved comfortably going down the hill to 3 out, had several challengers when in close to it, pushed along and led only a head home turn, ridden and found more with a good jump 2 out, stayed on well going to last, was joined by Defi Du Seuil, headed 175 yards out, hard driven, one pace last 125 yards, stuck to task. Was decisively second best this time, but put it to the field, jumped and found when asked. 144
3 Mengli Khan prominent, hit 2nd, ridden into 5th, chased leader from 7th, moved upsides leader when pecked on landing 3 out, moved comfortably, niggled along home turn, soon more firmly ridden, every chance 2 out, hard driven, changed legs between last 2, beginning to fade when steadied into last, soon well held, lost ground on 1st 2, changed legs again, pushed out, no impression last 125 yards. Had his chance, but gave the impression he didn’t quite stay. 137
4 Kildisart a bit slow 1st, midfield, closer order 7th, hit 9th, niggled along after 4 out, closed up and with leaders wide going to 3 out, ridden along and outpaced going to home turn, well held 2 out, hard driven, in close to last, ridden, kept on and just got 4th post, no impression on those ahead. Overqualified for the novices’ handicap, had his chance at the third last and was beaten for ability. 134
5 Vinndication led, headed 2nd, chased leader after, in close to 3rd and niggled along away from it, blundered 4th, ridden into 6th, 8th and 10th, niggled along before 11th, lost place and midfield, hard ridden after 12th, ridden before and after 4 out, made ground under a ride and prominent 3 out, ridden and faded approaching home turn, put under pressure, looked held 2 out, driven and kept on between last 2, no impression on those ahead but sustained effort up the hill, just lost out on 4th post. Looks lazy now and worth a try over 3m. 134
6 Real Steel held up, mistake 4th, dropped rear 5th, clipped heels and stumbled badly on landing 7th, slightly detached last next, a little headway and just about midfield jumping 3 out, further ground approaching 2 out, within 5 lengths of leader when ridden along home turn, hard ridden 2 out and unable to go with leaders approaching last, well held jumping, no extra under pressure up the hill, lost further ground. 128
7 Castafiore prominent, lost ground and midfield 4th, hit 6th and pushed along away from it, ridden into 11th, struggling at the top of the hill, pushed along approaching 3 out, turned for home in 12 lengths 7th and put under pressure, no impression between last 2, left alone nearing last, no more up the hill. 115
8 Capeland held up, good jump and midfield 4th, niggled along after 11th and lost a little ground, dropped rear when niggled again after 12th, struggling when blundered 4 out, last 3 out, pushed along, losing ground on main group when passed a beaten one going to 2 out, tailed off last, no more. 107
9 Pravalaguna prominent to midfield, shuffled back and midfield to rear from 2nd, headway wide and midfield 7th, carried head to one side approaching 11th, steadied into and mistake 4 out, looked held 3 out, ridden, weakened approaching home turn, eased off and passed by a beaten one approaching 2 out, tailed off last, trailed in. 60
U Voix Du Reve held up, mistake 1st and rider all over the place, rear 2nd, making ground when ridden into 9th, midfield 10th, niggled along 12th and after 4 out, moved largely comfortably when mistake and unseated rider 3 out. Not done with at the time and could well have placed. 0

PERTEMPS NETWORK FINAL HANDICAP HURDLE (GRADE 3) (1)
1 Sire Du Berlais midfield, mistake 2nd, pushed along away from it, mistake 5th, slightly closer order 8th, midfield 10th and vigorously ridden along away from it, firmly ridden along going down the hill to 2 out, hard driven approaching last, steadied into it, stayed on well under strong pressure up the hill, led 150 yards out, sustained effort to the line. Not pretty, hardly on the bit throughout, and Geraghty needed to be at his strongest. 151
2 Tobefair held up, niggled along before and after 7th, ridden into 8th, headway and just about midfield after 9th, pushed along after 10th, had a lot to do when pushed along going down the hill to 2 out, ridden in midfield approaching home turn, stayed on well under pressure once in line for home and gradually closed on leaders, jumped last in 4 lengths 4th, stayed on well up the hill and every chance 100 yards out, gave his all but no extra final strides. 142
3 Not Many Left midfield, raced wide early, nudged along after 1st, a little headway 9th, further ground and just about prominent at the top of the hill, further headway and in a line of 4 disputing the lead 2 out, moved comfortably enough home turn, shaken up once in line, stayed on, put under pressure with every chance approaching last, led jumping, wandered right, hard driven, changed legs 175 yards out, headed inside last 100 yards, faded close home. Good run and perhaps was produced to challenge early enough, bang there at the second last and asked for the maximum going to the last. 145
4 Cuneo prominent, ridden into 4th, shuffled back a little and prominent to midfield approaching 6th, ridden into 9th, nudged along approaching 10th where ridden into it and mistake, pushed along and made headway going down the hill to 2 out, pushed along away from it, effort and closed on leaders, sustained effort and every chance approaching last, hard ridden and led nearing it, idled in front, headed jumping, hard driven and faded up the hill, stuck to task last 125 yards but one pace. Idied when he hit the front, but once headed at the last didn’t lose ground on the first three in the last 150 yards. Looks a chasing type on TV pictures. 139
5 A Toi Phil midfield to rear, niggled along after 3rd and 5th, lost ground and in rear 6th, mistake 7th and pushed along away from it, niggled along going to 3 out, headway round field and midfield at the top of the hill, further good ground and tracked leaders 2 out, pushed along, put under pressure home turn, stayed on and every chance approaching last, couldn’t go with leaders nearing it, ridden and kept on up the hill, faded late and was being closed on by the 6th. Barely stayed, albeit sent up to take closer order earlier than some. 144
6 Theclockisticking prominent, mistakes 4th, 5th and 7th, niggled along after 9th, held place, moved largely comfortably down the hill and well in touch approaching 2 out, hard ridden after it, ridden and outpaced home turn, rallied up the hill and in contention for a place approaching last, stuck to task run-in, stayed on and took 6th place close home, was closing on the 5th at the post. Good run. 135
7 Thermistocles held up, briefly niggled along after 1st to 3rd, not fluent 5th and briefly niggled again, niggled along after 6th, more firmly ridden along after 7th and 8th, headway and midfield 9th, ridden and lost ground after 10th, pushed along and stayed on going down the hill to 2 out, rear of leading group, stayed on under a ride home turn, one pace under pressure approaching last, wandered up the hill, no more, lost ground on those ahead, lost 6th final strides. Didn’t apply himself. 133
8 Padleyourowncanoe prominent, tracked leaders briefly 4th, ridden into 9th, niggled along approaching 10th, tracked leaders at the top of the hill, disputed lead 2 out, pushed along home turn, hard ridden once in line, soon put under pressure, faded approaching last, wandered right as tired, lost ground on those ahead last 175 yards and was being closed on by the 9th as the line came. 132
9 First Assignment midfield, niggled along after 1st and 3rd, niggled along and lost place approaching 6th, midfield to rear when pushed along approaching 7th, mistake 8th and ridden, lost ground again 10th and rear of main group under a furious ride at the top of the hill, a lot to do 2 out, kept on and rear of leading group turning for home, no more under pressure and well held when mistake last, kept on last 150 yards and nearly got 8th. Hardly on the bit throughout. 132
10 Flemcara prominent, mistake 3rd, tracked leaders when ridden into 5th, chased leader 6th, ridden into 9th, disputed lead approaching 10th, mistake there, travelled comfortably in front rank going down the hill to 2 out, pushed along away from it, led turning for home, hard driven and lost place approaching last, well held jumping, no more. Produced to challenge for the lead rather earlier in the race than he was at Exeter, more aggressively ridden, and still holding the lead coming off the home turn, this is a better run than his finishing position suggests. 120
11 Black Mischief held up, took off too early and landed on 4th, headway approaching 8th and midfield, ridden into 10th, short of room some 50 yards after it, seemed to be moving comfortably enough at the top of the hill, made further ground approaching 2 out, pushed along after it, ridden and not more than 4 lengths down home turn, put under pressure, every chance till faded approaching last, carried head to one side and well held jumping it (slight stumble on landing), no more, eased off last 175 yards. 123
12 Samburu Shujaa niggled along away from the tape, prominent, niggled again after 2nd, ridden into and mistake 4th, shuffled back and midfield approaching 5th, closer order 6th, prominent approaching 7th, steadied into and in close to 9th, niggled away from it, not fluent 3 out, more firmly pushed along at the top of the hill, headway approaching 2 out, pushed along on inner approaching home turn, made ground and every chance straightening, put under pressure, stayed on till faded some 200 yards off last, mistake, looked heavy-legged, weakened, eased off last 100 yards. 118
13 Oh Land Abloom chased leader, pushed along and started to lose place approaching 10th, dropped back to midfield approaching 2 out, well held under a push after it, no impression from home turn, weakened, well back last, given two unnecessary reminders up the hill, made no ground. 115
14 Aaron Lad tracked leaders, niggled along after 7th and approaching 10th, pushed along to hold place at the top of the hill, disputed lead 2 out, ridden and led approaching home turn, headed straightening, weakened under a ride approaching last, left alone nearing it, tailed off. 114
15 Boyhood midfield, pushed along after 2nd and 3rd, lost place 4th and towards rear, a little ground and just about midfield approaching 6th, lost ground again and furiously ridden in rear 9th, made no ground, well back under a ride 2 out, lost ground on main body of the field and tailing off when given reminders approaching last, no headway, tailed off. 116
16 Eminent Poet midfield, raced wide approaching 5th, in close to 6th, niggled along and lost place 7th, pushed along and headway after 10th, good ground and prominent at the top of the hill, further good ground and only a length and a bit down 2 out, hard ridden, reminder approaching home turn, weakened on straightening, well back approaching last, pushed out up the hill but made no impression, tailed off. 112
17 Coole Cody tracked leaders, shuffled back a little from 6th, niggled along from 9th, started to fade 10th, weakened quickly under a ride approaching the top of the hill, tailed off 2 out, trailed in. 86
18 Aspen Colorado midfield, lost ground after 4th, niggled along after 5th, carried head slightly to one side approaching 6th, mistake 7th, niggled again after 9th, more firmly pushed along after 10th, struggling and hard ridden at the top of the hill, made ground and got into contention in rear of the leading group going down the hill to 2 out, hard driven and lost place after it, well back home turn, carried head to one side, weakened further and tailed off approaching last, trailed in. Never travelling. 73
P Champers On Ice midfield, niggled along after 1st, more firmly pushed along after 3rd, blundered 5th, ridden along and lost ground after 6th, struggling under a ride 7th, dropped rear 9th, losing further ground when mistake 10th, weakening and tailed off when pulled up before 2 out. 0
P Culture De Sivola midfield, lost ground 2nd, mistake 3rd and dropped rear, jumped slowly and last pair 4th, niggled along 5th, became detached from main body of the field approaching 6th, hard ridden and going worst of the field starting final circuit, more detached when reminders after 7th, tailed off when eased down nearing 2 out, pulled up after it. 0
P Abolitionist led, went right 5th, was joined when hit 6th, niggled along in no more than a neck lead at the top of the hill after 10th, soon more firmly ridden along, was swallowed up and well held 2 out, weakened further and in rear becoming more detached home turn, well back and tailing off when eased down and pulled up approaching last. 0
P Walk To Freedom held up, a little keen, mistakes 2nd and (worse) 6th, niggled along when mistake 8th, not fluent 9th and no ground under a push, in rear when hampered 10th, pushed along and made no ground going down the hill to 2 out, eased down and tailed off when mistake there, pulled up before last. 0
P Notwhatiam held up, a little ground and rear of main group after 10th moving largely comfortably, niggled along at the top of the hill, ridden into 2 otu with a bit to do, pushed along home turn, keeping on and within 8 lengths of leaders when hard driven some 200 yards from last, weakened under pressure, well held and losing ground when quickly eased off and pulled up before last. Although this didn’t look on for a win-challenge or a place, a finish within 15 lengths of the winner looked likely until he weakened in the straight, the jockey presumably feeling something go amiss. 0
U Wait For Me held up, keen, a little ground and midfield 4th, not fluent 5th/9th, good ground travelling comfoprtably and in touch just in behind leading group 2 out, niggled along, hard ridden approaching last, faded and put under pressure, weakened, dropping away when unseated rider last. 0

