It will be a surprise if Flemi Two Toes doesn't step up on his debut third at Bangor in November. Rebecca Curtis' five-year-old is probably the main danger here to SAINT LUKE. A winner over C&D last month, Peter Bowen's son of Bob's Return looks a decent prospect and is capable of defying his penalty. Kawa's defeat of A Bridge Too Far at Ludlow was boosted by the second's subsequent hurdles success and he shouldn't be ignored, but points winner Bravo Riquet is probably worth opposing on his debut under Rules. Giles Smyly's General Melchett looks the pick of the newcomers on breeding but may need more time.
Saint Luke (IRE) 4-5fav (11-12) With leader, led over 3f out, ridden and hard pressed 2f out, hard ridden and kept on under pressure final 100 yards, just held on close home, won at Chepstow 2m NH flat (6) sft in Jan beating Noble Perk (11-5) by hd, 6 ran.
Kawa (FR) 9-2 (11-2) Tracked leaders, went 2nd 11f out, led over 5f out, in command final 3f, pushed out, won at Ludlow 2m mdn NH flat (5) gs in Nov beating A Bridge Too Far (11-2) by 3l, 9 ran.
Bravo Riquet (FR) 6-4 (11-7) Ww, prog to 4th 5out, went 2nd 2out, chall last, hdd late, won at Toomebridge 3m ire ptp sft in Sep beating Fog Patches (11-7) by 1/2l, 7 ran.
Flemi Two Toes (IRE) 13-8fav (11-9) With leader, led over 5f out, headed over 3f out, soon hard driven, weakened final furlong, 3rd of 10, 7l behind King's Grace (11-9) at Bangor 2m 1f nhf (5) sft in Nov.
Tranquil River (IRE) Heron Island gelding out of Halycon Day.
Wild Tango Loup Sauvage gelding out of Danse Slave.
My Legal Lady 50-1 (10-13) In touch, kept on same pace final 2f, 4th of 13, 9l behind Tanzanite Bay (10-13) at Cheltenham 2m 1f N H flat (4) gd in Apr.
General Melchett (IRE) Broadway Flyer gelding out of Kept In The Dark.
Rowlestone Lad 66-1 (10-7) Held up in rear, headway on outside 8f out, lost place 5f out, 6th of 10, 33l behind Russe Blanc (10-7) at Warwick 2m nhf (6) hvy in Jan.
Twin Barrels Double Trigger gelding out of Caballe.