FAR WEST, by Poliglote out of a Cadoudal mare, has a NH pedigree and showed up well on his hurdling debut at Auteuil in April when beaten less than four lengths. Now with Paul Nicholls, expect him to pay his way this winter starting here. Handazan is an Aga Khan cast-off but did win over 1m4f on heavy ground at Leopardstown in June and Alan King should find him a race or two over timber. Acht has won a couple of minor races on the Flat in Germany recently and is another interesting newcomer while Mr Lando looks the pick of the two previous winners ahead of Gigondas, though has his first run here for Tony Carroll having won at Tramore in August for Paul Deegan.
Gigondas 7-2fav (11-5) Tracked leaders on inside, lost place approaching 2 out, 7th of 12, 34l behind King's Wharf (11-5) at Fontwell 2m 2f 3yo hdl (4) gd in Sep.
Mr Lando 5-1 (10-12) Prominent, led approaching 2 out, pressed run-in, stayed on well, won at Tramore 2m 3yo mdn hdl hvy in Aug beating Porterman (10-12) by 2 1/4l, 9 ran.
Far West (FR) 14-1 (10-3) 3rd of 13, 4l behind Storm Of Saintly (10-3) at Auteuil(FR) 1m 7f 3yo hdl sft in Apr.
Handazan (IRE) 6-1 (8-10) Niggled along from start, soon led, headed under 2f out, 3rd 1f out, no extra and kept on same pace inside final furlong, 5th of 10, 2 1/4l behind Aklan (8-10) at Roscommon 1m 4f Listed stks (1) sft in Jul (flat).
Jambobo 100-1 (8-7) Mid-division, ridden and headway over 3f out, weakened over 1f out, 7th of 9, 16l behind Aciano (9-8) at Wolverhampton 1m 1f sell stks (6) pol in Jul (flat).
Polydamos 16-1 (9-6) Led until 5f out, chased leader until ridden 2f out, weakened over 1f out, 8th of 14, 18l behind Kaiser Wilhelm (8-13) at Lingfield 1m 4f hcp 0-60 (6) pol in Jul (flat).
Acht (GER) (9-2) won at Quakenbruck(GER) 1m 1f stks gd in Sep, 9 ran (flat).
Khatella (IRE) 100-1 (10-5) In rear, went badly left and unseated rider 1st, in a race won by Rapid Heat Lad (10-12) at Bangor 2m 1f 3yo hdl (4) gd, 7 ran.