Akdam landed a minor race at Musselburgh and, after a reasonable run in a Cheltenham Grade 2, hasn't been beaten far in his two runs this month. Garde Ville is bred for chasing and David Pipe's French acquisition may not have the pace for this tight track. Ninepointsixthree was a 50/1 chance when making his debut over timber at Lingfield but may have won but for a last-flight blunder though it was a very ordinary race. VANDROSS had run well on the Flat for Chris Wall and made a promising debut over hurdles for new connections on this track where he wasn't far behind the potentially useful Muhtaris. With normal progress he can gain his first success.
Akdam (IRE) 9-1 (11-7) Tracked leader, left in lead 3rd, joined 4 out, driven 2 out, headed approaching last, ridden and kept on same pace in 3rd flat, 3rd of 6, 2l behind Ivanhoe (10-12) at Ffos Las 2m 3yo hdl (4) hvy.
Garde Ville (FR) 9-2 (10-6) Prominent, not fluent 4th, led before 7th until after 7th, weakened approaching 2 out, tailed off, 8th of 11, well behind Foxcub (11-11) at Leicester 2m 4f hcp hdl 0-130 (3) gs.
Kalimantan (IRE) 20-1 (10-9) Hit 1st, held up in touch, driven approaching 3 out, soon outpaced, weakened next, tailed of, 5th of 6, 42l behind Ivanhoe (10-12) at Ffos Las 2m 3yo hdl (4) hvy.
Ninepointsixthree 50-1 (10-7) Took keen hold, led, clear until 3rd, ridden after 2 out, 2 1/2 lengths ahead when blundered last, headed flat, no impression towards finish, 2nd of 8, 1 3/4l behind Keychain (10-12) at Lingfield 2m 3yo mdn hdl (5) hvy in Nov.
Shalianzi (IRE) 20-1 (10-9) Held up in rear, headway when blundered 3 out, chased leaders next, weakened last, 5th of 12, 29l behind Muhtaris (10-12) at Fontwell 2m 2f 3yo hdl (4) gs.
Vandross (IRE) 33-1 (10-9) Chased leaders, went 2nd 3 out, soon ridden, kept on well, 3rd of 12, 1 3/4l behind Muhtaris (10-12) at Fontwell 2m 2f 3yo hdl (4) gs.
Sporting Club Girl 150-1 (10-5) Led until 2nd, under pressure before 4 out, soon weakened, 9th of 12, well behind Muhtaris (10-12) at Fontwell 2m 2f 3yo hdl (4) gs.