Schism was always travelling well when making a winning start to her hurdles career at Leicester earlier this month. Jonjo O'Neill's filly will find it tougher against the boys under a penalty, however, while Tango De Juilley also carries extra for his victory at Clairfontaine in July and lacks a recent run. ARDLUI may be the one to beat therefore, having shaped nicely when third behind Urbain De Sivola and Ranjaan in a better contest over C&D last month. Wom is open to improvement and Flat winners Cathcart Castle and Uncle Dermot could prove the pick of the newcomers.
Tango De Juilley (FR) (10-1) won at Clairefontaine(FR) 2m 1f hdl sft in Jul beating Volcan Surprise (10-1) by 2l, 16 ran.
Ardlui (IRE) 2-1 (10-12) Close 4th, went 3rd and mistake 3 out, ridden and went 2nd before 2 out, no impression when lost 2nd and weakened before last, 3rd of 9, 15l behind Urbain De Sivola (10-12) at Newbury 2m 3yo hdl (3) gs in Nov.
Cathcart Castle 5-1 (9-1) Took keen hold, held up towards rear, outpaced as pace lifted over 4f out, headway 2f out, stayed on to 2nd inside final furlong, no chance with winner, 2nd of 8, 8l behind Mazij (9-4) at Wolverhampton 1m 4f hcp 0-60 (6) pol in Nov (flat).
Kambis 11-1 (10-12) Took keen hold, held up in 6th, went modest 4th well before 2 out until approaching 2 out, soon weakened, 5th of 9, 23l behind Dark And Dangerous (10-12) at Sandown 2m 3yo hdl (4) sft in Nov.
Our Folly 100-1 (10-12) Took keen hold, held up in rear, went right 2nd, moderate headway approaching 2 out, left 4th 2 out, weakened to 5th from last, 5th of 10, 22l behind Reyamour (10-5) at Hereford 2m 1f 3yo hdl (4) gs in Nov.
Schism 3-1 (10-8) Held up, headway after 2nd, led approaching 3 out, clear before last, easily, won at Leicester 2m juv fll nov hdl (3yo) (4) gs beating Flying Phoenix (10-3) by 5l, 11 ran.
Swaninstockwell (IRE) 7-1 (8-13) Prominent, pushed along over 3f out, soon lost place, 9th of 10, 10l behind Ninfea (9-4) at Lingfield 1m 4f hcp (0-65) (6) pol (flat).
The Cat Creation (HOL) Kreator gelding out of Legal Cat.
Thunder Sheik (IRE) 50-1 (10-12) Held up, jumped big 1st and 2nd, headway approaching 4th, jumped left 3 out, soon weakened, 8th of 9, 35l behind Hinterland (11-6) at Cheltenham 2m 3yo hdl (1) gs in Nov.
Uncle Dermot (IRE) 7-1 (9-0) Dwelt, behind, ridden over 2f out, weakened and eased over 1f out, last of 14, 27l behind William Haigh (9-0) at Southwell 1m hcp 0-70 (5) fbs in Nov (flat).
Wom 66-1 (10-12) Held up towards rear, headway to go in touch before 3 out, weakened before 2 out, 6th of 11, 28l behind School For Scandal (10-12) at Wetherby 2m 3yo mdn hdl (5) gs in Nov.