French import Alanjou was having his first run in this country when second over course and distance last month and will be fancied to go one better. But a strict interpretation of that form suggests he has something to find with Instinctual, who had Vergality Ridge behind when second at Stratford in August. Sheena West trained the winner of this last year so Unidexter has to be worth a second look after his third at Plumpton but MICK DUGGAN was arguably the best of these on the Flat. Fourth over 1m6f at Salisbury on his latest start, he should stay this trip and can make a winning debut over timber.
Alanjou (FR) 2-1fav (10-12) Led, blundered 2 out, soon pressed and wandered under pressure, headed last, kept on, 2nd of 9, 2l behind Wooly Bully (10-12) at Fontwell 2m 2f 3yo hdl (4) gd in Sep.
Day In Day Out 28-1 (10-12) Held up in rear, not fluent 3rd, effort after 5th, weakened from 3 out, last of 7, 30l behind Town Mouse (10-7) at Huntingdon 2m 3yo hdl (4) gd in Sep.
Dude Alert (IRE) 25-1 (10-9) Behind, pushed along before 5th, soon weakened, 7th of 9, well behind Wooly Bully (10-12) at Fontwell 2m 2f 3yo hdl (4) gd in Sep.
Fiachra (IRE) 33-1 (10-9) Held up in mid-division, weakened approaching 3 out, tailed off when mistake last, 6th of 9, 30l behind Orla's Rainbow (10-9) at Plumpton 2m 3yo hdl (4) gf in Sep.
Halling's Wish 8-1 (9-2) Led, ridden and headed over 2f out, kept on same pace final furlong, 5th of 8, 4 1/2l behind Hattie Jacques (9-7) at Nottingham 1m 6f 3yo hcp 0-65 (6) gs in Aug (flat).
Instinctual 10-1 (10-12) Held up in rear, headway approaching 3 out, not fluent 2 out, soon went 2nd, led last, headed flat, held close home, 2nd of 8, 1/2l behind Refer (10-9) at Stratford 2m 3yo hdl (4) gd in Aug.
Karl Marx (IRE) 8-1 (10-12) Led, ridden and slowed up into 1st, given reminder, wandered and headed next, jumped right and went 2nd 5th, no chance with winner before 2 out, 2nd of 5, 32l behind Walter White (11-5) at Newton Abbot 2m 1f 3yo hdl (4) gd in Aug.
Maypole Joe (IRE) 12-1 (8-10) Led 1f, tracked leader, ridden and short of room over 2f out, kept on one pace, last of 4, 4l behind Hillbilly Boy (8-10) at Lingfield 1m 3yo clm stks (6) pol in Feb (flat).
Mick Duggan 12-1 (8-13) Mid-division, headway to chase leaders 3f out, soon ridden, every chance over 1f out, kept on until no extra final 100 yards, 4th of 10, 3 1/2l behind Laser Blazer (10-0) at Salisbury 1m 6f hcp 0-75 (5) gf in Aug (flat).
Mighty Thor 16-1 (8-3) Steadied and soon held up last, headway on outide to 4th 7f out, reminders over 4f out, soon behind, tailed off, last of 6, well behind Pearl Spice (9-3) at Kempton 2m 3yo hcp 0-75 (5) pol in Aug (flat).
Unidexter (IRE) 10-3 (10-12) Chased leaders, went 2nd before 2 out, lost 2nd last, 3rd and one pace flat, 3rd of 9, 2l behind Orla's Rainbow (10-9) at Plumpton 2m 3yo hdl (4) gf in Sep.
Vergality Ridge (IRE) 16-1 (10-7) Tracked leaders, not fluent 2nd or 4th, slipped on bend before 3 out, weakened after 2 out, 6th of 8, 28l behind Refer (10-9) at Stratford 2m 3yo hdl (4) gd in Aug.