After his two novice chase victories in the spring, DOMTALINE has returned with two fine runs against useful opponents at Cheltenham and Haydock. Beaten a short-head by the 147-rated Carlito Brigante in the first of those runs when conceding 3lb, connections can't complain with a handicap mark of 139 and he should take this. William's Wishes has won his last four races spreading over two years and was an impressive winner on his return to action at Ascot. The assessor has raised him 9lb but it will be a surprise if he's not in the mix. Falcon Island hasn't been doing much wrong though he's 10lb higher than his last winning mark while the consistent King Edmund may just be a few pounds high.
Idarah (USA) 33-1 (11-4) Prominent, lost place before 2nd, pushed along 4th, ridden and struggling 6th, well beaten from 8th, last of 5, 34l behind Sanctuaire (11-10) at Kempton 2m Grade 2 chs (4yo+) (1) hvy in Dec.
William's Wishes (IRE) 7-1 (10-6) Held up in last pair, close up 7th, smooth headway to track leader 2 out (usual 3 out), led going well before last when jumped left, kept on, won at Ascot 2m 1f hcp chs (2) hvy in Nov beating Champion Court (11-12) by 6l, 7 ran.
King Edmund 7-1 (11-9) Tracked leaders, went 2nd 4th, not fluent 6th, no impression on winner flat, 2nd of 8, 4l behind Marodima (11-5) at Fontwell 2m 2f hcp chs 0-145 (2) gs in Oct.
Domtaline (FR) 5-4fav (11-7) Led, ridden and headed 3 out, still every chance at last, kept on one pace, 2nd of 5, 2 1/2l behind Kumbeshwar (11-7) at Haydock 2m grad ch (2) sft in Nov.
Falcon Island 8-1 (11-12) Chased leader until approaching 4 out, chased leaders, went 3rd before 3 out,no extra before 2 out, 3rd of 7, 14l behind Ulck Du Lin (11-5) at Ascot 2m 1f hcp chs 0-140 (3) hvy in Dec.
Nozic (FR) 33-1 (10-0) Held up, left close 3rd at 2nd, challenged 5th, went 2nd approaching 4 out, every chance 2 out, chased winner soon after, stayed on same pace flat, 2nd of 7, 1 1/2l behind Ulck Du Lin (11-5) at Ascot 2m 1f hcp chs 0-140 (3) hvy in Dec.