RYANAIR CHASE (REGISTERED AS THE FESTIVAL TROPHY) (GRADE 1) (1)
1 Frodon led, in close to 2nd, had Aso come upsides at the top of the hill before 4 out, nudged along approaching 3 out, moved better than challenger approaching home turn, took a neck lead till headed 2 out, hard ridden, stayed on, was a head down jumping last, hard driven, found more under pressure and led 175 yards out, driven out, all out last 75 yards and stopped to a virtual walk, held on well. Gave absolutely everything and had a seriously hard race. 168
2 Aso niggled along to make a start, midfield, closer order and prominent approaching 4th, nudged along approaching 7th, not fluent 9th and nudged along again, more firmly pushed after 10th and 11th, tracked leaders approaching 12th, chased Frodon 13th and got upsides at the top of the hill, pecked on landing 3 out, pushed along, still upsides Frodon till outpaced home turn, put under pressure, stayed on going to 2 out and might have taken slight lead, hard ridden, was a head up last, hard driven, headed 175 yards out, driven, all out, no more last 100 yards, virtually walking last 75 yards, went down with honours. Gave his all and had a very hard race. 167
3 Road To Respect prominent, wide, in close to 6th, moved comfortably 4 out, looked comfortable going down the hill to 3 out, blundered there and rider momentarily unbalanced, still moved largely comfortably after that till pushed along home turn, stayed on and held a chance 2 out, hard ridden between last 2, was a length and a half down jumping, hard driven, kept on, no impression on 1st 2, stuck to task up the hill. Ran his race and beaten on merit – worth another try at 3m (maybe should have gone Gold Cup this time). 165
4 Monalee prominent, tracked leaders 8th, ridden into 9th, lost a little ground 13th, niggled along at the top of the hill, niggled again from approaching 3 out, held place and every chance home turn, ridden along approaching 2 out, mistake there, hard driven between last 2, one pace approaching last, hard driven up the hill and no impression last 175 yards, kept on. 163
5 Un De Sceaux midfield, in close to 1st, closer order 13th, moved comfortably approaching 3 out, tracked leaders approaching home turn, soon pushed along, hard ridden approaching 2 out, driven and one pace between last 2, steadied into last, driven and no impression up the hill. 160
6 Coney Island held up, in close to 6th, lost ground and pushed along briefly after 8th, not fluent 10th, pushed along again after 13th, a little ground 14th, niggled along and closed on main group when in close to 3 out, hard ridden and looked held approaching home turn, detached from main group 2 out, well back last, kept on a bit run-in. Didn’t put a great deal into this. 155
7 Balko Des Flos midfield, mistake 4th, taken wide approaching 8th and closer order, windy jump 10th, niggled along from 4 out, in contention going largely comfortably approaching 3 out, soon pushed along, lost place, well held home turn, weakened further approaching last, no more, passed a beaten weakening rival (Footpad) last 100 yards. In a more competitive renewal, was a long way off last year’s winning form. 146
8 Footpad midfield, moved comfortably and a little headway approaching 4 out, niggled along after 3 out some 5 lengths off leader, ridden along off home turn, one pace approaching 2 out, took off too early, hard driven, carried head to one side and weakened between last 2, looked tired, well held last, no more. 142
P Sub Lieutenant bustled along early, chased leader, disputed it 6th to 7th, pushed along again 8th, hard driven and reminders after 11th and 12th, lost place under a ride at the top of the hill, mistake 4 out, left alone and allowed to drop back approaching 3 out, tailed off when pulled up before 2 out. 0
P Terrefort midfield, not fluent 12th, pushed along after it, struggling 13th, ridden and no impression at the top of the hill, looked tired 3 out, soon tailed off, pulled up before 2 out. 0
P Charbel held up, mistake 2 out, nudged along after 3rd, mistakes 4th and 5th, went left and mistake 8th, losing ground on rest of the field when mistake 13th, tailed off 14th, pulled up before 3 out. 0
P The Storyteller held up, hit 4th, ridden into and mistake 9th, mistake 11th, pushed along 12th, a little ground and midfield when mistake 13th, a lot to do going down the hill after 4 out, jumped right 3 out, ridden and made no impression after, eased down approaching home turn, tailed off when pulled up before last. 0

SUN RACING STAYERS’ HURDLE (GRADE 1) (1)
1 Paisley Park midfield, ridden into 7th, a little headway, niggled along after 8th, ridden into next, firmly pushed along after 10th, closer order and going better at the top of the hill, rear of main group going to 2 out, hard ridden after it, struggling some 8 to 10 lengths off leader approaching home turn, hard driven and stayed on strongly, taken to stands’ side (outside), sustained strong effort to lead approaching last, 2 lengths ahead when mistake, hard driven and asserted last 150 yards to pull clear of 2nd, hard work but decisive. He runs just like Big Buck’s, and could boss the staying hurdling scene for as long as Big Buck’s did. 170
2 Sam Spinner chased leader, pair clear of the rest, ridden into 6th, moved upsides leader approaching 7th, in close to it, led 8th, niggled along approaching 9th, ridden into 10th, pressed on in front at the top of the hill, was joined up front 2 out, hard ridden, stayed on from home turn, hard driven approaching last, was challenged by Paisley Park and headed nearing it, the better jump, driven, no extra last 150 yards as winner asserted, stuck to task. 167
3 Faugheen head of main group, headway after 9th amd chased Sam Spinner going to 10th where mistake, further ground down the hill and disputed lead 2 out, moved best of the field home turn, pushed along once in line, stayed on approaching last, put under pressure, no reponse to Paisley Park’s surge, couldn’t find more and left alone last couple of strides before last, hard driven up the hill though no chance of 1st or 2nd, kept on, no impression on those ahead. Overtaken by two of the younger brigade, one of which looks likely to boss this division next season, no disgrace in 3rd place after looking likely to go close on the turn. 163
4 Bapaume held up, mistakes 2nd and 10th, nudged along going down the hill to 2 out, kept on approaching home turn but a lot to do and was some 12 to 15 lengths off leader turning in, hard ridden and stayed on past several approaching last, went 4th nearing it, no chance with 1st 2, hard driven with a chance of 3rd, faded last 100 yards, no extra final strides. 162
5 Wholestone prominent, ridden into 3rd, a little ground and tracked leaders approaching 7th, mistake 9th, pulled wide and within half a length of the leader 10th, chased leader at the top of the hill, niggled along and disputed lead 2 out, hard ridden, weakened home turn, hard driven and no extra, well held approaching last, kept on up the hill but no impression. Ridden positively in a good renewal of the Stayers’, didn’t stay. 151
6 Bacardys held up, a little headway from 8th, just about midfield 10th, a lot to do when niggled along going down the hill to 2 out, hard ridden after it, little ground approaching home turn, kept on and passed a few approaching last, no extra when mistake, kept on up the hill and passed a couple to take 6th last 50 yards, no impression on those ahead. 148
7 Supasundae midfield, not fluent 2nd, in close to 6th, pushed along 7th, mistake 8th, struggling going to 9th, ridden into 10th with some 10 lengths to find on leader, ridden and effort going down the hill to 2 out and closed on leaders, stayed on under a ride, closed on 1st 2 once in line for home, got to within 3 lengths, put under pressure, didn’t find more and weakened approaching last, suddenly looked extremely heavy-legged, eased last 100 yards and lost ground and places. Appeared to suddenly get very tired very quickly, after looking on for a frame-finish coming off the home turn; has run better than his finishing position indicates, and maybe he doesn’t stay 3m as well as I once thought he would. 146
8 The Mighty Don held up, mistake 2nd, ridden into and mistake 4th, mistake 6th, a little ground and must about midfield 7th, mistakes 8th and 9th, another mistake 3 out and pushed along away from it, kept on approaching 2 out, well back when ridden along and no impression approaching home turn, put under pressure approaching last, kept on without being able to make a place, no more up the hill. 145
9 West Approach midfield, niggled along after 7th, a bit slow 8th and pushed along away from it, a little ground approaching 10th, niggled away from it, no impression under a push approaching 2 out, made no ground approaching home turn, ridden and still no impression approaching last, eased last 100 yards, tailed off. 139
10 Keeper Hill midfield, raced wide, had switched off outer and was surrounded approaching 5th, not fluent 8th, niggled along approaching 10th, mistake there, lost place and rear/detached from main group at the top of the hill, well back and tailing off 2 out, pushed along after it to little avail, kept on under a ride past beaten ones approaching last till eased off nearing it, no more up the hill, tailed off. 137
11 Kilbricken Storm prominent, nudged along after 3rd, shuffled back a little approaching 8th, held place at the top of the hill, nudged along, moved comfortably enough approaching 2 out, hard ridden after it. faded approaching home turn, caught a bump turning in, ended up wide, ridden and weakened approaching last, left alone nearing it, no more up the hill, tailed off. 135
12 Black Op midfield, hit 3rd, closer order 5th, mistake 6th, dived at 8th, held place when ridden into 10th, nudged along after it, niggled along at the top of the hill, hard ridden after 2 out, driven and couldn’t go with leadaers from home turn, weakened approaching last, eased down when mistake, no more, tailed off. 132
13 Yanworth held up, keen, mistakes 3rd and 4th, a little ground and just about midfield 6th, niggled along at the top of the hill, switched inner approaching 2 out, niggled along and made no ground, pushed along after it, no impression, weakened approaching last, eased off nearing it, no more up the hill, tailed off. 132
14 Petit Mouchoir midfield, keen, raced wide before 4th, a little ground approaching 7th, closed to within 7 lengths of leader in 7th jumping 3 out, moved comfortably at the top of the hill, niggled along and held place approaching 2 out, jumped it 3 or 4 lengths down, pushed along, hard ridden and couldn’t go on from home turn, weakened, left alone approaching last, tired, tailed off. Arguably a better run than his finishing position but had no chance of staying the trip after pulling hard in the early stages. 131
15 Top Notch midfield, closer order and prominent approaching 6th, mistake 9th and niggled along away from it, niggled again at the top of the hill, pushed along approaching 2 out, outpaced approaching home turn, weakened approaching last, dropped right away, tailed off. 130
16 Man Of Plenty held up, pushed along 7th, became detached from main group 10th, lost place and in last 3 approaching 2 out, tailed off from there, niggled along to no avail till eased off nearing last, no more. 126
17 Coquin Mans dropped out, jumped right 1st, keen, detached from main group 7th, pushed along 10th, a little ground wide approaching 2 out till eased off nearing it, tailed off home turn, eased off, trailed in. 113
18 Nautical Nitwit went on, on the wrong leg 2nd, clear 3rd, in close to 4th, ridden into 6th, was closed on approaching 7th, headed 8th, pushed along and lost place approaching 10th, weakened at the top of the hill, dropped back through the field, eased off approaching 2 out, completed although hopelessly tailed off last, trailed in. 98

