This novice hurdle looks a match between KARASENIR and Union Island with the first mentioned getting the call. The Philip Hobbs runner was progressive in bumpers last term and was clear with the winner in his final appearance so in all likelihood will be better now jumping obstacles. Union Island was useful enough on the flat racing off marks in the mid-eighties and although he comes into this sphere after a poor run in that code he has joined a top yard so there could be improvement to come. Alan King's other entry Wild Desert looks best of the rest after a promising hurdles debut and some decent runs on the level but Karasenir looks to be heading in the right direction.
Altan Khan 22-1 (10-13) Chased leaders on outside, weakened 4f out, 8th of 14, well behind Our Mick (10-8) at Market Rasen 2m 1f cond & am NH flat (6) gd in Apr.
Amuse Me 16-1 (10-11) Mid-division, headway 3rd, jumped slowly next, ridden after 5th, weakened approaching 3 out, 7th of 13, 42l behind Drill Sergeant (11-0) at Worcester 2m mdn hdl (5) gd.
Karasenir (IRE) 4-1 (10-1) Took keen hold towards rear, headway 4f out, challenged 3f out, led over 2f out, headed and not pace of winner entering final furlong, clear 2nd best, 2nd of 13, 2 3/4l behind Rock On Ruby (11-9) at Newbury 2m NH flat (5) gs in Mar.
Loyal Knight (IRE) 100-1 (10-12) Chased leaders, ridden and weakened approaching 2 out, 7th of 9, 35l behind Sir Frank (11-12) at Market Rasen 2m 1f nh nov hdl (4) gd in Aug.
Union Island (IRE) 8-1 (9-8) In touch, ridden 3f out, weakened 1f out, beaten and eased final furlong, 10th of 13, 24l behind Dubai Bounty (8-9) at Chester 1m 4f hcp 0-85 (4) gs in Aug (flat).
Wild Desert (FR) 18-1 (10-12) Chased leaders, ridden before 3 out and soon weakened, 9th of 15, 44l behind Silk Hall (10-12) at Newbury 2m 4yo nov hdl (4) gd in Feb '09.
Are Olive Alflora mare out of Nasowas.
Chadwell Spring (IRE) 40-1 (10-5) Chased leaders, ridden 5th, weakened 2 out, tailed off, 7th of 10, well behind Russian George (11-8) at Stratford 2m nh nov hdl (3) gf.
Granakey (IRE) 33-1 (10-7) Mid-division, lost place and jumped slowly 4th, soon behind, tailed off, 9th of 13, well behind Drill Sergeant (11-0) at Worcester 2m mdn hdl (5) gd.
Kheskianto (IRE) 9-1 (9-0) Prominent, took keen hold, chased winner over 3f out until inside final furlong, no extra, 4th of 11, 7l behind Eastern Hills (9-0) at Beverley 1m app stks (6) gd (flat).