BRINESTINE seems to be slowly getting his act together and is making his handicap debut this afternoon. He has plenty of weight but may prove better than this grade in time. Uriah Heep is starting to knock on the door and should be winning soon while Don Pooleoni and Foxes Bridge have both shown enough to suggest they'll be thereabouts if fully wound-up. Cruise In Style probably isn't badly treated back over timber but Lyssio was pulled up at Plumpton when last seen and Ladies Dancing hasn't been at his best since returning from his summer break, though has been eased in the weights again.
Lyssio (GER) 6-1 (10-11) Mid-division, pushed along and weakened before 3 out, behind and pulled up before next, in a race won by Alfraamsey (11-4) at Plumpton 2m hcp hdl 0-135 (3) gf in Sep, 10 ran.
Brinestine (USA) 10-1 (10-12) Held up towards rear, steady headway approaching 5th, chased leaders before 3 out, stayed on same pace in 4th and no chance with leading trio, 4th of 15, 12l behind Horizontal Speed (10-12) at Exeter 2m 1f nh nov hdl (4) gs in Oct.
Uriah Heep (FR) 5-2fav (11-7) Held up mid-division, headway 3 out, led before last, headed towards finish, no extra, 2nd of 9, 1 1/4l behind Bollin Judith (11-9) at Kempton 2m cond hcp hdl 0-1115 (4) gs.
In The Crowd (IRE) 100-1 (10-12) Held up in touch, not fluent 5th, weakened approaching 3 out, tailed off, 5th of 6, 44l behind Sametegal (11-6) at Cheltenham 2m 4yo hdl (2) gd in Oct.
Ladies Dancing 14-1 (11-4) In touch in 5th, headway tracking leaders soon after 3 out, ridden and outpaced before last, kept on again run-in, 5th of 10, 11l behind Theatrelands (10-12) at Wincanton 2m hcp hdl 0-120 (4) gd in Oct.
To The Sky (IRE) 7-1 (10-11) Led, soon well clear, reduced lead 5th, headed after 3 out, weakened before next, 4th of 7, 20l behind Multitude Of Sins (11-2) at Newton Abbot 2m 1f nov hcp hdl 0-125 (3) gs in Sep.
Don Pooleoni (IRE) 6-5fav (11-12) Tracked leaders, not fluent 6th, hit next, 4 lengths 4th and ridden when fell 4 out, in a race won by Ice 'n' Easy (11-7) at Chepstow 2m hcp chs 0-115 (4) gs in Apr, 4 ran.
Shivsingh 33-1 (10-8) Tracked leader, led after 3 out, headed next, faded before last, 4th of 12, 9l behind Suerte Al Salto (11-0) at Wincanton 2m mdn hdl (5) sft in Apr.
Foxes Bridge 4-1 (11-0) Led, headed after 3rd, led 4th, headed after 3 out, soon weakened, 2nd of 9, 6l behind Montefeltro (10-11) at Fontwell 2m 2f mdn hdl (4) gs in May.
Exemplary 14-1 (10-12) In touch, headway to chase leaders before 5th, weakened before 3 out, 6th of 11, 23l behind Tijori (10-7) at Chepstow 2m 4f nh nov hdl (4) gd in Oct.
Border Station (IRE) 6-1 (11-12) Held up, closed 3rd, ridden approaching 3 out, soon outpaced, well held 2 out, last of 6, 31l behind Raven's Tower (10-13) at Plumpton 2m hcp hdl 0-105 (4) sft.
Bedouin Bay 5-1 (11-7) Took keen hold tracking leaders, ridden and weakened before 3 out, 5th of 7, 24l behind Clarion Call (11-5) at Exeter 2m 1f hcp hdl 0-105 (4) gf in Oct.
Cruise In Style (IRE) 10-1 (11-1) Held up mid-division, headway 6 out, tracked leaders next, went 3rd 2 out, weakened before last, 5th of 14, 15l behind Pinkneys Prince (11-10) at Uttoxeter 2m nov hcp chs 0-110 (4) sft in Oct.
Backhomeinderry (IRE) 14-1 (11-0) In touch, chased winner after 3 out, ridden and 4 lengths down last, weakened into 4th flat, 4th of 13, 12l behind Breaking Bits (11-0) at Fontwell 2m 2f NH mdn hdl (4) gd in May.
Oscar Jane (IRE) 10-1 (10-9) Chased leaders, pushed along before 3 out, weakened next, 7th of 11, 14l behind Ray Diamond (10-3) at Exeter 2m 3f hcp hdl 0-115 (4) gs in Oct.
Going Nowhere Fast (IRE) 9-2 (11-12) Took keen hold, chased leaders, weakened after 3 out, 8th of 11, 33l behind Home Run (10-10) at Taunton 2m 1f hcp hdl (3yo+) (5) sft in Dec.
Enchanting Smile (FR) 7-1 (11-0) Jumped right, led, headed after 2 out (usual 3 out), soon ridden and no chance with easy winner, 3rd of 10, 27l behind Loyaute (11-0) at Newton Abbot 2m 1f mdn hdl (5) sft in Mar.