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15:35 Saturday 13 April 2019

CORAL SCOTTISH GRAND NATIONAL HANDICAP CHASE (Grade 3) (1)

Distance : 3m 7f 176y
Prize : £122,442 Age : 5yo+ Race Type : Chase Going : Gd/Frm
Race Type : Chase
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Pos Pos Btn Horse Name Horse Name TFR Tfig Jockey Age Wgt ISP ISP BSP Hi/Lo
Pedigree Jockey & Trainer Trainer (Equip) (OR) (Place) BSP
1 1 Sean Quinlan silk 17. TAKINGRISKS (IRE) 17. TAKINGRISKS (IRE) -5 <
137+
52 Sean Quinlan 10 10-1 25/126 25/126
Sean Quinlan silk bg GOLDEN TORNADO (IRE) - DOWNTOWN ROSIE (IRE) GOOD THYNE (USA) J: Sean Quinlan
T: Nicky Richards
Age: 10 Wgt: 10-1 Eq: (s) OR: 135
Nicky Richards (s) (135)
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has increasingly looked in need of a stamina test but this first crack at an extreme distance still proved even more transformative than might have been expected, landing one of the premier staying prizes in the calendar by a greater margin than he'd won a Carlisle veterans event the previous month, all against the backdrop of a significant early scare after barely taking off at the first; he was sensibly given time to recover from the blunder, worked his way into contention on the final circuit and, having taken over early in the straight, rallied splendidly to wrest back the advantage approaching the last after Crosspark had headed him 3 out, finding plenty; future plans ought to revolve around long-distance handicaps, as he'll likely be vulnerable back around 3m from a mark likely to be nearing the 140s after this; incidentally, while the success of the North seems to dwindle year on year, his trainer has been a reliable source of a big-race win or 2, this supplementing an Eider and Caspian Caviar Gold Cup from last season, but the emergence of his rider probably warrants at least as big a mention, Quinlan having broken the half-century mark for the first time with a couple of weeks of the season still to go.
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2 2 Harry Skelton silk 4 8. CROSSPARK 8. CROSSPARK -3 <
141+
56 Harry Skelton 9 10-8 10/111 10/111
Harry Skelton silk bg MIDNIGHT LEGEND - BLUE SHANNON (IRE) BE MY NATIVE (USA) J: Harry Skelton
T: Caroline Bailey
Age: 9 Wgt: 10-8 OR: 142
Caroline Bailey (142)
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raised his game still further, testament to his rare consistency for a horse campaigned almost exclusively this season in endurance-testing company, placed in a Classic Chase and Scottish National either side of his Eider success; what's more, he looked every bit a match for the winner for most of the way, having crept into things smoothly, hitting the front 3 out only for the winner to rally strongly, worn down approaching the last but still 3 lengths clear of Cloth Cap at that stage before tying up, his 7-week absence probably less of a factor than stamina beginning to run dry (highlighted at Newcastle he's no sluggard).
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3 3 Richie McLernon silk ns 18. CLOTH CAP (IRE) 18. CLOTH CAP (IRE) -1 <
133
48 Richie McLernon 7 10-0 9/110 9/110
Richie McLernon silk bg BENEFICIAL - CLOTH FAIR (IRE) OLD VIC J: Richie McLernon
T: Jonjo O'Neill
Age: 7 Wgt: 10-0 OR: 134
Jonjo O'Neill (134)
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more than held his own in a much more demanding environment, looking an old hand and proving his stamina for a marathon trip into the bargain, lots to recommend him for the future as a versatile, sound-jumping, progressive sort with age on his side; tracked pace, jumped well, travelled fluently, shaken up after 4 out, stayed on, held third in scrap with Blue Flight near finish; in short, he's one to keep on the right side for next season, with further improvement likely.
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4 4 Callum Bewley silk nk 4. BLUE FLIGHT (FR) 4. BLUE FLIGHT (FR) -1 <
147+
62 Callum Bewley 6 11-0 25/126 25/126
Callum Bewley silk bg BLUE BRESIL (FR) - LOVER FLIGHT (FR) SAINT CYRIEN (FR) J: Callum Bewley
T: Nigel Twiston-Davies
Age: 6 Wgt: 11-0 OR: 148
Nigel Twiston-Davies (148)