BROWN ADVISORY & MERRIEBELLE STABLE PLATE HANDICAP CHASE (GRADE 3) (1)
1 Siruh Du Lac led, was joined 7th, moved comfortably approaching 4 out, niggled along after it, pushed along from home turn, driven from 2 out, stayed on, was a length up last, hard driven, stayed on well up the hill, all out but always holding on. Some effort to make all in this competitive handicap, and never missed a beat as regards jumping. 138
2 Janika midfield, closer order going a bit freely and more prominent when slightly hampered 7th, tracked leading group 11th, not much room 4 out, travelled comfortably approaching 3 out, tracked leaders home turn, pushed along approaching 2 out, 2 lengths down jumping, hard driven, stayed on wide of 1st 2 approaching last, every chance jumping, hard driven, stayed on, no extra last 150 yards, went down with honours. For the second start in a row, found Siruh Du Lac too tough a nut to crack, but lost nothing in defeat. 155
3 Spiritofthegames held up, a little ground and midfield 5th, shuffled back and towards rear 8th, headway and midfield 12th, nudged along just after, brushed 13th, tagged on to rear of leading group before 4 out, moved comfortably, pushed along after 3 out, ridden home turn, closed on leaders approaching 2 out, hard ridden between last 2, half a chance last, driven and one pace up the hill, switched round 1st 3 175 yards out, stayed on last 100 yards and took 3rd close home, no impression on 1st 2. 144
4 Eamon An Cnoic midfield, a little slow 5th and 6th, closer order and prominent 8th, ridden into 9th and 13th, tracked leaders at the top of the hill, every chance travelling comfortably approaching 3 out, travelled best of the field approaching home turn, niggled along on straightening, effort and moved almost upsides Siruh Du Lac 2 out, hard ridden, put under pressure, no extra approaching last, a length down jumnping, hard driven, kept on, stuck to task but no impression and faded inside last 50 yards, lost 3rd post. Even though he’s finished close up and on paper run well, it’s a better run than the result suggests as he looked as though he was really going to serve it up from the home turn to the second last, but ultimately he’s shaped as though the trip was just beyond him, and he’s worth dropping back to 2m. 134
5 Didero Vallis with leaders, chased leader 3rd, not fluent 10th, pushed along from 4 out, with Siruh Du Lac going down the hill to 3 out, mistake and pecked on landing, pushed along approaching home turn, faded under a ride approaching 2 out, put under pressure, looked held when hard driven after last, kept on, stuck to task but no impression on those ahead. Ran as well as he could, losing his chance going to the second last after having some use made of him. 124
6 Bouvreuil midfield, badly hampered by the faller 7th, in close to 10th, a little headway 11th, in close to 13th and niggled along away from it, pushed along away from 4 out, got in contention in rear of leading group and travelling more comfortably approaching 3 out, pushed along approaching home turn, hard ridden approaching 2 out, hard driven and no impression between last 2, mistake last, ridden and kept on without making ground up the hill. 128
7 Azzerti midfield, mistake and hampered 7th, raced wide back straight, niggled along 12th, pushed along 13th, struggling 4 out, kept on under a ride after 3 out and just about attached himself to rear of leading group home turn, hard ridden from 2 out, driven from last, little impression but kept on. Perhaps tapped for pace, stuck to his task in the straight even though he didn’t make a place. 122
8 Kauto Riko midfield, in close to 7th, bumped rival 10th, niggled along after 11th, more firmly pushed along after 12th, struggling 13th, well back 4 out, hard ridden and kept on though was around 15 to 20 lengths off leaders, passed a few beaten ones before 2 out, well held when hit last, kept on and passed more beaten ones to go 8th close home. 126
9 Some Buckle midfield to rear, nudged along going to 9th, closer order 10th, niggled along 11th, more firmly pushed along going to 12th, ridden and carried head to one side after 4 out, stayed on going down the hill to 3 out, hard ridden and no impression approaching home turn, well back 2 out, kept on from poor position last, passed one late and going on well at the finish. 121
10 Templehills chased leader, hit 1st, shuffled back a few lengths but still largely prominent 7th, niggled along when in close to 9th, ridden into 10th, more firmly pushed along from approaching 11th, a little ground when ridden into 4 out, kept on under a ride going to 3 out, held place approaching home turn, put under pressure approaching 2 out, driven and faded between last 2, no more after last, continued to lose ground and lost places close home. 121
11 Doitforthevillage held up, hit 2nd, mistake 3rd, badly hampered by the faller 7th, niggled along before and after 8th, headway and midfield approaching 9th, niggled along after 11th, headway going down the hill after 14th and tracked leaders approaching 3 out, niggled along approaching home turn with every chance, soon ridden, couldn’t go with leaders when mistake 2 out, faded between last 2, well held last, no more up the hill, lost a place late. 121
12 Bigmartre midfield, closer order and prominent to midfield 6th, blundered 8th, niggled along after 9th, losing ground and midfield when mistake 4 out, pushed along going down the hill and detached from main group, well held 3 out, no extra under a ride 2 out, hung left after last. no more. 123
13 Polidam prominent to midfield, hit 2nd, definite midfield 3rd, mistake 11th, hit 12th, lost place and towards rear when mistake 13th, well back and making no ground going to 3 out, kept on a bit under a ride going to home turn, passed beaten ones before 2 out, no impression approaching last where not fluent, kept on but unable to make ground. 121
14 Valseur Lido dropped out last, passed a couple 9th, blundered and as-good-as-unseated 10th, back in rear 12th, at most niggled along from 4 out, pushed along after 3 out but no impression on anyone ahead, tailed off from 2 out. 107
15 Voix D’Eau midfield, mistake 1st, ridden into and slightly hampered 7th, lost ground and midfield to rear when niggled along after 10th, lost place under a ride 12th, struggling after 13th, in rear 4 out, no more under a ride, tailed off approaching last. 98
16 Modus midfield, not fluent 2nd/3rd, lost place and rear when hit 4th, mistake 5th, struggling 8th, last going when niggled along 9th, rear and struggling 4 out, tailing off when blundered 3 out, no further ground from 2 out, trailed in from last. 100
17 Splash Of Ginge prominent, chased leaders 2nd, a little ground to dispute lead 6th, tracked leaders from 11th, mistake 13th, took off too early 4 out and lost place at the top of the hill, dropped away, midfield 3 out, rear and tailed off home turn, weakened further approaching last, trailed in. 78
F King’s Odyssey prominent to midfield, closer order and prominent 5th, moving comfortably when fell 7th. 0
P River Wylde midfield, raced wide, flat-backed jump 3rd and dropped rear, last 7th, beginning to get detached when pulled up after 8th. 0
P Testify prominent, chased leader when hit 5th, shuffled back a little but remained prominent, ridden into and mistake 8th, mistake 11th and hard driven, held place and tracked leaders after 13th, blundered 4 out and lost place, midfield 3 out, losing further ground when eased down approaching 2 out, tailed off when pulled up before last. Hard work. 0
P Gardefort prominent, headway and with leaders 6th, not fluent 13th, losing place when not fluent 4 out, hard ridden and lost further ground at the top of the hill, weakened and in rear when blundered 3 out, tailed off when pulled up before 2 out. 0
P Kalondra dropped out in rear, keen, started a move and just about midfield 8th, at most nudged along when switched from inner to middle and made further ground going down the hill to 3 out, rear of leading group when niggled along approaching home turn, soon more firmly pushed along and keeping on though making no further ground when lost action and pulled up before 2 out. Was beginning to look held, after the usual hold-up ride, when going amiss before the second last. 0

NATIONAL HUNT BREEDERS SUPPORTED BY TATTERSALLS MARES’ NOVICES’ HURDLE (GRADE 2) (REGISTERED AS THE DAWN RUN) (1)
1 Eglantine Du Seuil held up towards rear, keen, started a move 6th, passed a couple but a lot to do at the top of the hill, nudged along approaching 2 out, pushed along after it, headway and midfield home turn staying on, sustained effort and closed on leaders approaching last, on the wrong leg jumping, had 4 lengths to make up on leader on landing, hard driven last 175 yards, stayed on strongly, led narrowly 75 yards out, just held on. All of the first four home have showed improvement from the proverbial nowhere and only time will tell whether or not this is as good as it seems. 143
2 Concertista held up, a little headway when mistake 3rd, started a move after 6th going comfortably and midfield at the top of the hill, raced wide and prominent on the bit 2 out, shaken up 150 yards off last, effort and ran on to lead nearing it, in close and went left, hard ridden, stayed on, headed close home, still every chance but no extra last few strides. Unlucky to be headed after moving best and arguably a better prospect than the winner going forward. 143
3 Tintangle prominent to midfield, headway and prominent 4th, tracked leaders at the top of the hill, disputed lead approaching 2 out, headed nearing it, pushed along approaching home turn, hard driven once in line, tried to force a gap between horses approaching last, squeezed out and forced to switch, chance of a place last, hard driven last 175 yards, stayed on well last 100 yards, took 3rd close home, not reach 1st 2. 144
4 Black Tears prominent to midfield, a little ground and prominent 2nd, gradually edged further forward and tracked leaders going comfortably when took off too early 2 out, tracked leaders home turn, travelled best approaching last, shaken up nearing it and every chance, hard driven, stayed on till faded last 125 yards, stuck to task but lost ground close home, lost 3rd post. Good run, arguably produced too soon, and is as good a prospect for 2019/2020 as the runner-up. 141
5 Indefatigable prominent, in close to 1st, mistake 2nd, lost place and midfield when not fluent 3rd and niggled along, mistake 5th and pushed along away from it, niggled along at the top of the hill, switched off inner and headway at the top of the hill, prominent 2 out, pushed along approaching home turn, soon put under pressure, stayed on and chance of a place approaching last, ridden and faded last 150 yards, lost ground on 1st 4 and just held on to 5th. Several mistakes in this round, so if she can jump better she could do okay in 2019/2020, possibly over fences. 138
6 Elfile chased leader, ridden into 3rd and 5th, moved up to dispute lead after 6th, headed approaching 2 out, niggled along approaching home turn, soon more firmly ridden, no extra under a ride approaching last, steadied into it, driven and chance of a place till faded last 150 yards, lost 5th close home. 138
7 Presidente Line midfield, headway and prominent 5th, further headway going down the hill and led approaching 2 out, moved comfortably in front home turn, soon ridden along, stayed on till headed approaching last, driven and weakened up the hill, no more. Sent for home way too soon and her level of ability may well be similar to that of the first three. 138
8 Posh Trish chased leader, keen, ridden into 4th and niggled along away from it, same again 5th, tracked leaders niggled along at the top of the hill, moved more comfortably and every chance approaching 2 out, hard ridden and carried head awkwardly away from it, hard ridden turning for home, kept on approaching last, faded last 50 yards before it and mistake, hard driven, kept on, stuck to task but little impression. 139
9 Epatante midfield, closer order and prominent to midfield when mistake 4th, ridden into and mistake 5th, moved comfortably enough at the top of the hill, not much room when mistake 2 out, niggled along, more firmly ridden approaching last, stayed on till no extra nearing it, pushed out, no impression close home, eased late and nearly lost 9th post. Almost nursed home after the last, perhaps the jockey sensed that there was nothing left – three mistakes a contributary factor. 133
10 Queenohearts midfield, lost ground and towards rear 2nd, niggled along after 3rd, dropped to last 4th, not fluent 5th, niggled along again after 6th, a lot to do at the top of the hill, some 12 lengths down and most of the field to pass after 2 out, hard ridden, taken to outer and stayed on once in line for home, passed several and midfield approaching last, veered left and carried head to one side, stayed on well up the hill and passed a couple more, nearly took 9th final strides. 138
11 Buildmeupbuttercup midfield, lost ground and towards rear when in close to 3rd, a little ground 5th and moved comfortably, midfield on inner at the top of the hill, steadied into 2 out, headway and just in behind leaders home turn, pushed along once in line for home, stayed on and every chance, no extra and mistake last, hung left, hard driven, no impression and weakened last 150 yards, lost several places last 50 yards and only just held on to 11th. Weak finish. 132
12 Court Maid held up last, in close to 1st, mistake 3rd, passed a couple approaching 6th, headway wide from the top of the hill and closing in midfield approaching 2 out, hard ridden after it, stayed on, put under pressure once in line for home and stayed on till not so hard ridden 150 yards off last, ridden after last, no impression, not hard ridden last 100 yards, only just held on to 12th place. Ran well for a long way but not hard ridden when a better finish was out of the question. 135
13 My Sister Sarah midfield, mistake 2nd, lost ground after and in rear 3rd, last over 6th and pushed along away from it, not much ground down the hill to 2 out, switched inner to middle, ridden along approaching home turn and passed a few, made ground till no impression and eased approaching last, hard driven and reminders up the hill, went left, made ground last 75 yards and was closing on the 12th final strides. 132
14 Elusive Belle midfield, keen, headway and prominent to midfield 5th, prominent at the top of the hill, pushed along after 2 out and held place till faded home turn, put under pressure but looked well held once in line for home, changed legs as weakened approaching last, weakened further up the hill. 122
15 Lust For Glory midfield, mistake 4th, niggled along approaching 6th, nudged along and held place at the top of the hill, pushed along after 2 out, kept on approaching home turn, no impression under a push approaching last, weakened and ran down last to left, no more up the hill. 123
16 Diamond Gait midfield, mistakes 1st and 5th, pushed along and lost place approaching 6th, dropped rear and struggling by the top of the hill, pushed along and made no ground approaching 2 out, not fluent there, ridden and no more approaching last, kept on a bit up the hill but made no ground. 118
17 Allez Dance held up, keen, headway and midfield 5th, mistake 6th, moved comfortably at the top of the hill, raced wide and slightly closer order approaching 2 out, pushed along after it, no impression approaching home turn, pushed along and faded approaching last, rather nursed home up the hill, no more. 116
18 Awayinthewest prominent, shuffled back and midfield approaching 3rd, niggled along, ridden into 5th, ridden along at the top of the hill, made little ground when mistake 2 out, put under pressure, weakened and towards rear once in line for home, dropped away, eased right off approaching last, ran down it to left, trailed in. 109
19 Sinoria prominent, wide, hit 1st, switched middle by 3rd, tracked leaders approaching 6th, niggled along at the top of the hill, going more comfortably and chased leader approaching 2 out, mistake there, pushed along, lost place and weakened from home turn, midfield and losing further ground when eased off approaching last, weakened further, tailed off. 99
P Sancta Simona held up, mistake 1st, keen, nudged along approaching 6th, passed a couple by the top of the hill, rear of the main group when niggled along approaching 2 out, more firmly pushed along after it, made a little ground approaching home turn, no further impression under a push after it, well held when eased off some 175 yards off last and pulled up before it. 0
P Emily Moon led, keen, in close to 1st, mistakes 4th and 5th, niggled along at the top of the hill, pushed along and headed approaching 2 out, weakened and dropped away quickly, eased off once held, last and tailing off approaching home turn, hopelessly tailed off when pulled up before last. 0
P Dame Du Soir midfield, niggled along approaching 6th where mistake, pushed along going down the hill, mistake 2 out, hard ridden, no impression and weakened approaching home turn, well held when eased off once in line for home, tailing off when pulled up before last. 0

