ARLEY HALL has been placed over 1m4f of late so the drop back in distance in testing ground should be no problem. He gets the nod to reverse latest running at Catterick with Phase Shift. Priestley's Reward returns from a trip to the French provinces where he finished second in similar underfoot conditions and Korngold can be given a chance with an apprentice's claim helping his cause. The remaining pair are out of sorts and hard to fancy.
Korngold 12-1 (9-4) Slowly into stride mid-division, reminders 7f out, soon dropped to rear, tailed off, 9th of 13, well behind Just When (8-11) at Bath 1m 4f hcp 0-70 (5) sft in Oct.
Phase Shift 16-1 (8-10) In touch on outside, led narrowly over 2f out, ridden over 1f out, stayed on well final 100 yards, won at Catterick 1m 4f clm stks (6) sft in Oct beating Arley Hall (8-10) by 2 1/4l, 11 ran.
Priestley's Reward (IRE) (9-3) 2nd of 12, 4 1/2l behind Prince Of Rules (9-4) at Le Croise-Laroche(FR) 1m 2f 3yo clm sft in Oct.
Arley Hall 6-4fav (8-10) Tracked leader, challenged over 2f out, soon ridden, kept on and every chance until no extra final 100 yards, 2nd of 11, 2 1/4l behind Phase Shift (8-10) at Catterick 1m 4f clm stks (6) sft in Oct.
Darrow (IRE) 22-1 (9-4) Raced wide, chased leaders, weakened over 2f out, 11th of 12, 31l behind Elegant Muse (9-6) at Wolverhampton 7f hcp 0-60 (6) pol in Oct.
Hawaiian Storm 28-1 (9-4) Towards rear, ridden over 2f out, never on terms, 9th of 14, 16l behind Boonga Roogeta (9-6) at Yarmouth 1m 1f 3yo hcp 0-60 (6) hvy in Oct.