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like Cloth Cap a place ahead, is only just getting going in his career as a stayer when most on this scene have been around the block, shaping well - and deserving extra credit after finding himself further back than ideal as the race was taking shape - as he added to a superb first season over fences that has seen him improve almost 2 stone, no need to ride him so cautiously the next time he tries this sort of trip, either; held up, travelled well, hampered first, still plenty to do home turn, progress 4 out, disputed third run-in, stayed on; he's got so much to recommend him physically, too, that more progress ought to follow next season.
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5 5 Derek Fox silk 13 11. BIG RIVER (IRE) 11. BIG RIVER (IRE) +9 <
130+
45 Derek Fox 9 10-6 8/19 8/19
Derek Fox silk bg MILAN - CALL KATE (IRE) LORD AMERICO J: Derek Fox
T: Lucinda Russell
Age: 9 Wgt: 10-6 Eq: (t) OR: 140
Lucinda Russell (t) (140)
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made it successive meritorious efforts in big handicaps after his flourish into fourth in the Kim Muir, a tactical change backfiring to some tune in this as he found himself hopelessly far back, yet he still mirrored his Cheltenham effort by doing some eye-catching late work, hinting once more at his boundless stamina; dropped out, jumped tentatively, hampered seventh, well off pace still 5 out, late headway, finished with running left; there's surely a big staying prize with his name on it in 2019/20.
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6 6 Danny Cook silk 9 3. VINTAGE CLOUDS (IRE) 3. VINTAGE CLOUDS (IRE) <
132+
47 Danny Cook 9 11-1 5/16f 5/16f
Danny Cook silk grg CLOUDINGS (IRE) - RARE VINTAGE (IRE) GERMANY (USA) J: Danny Cook
T: Sue Smith
Age: 9 Wgt: 11-1 OR: 149
Sue Smith (149)
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hasn't often blinked in some of the more competitive staying company around but his jumping remains an issue, having little hope of justifying his notable market strength courtesy of a several errors, albeit turned out just a week after his first-fence fall in the National; not fluent, disputed lead until fourteenth, pressed leader after, lost place when mistake again 5 out, held straight.
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7 7 Tom O'Brien silk 12. RED INFANTRY (IRE) 12. RED INFANTRY (IRE) <
122
37 Tom O'Brien 9 10-6 40/141 40/141
Tom O'Brien silk chg INDIAN RIVER (FR) - RED ROVER INFANTRY J: Tom O'Brien
T: Ian Williams
Age: 9 Wgt: 10-6 Eq: (s) OR: 140
Ian Williams (s) (140)
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looks too high in the weights for races of this calibre, excuses hard to find in this, unlikely he'd have been lacking fitness (after 8 weeks off) for such a valuable prize; tracked pace, ridden approaching straight, left behind gradually.
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8 8 Jonathan Burke silk 24. CHIC NAME (FR) 24. CHIC NAME (FR) +13 <
115
> 30 Jonathan Burke 7 10-0 (9-12) 20/121 20/121
Jonathan Burke silk bg NICKNAME (FR) - VUELTA AL RUEDO (FR) BALLINGARRY (IRE) J: Jonathan Burke
T: Richard Hobson
Age: 7 Wgt: 10-0 (9-12) Eq: (t) OR: 134
Richard Hobson (t) (134)
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in a tongue strap but again no hood, ran about as well as could have been expected upped in grade (2 lb out of weights), not seen to best effect positioned around the houses; mid-division, forced wide, lost place when pushed along early final circuit, rallied out wide still home turn, no further impression.
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9 9 Tom Scudamore silk 6 22. RATHLIN ROSE (IRE) 22. RATHLIN ROSE (IRE) +18 <
111+
> +1 26 Tom Scudamore 11 10-0 (9-13) 33/134 33/134
Tom Scudamore silk bg BONBON ROSE (FR) - A PLUS MA PUCE (FR) TURGEON (USA) J: Tom Scudamore
T: David Pipe
Age: 11 Wgt: 10-0 (9-13) Eq: (b) OR: 134
David Pipe (b) (134)
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proved far less wayward at the fences but the marathon trip had taken its toll by the end after he'd gone as though still in good nick, a clear non-stayer; patiently ridden, jumped better, travelled better than most, crept closer home turn, effort flattened out, lost shoe.
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10 10 Brendan Powell silk 1 27. DOING FINE (IRE) 27. DOING FINE (IRE) +8 <
110
> +8 25 Brendan Powell 11 10-0 (9-9) 14/115 14/115
Brendan Powell silk bg PRESENTING - HOWAYA PET (IRE) MONTELIMAR (USA) J: Brendan Powell
T: Neil Mulholland
