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But by 11 o'clock all necessary blasting and chipping had been completed and a stiffish breeze was making the chimney move slightly.
Mirjan was a creditable fourth to Bulwark at Haydock but, at the age of 10, I cannot see him repeating his 2004 victory off this stiffish mark.
Backed by a stiffish breeze and in a display befitting hisname, Blackheath's Steve McCashin had indeed cashed in, landing five penalties from 20 to 50 yards and two conversions with no misses.
John Best's admirable nine-year-old rather lost his way after a cracking performance in the Grand Military Gold Cup here in March, where he broke his duck over fences at the 11th attempt, although he had been set some stiffish tasks previously.
Unafraid starts off on a stiffish handicap mark but he is potentially very smart and can record his second career success.
He should be suited by racing on a soft surface at this stiffish track and, with an official rating of 107, is the one to beat at these weights.
The Whitsbury handler has stated that Larkham only just does enough when he hits the front, which makes him a very hard horse to assess, but is seems likely he has not stopped improving yet and the stiffish track should suit.
A stiffish suspension set-up may shake you up a touch, but the car's ability to dance through bends is pleasing.
Despite Moseley playing into a stiffish wind, debutant fly-half Neil Stenhouse managed on several occasions to kick his side to safety, although under pressure from the influential Exeter scrum-half Clive Stuart-Smith, he mis-touched which led to some furious counter attacks from the Devon side.
Essentially though this game was won and lost in the first half when Sligo led 0-6 to 0-4 after playing against the stiffish breeze.
The son of Night Shift was set some stiffish tasks after winning at Goodwood in July ( including running in the Group One Prix Morny, where he cut little ice.