FULKE WALWYN KIM MUIR CHALLENGE CUP AMATEUR RIDERS’ HANDICAP CHASE (2)
1 Any Second Now prominent to midfield, shuffled back and midfield after 2nd, in close to 8th, midfield to rear starting final circuit, niggled along after 16th, headway and midfield 18th, pushed along after 4 out, made ground and came back on the bit in prominent position approaching 3 out, pushed along after it, at most 3 lengths to find home turn, stayed on approaching 2 out and only a length down, hard ridden, changed legs approaching last, jumped it upsides, soon led, hard driven, stayed on well last 175 yards to pull clear, changed legs again in last 50 yards, decisive. 146
2 Kilfilum Cross chased leader, a little keen, shuffled back but remained prominent 4th, in close to 6th, lost a bit more ground by 12th, lost further ground and midfield 16th, mistake 17th, pushed along after 4 out and good ground going down the hill to be prominent 3 out, every chance approaching home turn chasing leader, effort and led straightening, pushed along, wandered, led a length 2 out, hard driven, stayed on, ran down last to left, headed soon after it, hard driven, one pace, 1st 2 pulled clear, no impression on going-clear winner last 100 yards. 138
3 The Young Master tracked leaders, mistake 7th, niggled along approaching 17th, lost ground going to 18th, pushed along going down the hill to 3 out, put under pressure approaching home turn, wa in 6 lengths 8th turning in and under pressure, kept on under a ride from 2 out, took 4th last, driven and stayed on into 3rd up the hill, was closing on the 2nd last 100 yards but not by enough to get the place. 138
4 Crievehill ridden along to take the early lead, led 2 to 3 lengths after 2nd, headed 5th, led 6th, joined 13th, niggled along after 16th, ridden into 16th, headed approaching 17th, chased leader and moved comfortably enough going down the hill to 3 out, hard ridden after it, still in contention home turn, pushed along approaching 2 out, faded under a ride between last 2, held when driven after last, kept on, hung left, stayed on into 4th last 150 yards, not reach 1st 3. 131
5 No Comment midfield, not fluent 10th, lost a bit of ground when mistake 15th, started a move 4 out, not ridden and travelled comfortably in rear of main group when mistake 3 out, hard ridden after it, stayed on and rear of leading group with 8 lengths to find approaching 2 out, put under pressure and just kept on between last 2, well held last, in close to it, stuck to task and passed a rival last 75 yards, never nearer. 127
6 Captain Chaos prominent to midfield, niggled along after 1st, sent up through the field to chase leader 3rd, led 5th, chased leader 7th, ridden into 8th, all over the place 9th, disputed lead 13th, led 14th, pressed on 17th and 18th, pushed along at the top of the hill, led a length 3 out, hard ridden approaching home turn, put under pressure and headed turning in, hard driven and couldn’t go with leaders approaching last, mistake there, hard driven up the hill, stuck to task though lost 5th close home. 123
7 Sky Pirate tracked leaders, shuffled back a few lengths by 3rd but remained prominent, in close to 13th, made a little ground 4 out, moved comfortably as tracked leaders approaching 3 out, pushed along home turn, effort and no more than half a length down approaching 2 out, ridden and kept on one pace approaching last, driven and weakened up the hill, lost 3rd, jockey going faster than the horse as weakened further last 150 yards, no more. 120
8 Measureofmydreams held up, mistakes 3rd and 9th, a little ground when ridden into 11th, mistake 16th, niggled along, more firmly pushed along after 17thm headway and midfield 18th, rear of main group 4 out, kept on, switched middle to inner before mistake 3 out, one pace under a push approaching home turn, kept on going to 2 out, put under pressure, no extra going to last, well held, passed a beaten one but no impression on those ahead. 122
9 Touch Kick prominent, not fluent 4th, ridden into next, mistake 10th, not fluent 11th, lost ground and midfield 17th, headway and back with leaders when blundered 18th and rider nearly unseated, still moved comfortably going to 3 out, not fluent and pushed along away from it, hard ridden and chance of a place before mistake 2 out, faded between last 2, well held last, dropped back up the hill, losing places at the line. 118
10 Just A Sting midfield, mistake 7th, ridden into 13th, niggled along and closer order approaching 18th, ridden into 4 out, pushed along going down the hill to 3 out, jumped left 3 out, put under pressure approaching home turn, chance of a place approaching 2 out, put under pressure after it, faded approaching last, got tired and lost places and ground up the hill. 118
11 Ah Littleluck midfield, in close to 14th, nudged along 17th, headway 18th, further gruond and in contention in leading group under a push going to 3 out, raced wide, hard ridden approaching home turn, stayed on, no extra when in close to 2 out, faded, reminder, well held approaching last, no more up the hill. 111
12 Livelovelaugh prominent, taken back a little and midfield 3rd, mistake 14th, a bit to do and not hard ridden in midfield going down the hill to 3 out, pushed along and stayed on going to home turn, just about tagged on to rear of leading group, driven and no impression going to last, eased off nearing it, tailed off. Didn’t stay. 112
13 Rogue Angel pushed along to make a start, prominent, niggled along after 2nd, chased leader 6th, mistake 14th, ridden along 4 out, going worst of the leading group approaching 3 out, faded, well held approaching home turn, pushed out but no more after last. 102
14 Sumkindofking held up, had made no ground when niggled along 17th, struggling 4 out, hard ridden, detached from main group and making no ground approaching 3 out, no more, tailed off last. 96
15 Its All Guesswork held up, mistake 1st, passed a couple by 11th, midfield 12th, mistake 17th and niggled along away from it, mistake 18th and more firmly pushed along, ridden 4 out in rear of the main group, no further impression 3 out, reminders, no ground and well held home turn, eased down between last 2, tailed off last. 90
16 Uhlan Bute midfield, mistake 4th, mistake 8th and niggled along away from it, a little ground before 12th, firmly pushed along after it, struggling 16th, mistake 17th, well held and detached from main group 4 out, tailing off 3 out, trailed in from last. 84
17 Treackle Tart pushed along to make a start, midfield, lost a bit of ground when mistake 8th, midfield to rear when mistake 9th, a little ground going to 11th, raced wide from 13th, niggled along 17th, blundered 18th, last and well held 4 out, tailing off and already hopeless when as-good-as-brought down 3 out, well tailed off last. 66
F Arkwrisht prominent to midfield, mistake 2nd, closer order 3rd, mistake 12th and niggled along away from it, mistakes 16th and 17th, pushed along and lost ground approaching 4 out, ridden and lost place, was in 14th and some 15 to 20 lengths down losing ground when fell 3 out. 0
F Drumconnor Lad midfield, raced wide, mistake 1st, headway 13th, prominent 15th, niggled along 18th, held place going to 4 out, hard ridden going down the hill to 3 out, lost place and midfield jumping, weakened, looked heavy-legged home turn, weakened further, was beyond hopelessly tailed off when took a tired fall last. His chance had gone by the time he reached the home turn and he shouldn’t have been asked to jump the last. 0
P Perfect Candidate last, soon pushed along, ridden into 7th, hard ridden and detached from main group 8th, tailed off after 12th, pulled up eventually final circuit. 0
P Squouateur held up, blundered badly 3rd, mistake 13th, niggled along 14th, mistake 15th, losing ground on rest of the field and detached 16th, tailing off when pulled up before 18th. 0
P Pearl Royale midfield, blundered 5th, pushed along 8th, losing place when mistake 9th, rear when mistake 10th, weakened and detached/tailed off 12th, soon pulled up. 0
U Speaker Connolly midfield to rear, briefly nudged along after 4th, pecked on landing 9th, headway and midfield 11th, mistake 15th and pushed along away from it, struggling 16th, hard ridden 18th, as-good-as-fell 4 out and rider came off shortly after. It was very nearly a good recovery – ironically he’d jumped soundly and travelled comfortably for the first two miles, and he could be one to keep an eye on in 2019/2020. 0

