THREE KINGDOMS ran a cracker in a competitive novices' handicap at Cheltenham last month after winning over a longer trip at Wetherby. John Ferguson's charge should win more races this winter and can get the better of improving Southwell scorer John Reel, whom is rated 4lb lower by the handicapper. Jockey bookings suggest Catching On is the pick of Jonjo O'Neill's pair but none of the others make much appeal.
John Reel (FR) 2-1fav (10-12) Took keen hold tracking leaders, quickened to challenge 2 out, soon led, came well clear between last 2, easily, won at Southwell 2m nov hdl (4) sft in Nov beating Make Me A Fortune (10-12) by 9l, 8 ran.
Three Kingdoms (IRE) 16-1 (11-11) Tracked leaders on inside, headway 2 out, challenged and every chance between last 2 until after last, ridden and no extra in 3rd flat, 3rd of 19, 4 1/2l behind Quick Jack (11-0) at Cheltenham 2m nov hcp hdl (3) gd in Nov.
Action Front (USA) 10-1 (9-5) Tracked leaders, pushed along 3f out, weakened over 1f out, last of 11, 16l behind Boris The Bold (9-3) at Kempton 1m app hcp 0-50 (7) pol in Nov (flat).
Catching On (IRE) 13-2 (10-12) Prominent, led 2nd, not fluent and headed 5th, weakened before 3 out, 7th of 12, 29l behind Dubai Prince (10-12) at Leicester 2m nh nov hdl (4) gs in Nov.
Ergo Sum 150-1 (10-9) Led until ridden and headed before 2 out, weakened soon after, tailed off, 9th of 12, 48l behind Warden Hill (10-12) at Kempton 2m 5f nov hdl (4) gs in Oct.
Gravitate 33-1 (10-12) Led to 1st, in touch, weakened from 3 out, pulled up before last, in a race won by Azure Fly (11-0) at Stratford 2m mdn hdl (5) gd in Jul, 13 ran.
Howlett (IRE) 14-1 (10-13) Mid-division, 6th halfway, ridden and no extra before 2 out, soon no impression, 5th of 10, 49l behind King William (11-4) at Ballinrobe 2m 5yo mdn hdl gd in Jul.
Table Bluff (IRE) 150-1 (10-12) Took keen hold and held up towards rear, never on terms, 11th of 18, 42l behind Garde La Victoire (11-5) at Warwick 2m nov hdl (4) gs in Nov.
There You Are 50-1 (10-12) Held up in mid-division, pushed along and weakened before 4 out, tailed off, 16th of 18, well behind Garde La Victoire (11-5) at Warwick 2m nov hdl (4) gs in Nov.
Wah Wah Taysee (IRE) 25-1 (10-12) Led, ridden when headed approaching 3 out, weakened next, 7th of 16, 37l behind Prince Siegfried (10-12) at Huntingdon 2m nh nov hdl (4) sft in Nov.
Into The Wind 100-1 (10-0) Always tailed off, 10th of 13, well behind Ashdown Lad (11-0) at Plumpton 2m mdn hdl (5) hvy in Nov.
Spirit Minded 100-1 (10-9) Chased leader, led narrowly after 3f, headed 7f out, soon ridden, weakened 5f out, 9th of 10, 47l behind Assam Black (11-2) at Taunton 2m 1f mdn NH flat (5) gd in Nov.