This doesn't look much of a race and provides an opportunity for Donald McCain's French recruit KITCHAPOLY. Twice a winning hurdler in France, he's bred to be a star over jumps and should have a nice introduction for new connections. Aficionado, a winner at Beverley in May for Ed Dunlop, ran well at Newmarket in June and could prove a threat but it's difficult to imagine either Precision Strike or Hi Candy finding the necessary improvement from their poor form over timber.
Kitchapoly (FR) (10-12) won at Marseille-Borely(FR) 2m 1f 5yo hdl gs in May beating Dimanche A Paris (10-12) by 8l, 7 ran.
Aficionado 6-1 (9-0) In touch, headway over 2f out, ridden to challenge over 1f out, soon hung left, kept on well closing stages, 2nd of 5, 1 3/4l behind Special Meaning (9-0) at Newmarket 1m 4f 3yo stk 0-70 (5) gf in Jun (flat).
Diddy Eric 9-2 (8-2) Tracked leaders and keen, went 2nd over 6f out, ridden over 2f out, one pace, 3rd of 5, 4 1/2l behind Bayan Kasirga (8-13) at Thirsk 1m 4f 3yo hcp 0-70 (5) gs (flat).
Precision Strike 11-1 (10-7) In touch, ridden 3 out, soon outpaced, 6th of 8, 39l behind It's Only Business (11-5) at Market Rasen 2m 1f 3yo hdl (4) gd in Jun.
Smooth Handle 100-1 (8-7) Raced wide towards rear, pushed along halfway, never on terms, 10th of 11, 37l behind Artful Prince (9-0) at Ayr 1m 2f 3yo hcp 0-60 (6) gd (flat).
Hi Candy (IRE) 20-1 (10-5) Pressed winner, mistake 3rd, led briefly 3 out, every chance until ridden and lost place before last, soon weakened, 3rd of 7, 18l behind Akdam (10-7) at Hexham 2m 3yo hdl (4) gf in Jun.
Niknad 22-1 (8-0) Held up in rear, driven 4f out, no impression, last of 12, 36l behind Darakti (8-4) at Pontefract 1m 4f hcp 0-70 (5) gd in Jul (flat).