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Friday

JCB TRIUMPH HURDLE (GRADE 1) (1)
1 Pentland Hills held up, keen, overjumped 1st, stumbled on landing and nearly unseated, more settled 2nd, slightly hampered after 4th, closer order 5th, effort delayed and still waited with in rear of main group going down the hill to 2 out, closed on them approaching home turn, headway through runners to track leaders approaching last, pushed along and a length down jumping it, put under pressure, stayed on well up the hill, pulled clear, ridden out, workmanlike and decisive. 141
2 Coeur Sublime tracked leaders, a little ground to chase leader 6th, moved comfortably and disputed lead 2 out, arguably travelled best home turn, nudged along approaching last, finally shaken up 100 yards off it, narrow lead jumping, soon headed under pressure, hard driven and no more last 100 yards as Pentland Hills asserted. 138
3 Gardens Of Babylon midfield, mistake 1st, mistake 3rd and briefly niggled along after it, ridden into 4th, ridden away from 5th, lost ground before dived at 6th, mistake 2 out and pushed along, read of main group home turn, stayed on long run to last, switched outer to middle, lost a little ground on 1st 2 then in close to last, hard driven, stayed on and took 3rd 175 yards out, sustained effort and closed on 1st 2 last 125 yards. Good run and let’s go over 2m4f in 2019/2020. 134
4 Nelson River held up, a little ground and midfield when niggled along approaching 3rd, headway 4th, pushed along going to 5th, ridden and outpaced after 6th, stayed on going down the hill to 2 out, sustained effort and closed on leaders approaching home turn, every chance turning in under a ride, hard driven approaching last, outpaced nearing it chance of 3rd last as 1st 2 asserted, no extra last 150 yards, kept on. Raced lazily but ran well in the end. 131
5 Quel Destin went on, raced 2 lengths clear after 2nd, ridden into 3rd, ridden into and in close to 6th, nudged along before joined 2 out, niggled along home turn, soon pushed along, headed, hard ridden, stayed on till faded nearing last and mistake, hard driven, no more last 175 yards, faded. 130
6 Ecco held up last and detached, mistake 1st, passed a rival 3rd, mistake 4th, mistake 6th, niggled along and making little ground, well back when mistake 2 out, detached from main group approaching home turn, hard ridden once in line for home and stayed on past some beaten ones, some 10 lengths back last, hard driven, kept on and going on well at the finish. Having had just the one start over hurdles prior to this (thrown in at the deep end for that too, in the Adonis at Kempton), it showed with a succession of errors that he plain and simple lacked the necessary experience. He’ll be more clued up when he comes back in novice hurdles in 2019/2020. 129
7 Adjali prominent, ridden into 3rd, shuffled back a little after 6th, moved well enough in rear of leading group going down the hill to 2 out, mistake there, pushed along, every chance home turn, ridden and weakened once in line for home, no more under pressure approaching last, well held jumping, no more. 127
8 French Made midfield, in close to 1st, shuffled back and towards rear from 2nd, headway and midfield approaching 6th, mistake there, made ground going comfortably approaching 2 out, steadiewd into it, pushed along approaching home turn, rear of main group turning in, outpaced and unable to go with leaders approaching last, well held jumping, no more up the hill. 119
9 Tiger Tap Tap midfield, closer order and prominent when in close to 5th, disputing 2nd at the top of the hill, moved comfortablty approaching 2 out, in close to it and lost a bit of ground, niggled along approaching home turn, held place, pushed along approaching last, unable to go with leaders nearing it, hit it, weakened under pressure up the hill and lost places, no more last few yards. [yardstick, plateaued from last run to this and rated the same] 125
10 Pic D’Orhy midfield, a little ground approaching 3rd, disputed 2nd approaching 6th, within half a length of leader at the top of the hill, moved comfortably until blundered 2 out, niggled along approaching home turn, soon hard ridden, weakened once in line for home, well held approaching last, lost further ground last 150 yards. 120
11 Runrized held up, in close to 3rd, headway after 6th and passed a couple going comfortably, lost place approaching 2 out and soon detached from main group, pushed along home turn, well held approaching last, made no ground and well held, no more up the hill. 115
12 Hannon tracked leaders, niggled along after 5th, held place going down the hill to 2 out, pushed along after it, still every chance home turn, hard driven coming off the bend and stuck to inner while the remainder went middle to outer off the turn, weakened approaching last, continued to lose ground up the hill and tailed off. 111
P Authorizo midfield, niggled along after 4th, hard ridden at the top of the hill, weakened quickly immediately after that and pulled up before 2 out. 0
P Sir Erec chased leader till broke down after 4th. 0

RANDOX HEALTH COUNTY HANDICAP HURDLE (GRADE 3) (1)
1 Ch’tibello midfield, moved comfortably, ridden into 6th, made no forward move before took off too early 2 out, moved forward approaching home turn, pushed along in 9th some 7 lengths down on leader coming off the bend, effort and passed several approaching last, led and not fluent, hard driven, stayed on well up the hill, maintained advantage last 150 yards. 155
2 We Have A Dream held up rear, raced wide from 3rd, some ground and just about midfield at the top of the hill, moved comfortably going down the hill to 2 out, pushed along after it, stayed on and passed several home turn, ran on and continued to pass rivals under a ride approaching last, every chance jumping, hard driven, stayed on under pressure, no impression on Ch’tibello last 100 yards, just got up for 2nd. 160
3 Countister midfield, keen hold, travelled comfortably as steadily edged forward at the top of the hill, at most nudged along as got in touch in rear of leading group home turn, soon niggled along then more firmly ridden along, effort and closed on leaders, every chance approaching last, disputed lead when mistake, hard driven, one pace last 175 yards, sustained effort under pressure, just failed to get 2nd. good run. Put everything into it and lost nothing in defeat. 140
4 Whiskey Sour midfield to rear, headway and midfield 3rd, shuffled back and midfield to rear again 6th, moved comfortably but making little ground at the top of the hill, plenty of cover but not asked for a major effort home turn, pushed along once in line for home, stayed on and passed a few approaching last, ran on and took 4th early on run-in, no impression on 1st 3 last 125 yards. Getting there and put in a better round of jumping than usual. 147
5 Lisp midfield, slightly closer order approaching 3rd, moved comfortably at the top of the hill, nudged along on downhill run to 2 out, ridden into it, hard ridden off home turn, stayed on, closed on 2nd and 3rd and chance of a place approaching last, not fluent, driven and one pace last 175 yards, stuck to task. Not for the first time, this one’s lack of a turn of foot was much in evidence, but a good run all the same. 145
6 Sternrubin tracked leaders, hit 1st, headway and with leader approaching 2nd, shuffled back a little approaching 3rd, ridden into 4th, in close to 6th, tracked leaders going down the hill to 2 out, disputed lead jumping, soon ridden along, hard driven and faded off home turn, stayed on and in contention for a place going to last, about to fade when blundered, hard driven, stuck to task up the hill and just got 6th. Once again showed his best qualities in that he stuck to the task very well even though he didn’t have a chance of a place after the mistake at the last. 140
7 Mohaayed chased leader, disputed lead approaching 3rd, niggled along after 6th, more firmly pushed along approaching 2 out, held place and narrow leader home turn, soon headed, hard ridden and outpaced approaching last, faded nearing it looked held when mistake, hard driven, no more up the hill, just kept on. In contrast to last year was made more use of, and had little left for the home straight as a result. 153
8 Mr Adjudicator midfield to rear, keen, took off too early 1st, mistake 4th, shuffled back and towards rear 6th, headway on outer at the top of the hill, jus about midfield approaching 2 out, niggled along approaching home turn, ridden and stayed on past some approaching last, carried head to one side against stands’ side rail, driven and no extra last 150 yards, stuck to task, never nearer. 148
9 Due Reward midfield, keen, ridden into 5th, niggled along and slightly tapped for pace at the top of the hill, closed on leaders approaching 2 out, ridden along and outpaced home turn, kept on approaching last, no impression on leaders, faded last 175 yards, stuck to task late. 135
10 Monsieur Lecoq midfield, niggled along from 3rd, lost ground and more towards rear before 6th, pushed along away from it, well back 2 out and ridden along, well held but kept on approaching last, hard ridden and stayed on past beaten ones up the hill, closing last 100 yards, nearest finish. 128
11 Cut The Mustard held up, mistake 1st, moved comfortably and made ground to be just about midfield approaching 6th, closed up further approaching 2 out, at most niggled along in mid-pack home turn no more than 4 lengths off leader, hard ridden off home turn, no extra and well held approaching last, kept on a bit last 100 yards, no impression. 134
12 Brex Drago midfield on inner, slightly closer order before mistake 2nd, shuffled back and midfield when ridden into 3rd, blundered 4th, mistakes 5th and 6th, pushed along going down the hill before 2 out, hard ridden approaching home turn, no room on inner and lost a few lengths turning in, hard driven and no impression approaching last, kept on up the hill but unable to make a place. Jumping seems a serious problem with this one on this evidence. 120
13 Thistle Do Nicely midfield, mistake 2nd, nudged along approaching 3rd, niggled along before ridden into 6th, not making much ground on inner at the top of the hill, pushed along approaching 2 out, hard ridden and lost ground approaching home turn, kept on a bit past a couple of beaten ones approaching last, went left under pressure, stayed on last 175 yards, going on a bit at the finish. Rather taken off his legs, but his jumping held up. 128
14 Leoncavallo midfield, keen hold, mistake 4th, nudged along after 6th, moved comfortably going down the hill to 2 out, ridden along after it, hard driven approaching home turn, no impression approaching last, stayed on last 150 yards, going on well at the end and was closing on the next one at the post. Shaped well, admittedly outpaced at a critical point but going on well in the last 150 yards. 139
15 Western Ryder prominent, in close to 6th and hard ridden away from it, travelled more comfortably at the top of the hill, niggled along approaching 2 out, hard ridden approaching home turn, held place and every chance under a ride turning in, hard ridden and faded approaching last, well held, mistake there, driven and lost further ground and places up the hill, weakening at the post. Not strong at the finish after being ridden prominently. 139
16 Mister Fizz chased leaders, briefly disputed lead 5th, ridden into 6th, tracked leaders at the top of the hill, niggled along going down the hill to 2 out, pushed along approaching home turn, hard driven and faded approaching last, well held nearing it, kept on and no impression final 175 yards. 133
17 Capitaine held up rear, keen and tended to race with head to one side, not much ground before 2 out, niggled along after it, passed beaten ones approaching home turn but essentially made no ground on the leaders, hung left under a ride approaching last and not stay on, no more last 175 yards. Didn’t apply himself, having been dropped out at the back. 129
18 Storm Rising disputed lead, keen, led 2nd, joined after 6th, disputed lead at the top of the hill, niggled along going down the hill to 2 out, headed jumping, hard ridden, weakened approaching home turn, dropped away approaching last under a ride, well back jumping, no more and tailing off last 100 yards. 114
19 High Expectations held up, in rear when in close to 3rd, dropped to last when in close to 4th and 5th, niggled along at the top of the hill, made no ground approaching 2 out, ridden along after it, no headway home turn, weakened under a ride approaching last, passed beaten ones, no impression last 150 yards, tailed off. 107
20 Crooks Peak midfield, pulled hard, a little ground before 6th, prominent to midfield at the top of the hill, ridden into 2 out, pushed along after it, stayed on and closed on leaders approaching home turn, hard ridden and every chance till weakened under a ride some 175 yards off last, dropped away quickly, well held jumping, eased down, tailed off. Pulled too hard in the first half of the race and had nothing left for the last three furlongs as a result. 108
21 Chieftain’s Choice held up rear, last over 2nd, started to race keenly before in close to 3rd, also in close to 4th, niggled along after 5th, struggling at the top of the hill, had made no ground when pushed along in last after 2 out, taken wide off home turn, made no ground, well back and detached when allowed to jump last in own time, no more up the hill, tailed off. 93
22 Pingshou prominent, mistakes 4th and 5th, niggled along going to 6th, mistake there, a little ground and seemed to be going comfortably enough at the top of the hill, niggled along approaching 2 out, hard ridden after it, weakened approaching home turn, dropped further away approaching last, left alone nearing it and last to jump, well tailed off. 92
P Mitchouka prominent, in close to 5th, moved comfortably at the top of the hill, tracked leaders approaching 2 out, pushed along after it, faded, was weakening under a ride home turn, well held approaching last, weakened further and was left alone 100 yards off it, eased right down and pulled up run-in. 0
U Eclair De Beaufeu prominent, not fluent 1st, edged closer and tracked leaders at the top of the hill after 6th, moved comfortably 2 out, arguably travelled best approaching home turn, sent on straightening, ridden and ran on to draw 3 lengths clear a furlong off last, was closed on 150 yards off it, hard ridden, was about to be swallowed up when mistake and unseated rider last. Was looking as though he was about to weaken and would probably have finished midfield, having been sent on too soon. 0

