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SANDOWN PARK 15:10

13:2514:0014:3515:1015:4516:2016:55
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15:10 Saturday 07 March 2015

WILLIAM HILL IMPERIAL CUP HANDICAP HURDLE (Grade 3) (1)

Distance : 2m 110y
Prize : £70,000 Age : 4yo+ Race Type : Hurdle Going : Gd/Sft
Race Type : Hurdle
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Running Notes
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 William Kennedy silk 18. EBONY EXPRESS 18. EBONY EXPRESS -14 <
129
> -31 William Kennedy 6 10-7 33/134 33/134
William Kennedy silk blg SUPERIOR PREMIUM - COFFEE ICE PRIMO DOMINIE J: William Kennedy
T: Dr Richard Newland
Age: 6 Wgt: 10-7 OR: 131
Dr Richard Newland (131)
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resumed his progress on his second stab at a handicap, causing a surprise in a messy-looking finish, the runner-up the only other one of his 22 rivals to ever be in front; chased leader, led between last 2, joined again flat, found extra, well positioned; circumstances are unlikely to be so favourable next time.
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2 2 Thomas Garner silk ¾ 19. RAYVIN BLACK 19. RAYVIN BLACK -6 <
128
> -15 Thomas Garner (5) 6 10-7 33/134 33/134
Thomas Garner silk bg HALLING (USA) - OPTIMISTIC REPRIMAND J: Thomas Garner (5)
T: Oliver Sherwood
Age: 6 Wgt: 10-7 OR: 131
Oliver Sherwood (131)
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produced a career best back at Sandown after a break but the effort needs taking in context, making most in a race where only he and the winner ever had a spell in the lead, the form potentially flattering; made running, headed between last 2, rallied well, upsides again run-in, held close home; remains to be seen if he can back this up.
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3 3 Richard Johnson silk nk 12. GASSIN GOLF 12. GASSIN GOLF <
129
> +5 Richard Johnson 6 10-8 25/126 25/126
Richard Johnson silk bg MONTJEU (IRE) - MISS RIVIERA GOLF HERNANDO (FR) J: Richard Johnson
T: Richard Lee
Age: 6 Wgt: 10-8 Eq: (s) OR: 132
Richard Lee (s) (132)
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runner-up in this race in 2014, added another sound placed effort to his collection in first-time cheekpieces after 11 weeks off, extending his long losing run but not doing much wrong in a race where the pair ahead dominated; mid-field, progress 4 out, chased leaders before 2 out, untidy last, stuck to task.
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4 4 Daryl Jacob silk 1 1. CAMPING GROUND (FR) 1. CAMPING GROUND (FR) C (144) <
145
> C Daryl Jacob 5 11-12 16/117 16/117
Daryl Jacob silk bg GOLDNEYEV (USA) - CAMOMILLE (GER) PENNEKAMP (USA) J: Daryl Jacob
T: Robert Walford
Age: 5 Wgt: 11-12 Eq: (t) OR: 150
Robert Walford (t) (150)
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ran a cracker back over hurdles, a most positive start for this stable, to focus on the fact he was better placed than most the way this went to do him a disservice given his age/profile; travelled fluently close up, mistake fourth, pushed along early in straight, stayed on; may well progress again, especially back over fences.
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5 5 Aidan Coleman silk 8. THISTLECRACK 8. THISTLECRACK +11 <
129
> +21 Aidan Coleman 7 10-11 12/113 12/113
Aidan Coleman silk bg KAYF TARA - ARDSTOWN ARDROSS J: Aidan Coleman
T: Colin Tizzard
Age: 7 Wgt: 10-11 OR: 135
Colin Tizzard (135)
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was anything but disgraced yet is even better than this handicap debut makes him appear, not enjoying the run of a messy race, emerging with plenty of credit facing a totally different examination, clearly on a good mark with an eye on returning to further; mid-field, outpaced after 3 out, headway when forced wide home turn, kept on well run-in, finished with running left, barely adequate test; remains one to be very interested in, one to consider for the 21f Coral Cup on Wednesday if taking his chance.
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6 6 Paddy Brennan silk ¾ 10. SOME BUCKLE (IRE) 10. SOME BUCKLE (IRE) -1 <
128
> -32 Paddy Brennan 6 10-11 14/115 14/115
Paddy Brennan silk bg MILAN - MISS MOPPIT (IRE) TORUS J: Paddy Brennan
T: Tom George
Age: 6 Wgt: 10-11 Eq: (t) OR: 135
Tom George (t) (135)
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in first-time tongue strap, ran respectably as it was making handicap debut in a tough race after 6 weeks off but was even better than the bare result, doing best of those held up as those ridden prominently dominated; held up, travelled well, still plenty to do 3 out, effort before straight, carried head bit awkwardly, stayed on from last; he remains with potential.
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7 7 Conor O'Farrell silk 8 22. ZAIDIYN (FR) 22. ZAIDIYN (FR) +8 <
112
> C (111) Conor O'Farrell 5 10-6 33/134 33/134
Conor O'Farrell silk bg ZAMINDAR (USA) - ZAINTA (IRE) KAHYASI J: Conor O'Farrell
T: Brian Ellison
