Led for much of the way and plugged on well to land the e/w money. Original quote: "Pearl Noir - We were hoping for much better last time but faded in the closing stages at Ripon. Won well the time before though - no real excuses, probably just had an off day as nothing came to light. CD winner here and off the same mark, plus Theo claims 7lbs again. Likes to get on with things and that will be the plan again here but draw 11 is not ideal so likely to end up using too much energy in the early part of the race - therefore, a place might be the best we can hope for. "