Pateese, a winner on the Flat in France, will be better for his debut over timber at Exeter where he faded from the last after being there with a chance. Richard Johnson prefers him to dual bumper winner Kartanian, who makes his debut over timber. According started favourite on his hurdling bow at Sandown in February but was beaten a long way and also at Kempton last month where he ran much better behind Iolith. He should improve again but Barry Geraghty has opted for Minella Class, who had some decent bumper form but has always looked as though he would do better when sent jumping. RED MERLIN will be having his first start over hurdles but is in the right hands to make his mark. A useful 96-rated performer on the Flat he looks just the type to do well at the winter game and will be fit enough after a couple of runs in October which included a victory at Warwick.
According 11-4fav (10-12) Tracked leaders, challenged 2 out, ridden and one pace approaching last, no impression flat, 4th of 13, 9l behind Iolith (10-12) at Kempton 2m nh nov hdl (4) gd in Nov.
Admirable Duque (IRE) 7-1 (10-12) Held up, headway into mid division 4th, driven in 5th after 3 out, weakened before next, tailed off, 4th of 12, 28l behind Kauto The Roc (10-4) at Fontwell 2m 4f 4yo nov stks (4) gs in Nov.
Chervonet (IRE) 14-1 (10-12) Hit 1st, held up in last pair, headway to chase winner 3rd until before 5th, mainly in well held 3rd after, lost touch between last 2, tailed off, 3rd of 6, 32l behind Oscar Prairie (10-12) at Folkestone 2m 1f NH nov hdl 4-6yo (4) hvy in Nov.
Clowance House 9-1 (8-9) Led after 3f, headed 3f out, soon ridden and weakened, 6th of 8, 7l behind Royal Diamond (8-2) at Ffos Las 1m 6f 3yo hcp 0-100 (2) gd in Sep '09 (flat).
Cotillion 50-1 (8-2) Slowly into stride, soon in touch on outside, ridden and effort over 2f out, weakened 1f out, 19th of 32, 24l behind Aaim To Prosper (7-13) at Newmarket 2m 2f hcp (2) gs in Oct (flat).
Drummers Drumming (USA) 100-1 (10-12) Pulled hard, led after 1st, headed and not fluent 2nd, weakened after 3 out, 6th of 7, 14l behind Union Island (10-12) at Plumpton 2m nh nov hdl (3) sft in Nov.
Fountains Flypast 7-2fav (10-7) Held up in rear, not much room and hampered 6th, headway after 3 out, chased winner approaching last, held when stumbled at last, lost 2nd near finish, 3rd of 15, 8l behind Court By Surprise (10-12) at Hereford 2m 4f nh nov hdl (4) gs in Nov.
Highland Legacy 16-1 (9-6) Not much room start, held up in rear, reminders over 3f out, not clear run and switched left 2f out, no impression, 12th of 18, 20l behind Ashbrittle (9-10) at Doncaster 1m 7f hcp 0-85 (4) gd in Oct (flat).
Kaolak (USA) 40-1 (11-0) With leaders on outside, led 4th, headed before 3 out, kept on same pace under pressure from next, no impression approaching last, 4th of 16, 12l behind Ballybriggan (11-0) at Aintree 2m mdn hdl (3) gs in Oct.
Kartanian (IRE) 11-4fav (11-4) Chased leaders, led 10f out until 6f out, stayed handy and kept on, not pace of winner over 1f out, 3rd of 15, 6l behind Rock On Ruby (11-4) at Cheltenham 2m NH flat Listed (1) gs in Nov.
Lang Shining (IRE) 3-1fav (9-7) Raced wide, headway to 5th but well off the pace 8f out, no chance final 2f, 5th of 13, 10l behind Dream Of Fortune (9-1) at Lingfield 1m 2f clm stks (6) pol in Oct (flat).
Louie's Lad 66-1 (8-11) Took keen hold, tracked leaders in 3rd, weakened 3f out, last of 9, 26l behind Dingaan (9-0) at Kempton 6f clm stks (6) pol in Nov (flat).
Minella Class (IRE) 6-1 (11-7) Towards rear, headway to track leaders from 4f out, 4th over 2f out, challenged and on terms 1 1/2f out, no impression and kept on without matching winner inside final furlong, 2nd of 11, 2l behind Acey (12-0) at Limerick 2m 3f N H flat in Mar.
Non Dom (IRE) 7-2 (8-13) Tracked winner, ridden to lead narrowly 2f out, headed 1f out, no extra, 3rd of 5, 1 3/4l behind Lively Fling (9-4) at Windsor 1m 4f 3yo hcp 0-85 (4) gf in Oct '09 (flat).
Pateese (FR) 9-2 (10-12) Close up in chasing group, went modest 3rd 2 out, no chance with leading duo, well held when blundered last, 3rd of 16, 19l behind Accordintolawrence (10-12) at Exeter 2m 1f nh nov hdl (4) hvy in Nov.
Poole Master 6-4fav (10-11) Made all, clear over 6f out, ridden out, unchallenged, won at Uttoxeter 2m NH flat (6) sft in Nov beating Railway Dillon (11-0) by 4 1/2l, 7 ran.
Red Merlin (IRE) 12-1 (9-2) Towards rear, headway on inside 2f out, ridden and edged left 1f out, stayed on inside final furlong, 5th of 16, 1 1/4l behind Vulcanite (8-10) at Ascot 1m 4f hcp 105 (2) gs in Oct (flat).
Shootin The Breeze (IRE) Alderbrook gelding out of Magherareagh Lady.
Zarinski (IRE) 10-11fav (10-12) Mid-division, headway 5th, chased winner and pushed along before 3 out, no impression before 2 out, 2nd of 11, 22l behind Ultimate (10-9) at Huntingdon 2m 3yo nov hdl (4) gd in Nov '09.
Attainable 50-1 (10-5) Held up in mid-divsion, headway 4th, no impression when chased winner approaching 2 out until last, one pace, 3rd of 9, 19l behind Dark Lover (10-12) at Taunton 2m 1f nh nov hdl (3) gd in Nov.
Cils Blancs (IRE) 16-1 (8-7) With winner, every chance over 2f out, soon ridden, quickly weakened, 9th of 14, 40l behind Clumber Place (8-13) at Newcastle 7f fll hcp (5) hvy in Sep (flat).
Free Falling 66-1 (10-10) Chased leaders, slow 3 out, soon weakened under pressure, 7th of 13, 33l behind Sparky May (10-12) at Lingfield 2m mrs nov hdl (4) sft in Nov.