Age: 5 Wgt: 10-6 Eq: (h) OR: 130
Brian Ellison (h) (130)
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shaped very well in a handicap for the second successive start, exaggerated waiting tactics again counting against him, all the more so the way this developed; dropped out, travelled as well as any, well off pace still end of back straight, effort early in straight, ran on but had been left with a hopeless task from position; remains capable of better and one to keep an eye on.
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8 8 James Cowley silk 4. DESERT CRY (IRE) 4. DESERT CRY (IRE) -6 <
118
> C (143) James Cowley (7) 9 11-3 50/151 50/151
James Cowley silk b or brg DESERT PRINCE (IRE) - HATAANA (USA) ROBELLINO (USA) J: James Cowley (7)
T: Donald McCain
Age: 9 Wgt: 11-3 OR: 141
Donald McCain (141)
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ended up running to a similar level as last time 7 weeks on but again didn't shape all that well, not one for much faith after all; mid-division, lost place when mistake sixth, behind entering straight, ran on late, never a threat.
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9 9 Kieron Edgar silk 7. HEATH HUNTER (IRE) 7. HEATH HUNTER (IRE) +9 <
113
> C (91) Kieron Edgar (5) 8 11-0 20/121 20/121
Kieron Edgar silk bg SHANTOU (USA) - DEEP SUPREME (IRE) SUPREME LEADER J: Kieron Edgar (5)
T: David Pipe
Age: 8 Wgt: 11-0 Eq: (b+t) OR: 138
David Pipe (b+t) (138)
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ran as well as could be expected the way this developed, ridden more patiently and ending up wide as the prominent racers held sway, also facing less testing conditions; not always fluent and off the bridle before most, headway under pressure before 3 out, stayed on from next but never on terms; whether an 11 lb rise for Ffos Las (heavy ground) was justified remains a question, however.
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10 10 Brendan Powell silk 17. ASCENDANT 17. ASCENDANT +19 <
103
> +22 Brendan Powell 9 10-7 50/151 50/151
Brendan Powell silk chg MEDICEAN - ASCENDANCY SADLER'S WELLS (USA) J: Brendan Powell
T: Johnny Farrelly
Age: 9 Wgt: 10-7 OR: 131
Johnny Farrelly (131)
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had been thriving but this was a bridge too far; in touch, uncomfortable with pace, shuffled back early final circuit, rallied from home turn, made little impression.
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11 11 Gavin Sheehan silk 6 21. MIDNIGHT GAME 21. MIDNIGHT GAME +29 <
94
> -3 Gavin Sheehan 8 10-6 33/134 33/134
Gavin Sheehan silk b g MONTJEU (IRE) - MIDNIGHT ANGEL (GER) ACATENANGO (GER) J: Gavin Sheehan
T: Brian Ellison
Age: 8 Wgt: 10-6 OR: 130
Brian Ellison (130)
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faced a stiffer task in this grade of handicap and, having made a bad mistake at the fifth, was never better than mid-field.
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12 12 Noel Fehily silk 11. CHIEFTAIN'S CHOICE (IRE) 11. CHIEFTAIN'S CHOICE (IRE) <
95
> +25 Noel Fehily 6 10-10 16/117 16/117
Noel Fehily silk bg KING'S THEATRE (IRE) - FAIRY NATIVE (IRE) BE MY NATIVE (USA) J: Noel Fehily
T: John Quinn
Age: 6 Wgt: 10-10 OR: 134
John Quinn (134)
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shaped better than the distance beaten suggests, tactics changed in the wrong race as it turned out, his relative inexperience probably a factor as well; sat mid-field instead of going forward, travelled fluently, headway 3 out, shaken up before straight, effort flattened out.
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13 13 Lizzie Kelly silk 2 3. HINT OF MINT 3. HINT OF MINT +28 <
100
> -22 Lizzie Kelly (7) 6 11-4 33/134 33/134
Lizzie Kelly silk bg PASSING GLANCE - JUNO MINT SULA BULA J: Lizzie Kelly (7)
T: Nick Williams
Age: 6 Wgt: 11-4 OR: 142
Nick Williams (142)
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looks too high in the weights and predictably never landed a blow.
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14 14 Tom Cannon silk 16. FIRST AVENUE 16. FIRST AVENUE +21 <
85
> Tom Cannon 10 10-8 50/151 50/151
Tom Cannon silk bg MONTJEU (IRE) - MARCIALA (IRE) MACHIAVELLIAN (USA) J: Tom Cannon
T: Laura Mongan
Age: 10 Wgt: 10-8 OR: 132
Laura Mongan (132)
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revived all of a sudden to win this race on bad ground 2 years ago but couldn't repeat the dose (hold-up tactics a side issue), far more flat efforts than good ones since his resurgence early this season; raced well off the pace, blundered third, struggling before 3 out.
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pu pu Paul N. O'Brien silk 5. ARZAL (FR) 5. ARZAL (FR) <
> Paul N. O'Brien (7) 5 11-1 10/111 10/111
Paul N. O'Brien silk b or brg VENDANGEUR (IRE) - GHOSTALINE (FR) GHOST BUSTER'S (FR) J: Paul N. O'Brien (7)
T: Harry Whittington
Age: 5 Wgt: 11-1 Eq: (t) OR: 139
Harry Whittington (t) (139)
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possibly hadn't recovered from Newbury, going with unusually little zest in rear and struggling before 4 out; he ought to bounce back sooner rather than later.