ALBERT BARTLETT NOVICES’ HURDLE (GRADE 1) (REGISTERED AS THE SPA NOVICES’ HURDLE) (1)
1 Minella Indo with leaders, chased leaders 6th, moved comfortably as led 10th, was joined at the top of the hill, raced wide, arguably travelled best going down the hill to 2 out, led half a length, was the only one on the bit when pushed along home turn, ridden clear against stands’ side rail approaching last, was soon 3 or 4 lengths clear, hard driven, was closed on and jumped last 2 lengths up, 1st 2 clear, driven out up the hill, stayed on well to maintain lead final 175 yards, genuine effort. 143
2 Commander Of Fleet midfield, not fluent 1st, a little closer order when dived at 4th, shuffled back and midfield 5th, mistake 7th and briefly pushed along, closer order 9th, prominent 10th, pushed along at the top of the hill, within 5 lengths when mistake 2 out, pushed along home turn, stayed on, hard ridden and moved into 2nd approaching last, put under pressure, 1st 2 pulled clear, was at most 2 lengths down last, hard driven, one pace under pressure last 175 yards, stuck to task. 141
3 Allaho prominent early, shuffled back and midfield 2nd, a little keen, toom off on the wrong leg 6th, mistake 7th, slightly closer order 9th, shuffled back and midfield 10th, travelled comfortably at the top of the hill, started a move and slightly closer order approaching 2 out, niggled along after it, stayed on home turn, very good ground and held a chance of 2nd when Minella Indo went for home, hard driven, no extra approaching last, couldn’t go with 2nd, looked as though tiring once over last, hard driven and picked up under pressure when challenged for 3rd, stayed on last 150 yards and going away from the 4th at the post. There’s clearly plenty of ability in there, his staying on to take 3rd in the last 150 yards possibly a result of the penny dropping late in the day. 134
4 Dickie Diver held up, keen, mistake 4th, in close to 7th and 8th, mistake 9th, niggled along after 10th, pushed along after 2 out, passed a few but a lot to do home turn, put under pressure, stayed on well approaching last and chance of a place, ridden and one pace in battle for 3rd last 150 yards, no impression on 1st 2. Kept on nicely late and more to come from this one. 132
5 Lisnagar Oscar midfield, shuffled back and more towards rear from 3rd, mistake 4th, not fluent 5th, some ground and midfield approaching 6th, niggled along from 8th, closer order 9th, moved comfortably enough in touch at the top of the hill, niggled along and closed on leaders approaching 2 out, pushed along after it, stayed on home turn and not without a chance of a place approaching last as Minella Indo asserted, put under pressure, faded nearing last, kept on last 150 yards but no impression. A better run than the distance beaten suggests as he looked like he might make the frame coming off the home turn. 127
6 Derrinross led, in close to 2nd, headed 5th, led 6th, headed soon after, chased leader till led 9th, nudged along and headed 10th, a little ground and disputed lead at the top of the hill, soon pushed along, hard ridden after 2 out, chased Minella Indo home turn, hard driven and weakened approaching last, well held and dropping back when mistake last, no more. 120
7 Salsaretta held up, keen, went right 4th, travelled comfortably but little ground by 10th, started a move and just about midfield at the top of the hill, made ground on the bit approaching 2 out, closer order still and tracked leaders approaching home turn, soon pushed along, hard ridden and quickly tired, no more approaching last, eased off nearing it, faded further and lost 6th place last 150 yards. 113
8 Aye Aye Charlie held up rear, mistakes 2nd and 4th, ridden into 8th, closer order 9th, ridden into 10th, not much ground when pushed along at the top of the hill, hard ridden going down the hill to 2 out, put under pressure after it, made no ground under a ride, well held under pressure when went left approaching last, went right up the hill, no impression, held off rivals in three-way battle for 8th but finished well back. 118
9 Cap York chased leader, ridden into 2nd, shuffled back a little 6th but still remained prominent, lost another length or so before niggled along and mistake 7th, more firmly pushed along approaching 8th and appeared to be struggling, closer order under a push 9th, tracked leaders at the top of the hill but pushed along, hard ridden and lost place approaching 2 out, put under pressure approaching home turn, weakened under a ride once in line for home, well held when mistake last, ridden and kept on last 125 yards, not quite get 8th in three-way battle, well back. 117
10 Ask Ben midfield on inner, keen, ridden into 7th, nudged along 9th, in close to 10th and pushed along away from it, pushed along and kept on a little approaching 2 out, stayed on approaching home turn, hard driven once in line for home, faded approaching last, dropped away, steadied into last, hard ridden and kept on a bit in three-way battle for distant 8th but no extra last 75 yards. 117
11 First Approach midfield, keen and raced with head to one side after 4th, slightly closer order, closer order and prominent 7th though still raced rather keenly at that point, mistake 9th, moved comfortably at the top of the hill, pushed along approaching 2 out, little impression, lost place and well held approaching home turn, hard ridden but well back and made no ground approaching last, lost further ground, tailed off. 113
12 Nadaitak prominent, briefly niggled along after 1st, mistake 2nd, raced widest of all approaching 4th, headway and with leaders approaching 5th, wandered nearing it, mistake 7th, niggled along after 8th, held place to 10th, pushed along at the top of the hill, hard driven after 2 out, carried head slightly awkwardly, weakened approaching home turn, soon well held, in close to last, tailed off. 113
13 Dorrells Pierji held up rear, a little keen, headway and midfield approaching 6th, shuffled back and towards rear approaching 7th though still travelled comfortably, not much ground on inner when mistake 10th, niggled along and a little ground going down the hill to 2 out, pushed along after it, no impression, put under pressure, kept on a bit approaching last, weakened nearing it, eased right off up the hill, tailed off, walked past the post. 100
14 Rockpoint chased leader, in close to 3rd and 4th, nudged along approaching 5th where went slightly right, ridden into 6th, led approaching 7th, was joined 8th, headed 9th and niggled along, started to lose place under a ride at the top of the hill, midfield and under pressure after 2 out, no impression, well back home turn, weakened further approaching last, no more, eased last 125 yards, tailed off. 93
P Stoney Mountain prominent to midfield, a little keen, dived at 3rd, headway and prominent when in close to 6th, niggled along and lost ground approaching 7th where mistake, pushed along away from it, lost place and midfield 8th, struggling in midfield to rear 9th, eased off after 10th, tailed off when pulled up before 2 out. 0
P Darlac prominent, in close to 3rd, lost place and niggled along in midfield approaching 7th where mistake, made a little ground 8th to 9th, lost place again and rear/struggling 10th, hard ridden and weakened quickly at the top of the hill, soon detached from the rest, eased right off, tailed off when pulled up after 2 out. 0
P Dinons held up rear, mistake 1st, ridden into 8th, mistake 9th, headway and just about midfield when mistake 10th, pushed along at the top of the hill, lost ground under a push approaching 2 out, weakening and tailing off when eased down and pulled up after home turn. 0
P Rhinestone midfield, ridden into 4th and pushed along for a stride after it, niggled along after 5th, lost place and midfield to rear/niggled along 6th, pushed along and struggling after 7th, mistake 8th and going worst of the field after it, ridden again after 9th, making no ground when eased off and pulled up before 10th. 0
P Alsa Mix midfield, a little keen, ridden into and blundered 7th, held place, niggled along approaching 10th, pushed along away from it, losing place going down the hill under a push when as-good-as-fell 2 out, eased off home turn and tailed off when pulled up before last. 0
P Birchdale midfield, a little keen, mistake 2nd, nudged along after 3rd, mistake 6th, a little ground 7th, mistake 9th, moved comfortably as edged closer 10th and prominent at the top of the hill, niggled along approaching 2 out, ridden along home turn, weakened under a ride once in line for home, soon well held, dropping away quickly when eased right off and pulled up before last. Everything was going okay until approaching the home turn, and he might well do better after his Summer break. 0

MAGNERS CHELTENHAM GOLD CUP CHASE (GRADE 1) (1)
1 Al Boum Photo held up, ridden into 2nd, not fluent 3rd, headway and midfield 6th, mistakes 13th and 16th, closer order 17th, further ground and tracked 1st 2 18th, looked poised tracking 1st 2 passing omitted 3 out, drew upsides going best approaching 2 out, shaken up and sent on nearing it, ridden, stayed on between last 2, was 4 lengths up last, driven out, stayed on well up the hill, workmanlike and decisive. 164
2 Anibale Fly held up, pushed along after 2nd, mistake 5th and briefly pushed along after that and 6th, headway and midfield 9th, shuffled back and midfield to rear from 13th, niggled along 18th, struggling under a push next, stayed on passing omitted 3 out and closed on leading group, sustained effort approaching home turn, had half a chance under a ride approaching 2 out, one pace when ridden after it, moved into 3rd jumping last, hard driven, stayed on well to go 2nd up the hill, was closing on Al Boum Photo last 100 yards but too much ground to make up. Unable to go the early pace, did much his best work at the end. 162
3 Bristol De Mai midfield, raced outer, in close to 7th, headway going well and prominent 15th, mistake 16th and lost ground/niggled along away from it, good ground going comfortably passing omitted 3 out, tracked leaders when pushed along approaching 2 out, hard driven between last 2, kept on one pace approaching last, no extra under pressure up the hill, lost 2nd inside last 175 yards, no more. A much better run than expected from this one in the Gold Cup. 158
4 Native River vigorously ridden along to make a start and reminder before 1st, midfield, made ground under a ride and prominent by 3rd, finally got to the front 11th, pushed along approaching 13th, narrowly headed by Might Bite 15th to 17th, ridden 19th, stayed on passing omitted 3 out, led approaching home turn, headed approaching 2 out, unable to go with those ahead, well held between last 2, hard ridden, kept on, stuck to task up the hill under a ride but no impression on those ahead. With conditions less testing than last year, it wasn’t going to happen – but the way he started the race suggested that perhaps his attitude is on the wane. 155
5 Clan Des Obeaux tracked leaders, shuffled back and prominent to midfield 6th travelling comfortably, slightly hampered 10th, made ground and prominent approaching 11th, ridden into 13th, tracked leaders 15th, pushed along after 16th and 17th, held place, 2 lengths down and pushed along after 19th, had a chance passing omitted 3 out, closed up travelling better approaching home turn, pushed along turning in, one pace nearing 2 out, hard driven, stuck to task but no impression appoaching last, faded, kept on under pressure up the hill, lost 4th and no more last few strides. 153
6 Elegant Escape prominent, tended to jump slightly right, niggled along approaching 14th, in close to 17th, lost ground, midfield 18th, pushed along at the top of the hill, mistake 19th and ridden, struggling to get to leaders in rear of main group under a ride passing omitted 3 out, effort and stayed on under a ride on inner home turn, driven and weakened nearing 2 out, looked held jumping, looked heavy-legged as lost ground on those ahead approaching last, well back when steadied into it, kept on a bit run-in. Couldn’t lie up from early in the final mile. 138
7 Yala Enki prominent to midfield, prominent from 3rd, mistake 6th, lost place and midfield, ended up further back and rear 8th, struggling 16th, rear and slightly detached when mistake 19th, well held passing omitted 3 out, kept on a bit from home turn till hampered by Might Bite pulling up a few strides off 2 out, no more, tailed off last. A highly optimistic challenger and this was the best connections could have hoped for. 135
8 Presenting Percy midfield to rear, raced inner, taken back and held up before mistake 3rd, last pair when mistake 9th, a little ground when mistake 18th and niggled along in midfield, ridden 19th, stayed on under a ride and rear of leading group approaching home turn but there were a few going better, put under pressure turning in and unable to go with those ahead, well held 2 out, hung left, weakened, tailed off when mistake last, no more. 131
9 Shattered Love held up, made some ground and midfield 13th, niggled along 15th, pushed along when mistake 19th, pushed along passing omitted 3 out, unable to find more under a ride approaching home turn, well held 2 out, lost further ground between last 2, left alone nearing last, mistake, tailed off. 121
B Definitly Red prominent, niggled along 4th, mistake 5th, brought down 10th. 0
F Invitation Only chasing leader when sadly fell fatally 10th. 0
P Thistlecrack midfield, not fluent 6th, hampered and lost ground 10th, lost place and last when pecked on landing 12th, pushed along 13th and struggling, lost further ground, tailing off when pulled up before 17th. 0
P Bellshill towards rear, mistakes 7th and 8th, pulled up before 9th. 0
P Double Shuffle midfield, lost place and rear 13th, mistake 16th, weakening further when pulled up before 18th. 0
P Might Bite led, briefly niggled along approaching 8th, headed 11th, chasing Native River when mistake 13th, switched off inner, mistake 14th (water), led 15th, mistake 16th, narrowly headed 17th, niggled along after 19th, only a neck down passing omitted 3 out, ridden and weakened quickly home turn, losing ground rapidly when pulled up before 2 out. There were signs earlier in the season that he wasn’t the force of old, and this tame check-out seemed to prove it. 0
U Kemboy midfield when mistake and unseated rider 1st. 0

