Meister Eckhart arrives on the back of a couple of wins in bumpers and should go well on his first start over hurdles. Prankster was a decent performer on the Flat in France back in 2009 and could make his presence felt, but it's another French import in the shape of REALMONT that makes more appeal. He's also having his first start since 2009 when he finished placed in a couple of chases at Auteuil behind none other than today's King George favourite Long Run. If he runs anywhere near that form back over hurdles on his debut for Donald McCain, he's clearly the one to beat. Valley Lad makes most appeal of the remainder.
Boo Boo Booyakasha 100-1 (10-13) Behind, tailed off when pulled up after 5th, in a race won by Henry King (11-9) at Taunton 2m 3f nh nov hdl (4) gs in Mar, 14 ran.
Captain Scarlett (IRE) 100-1 (10-12) Raced wide, chased winner until 3rd, soon lost place, behind and struggling 7th, tailed off, last of 10, well behind Gullinbursti (11-5) at Hereford 2m 6f nh nov hdl (4) gs in Nov.
Classic Euro (IRE) 150-1 (10-7) Towards rear, weakened from 4th, tailed off, 11th of 12, well behind Jumps Road (10-12) at Ffos Las 2m nh nov hdl (4) hvy.
Meister Eckhart (IRE) 4-5fav (12-0) Disputed early, chased leader in 2nd after 4f, improved to challenge 3f out, soon led, pushed out and kept on well from 2f out, comfortably, won at Naas 2m 3f N H flat in Oct beating Ravensbury (12-0) by 6l, 5 ran.
Prankster 9-2 (8-9) 5th of 6, 13l behind Wajir (9-4) at Longchamp(FR) 1m 7f 3yo Grp 3 (1) gs in Sep '09 (flat).
Realmont (FR) (10-5) 3rd of 13, 1 1/2l behind Rubi Ball (10-5) at Auteuil(FR) 2m 4f 4yo chs Grd 1 (1) sft in May '09.
Valley Lad (IRE) 7-2 (11-0) In touch, hit 4 out, plugged on for remote 3rd, 3rd of 12, 37l behind Top Of The Range (10-11) at Ffos Las 2m 4f mdn hdl (5) sft in Nov.
Al Shababiya (IRE) 100-1 (10-5) Always behind, 9th of 14, well behind Lets Get Serious (10-12) at Fontwell 2m 4f nh nov hdl (4) sft.
Western Kate (IRE) 100-1 (10-2) Held up towards rear, tailed off from 4th, 7th of 12, 41l behind Jumps Road (10-12) at Ffos Las 2m nh nov hdl (4) hvy.