It is very significant that this juvenile hurdle has been won by a French-bred three-year-old five times in the last six years. Several of these fall into that category with Calipto likely to start favourite on the back of his second in a Listed contest at Auteuil in September. But BARADARI may represent more value as he was a very decent performer up to 1m4f on the Flat and has also joined a top NH yard. Bumper winner Activial and Huntingdon third Andi'amu have scope and Dawalan will have been well schooled. Chocala certainly won't fail through a lack of stamina and will also figure if translating his Flat form to the winter game.
Activial (FR) (9-12) won at Strasbourg(FR) 1m 4f 3yo nhf gd in Sep beating Adagio Conti (10-1) by nk, 10 ran.
Andi'amu (FR) 7-2 (10-12) Led, keen hold, headed before 3 out, soon rallied, weakened after last, 3rd of 6, 3 1/2l behind Town Mouse (11-2) at Huntingdon 2m 3yo hdl (4) gs.
Baradari (IRE) 9-4fav (9-2) 4th of 6, 3 1/2l behind Au Revoir (9-2) at Toulouse(FR) 1m 4f 3yo lst stk (1) gs in Jun (flat).
Calipto (FR) (10-3) 2nd of 14, 2 1/2l behind Laterano (10-3) at Auteuil(FR) 2m 2f 3yo lst hdl sft in Sep.
Chocala (IRE) 9-4fav (8-7) Soon tracked winner, ridden over 2f out, kept on and held well inside final furlong, 2nd of 11, 2 1/4l behind Sizzler (8-13) at Salisbury 1m 6f hcp 0-95 (3) hvy in Oct (flat).
Dawalan (FR) (8-11) 5th of 6, 1 3/4l behind Gosh (8-8) at Deauville(FR) 1m 4f 3yo stk gd in Jul (flat).
Shalianzi (IRE) 4-1 (10-12) Held up, headway after 3rd, ridden and no impression on winner but pressing for 2nd when hampered 2 out, veered right and unseated rider after 2 out, in a race won by Kentucky Hyden (10-12) at Sandown 2m 3yo hdl (3) hvy, 5 ran.
Star Of Mayfair (USA) 16-1 (8-8) Held up towards rear, ridden over 2f out, soon weakened, 8th of 10, 13l behind Landau (9-1) at Lingfield 1m 2f hcp 0-70 (5) pol in Oct (flat).
Youmaysee 100-1 (10-8) Always in rear, weakened before 2 out, 6th of 9, 22l behind Mystery Drama (10-8) at Leicester 2m (4) gs.