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pu pu Tom Scudamore silk 13. BIDOUREY (FR) 13. BIDOUREY (FR) <
> Tom Scudamore 4 10-8 9/25.5f 9/25.5f
Tom Scudamore silk b or brg VOIX DU NORD (FR) - LOVE WISKY (FR) MANSONNIEN (FR) J: Tom Scudamore
T: David Pipe
Age: 4 Wgt: 10-8 Eq: (t) OR: 140
David Pipe (t) (140)
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was a strongly-backed favourite for a yard always feared in this but, in a first-time tongue tie, failed to justify the support faced with less testing conditions in a totally different type of race; handy, driven after 3 out, no response, left behind early in straight; it's too soon to be diminishing the positive impression he's created.
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pu pu Sam Twiston-Davies silk 2. CALIPTO (FR) 2. CALIPTO (FR) <
> Sam Twiston-Davies 5 11-5 8/19 8/19
Sam Twiston-Davies silk bg CALIFET (FR) - PEUTIOT (FR) VALANOUR (IRE) J: Sam Twiston-Davies
T: Paul Nicholls
Age: 5 Wgt: 11-5 Eq: (t) OR: 143
Paul Nicholls (t) (143)
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produced a rare below-par effort, though past consistency - plus unfavourable circumstances on the day - more than enough to warrant him being excused; mid-field, forced wide, pushed along from 4 out, soon beaten.
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pu pu Harry Skelton silk 9. FASCINO RUSTICO 9. FASCINO RUSTICO <
> Harry Skelton 7 10-11 16/117 16/117
Harry Skelton silk b g MILAN - RUSTIC CHARM (IRE) CHARNWOOD FOREST (IRE) J: Harry Skelton
T: Dan Skelton
Age: 7 Wgt: 10-11 Eq: (h+t) OR: 135
Dan Skelton (h+t) (135)
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found his run of good form coming to a halt, though several other fancied ones didn't fire either in a messy race; tracked pace, forced wide, dropped away approaching straight.
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pu pu Jamie Moore silk 15. MEADOWCROFT BOY 15. MEADOWCROFT BOY <
> Jamie Moore 6 10-8 33/134 33/134
Jamie Moore silk bg KAYF TARA - BLACKBRIERY THYNE (IRE) GOOD THYNE (USA) J: Jamie Moore
T: Alistair Whillans
Age: 6 Wgt: 10-8 OR: 132
Alistair Whillans (132)
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was found out in a more competitive race down South; tracked pace, settled better than usual (despite absence of hood), ridden after 3 out, brushed aside home turn.
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pu pu David Bass silk 24. RAVEN'S TOWER (USA) 24. RAVEN'S TOWER (USA) <
> C (125) David Bass 5 10-5 50/151 50/151
David Bass silk bg RAVEN'S PASS (USA) - TIZDUBAI (USA) CEE'S TIZZY (USA) J: David Bass
T: Ben Pauling
Age: 5 Wgt: 10-5 Eq: (b) OR: 129
Ben Pauling (b) (129)
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was in first-time blinkers but fared as poorly as last time; mid-field, bad mistake fourth, beaten when eased before 3 out; questions to answer now.
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pu pu Barry Geraghty silk 14. WEST WIZARD (FR) 14. WEST WIZARD (FR) <
> Barry Geraghty 6 10-8 8/19 8/19
Barry Geraghty silk b or brg KING'S THEATRE (IRE) - QUEEN'S DIAMOND (GER) KONIGSSTUHL (GER) J: Barry Geraghty
T: Nicky Henderson
Age: 6 Wgt: 10-8 OR: 132
Nicky Henderson (132)
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could have been forgiven his trio of short-odds novice defeats but proved to be an undoubted disappointment sent handicapping from a fair mark, possibly amiss to shape as he did; tracked pace, travelled better than most, shaken up home turn, faltered quickly and eased off early in straight
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pu pu R. Walsh silk 6. WICKLOW BRAVE 6. WICKLOW BRAVE <
+
> R. Walsh 6 11-0 9/110 9/110
R. Walsh silk bg BEAT HOLLOW - MORAINE RAINBOW QUEST (USA) J: R. Walsh
T: W. P. Mullins, Ireland
Age: 6 Wgt: 11-0 OR: 138
W. P. Mullins, Ireland (138)
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was gambled on but produced a puzzling display that perhaps suggests he's become temperamental, reluctant at the start and soon behind, losing touch early on the final circuit with his rider soon accepting the situation; it's hard to know what to expect next time after this, but it would be some turnaround if he was to revive in the County Hurdle so soon.
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pu pu A. P. McCoy silk 23. ZIP TOP (IRE) 23. ZIP TOP (IRE) <
> A. P. McCoy 6 10-5 12/113 12/113
A. P. McCoy silk b g SMART STRIKE (CAN) - ZOFZIG (USA) DANZIG (USA) J: A. P. McCoy
T: John Ferguson
Age: 6 Wgt: 10-5 OR: 129
John Ferguson (129)
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seemed to find this something of a culture shock, forced wide to boot, better judged on his novice form than this as a result; tracked pace, mistake fourth, pushed along before 3 out, weakened end of back straight, not persevered with once held.
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Non Runners: ROYAL GUARDSMAN (IRE). Hurdles: 8.

