Halling's Wish rallied well to get up close home at Fontwell on his hurdling debut but more is needed in this better race and he may struggle to beat MEMBEROF off level weights. Alan King's recent acquisition won easily for Guy Cherel at Moulins last month and his stable won this last year. Green And White never threatened when fourth at Uttoxeter but there are possibilities about dual Flat winner Hawk High once he gains some experience.
Halling's Wish 10-1 (10-9) Held up towards rear, headway before 5 out, led 3 out, blundered 2 out, held on well towards finish, driven out, won at Fontwell 2m 2f 3yo mdn hdl (4) gd beating Instinctual (10-12) by 1 1/2l, 12 ran.
Memberof (FR) (10-7) won at Moulins(FR) 2m 1f 3yo hdl gs in Sep beating Apotre (10-7) by 1l, 10 ran.
Green And White (ITY) 100-1 (10-12) Held up in rear, effort and one pace from 2 out, 4th of 7, 16l behind Herod The Great (10-12) at Uttoxeter 2m 3yo hdl (4) gs.
Hawk High (IRE) 7-2fav (8-6) Held up in 5th, headway over 1f out, stayed on same pace and no impression final furlong, 5th of 7, 4l behind Big Thunder (9-5) at Haydock 1m 6f 3yo hcp 0-95 (3) gd in Sep (flat).
Rich Forever (IRE) 7-2 (8-7) In touch in rear, ridden over 2f out, kept on to go 3rd near finish, not trouble leaders, 3rd of 5, 11l behind Aglaophonos (8-7) at Pontefract 1m 3yo clm (5) gd (flat).
Sleepy Haven (IRE) 11-1 (10-12) Mid-division, headway 3rd, mistake 6th, ridden 3 out, stayed on same pace next, well held by front pair before last, 3rd of 8, 17l behind It's Only Business (10-12) at Uttoxeter 2m 3yo hdl (4) gd in Jun.