ST. JAMES’S PLACE FOXHUNTER CHALLENGE CUP OPEN HUNTERS’ CHASE (2)
1 Hazel Hill midfield, jumped a bit big 3rd, a little headway before jumped right 13th and 14th, niggled along briefly after 16th and 17th, jumped right 4 out and pushed along after it, closed on leaders approaching 3 out, clipped Shantou Flyer’s heels on landing, hard ridden, effort from home turn, stayed on to chase leader approaching 2 out, sustained effort to lead under pressure approaching last, clear when switched inside loose horse 175 yards out, pushed out till in no danger last 50 yards and rider started to ease, workmanlike but decisive. Looks hard work, but likely to be in the mix if coming back for the 2020 renewal. 143
2 Shantou Flyer prominent, hit 3rd and 13th, niggled along approaching 14th, made a little ground and chased leader 17th, not fluent 3 out and clipped heels with the pursuing Hazel Hill, hard ridden home turn, one pace approaching 2 out, hard driven between last 2, no impression on winner, some 6 to 8 lengths down jumping, ridden, kept on, stayed on into 2nd last 175 yards out, driven and closed on winner last 100 yards but never getting there. After a consistent season in this sphere, and two years younger than Hazel Hill, could well be one to consider if coming back for the 2020 Foxhunters’. 139
3 Top Wood prominent, ridden into 7th, headway and chased leader 13th, ridden into 15th, moved comfortably going down the hill to 3 out, pushed along approaching home turn, couldn’t go with 1st 2 approaching 2 out, stuck to task under pressure, steadied into last, hard driven, all out, kept on, rallied last 150 yards and took 3rd from tiring rival close home. 132
4 Road To Rome led, jumped slightly right throughout, went more markedly right and pecked on landing 13th, mistake 15th, ridden into 18th, niggled along going down the hill to 3 out, hard driven approaching home turn, stayed on under a ride and led 2 lengths jumping 2 out, put under strong pressure, headed by Hazel Hill between last 2, no extra, looked tired jumping last, driven and kept on, lost 2nd 125 yards out, faded, lost 3rd last 75 yards. Under an aggressive ride, didn’t quite last home. 128
5 Ucello Conti midfield, nudged along 13th, bumped rival 14th, ridden into 15th, pushed along away from it, was some 15 to 20 lengths off leader 16th, niggled along after 18th, lost ground and looked to have no chance 4 out, kept on a little under a push before 3 out, put under pressure approaching home turn, kept on but no impression on leading group before 2 out, hard driven between last 2, no more before or after last, never able to challenge. Just seems to be not the force of old. 120
6 Stand Up And Fight held up, not fluent 2nd, some 25 lengths off the pace 3rd, not fluent 4th, mistake 9th, had made little ground when short of room 13th, edged closer and midfield 16th, some 15 to 20 lengths off leader when pushed along after 18th, effort delayed as raced some 12 to 15 lengths off leaders in 5th/6th approaching 3 out, pushed along after it, made no impression approaching home turn, hard ridden after 2 out though looked held, well back last, pushed out and unable to make a place. The ‘Salsify’ ride didn’t work, the first four no worse than midfield throughout while this one spent most of the race in the last third of the field, a long way off the sharp end. 117
7 Dont Do Mondays prominent to midfield, in close to 9th, not fluent 11th, ridden into and mistake 12th, lost ground and midfield 13th, firmly pushed along 16th, lost place and in rear some 20 to 25 lengths down 18th, tailed off 3 out, well back but kept on a bit from home turn, no more from approaching last, tailed off. 103
8 Asockastar chased leader, bumped rival 1st, disputed lead briefly 2nd, not fluent 10th, lost a little ground but still remained prominent approaching 13th, not fluent 16th and 18th, nudged along and detached from leaders approaching 4 out, pushed along away from it, weakened approaching 3 out, well back when pushed along away from it, well held under pressure home turn, steadied into 2 out, no more approaching last, tailed off. 98
9 Southfield Theatre niggled along to make a start, tracked leaders when hit 2nd, ridden into 4th and 5th, not fluent 6th, chased leader from 10th, hit 12th, niggled along from 13th, losing place when mistake 16th, well back when not fluent 18th, some 25 lengths behind leaders when mistake 3 out, put under pressure home turn, no impression and if anything lost further ground approaching 2 out, tailed off when mistake last, one reminder and rider persevered up the hill but made no ground. 95
P Balnaslow held up, in last pair 3rd, some 25 to 30 lengths behind leader 10th, lost further ground and hopelessly tailed off 15th, soon pulled up. 0
P Pacha Du Polder prominent to midfield, in close to 2nd and lost a bit of ground, midfield when not fluent 3rd, lost further ground and towards rear 6th, a little slow 7th, rear of main group when niggled along after 11th, lost a few more lengths going to 12th, detached from main body of the field and started to tail off before 13th, niggled along approaching 14th, pushed along and no headway before 15th, reminder before 16th, tailed off 18th, pushed along and hopeless when hampered by a puller-upper approaching 3 out, pulled up himself before 2 out. Not to be this year. 0
P Just Cause prominent, ridden into 6th and 7th, lost ground 11th, nudged along approaching 13th, ridden into it, ridden into 16th, niggled along away from it, steadied into and mistake 18th, lost place and midfield, dropping back when mistake 4 out, eased off and pulled up before 3 out (hampering a continuing back-runner). 0
P Samanntom slightly missed break and detached last, mistake 1st, made a couple of places 7th, lost place and tailed off 12th, no impression throughout final circuit, hopeless when hit 3 out, pulled up before 2 out. 0
P Chosen Dream towards rear, tended to go right, not fluent 1st, rear of main group 11th, not fluent 13th, blundered at the water (14th) and stumbled whilst recovering, pushed along after 17th and 18th, made little impression, tailed off 3 out, pulled up before next. 0
P Haymount prominent, raced wide, in close to 2nd, niggled along before and after 7th, slightly overjumped and pecked on landing 10th, midfield from 11th, weakened further before mistake 13th, pushed along, dropped to rear of main group and losing further ground when pulled up before 15th. 0
P One Conemara midfield, airy jump to the right 5th, pushed along after 7th, jumped right 10th and niggled along away from it, ridden into 11th, struggling 13th and pushed along, tailing off when pulled up after 14th. 0
P Double Whammy held up, went right 3rd, slow 7th, niggled along and became detached from the main group approaching 11th, lost place and tailed off 12th, hopeless when pulled up after 14th. 0
P Caid Du Berlais midfield on inner, ridden into 3rd, lost some ground and midfield to rear 5th, rear of main group when not fluent 9th, struggling when not fluent 13th, mistake 17th, tailed off 3 out, pulled up before 2 out. 0
P Sybarite midfield, went right 1st, lost ground and niggled along 2nd, pushed along 3rd, struggling in rear under a vigorous push 5th, detached from remainder and tailed off when jumped right 10th, a fence behind 15th, soon pulled up. 0
P Coastal Tiep prominent, lost ground and midfield 3rd, not fluent 6th, struggling when ridden into 17th, lost place and towards rear by 18th, well held when pushed along approaching 3 out, mistake there, ridden and no impression before hit 2 out, tailed off and tiring when pulled up suddenly a few yards off last. 0
P Cousin Pete midfield, lost ground when ridden into 6th, mistake 10th, niggled along 13th and 14th, ridden along 15th, ridden into 16th, no impression 18th, pushed along approaching 4 out, well back when ridden along approaching 3 out, put under pressure approaching home turn, keeping on a bit when pulled up before 2 out. It looked as though 7th-place was the best he could have managed had he stayed in the race, but signs that little was going to happen for the 2018-3rd this time were evident as early as the 6th. 0
U Some Are Lucky towards rear, headway and midfield when jumped right 10th, niggled along briefly before blundered and unseated rider 11th. 0
U Ardkilly Witness midfield, tended to jump right, not fluent 1st, mistake 6th, ridden into 7th, blundered 8th, started to lose place 13th, dropping back when blundered and unseated rider 15th. 0
U Timewaitsfornoone midfield to rear and a little keen when mistake and unseated rider 1st, then as-good-as-fell when loose 2nd. 0

JOHNNY HENDERSON GRAND ANNUAL CHALLENGE CUP HANDICAP CHASE (GRADE 3) (1)
1 Croco Bay disputed lead, chased leader from 3rd, led 7th, ridden into 8th, disputed it 9th, led 10th, 2 lengths clear 11th, moved comfortably going down the hill to 3 out, pecked on landing, arguably moved best approaching home turn, pushed along turning in, stayed on going to 2 out, hard driven on landing, sustained effort in front, about half a length up jumping last, was strongly challenged by Bun Doran, put under strong pressure, pulled out more last 150 yards, asserted close home, most genuine effort. Finding more than his challenger, gained a well-deserved success at the age of 12, never out of the first two. 141
2 Bun Doran prominent on inner, shuffled back 4th and prominent to midfield, moved comfortably after 4 out as edged forward, got an eye-of-a-needle gap on inside rail approaching home turn and closed on 1st 2, moved comfortably, pushed along once in line for home, kept on approaching 2 out, switched off inner, pusehd along, drew upsides Croco Bay on landing last, ridden, put under pressure last 150 yards, didn’t find as much as rival close home, jockey going faster than the horse last three strides. Good run, but didn’t find the necessary when it mattered, not a first for this one. 149
3 Brelan D’As prominent, raced freely, raced wide, brushed 3rd and 4th, mistake 8th, made ground from 4 out and chased Croco Bay approaching 3 out, travelled comfortably approaching home turn, shaken up on straightening, carried head high under a ride, brushed 2 out, hard ridden, one pace between last 2, disputed 3rd last, hard driven, stayed on, no impression on 1st 2, stuck to task and got the best of battle for 3rd last 100 yards. 134
4 Forest Bihan prominent, ridden into 7th, tracked leaders approaching 9th, moved comfortably going down the hill to 3 out, niggled along after it, held polace and pushed along home turn, had a chance 2 out, hard ridden, stayed on, half a length down last, put under pressure, no extra up the hill, carried head awkwardly and faded a little, stuck to task last 100 yards, no impression. 150
5 Not Another Muddle midfield on inner, keen, hit 2nd and 3rd, in close to 5th and pecked on landing, closer order 10th. prominent when hit 4 out, niggled along and closed a little on leaders, good ground to dispute 4th some 3 lengths off leader home turn, hard ridden approaching 2 out, hard driven, one pace between last 2, looked held last, hard driven and kept on, no further impression although lost no further ground last 150 yards, stuck to task. Not a bad effort after he was keen early and made a few errors. 132
6 Theo held up, short of room on landing 1st, mistake 2nd, ridden into 4th, in last pair at that point, headway and midfield 6th, niggled along after 8th, lost a bit of ground 9th and pushed along after it, ridden along going down the hill to 3 out, mistake there, hard ridden and outpaced approaching home turn, detached from leaders, put under pressure approaching 2 out, in close to it, hard driven and little impression between last 2, carried head to one side after last but kept on under pressure, unable to make a place last 75 yards. An early mistake set the tone and he couldn’t get near the leaders. 126
7 Whatswrongwithyou held up, not fluent 1st, keen hold, headway into midfield 10th, hit 11th, niggled along going down the hill to 3 out, a lot to do jumping, niggled along approaching home turn, well back in 11th some 10 lengths off leader approaching 2 out, pushed along nearing it, hard driven between last 2, little impression, driven after last, unable to make a place but stuck to task. 137
8 Marracudja held up rear, mistake 1st, in close to 3rd and 4th, last when mistake 5th, still last 10th and not yet asked to improve at that stage, became slightly detached last 4 out, finally passed a couple 3 out, good ground and closing in midfield under a push home turn, short of room 2 out, hard driven, no further impression between last 2, looked held last, hard driven and kept on but unable to make a place last 125 yards, never nearer. The exaggerated waiting ride (which this one probably needs) didn’t come off, thanks in part to early errors. 129
9 Champagne At Tara held up, mistake 1st, in last 3 when ridden along after 10th, niggled along and a little ground into midfield before mistake 3 out, pushed along after it, put under pressure home turn, carried head to one side but kept on a bit before 2 out, no impresison approaching last, steadied into it, driven, no extra up the hill. 127
10 Magic Saint midfield, ridden into 7th, closer order 8th, nudged along going down the hill to 3 out, shaken up after it, hard ridden and no impression home turn, faded going to 2 out, lost further ground going to last, no more. 134
11 Le Prezien midfield, in close to 6th, mistake 10th and pushed along away from it, niggled along going down the hill to 3 out and closed on leaders a little, ridden into it, stayed on approaching home turn and not totally done with, headway on inner going to 2 out, hard driven, weakened approaching last, was passed by several rivals just after it, weakened further last 150 yards and lost 10th place last couple of strides. Off only a 1 lb higher mark than when winning this in 2018, wasn’t in the same form and found little in the closing stages as is often the case. 135
12 Tree Of Liberty midfield, bumped rival 1st, tended to jump flat-backed, niggled along away from 8th, niggled along and little ground going down the hill to 3 out, hard ridden after it, passed a few and was 8 to 10 lengths down home turn, keeping on when mistake 2 out, hung left under a ride, lost ground approaching last, weakened further run-in. 124
13 Caid du Lin midfield, a bit slow 1st, short of room 2nd, ridden into 8th, niggled along before 9th where mistake, a lot to do when niggled again 10th, mistake 4 out and short of room on landing, pushed along and made little ground going down the hill to 3 out, mistake there and pecked on landing, pushed along some 20 lengths down and well held approaching 2 out, kept on a little after jumped right last but unable to make a place, well back. 123
14 Top Gamble niggled along before 1st, prominent, pushed along after 6th, lost place and midfield 9th, reached for 10th, pushed along and struggling going down the hill to 3 out, hard ridden and well held approaching home turn, some 20 lengths back approaching 2 out, ridden and weakened approaching last, lost further ground up the hill, tailed off. 106
15 Theflyingportrait held up, nudged along from 8th, firmly pushed along in last 3 after 10th, a little ground before mistake 3 out, pushed along after it, well held under a ride home turn, weakened from 2 out, tailed off. 104
P All Set To Go midfield, shuffled back and midfield to rear 4th, blundered 5th and lucky not to unseat, rear 6th, not fluent 7th and reminders, blundered 8th, last and detached 9th, tailing off when pulled up before 10th. It was a seriously horrible journey for as long as it lasted, wisely not continuing beyond the 9th. 0
P Gino Trail disputed lead, hit 2nd, led 3rd, disputed it 7th, chased leader when ridden into and mistake 4 out, pushed along away from it, lost place, midfield looking held and rider seemed to accept the situation going to 3 out, eased right down approaching home turn, pulled up before 2 out. He’s had a good career but, aged 12, lacks the zip to be competitive in this sort of race (even allowing for the ground not being soft enough on the day). 0
P Mr Medic prominent, a little less than fluent 1st 2, blundered badly and as-good-as-unseated 7th, nudged along away from 8th, losing ground when in close to 9th, struggling when reached for 10th, niggled along before mistake 4 out, pushed along and struggling in midfield to rear approaching 3 out, well back and tailing off when pulled up before 2 out. His jumping let him down on an earlier visit to Cheltenham and perhaps it just isn’t his track – isn’t the first such horse, won’t be the last. 0
P Mind’s Eye midfield to rear, raced with high head carriage, a little ground and midfield 5th, niggled along before and after 8th, losing ground and midfield to rear when blundered 4 out, in last pair and rider accepted situation approaching 3 out, tailing off when pulled up before 2 out. 0