Age: 11 Wgt: 10-0 (9-9) Eq: (s+t) OR: 134
Neil Mulholland (s+t) (134)
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was having his first crack over this sort of trip since filling the frame in 2018 (1 lb lower this time around despite being 5 lb out of weights) but it didn't provide the jolt required after 4 months off, probably just not the force of old; mid-division, shuffled back early final circuit, struggling from 5 out.
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11 11 James Best silk ½ 21. BEAU DU BRIZAIS (FR) 21. BEAU DU BRIZAIS (FR) +14 <
110
> +23 25 James Best 7 10-0 (9-13) 50/151 50/151
James Best silk grg KAPGARDE (FR) - BELLE DU BRIZAIS (FR) TURGEON (USA) J: James Best
T: Philip Hobbs
Age: 7 Wgt: 10-0 (9-13) OR: 134
Philip Hobbs (134)
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possibly failed to stay upped markedly in trip after 6 weeks off, not having much go right in the race, either; mid-division, hit fourteenth, short of room circuit out, mistake twentieth, hampered again twenty-second, dropped away straight.
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12 12 David Noonan silk sh 28. VAN GOGH DU GRANIT (FR) 28. VAN GOGH DU GRANIT (FR) +16 <
110+
> +27 25 David Noonan 10 10-0 (9-9) 66/167 66/167
David Noonan silk bg SADDLER MAKER (IRE) - ETNOU (FR) LE PONTET (FR) J: David Noonan
T: David Pipe
Age: 10 Wgt: 10-0 (9-9) Eq: (b) OR: 134
David Pipe (b) (134)
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failed to stay the longer trip, like the same connections' Rathlin Rose shaping better than the distance beaten suggests, even further out of the handicap (5 lb) than that one as well; tracked pace until 5 out, weakened.
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13 13 Henry Brooke silk 20 16. BRIAN BORANHA (IRE) 16. BRIAN BORANHA (IRE) +33 <
97
> +34 12 Henry Brooke 8 10-1 25/126 25/126
Henry Brooke silk bg BRIAN BORU - TAPNEIRAM (IRE) KAHYASI J: Henry Brooke
T: Peter Niven
Age: 8 Wgt: 10-1 OR: 135
Peter Niven (135)
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wasn't seen to best effect, handicapped to the hilt though he looks; hampered first, bad mistake twelfth, never involved; he shapes as though he should stay this far.
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pu pu Paddy Brennan silk 23. ACDC (IRE) 23. ACDC (IRE) <
?
> Paddy Brennan 9 10-0 (9-13) 22/123 22/123
Paddy Brennan silk bg KING'S THEATRE (IRE) - ALWAYS ALERT (IRE) SLIP ANCHOR J: Paddy Brennan
T: Chris Grant
Age: 9 Wgt: 10-0 (9-13) Eq: (h+t) OR: 134
Chris Grant (h+t) (134)
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1 lb out of the handicap after 6 weeks off, wasn't up to this far more demanding environment, soon behind and staying there, questions over his stamina for the trip left unanswered.
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pu pu Robert Dunne silk 6. CAROLE'S DESTRIER 6. CAROLE'S DESTRIER <
+
Robert Dunne 11 10-9 20/121 20/121
Robert Dunne silk bg KAYF TARA - BARTON MAY MIDNIGHT LEGEND J: Robert Dunne
T: Neil Mulholland
Age: 11 Wgt: 10-9 Eq: (s) OR: 143
Neil Mulholland (s) (143)
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had little go right in the race, shaping much better than the bare result (must still be in good form); raced wide, mid-field, badly hampered seventh, lost place tenth yet headway end of back straight and still making an effort when bad mistake 4 out finished him off; perhaps he'll try and make amends at Sandown, having just missed out on the frame there last season despite arriving under a cloud, one for the shortlist in any case.
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pu pu Craig Nichol silk 19. CHIDSWELL (IRE) 19. CHIDSWELL (IRE) <
Craig Nichol 10 10-0 16/117 16/117
Craig Nichol silk bg GOLD WELL - MANACURED (IRE) MANDALUS J: Craig Nichol
T: Nicky Richards
Age: 10 Wgt: 10-0 OR: 134
Nicky Richards (134)
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had his winning run ended, the loftier grade from a career-high mark a bigger problem than the step up in trip; mid-division, ridden before twenty-first, struggling quickly, reportedly bled.
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ur ur Sam Twiston-Davies silk 9. COGRY 9. COGRY -22 <
138+
Sam Twiston-Davies 10 10-6 16/117 16/117
Sam Twiston-Davies silk bg KING'S THEATRE (IRE) - WYLDELLO SUPREME LEADER J: Sam Twiston-Davies
T: Nigel Twiston-Davies
