Boruler stopped quickly on his chasing bow at Hexham but looked in need of the run and should do better here. However, we still prefer ELENIKA with Paul Nicholls' grey having already shown promise over the larger obstacles in France, finishing a distant second in a Listed chase over a longer trip at Auteuil in May. Fellow four-year-old Refusal may need more time and Pindar is also best watched after finding little off the bridle on the Polytrack eight days ago. Gorgehous Liliege has been off for more than a year but Rajdhani Express would be interesting if back to his best as he ran well in a couple of hot handicaps over hurdles last winter.
Boruler (IRE) 5-1 (11-0) Close up, led 2nd, headed before last, soon weakened, 7th of 10, 19l behind No Planning (11-3) at Hexham 2m nov chs (4) hvy in Oct.
Gorgehous Lliege (FR) 22-1 (10-12) Mid-division, well beaten after 4th, 10th of 15, well behind Golden Gael (10-5) at Chepstow 2m nh nov hdl (4) gs in Oct '11.
Pindar (GER) 7-2 (10-6) Led, strongly challenged approaching 3 out, headed before next, weakened flat, 4th of 11, 10l behind On The Feather (10-10) at Plumpton 2m nov hcp hdl 0-100 (5) sft in Oct.
Rajdhani Express 20-1 (10-13) Keen to post, in touch on outside, lost place 3 out, soon weakened, pulled up before next, in a race won by Swincombe Flame (10-4) at Kempton 2m 5f hcp hdl (2) gd in Jan, 19 ran.
Elenika (FR) 33-1 (10-3) 2nd of 8, 30l behind Ulyssia Royale (10-10) at Auteuil(FR) 2m 5f Listed chs (1) hvy in May.
Refusal 9-1 (10-10) Chased leader, hit 3 out, challenged next, led after 2 out, headed on long run to last, soon ridden, weakened to 4th and blundered last, 4th of 9, 10l behind Kambis (10-11) at Folkestone 2m 1f hcp hdl 0-110 (4) gs in Jan.