MARTIN PIPE CONDITIONAL JOCKEYS’ HANDICAP HURDLE (2)
1 Early Doors midfield, niggled along early, shuffled back and more towards rear approaching 4th, headway and midfield approaching 5th, ridden into 6th, pushed along approaching 8th, a little ground going more comfortably and prominent going down the hill to 2 out, no room jumping and squeezed back a bit as ground taken by rivals, pushed along approaching home turn, ridden and stayed on once in line for home, ground taken again and switched inside rivals approaching last, put under pressure, stayed on well to challenge 75 yards off it, disputed lead on landing, soon led, hard driven, stayed on well, asserted last 150 yards. After a troubled passage in the last half mile, did well to land the spoils. 149
2 Dallas Des Pictons held up, not fluent 1st, nudged along approaching 2nd and on/off throughout after, midfield 3rd, closer order approaching 4th, prominent 5th, niggled along approaching 8th, in close to it, with leaders 2 out and travelled better than most, travelled best coming off home turn and led narrowly, niggled along approaching last, soon challenged by Early Doors, the best jump last but soon headed, hard driven, 1st 2 pulled clear, stayed on but unable to pull back winner last 100 yards. 143
3 Defi Bleu niiggled along to make a start and niggled again after 1st, prominent, raced a little keenly approaching 4th, blundered 5th and stumbled on landing, ridden into 6th, headway and tracked leaders going comfortably at the top of the hill, niggled along approaching 2 out, more firmly pushed along after it, effort and with leaders home turn though ridden along and not going as well as Dallas Des Pictons upsides, put under pressure approaching last, hung left as Early Doors came to take the pair, outpaced under pressure after it, stuck to task, clear of 4th but no impression on 1st 2. With a stride more like that of a lumbering four-mile chaser, comes out of the race with credit, this trip certain to prove too short. 138
4 Champagne Court midfield, keen, lost ground and briefly niggled along after 5th, niggled again 7th, held place going down the hill to 2 out but a bit to do jumping, pushed along, put under pressure and kept on approaching last, closed on leaders, in 5th last, hard driven, stayed on and moved into 4th up the hill, stuck to task, no impression on 1st 3. Not a bad effort. 118
5 Coolanly midfield, in close to 2nd, dropped back a little when niggled along after 7th, pushed along away from 8th, closer order under a ride approaching 2 out, sustained effort after it, prominent home turn, hard ridden and outpaced going to last, taken over to stands’ side, effort and stayed on last 150 yards, took 5th and was closing on the 4th final strides. 131
6 Cartwright threatened to refuse to race and got going with some persuasion, rear, niggled along approaching 2nd, passed a couple before 4th, pushed along away from it, again niggled along before 5th, midfield 6th, ridden along again after that and again after 7th, closed on leaders going down the hill to 2 out, hard ridden, stayed on home turn, came wide and took the stands’ side rail once in line for home, stayed on strongly under a ride and challenged strongly approaching last, couldn’t go with 1st 3 100 yards off it and switched inside them, making no ground when mistake last, hard driven, faded, lost 5th then 6th last 175 yards. Full marks to the jockey for getting this one in a challenging position after he looked like not starting. 126
7 Doctor Dex midfield, shuffled back and rear 3rd, last pair 4th, not asked to improve much but still moved largely comfortably towards rear at the top of the hill, keeping on a little on inner when wandered on the approach to 2 out, pushed along after it, ridden and stayed on home turn, put under pressure going to last, one pace, kept on last 175 yards, was being closed on last few strides. 117
8 Discordantly midfield, nudged along after 7th, again nudged along at the top of the hill before 2 out, hadn’t been asked for a serious effort when steadied into it and mistake, shaken up on lanidng, no impression under pressure coming off home turn, faded approaching last, no more up the hill, stuck to task. Shaped as though he’d be better over 3m – the 2020 Pertemps Final might end up being his target. 125
9 Burrows Park sweating under saddle; prominent, wide, nudged along after 7th, blundered 8th, lost ground and midfield at the top of the hill, not knocked about going down the hill to 2 out, no room juping, pushed along after it, lost ground approaching last, ridden out up the hill and stayed on passed a few, was going on well and closing on those ahead passing the post. Under a different ride to the hold-up tactics at Haydock the time before, lost his chance with the blunder at the third last, was left alone going to the second last and, though well held, finished strongly up the hill – more an encouraging run than the opposite. 115
10 Style De Garde prominent, keen, shuffled back and midfield 5th, niggled along after 7th, closer order and prominent 8th, still niggled at the top of the hill but well placed, made further ground and produced to challenge going better than most on inner approaching home turn, soon pushed along, hard driven once in line for home, faded approaching last, well held jumping, driven and no impression last 150 yards, lost further ground and lost 9th place close home. 126
11 Pym midfield, mistakes 2nd and 5th, lost place and more towards rear approaching 8th, briefly pushed along away from it, taken wide at the top of the hill and a little ground approaching 2 out, hard ridden away from it, hard driven and kept on a bit approaching last though a bit to do to get to leaders, well held when slightly hampered last, ridden up the hill and kept on, closing a little on those ahead at the post. 123
12 Mr Antolini tracked leaders, carried head to right before and after 3rd, mistake 4th and niggled along away from it, niggled again after 5th, chased leader at the top of the hill, every chance 2 out and led briefly after it, hard driven home turn, couldn’t find more once in line, lost place approaching last, hard ridden up the hill and lost ground and places last 150 yards. Having held his place and had every chance from the second last to the home turn, it’s a better race than his finishing position indicates, although he gave the impression that he didn’t stay. 124
13 Le Musee in last 3, soon niggled along, mistake 2nd, relegated to last and niggled along appearing to be struggling approaching 3rd, passed a couple by 4th, raced widest of all and pushed along starting the circuit, hard ridden after 6th, mistake 7th, reminders, lost place and detached last 8th, made no ground and if anything was further back jumping 2 out, ridden, kept on a bit from home turn, stayed on under pressure and passed beaten ones under a ride, finished well, nearest at the line. Didn’t go a yard. 113
14 Casa Tall midfield, closer order racing wide and just about prominent 6th, further ground from the top of the hill, with leaders approaching 2 out where carried slightly right, pushed along approaching home turn, hard driven once in line, faded, lost ground and places approaching last, well held when mistake and went left, continued to lose ground last 150 yards. 107
15 Sakhee’s City held up, became slightly detached from the main body of the field and niggled along after 6th, again niggled along before mistake 8th, still niggled and lost place/detached approaching 2 out, ridden along and carried head high/not stay on once in line for home, kept on past a couple of beaten ones approaching last, hard driven, kept on but made little real impression, tailed off. 105
16 Garo De Juilley held up, mistakes 5th, 6th and 7th, passed a couple approaching 8th where another mistake, raced wide going down the hill to 2 out, niggled along, well back and ridden approaching home turn, pushed along and no impression on those ahead when put under pressure approaching last, made no ground, tailed off. 109
17 Acapella Bourgeois disputed lead, tended to jump and lug right in the early stages, led after 2nd, mistake and went right 5th, jumped big 6th and nudged along after it, mistake 8th, led half a length at the top of the hill, ridden into and jumped right 2 out, immediately headed, hard ridden, well held home turn, weakened under a ride once in line, lost a lot of ground and places approaching last, completed tailed off. 104
18 Big Time Dancer midfield, a little ground and prominent approaching 4th, mistake there, shuffled back and midfield 5th, mistake 6th, niggled along 7th, ridden along at the top of the hill, put under pressure approaching 2 out, little impression, hard ridden and well held home turn, weakened under a ride approaching last, tailed off. 94
19 Getareason disputed lead, led briefly 2nd, chased leader after, mistakes 4th and 6th, travelled comfortably at the top of the hill, niggled along going downhill to 2 out, came back on the bit immediately after it, disputed lead, niggled along approaching home turn, quickly put under pressure, weakened turning in, well held approaching last, dropped right back through field, tailed off when went left jumping last. 99
20 Kapgarry midfield early, made ground and prominent after 2nd, ridden into 6th, tracked leaders approaching 8th, niggled along at the top ot the hill, lost place and midfield, soon hard ridden, dropped away going down the hill to 2 out, well held when mistake there, put under pressure, weakened further approaching last, tailed off when went left jumping, no more. 83
21 Daybreak Boy prominent, niggled along 6th, lost place and midfield 7th, weakened further 8th, ridden along and dropped back to midfield to rear from the top of the hill to 2 out, mistake and put under pressure, well held home turn, hard ridden and no impression, weakened approaching last, tailed off. 93
F Not That Fuisse midfield, slightly closer order and prominent to midfield approaching 7th, further ground and prominent 8th, ridden along 2 out, put under pressure coming off home turn, kept on but no impression on leaders approaching last, disputing 8th and some 12 lengths off leaders when fell last. Was on for a midfield finish at best. 0
P If You Say Run prominent, niggled along and lost place/midfield when in close to 5th, mistake 7th, pushed along and headway to be prominent again approaching 8th, pushed along and lost place again at the top of the hill, dropped away under a ride going down the hill to 2 out, had weakened to last pair by 2 out, tailed off and hopeless when eased right down and pulled up on home turn. 0
RR Mount Mews led in, refused to race, took no part. 0

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