Winning Owner: ValueRacingClub.co.uk

Time: 3m 58.95s Closing Sectional: (6.15f): 94.70s (94.0%)

Less testing conditions than for the previous 2 runnings, and it showed, not only in the form of a crowded finish for such a big field but also the identity of some surprising names involved in the finish as everything at 10/1 or shorter failed to perform, the overall feeling that the bare form needs rating cautiously, especially as making ground from behind proved no easy task despite the front pair - who held the first 2 positions throughout - having ensured a true pace, odd to see so many struggling so far out.

EBONY EXPRESS resumed his progress on his second stab at a handicap, causing a surprise in a messy-looking finish, the runner-up the only other one of his 22 rivals to ever be in front; chased leader, led between last 2, joined again flat, found extra, well positioned; circumstances are unlikely to be so favourable next time.

RAYVIN BLACK produced a career best back at Sandown after a break but the effort needs taking in context, making most in a race where only he and the winner ever had a spell in the lead, the form potentially flattering; made running, headed between last 2, rallied well, upsides again run-in, held close home; remains to be seen if he can back this up.

GASSIN GOLF runner-up in this race in 2014, added another sound placed effort to his collection in first-time cheekpieces after 11 weeks off, extending his long losing run but not doing much wrong in a race where the pair ahead dominated; mid-field, progress 4 out, chased leaders before 2 out, untidy last, stuck to task.

CAMPING GROUND (FR) ran a cracker back over hurdles, a most positive start for this stable, to focus on the fact he was better placed than most the way this went to do him a disservice given his age/profile; travelled fluently close up, mistake fourth, pushed along early in straight, stayed on; may well progress again, especially back over fences.

