DAWALAN has raced twice over track and trip and won last month's outing by eight lengths. He's taken to shrug off a penalty and go in again in similar underfoot conditions. Ivanhoe is also penalised for his victory at Ffos Las and has a stack to find with the selection on official ratings. Prince Khurram is an interesting newcomer to hurdling having won on the Flat in France and making his debut for Donald McCain here while Interior Minister is rated much higher on the level than the likes of Hurricane John and Astrum. Carry On Sydney has joined Oliver Sherwood and is another hurdling debutant to note.
Dawalan (FR) 4-6fav (10-12) Held up in touch, headway to chase leaders 4 out, went 2nd 3 out, challenged and upsides last, soon shaken up to lead, forged clear, won at Newbury 2m 3yo hdl (4) sft in Dec beating Rayak (10-12) by 8l, 14 ran.
Ivanhoe 7-2 (10-12) Tracked leaders on outside, disputed lead 4 out, led approaching last, ridden and stayed on well flat, won at Ffos Las 2m 3yo hdl (4) hvy in Dec beating Forced Family Fun (11-5) by 1 1/2l, 6 ran.
Astrum 14-1 (9-3) Never better than mid-division, 7th of 10, 26l behind Ballinderry Boy (8-12) at Kempton 2m 3yo hcp (4) pol in Sep (flat).
Carry On Sydney 5-1 (9-4) Chased leaders, effort over 2f out, weakened over 1f out, 3rd of 9, 10l behind Vital Evidence (8-13) at Windsor 1m 2f hcp 0-85 (4) hvy in Oct (flat).
Hurricane John (IRE) 4-1 (8-8) Tracked leaders, ridden over 4f out, came stand side over 2f out, weakened final furlong, 6th of 12, 12l behind Wee Giant (9-5) at Catterick 1m 6f app hcp 0-60 (6) hvy in Oct (flat).
Interior Minister 20-1 (9-7) Keen held up, headway 9f out, ridden 3f out, weakened 2f out, last of 6, 24l behind Sizzler (9-1) at Salisbury 1m 6f 3yo hcp 0-85 (4) gd in Aug (flat).
Prince Khurram (8-13) 8th of 9, 10l behind Penglai Pavilion (9-3) at Saint-Cloud(FR) 1m 4f 3yo lst stk gs in Sep (flat).