Stow was beaten a length by BELLE DE FONTENAY over the course and distance last month with the favourite The Jugopolist 20l behind. The former has since won twice very easily in this grade and has Going Wrong held and will obviously be difficult to beat though the winner should have few difficulties confirming the form on these terms. The Jugopolist has since run much better in a Haydock handicap and would have to be a major threat in that kind of form.
Stow 1-3fav (11-2) Chased leaders, smooth headway to lead after 3 out, clear after next, easily, won at Fakenham 2m 4f sell hdl (5) sft beating County Zen (11-2) by 23l, 6 ran.
Going Wrong 3-1 (10-12) Tracked leaders, ridden after 7th, hung right and no chance with winner after 3 out, one pace after, mistake last, 2nd of 8, 15l behind Stow (10-11) at Leicester 2m 4f sell hdl (5) sft in Dec.
Highland River 7-1 (10-3) Towards rear until driven forward after 3rd, soon chasing leaders, hard driven 4 out, weakened before 2 out, 4th of 11, 17l behind Newdane Dancer (10-2) at Catterick 2m sll hcp hdl 0-95 (5) sft in Dec.
The Jugopolist (IRE) 7-1 (10-6) Held up in touch, challenged after 7th, led before 2 out, headed final 100 yards, stayed on, 2nd of 7, 1/2l behind No No Bingo (11-0) at Haydock 2m 4f hcp hdl 0-120 (4) hvy in Dec.
Zanir (FR) 50-1 (10-9) Close up, ridden and weakening when stumbled and fell before 2 out, in a race won by Paintball (10-7) at Sandown 2m lst hcp hdl (0-150) (1) gs in Mar '12, 24 ran.
Belle De Fontenay (FR) 4-1 (11-0) Held up in rear, fell 3rd, in a race won by Stow (10-11) at Leicester 2m 4f sell hdl (5) sft in Dec, 8 ran.