Age: 10 Wgt: 10-6 Eq: (s) OR: 140
Nigel Twiston-Davies (s) (140)
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runner-up in this 2 years earlier, was in the process of running well in it again when departing, likely to have finished just out of the frame having outlasted by some margin the others who'd forced the pace; disputed lead, went on fourteenth, headed early in straight, kept on but held - and just joined for fourth by Blue Flight - when unseated rider last, set to have finished a couple of lengths behind that rival the way things were going.
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F F Sean Flanagan silk 7. CROSSHUE BOY (IRE) 7. CROSSHUE BOY (IRE) H (118) <
+
> Sean Flanagan 9 10-8 7/18 7/18
Sean Flanagan silk bg BRIAN BORU - GLUAIS LINN (IRE) SUPREME LEADER J: Sean Flanagan
T: Sean Thomas Doyle, Ireland
Age: 9 Wgt: 10-8 Eq: (t) OR: 142
Sean Thomas Doyle, Ireland (t) (142)
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gambled on back over fences on the same card which he won the novice handicap last season, was in mid-division when clipping heels and falling several strides after landing at the seventh; he's worth another chance, having almost certainly been trained to peak for this time of year.
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pu pu Rachael McDonald silk 25. GERONIMO 25. GERONIMO <
Rachael McDonald (5) 8 10-0 (9-12) 12/113 12/113
Rachael McDonald silk chg KADASTROF (FR) - TRIGGERS GINGER DOUBLE TRIGGER (IRE) J: Rachael McDonald (5)
T: Sandy Thomson
Age: 8 Wgt: 10-0 (9-12) OR: 134
Sandy Thomson (134)
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faced a stiffer task in this grade of handicap (2 lb wrong at weights) and he didn't stand up to it, not getting the chance to prove whether the longer trip would have suited as well as anticipated; disputed lead until thirteenth, tracked pace after, ridden when all but came down twenty-second, dropped away rapidly, later said to have been lame and bled.
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pu pu Mr Sam Waley-Cohen silk 13. IMPULSIVE STAR (IRE) 13. IMPULSIVE STAR (IRE) <
?
Mr Sam Waley-Cohen (3) 9 10-5 12/113 12/113
Mr Sam Waley-Cohen silk bg BUSY FLIGHT - IMPULSIVE ITA (IRE) SUPREME LEADER J: Mr Sam Waley-Cohen (3)
T: Neil Mulholland
Age: 9 Wgt: 10-5 Eq: (s) OR: 139
Neil Mulholland (s) (139)
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had little go right in the race, some of it self-induced admittedly; not jump well after hampered first (worst mistake fifth), rapid headway forced wide circuit out, lost place again twenty-first, no chance after.
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pu pu Rex Dingle silk 26. MORNEY WING (IRE) 26. MORNEY WING (IRE) <
Rex Dingle (5) 10 10-0 (9-10) 40/141 40/141
Rex Dingle silk bg ANTONIUS PIUS (USA) - TILLAN FUWAIN (FR) UNFUWAIN (USA) J: Rex Dingle (5)
T: Charlie Mann
Age: 10 Wgt: 10-0 (9-10) Eq: (s+t) OR: 134
Charlie Mann (s+t) (134)
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faced a stiff task from 4 lb out of the handicap, compounded by a wide course; mid-division, lost place twelfth, labouring early final circuit.
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pu pu Harry Cobden silk 2. SIZING CODELCO (IRE) 2. SIZING CODELCO (IRE) <
?
Harry Cobden 10 11-4 33/134 33/134
Harry Cobden silk bg FLEMENSFIRTH (USA) - LA ZINGARELLA (IRE) PHARDANTE (FR) J: Harry Cobden
T: Colin Tizzard
Age: 10 Wgt: 11-4 OR: 152
Colin Tizzard (152)
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fared no better; tracked pace until halfway, labouring early final circuit, tailed off when pulled up 5 out.
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pu pu Kielan Woods silk 10. SKIPTHECUDDLES (IRE) 10. SKIPTHECUDDLES (IRE) <
> H (102) Kielan Woods 8 10-6 16/117 16/117
Kielan Woods silk bg WESTERNER - AUTUMN SKY (IRE) ROSELIER (FR) J: Kielan Woods
T: Graeme McPherson
Age: 8 Wgt: 10-6 Eq: (v) OR: 140
Graeme McPherson (v) (140)
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had different headgear fitted (visor instead of cheekpieces) but seemed to hate every second of it; took little interest, not jump well, pulled up eighth; has to be treated with caution now.
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Non Runners: KINGSWELL THEATRE, MYSTEREE (IRE), ARTHUR'S GIFT (IRE), BEWARE THE BEAR (IRE), DINGO DOLLAR (IRE). Fences: 27.

