Wild Diamond finished tailed off behind Akdam on his hurdling debut at Hexham and has done little since. Akdam is a consistent sort but thoroughly exposed now and may be vulnerable giving weight to the two newcomers. Gold Chain won a maiden for Clive Cox at Lingfield in September but SEASIDE ROCK is preferred as the winning miler's speed should be an asset around here.
Akdam (IRE) 7-1 (11-0) Tracked winner, led narrowly on long run to 2nd, headed next, chased winner until 4 out, kept on same pace in 3rd from next, 3rd of 5, 7l behind Keltus (10-12) at Chepstow 2m 3yo hdl (4) gd in Oct.
Seaside Rock (IRE) 16-1 (9-2) Slowly into stride, always behind, 8th of 9, 21l behind Soul Intent (9-4) at Wolverhampton 1m 1f 3yo hcp 0-75 (5) pol in Oct (flat).
Gold Chain (IRE) 8-13fav (9-0) Tracked leader, effort on inside over 2f out, led over 1f out, ran on well, won at Lingfield 1m 2f 3yo mdn (5) sft in Sep beating Berkeley Street (8-12) by 5l, 4 ran (flat).
Wild Diamond (IRE) 7-2 (10-5) Tracked leaders, not fluent, hampered 2nd, jumped slowly 4th, soon pushed along, well beaten after 5th, last of 5, 35l behind Baltic Blade (10-12) at Newton Abbot 2m 1f 3yo mdn hdl (4) gf in Aug.