DOM LUKKA won here in June and was successful over 3m2f at Huntingdon last month. No excuses have been forthcoming for a poor performance on a return visit to the latter track and he has a bit to prove now but the five-year-old has the beating of Kilrush on the form book and could easily bounce back. Absolute Shambles is another who likes it here and he beat Sea Cadet over course and distance on his penultimate start. But he rarely runs in this higher grade nowadays while Dunkelly Castle will probably be using this as a pipe-opener before going back over fences.
Kilrush (IRE) 8-1 (11-7) Led until 4th, prominent, mistakes 8th and when lost place 14th and 15th, not fluent and beaten from 3 out, 5th of 6, 12l behind Young Hurricane (11-12) at Lingfield 3m nov hcp chs 0-110 (4) hvy.
Dom Lukka (FR) 2-1fav (11-4) Led, not fluent 3rd, headed 4 out, weakened quickly, pulled up 2 out, in a race won by Lookout Mountain (11-5) at Huntingdon 3m 2f hcp hdl 0-105 (4) gs, 13 ran.
Dunkelly Castle (IRE) 7-1 (10-11) Tracked leader, pushed along after 13th, lost 2nd 15th, weakened after 5 out, 5th of 7, well behind Financial Climate (10-12) at Wincanton 3m 1f hcp chs 0-120 (4) gf in May.
Killegney 20-1 (11-5) Held up in 4th, ridden to chase leading pair after 3 out, soon outpaced, stayed on and chance approaching last, no extra flat, 3rd of 5, 2l behind Safferano (11-10) at Fakenham 2m 7f nov hcp hdl 0-100 (5) gs.
Absolute Shambles 4-1 (11-12) Tracked leaders, led before 4 out, ridden and headed 2 out, lost 2nd from last, one pace, 3rd of 9, 15l behind Orvita (11-9) at Fontwell 3m 3f hcp hdl 0-100 (5) hvy.
Strange Bird (IRE) 20-1 (11-9) Led to after 1st, tracked leaders, lost place after 5th, weakened before 2 out, tailed off, 8th of 15, 48l behind Gilzean (10-11) at Fontwell 2m 6f hcp hdl 0-95 (5) gs in Apr.
Sea Cadet 5-1 (10-0) Tracked leaders, ridden and in 2nd before 2 out, kept on and held run-in, 2nd of 7, 2 1/4l behind Absolute Shambles (10-9) at Fontwell 3m 3f hcp hdl 0-100 (5) gd in Oct.