Winning Owner: Mr Frank Bird

Time: 8m 3.1s Closing Sectional: (2.15f): 31.30s (104.4%)

The lower standing of this compared to the Grand National a week earlier does allow in a greater proportion of lightly-raced chasers but it was a 10-y-o - older even than Tiger Roll - who proved strongest, the marathon trip bringing out a major personal best from one who looked among the most exposed, much-needed substance added to the form by the presence on his heels of not only the Eider winner but a pair of novices with just 8 chase starts between them coming in; more than half the field finished, testament to ground on the firm side of good, though another upshot of such conditions was a strong pace that did ensure jumping was at a premium even if stamina wasn't; as a side note, the presence of the best horse - 160-rated Beware The Bear - to be declared since Tidal Bay in 2014 forced over a third of the field out of the weights, the top-weight being taken out on the day, along with 4 others, on account of the ground.

TAKINGRISKS (IRE) has increasingly looked in need of a stamina test but this first crack at an extreme distance still proved even more transformative than might have been expected, landing one of the premier staying prizes in the calendar by a greater margin than he'd won a Carlisle veterans event the previous month, all against the backdrop of a significant early scare after barely taking off at the first; he was sensibly given time to recover from the blunder, worked his way into contention on the final circuit and, having taken over early in the straight, rallied splendidly to wrest back the advantage approaching the last after Crosspark had headed him 3 out, finding plenty; future plans ought to revolve around long-distance handicaps, as he'll likely be vulnerable back around 3m from a mark likely to be nearing the 140s after this; incidentally, while the success of the North seems to dwindle year on year, his trainer has been a reliable source of a big-race win or 2, this supplementing an Eider and Caspian Caviar Gold Cup from last season, but the emergence of his rider probably warrants at least as big a mention, Quinlan having broken the half-century mark for the first time with a couple of weeks of the season still to go.

CROSSPARK raised his game still further, testament to his rare consistency for a horse campaigned almost exclusively this season in endurance-testing company, placed in a Classic Chase and Scottish National either side of his Eider success; what's more, he looked every bit a match for the winner for most of the way, having crept into things smoothly, hitting the front 3 out only for the winner to rally strongly, worn down approaching the last but still 3 lengths clear of Cloth Cap at that stage before tying up, his 7-week absence probably less of a factor than stamina beginning to run dry (highlighted at Newcastle he's no sluggard).

CLOTH CAP (IRE) more than held his own in a much more demanding environment, looking an old hand and proving his stamina for a marathon trip into the bargain, lots to recommend him for the future as a versatile, sound-jumping, progressive sort with age on his side; tracked pace, jumped well, travelled fluently, shaken up after 4 out, stayed on, held third in scrap with Blue Flight near finish; in short, he's one to keep on the right side for next season, with further improvement likely.

BLUE FLIGHT (FR) like Cloth Cap a place ahead, is only just getting going in his career as a stayer when most on this scene have been around the block, shaping well - and deserving extra credit after finding himself further back than ideal as the race was taking shape - as he added to a superb first season over fences that has seen him improve almost 2 stone, no need to ride him so cautiously the next time he tries this sort of trip, either; held up, travelled well, hampered first, still plenty to do home turn, progress 4 out, disputed third run-in, stayed on; he's got so much to recommend him physically, too, that more progress ought to follow next season.

BIG RIVER (IRE) made it successive meritorious efforts in big handicaps after his flourish into fourth in the Kim Muir, a tactical change backfiring to some tune in this as he found himself hopelessly far back, yet he still mirrored his Cheltenham effort by doing some eye-catching late work, hinting once more at his boundless stamina; dropped out, jumped tentatively, hampered seventh, well off pace still 5 out, late headway, finished with running left; there's surely a big staying prize with his name on it in 2019/20.

