Deputy Dan probably came up against a decent novice in Oscar Fortune at Carlisle and should be going one better soon. Champagne West was no match for Beat That at Ascot last month but the winner was second in a Grade 2 at Sandown on Friday, ahead of Oscar Fortune, so that ties Philip Hobbs' charge closely with Deputy Dan. Bally Braes has been running well in bumpers, as has Ulzana's Raid, while Ampleforth won over 2m on the Flat at Yarmouth in the summer and should stay this trip. TULLYESKER HILL won a point-to-point in May and bolted up in a Plumpton bumper on his debut under Rules. He can make a winning start over timber.
Ampleforth 7-1 (9-8) Headway to track leader 13f out, ridden and every chance 2f out, faded final furlong, 6th of 8, 10l behind Flemish School (9-2) at Wolverhampton 2m hcp 0-75 (5) pol in Nov (flat).
Anshantor (IRE) 50-1 (10-12) Held up when blundered and fell first, in a race won by Royal Regatta (11-5) at Leicester 2m 4f nh nov hdl (4) gs, 10 ran.
Bally Braes (IRE) 10-1 (11-0) Tracked leaders, challenged over 3f out, ridden to lead over 1f out, edged left entering final furlong, bumped 150 yards out, headed towards finish, carried right and bumped close home, just held, 2nd of 7, hd behind Deadly Sting (11-0) at Aintree 2m 1f NH flat (5) gd in Oct.
Bodega 33-1 (11-0) Tracked leaders in 4th, outpaced after 3 out, kept on same pace under pressure from next, never troubled leading trio, 4th of 9, 16l behind Beat That (11-0) at Ascot 2m 3f NH mdn hdl (3) gs in Nov.
Champagne West (IRE) 3-1 (11-0) Led, joined 2 out, soon headed, no chance with winner flat, ridden and held on for 2nd near finish, 2nd of 9, 10l behind Beat That (11-0) at Ascot 2m 3f NH mdn hdl (3) gs in Nov.
Deputy Dan (IRE) 9-4 (10-12) Tracked leaders, led before 2 out, soon headed, stayed on towards finish and went 2nd close home, 2nd of 6, 1 3/4l behind Oscar Fortune (11-5) at Carlisle 2m 3f nh nov hdl (4) hvy in Nov.
Letterofthelaw (IRE) 14-1 (11-2) Led, headed over 2f out, 4th and one pace over 1f out, 4th of 12, 15l behind Sign Of A Victory (11-2) at Ludlow 2m NH flat (5) gd in Nov.
Nearly Normal (IRE) 33-1 (11-2) Tracked leaders, lost place over 3f out, weakened over 2f out, 10th of 12, 39l behind No No Romeo (11-2) at Southwell 2m NH flat (6) sft in Nov.
Oscars Way (IRE) 5-2 (11-2) Tracked leaders in 3rd, chased winner over 5f out, kept on from over 3f out, no chance with winner, 2nd of 4, 25l behind Rolling Maul (11-9) at Ffos Las 2m nhf (6) gd in Jun.
Pembroke House 14-1 (10-12) Held up towards rear, headway before 4 out, weakened from 3 out, 8th of 14, 47l behind Theatrebar (10-12) at Ludlow 2m 5f NH nov hdl 4-6yo (4) gs in Nov.
Powerful Action (IRE) 5-1 (11-1) Held up in touch in mid-division, closed 7f out, every chance over 3f out, one pace inside final furlong, 5th of 14, 9l behind Take A Bow (11-1) at Chepstow 2m cond NH flat (6) gd in Oct.
Secure Investment 22-1 (10-11) Raced keenly, held towards rear, struggling 6f out, never dangerous, 9th of 12, 35l behind No No Romeo (11-2) at Southwell 2m NH flat (6) sft in Nov.
Stage King 12-1 (10-9) Held up, stumbled 4th, outpaced after 3 out, well held after, left 3rd when mistake last, 3rd of 7, 39l behind Swallowshide (10-12) at Wincanton 2m 6f nh nov hdl (4) gd in Nov.
Tullyesker Hill (IRE) 11-8fav (11-2) Made all, reminder and clear over 2f out, very easily, won at Plumpton 2m 2f NH flat (6) gs in Nov beating Another Brandy (11-2) by 15l, 9 ran.
Ulzana's Raid (IRE) 14-1 (11-11) Towards rear, outpaced 4f out, kept on final 2f, never near leaders, 6th of 14, 25l behind Zulu Oscar (11-4) at Wincanton 2m NH flat (6) gs in Nov.
Incher Rose (IRE) 14-1 (11-0) Towards rear for most, ridden in 10th and no impression 4f out, soon no extra and weakened entering straight, last of 13, 33l behind Indevan (12-0) at Gowran Park 2m N H flat gd in Apr.
Simmons 40-1 (8-3) Pushed along behind, ridden well over 2f out, never dangerous, 6th of 11, 10l behind Kissing Clara (8-6) at Wolverhampton 7f 2yo sell stks (6) pol in Nov '10 (flat).
Un Jour D Ete (FR) 50-1 (11-4) In touch, blundered 4th, soon lost place, tailed off, 9th of 16, well behind Centasia (11-4) at Uttoxeter 2m mares mdn hdl (5) sft in Nov.