THISTLECRACK was anything but disgraced yet is even better than this handicap debut makes him appear, not enjoying the run of a messy race, emerging with plenty of credit facing a totally different examination, clearly on a good mark with an eye on returning to further; mid-field, outpaced after 3 out, headway when forced wide home turn, kept on well run-in, finished with running left, barely adequate test; remains one to be very interested in, one to consider for the 21f Coral Cup on Wednesday if taking his chance.

SOME BUCKLE (IRE) in first-time tongue strap, ran respectably as it was making handicap debut in a tough race after 6 weeks off but was even better than the bare result, doing best of those held up as those ridden prominently dominated; held up, travelled well, still plenty to do 3 out, effort before straight, carried head bit awkwardly, stayed on from last; he remains with potential.

ZAIDIYN (FR) shaped very well in a handicap for the second successive start, exaggerated waiting tactics again counting against him, all the more so the way this developed; dropped out, travelled as well as any, well off pace still end of back straight, effort early in straight, ran on but had been left with a hopeless task from position; remains capable of better and one to keep an eye on.

DESERT CRY (IRE) ended up running to a similar level as last time 7 weeks on but again didn't shape all that well, not one for much faith after all; mid-division, lost place when mistake sixth, behind entering straight, ran on late, never a threat.

HEATH HUNTER (IRE) ran as well as could be expected the way this developed, ridden more patiently and ending up wide as the prominent racers held sway, also facing less testing conditions; not always fluent and off the bridle before most, headway under pressure before 3 out, stayed on from next but never on terms; whether an 11 lb rise for Ffos Las (heavy ground) was justified remains a question, however.

ASCENDANT had been thriving but this was a bridge too far; in touch, uncomfortable with pace, shuffled back early final circuit, rallied from home turn, made little impression.

MIDNIGHT GAME faced a stiffer task in this grade of handicap and, having made a bad mistake at the fifth, was never better than mid-field.

CHIEFTAIN'S CHOICE (IRE) shaped better than the distance beaten suggests, tactics changed in the wrong race as it turned out, his relative inexperience probably a factor as well; sat mid-field instead of going forward, travelled fluently, headway 3 out, shaken up before straight, effort flattened out.

HINT OF MINT looks too high in the weights and predictably never landed a blow.

FIRST AVENUE revived all of a sudden to win this race on bad ground 2 years ago but couldn't repeat the dose (hold-up tactics a side issue), far more flat efforts than good ones since his resurgence early this season; raced well off the pace, blundered third, struggling before 3 out.

ARZAL (FR) possibly hadn't recovered from Newbury, going with unusually little zest in rear and struggling before 4 out; he ought to bounce back sooner rather than later.

BIDOUREY (FR) was a strongly-backed favourite for a yard always feared in this but, in a first-time tongue tie, failed to justify the support faced with less testing conditions in a totally different type of race; handy, driven after 3 out, no response, left behind early in straight; it's too soon to be diminishing the positive impression he's created.

CALIPTO (FR) produced a rare below-par effort, though past consistency - plus unfavourable circumstances on the day - more than enough to warrant him being excused; mid-field, forced wide, pushed along from 4 out, soon beaten.

FASCINO RUSTICO found his run of good form coming to a halt, though several other fancied ones didn't fire either in a messy race; tracked pace, forced wide, dropped away approaching straight.

MEADOWCROFT BOY was found out in a more competitive race down South; tracked pace, settled better than usual (despite absence of hood), ridden after 3 out, brushed aside home turn.

RAVEN'S TOWER (USA) was in first-time blinkers but fared as poorly as last time; mid-field, bad mistake fourth, beaten when eased before 3 out; questions to answer now.

WEST WIZARD (FR) could have been forgiven his trio of short-odds novice defeats but proved to be an undoubted disappointment sent handicapping from a fair mark, possibly amiss to shape as he did; tracked pace, travelled better than most, shaken up home turn, faltered quickly and eased off early in straight

WICKLOW BRAVE was gambled on but produced a puzzling display that perhaps suggests he's become temperamental, reluctant at the start and soon behind, losing touch early on the final circuit with his rider soon accepting the situation; it's hard to know what to expect next time after this, but it would be some turnaround if he was to revive in the County Hurdle so soon.

ZIP TOP (IRE) seemed to find this something of a culture shock, forced wide to boot, better judged on his novice form than this as a result; tracked pace, mistake fourth, pushed along before 3 out, weakened end of back straight, not persevered with once held.