VINTAGE CLOUDS (IRE) hasn't often blinked in some of the more competitive staying company around but his jumping remains an issue, having little hope of justifying his notable market strength courtesy of a several errors, albeit turned out just a week after his first-fence fall in the National; not fluent, disputed lead until fourteenth, pressed leader after, lost place when mistake again 5 out, held straight.

RED INFANTRY (IRE) looks too high in the weights for races of this calibre, excuses hard to find in this, unlikely he'd have been lacking fitness (after 8 weeks off) for such a valuable prize; tracked pace, ridden approaching straight, left behind gradually.

CHIC NAME (FR) in a tongue strap but again no hood, ran about as well as could have been expected upped in grade (2 lb out of weights), not seen to best effect positioned around the houses; mid-division, forced wide, lost place when pushed along early final circuit, rallied out wide still home turn, no further impression.

RATHLIN ROSE (IRE) proved far less wayward at the fences but the marathon trip had taken its toll by the end after he'd gone as though still in good nick, a clear non-stayer; patiently ridden, jumped better, travelled better than most, crept closer home turn, effort flattened out, lost shoe.

DOING FINE (IRE) was having his first crack over this sort of trip since filling the frame in 2018 (1 lb lower this time around despite being 5 lb out of weights) but it didn't provide the jolt required after 4 months off, probably just not the force of old; mid-division, shuffled back early final circuit, struggling from 5 out.

BEAU DU BRIZAIS (FR) possibly failed to stay upped markedly in trip after 6 weeks off, not having much go right in the race, either; mid-division, hit fourteenth, short of room circuit out, mistake twentieth, hampered again twenty-second, dropped away straight.

VAN GOGH DU GRANIT (FR) failed to stay the longer trip, like the same connections' Rathlin Rose shaping better than the distance beaten suggests, even further out of the handicap (5 lb) than that one as well; tracked pace until 5 out, weakened.

BRIAN BORANHA (IRE) wasn't seen to best effect, handicapped to the hilt though he looks; hampered first, bad mistake twelfth, never involved; he shapes as though he should stay this far.

ACDC (IRE) 1 lb out of the handicap after 6 weeks off, wasn't up to this far more demanding environment, soon behind and staying there, questions over his stamina for the trip left unanswered.

CAROLE'S DESTRIER had little go right in the race, shaping much better than the bare result (must still be in good form); raced wide, mid-field, badly hampered seventh, lost place tenth yet headway end of back straight and still making an effort when bad mistake 4 out finished him off; perhaps he'll try and make amends at Sandown, having just missed out on the frame there last season despite arriving under a cloud, one for the shortlist in any case.

CHIDSWELL (IRE) had his winning run ended, the loftier grade from a career-high mark a bigger problem than the step up in trip; mid-division, ridden before twenty-first, struggling quickly, reportedly bled.

COGRY runner-up in this 2 years earlier, was in the process of running well in it again when departing, likely to have finished just out of the frame having outlasted by some margin the others who'd forced the pace; disputed lead, went on fourteenth, headed early in straight, kept on but held - and just joined for fourth by Blue Flight - when unseated rider last, set to have finished a couple of lengths behind that rival the way things were going.

CROSSHUE BOY (IRE) gambled on back over fences on the same card which he won the novice handicap last season, was in mid-division when clipping heels and falling several strides after landing at the seventh; he's worth another chance, having almost certainly been trained to peak for this time of year.

GERONIMO faced a stiffer task in this grade of handicap (2 lb wrong at weights) and he didn't stand up to it, not getting the chance to prove whether the longer trip would have suited as well as anticipated; disputed lead until thirteenth, tracked pace after, ridden when all but came down twenty-second, dropped away rapidly, later said to have been lame and bled.

IMPULSIVE STAR (IRE) had little go right in the race, some of it self-induced admittedly; not jump well after hampered first (worst mistake fifth), rapid headway forced wide circuit out, lost place again twenty-first, no chance after.

MORNEY WING (IRE) faced a stiff task from 4 lb out of the handicap, compounded by a wide course; mid-division, lost place twelfth, labouring early final circuit.

SIZING CODELCO (IRE) fared no better; tracked pace until halfway, labouring early final circuit, tailed off when pulled up 5 out.

SKIPTHECUDDLES (IRE) had different headgear fitted (visor instead of cheekpieces) but seemed to hate every second of it; took little interest, not jump well, pulled up eighth; has to be treated with caution now.