Ohio Gold didn't get the best of runs behind Kid Cassidy here last month and should have finished closer. Court By Surprise turned a Hereford novices' event into a procession and will make a bold bid to defy a penalty while winning bumper Cucumber Run is just the type his yard excels with and he looks another nice recruit. Lexicon Lad has run well enough in two Aintree bumpers to suggest he can do well over timber but a chance is taken on OUR COLUMBUS, who showed little in three starts between the flags but looked as though there was a race in him when a staying on runner-up to Silver Footnote at Uttoxeter last month.
Court By Surprise (IRE) 12-1 (10-12) Always prominent, led 4th until before next, led after 2 out, clear when guessed at last, stayed on well, ridden out, won at Hereford 2m 4f nh nov hdl (4) gs in Nov beating Father Probus (10-9) by 7l, 15 ran.
Cucumber Run (IRE) 9-2 (11-4) Chased leaders, pushed along 4f out, one pace final 2f, 5th of 15, 8l behind Rock On Ruby (11-4) at Cheltenham 2m NH flat Listed (1) gs in Nov.
Eldred (IRE) 11-2 (11-0) Chased leaders, reminders after 6f, outpaced over 4f out, never on terms, 5th of 17, 32l behind Herdsman (11-0) at Aintree 2m 1f NH flat (4) gs in Oct.
Empire Builder (IRE) 9-2 (10-11) In touch on inside, outpaced over 4f out, soon beaten, 8th of 17, 39l behind Nuts N Bolts (10-11) at Carlisle 2m 1f NH flat (6) sft in Mar.
Lexicon Lad (IRE) 13-2 (11-0) Tracked leaders, ridden and every chance over 2f out, kept on same pace, no impression inside final furlong, 3rd of 17, 4 1/2l behind Herdsman (11-0) at Aintree 2m 1f NH flat (4) gs in Oct.
Lord Liath (IRE) 8-1 (11-0) Raced in mid-division and well off the pace, headway 10f out to chase winner 6f out, closed over 5f out, ridden and lost 2nd inside final 2f, one pace after, 4th of 12, 6l behind Twentyfourcarat (11-0) at Ascot 2m NH flat (4) gs in Nov.
No Obligation (IRE) 33-1 (11-0) Mid-division, weakened over 4f out, 5th of 9, well behind Balding Banker (11-0) at Newbury 2m NH flat (5) gs in Nov.
No Secrets (IRE) 3-1 (11-0) Tracked leaders, led over 3f out, ridden and headed over 2f out, weakened approaching final furlong, 3rd of 12, 8l behind Persian Snow (11-0) at Ascot 2m NH flat (4) gd in Oct.
Ohio Gold (IRE) 15-8 (10-11) Mid-division, headway to chase leaders after 4 out, 3rd before and every chance 3 out until went left and hit 2 out, no impression when left disputing poor 2nd and hampered last, no extra in 3rd flat, 3rd of 15, 16l behind Kid Cassidy (11-0) at Newbury 2m NH mdn hdl (3) gs in Nov.
Our Columbus (IRE) 10-1 (10-9) Tracked leaders, hit 5th, lost place after next, chased leading pair before 3 out, went 2nd approaching next, soon ridden, stayed on flat, always held, 2nd of 7, 3l behind Silver Footnote (10-12) at Uttoxeter 2m 4f nh nov hdl (4) hvy in Nov.
Pride In Battle (IRE) 16-1 (11-0) Mid-division, chased leaders under pressure 4 out, kept on same pace from next, no impression, 4th of 15, 25l behind Arthurian Legend (11-0) at Chepstow 2m mdn hdl (5) gs in Nov.
Ratify 66-1 (11-0) Not fluent, always behind, tailed off, 12th of 15, dis behind Kid Cassidy (11-0) at Newbury 2m NH mdn hdl (3) gs in Nov.
Salut Honore (FR) 12-1 (11-0) Tracked leaders in 3rd, weakened over 2f out, 4th of 7, 25l behind Bad Sir Brian (11-0) at Plumpton 2m 2f mdn NH flat (6) gf in Oct.
Stealing Time (IRE) 4-1 (12-0) Alw pr, 4th 1/2 way, lst tch in 6th at 10th, bhd when pu 3out, in a race won by Good Old Paul (12-0) at Ballysteen 3m ire ptp gs in Apr, 14 ran.
Willy Be Lucky (IRE) 5-1 (10-11) Held up towards rear and keen, weakened over 4f out, 4th of 9, 18l behind Global Power (11-2) at Plumpton 2m 2f NH flat (6) sft in Nov.
Lady Kayf Kayf Tara mare out of Zany Lady.