Kalkan Bay stepped up on his hurdling debut when second at Bangor in July but he may lack the scope of SZABO'S DESTINY. A winner twice on the Flat in the spring, James Given's gelding was beaten a less than a length by favourite Royal Bonsai on his introduction at Market Rasen despite showing signs of inexperience. He should again beat third Residence And Spa and can open his account over timber today. Cordillera and Operateur should improve on their first runs, but Hartforth was beaten a long way at Cartmel and Bernisdale was only a plater on the level.
Hartforth 22-1 (10-12) Mistakes, behind, stayed on from last, never, nearer, 3rd of 10, 43l behind Countrywide Flame (11-5) at Cartmel 2m 1f 3yo hdl (4) sft in Aug.
Kalkan Bay 66-1 (10-12) Tracked leaders on inside, challenged 3 out, ridden and outpaced approaching next, stayed on to go 2nd when not fluent last, no chance with winner flat, 2nd of 9, 7l behind Xenophon (11-5) at Bangor 2m 1f 3yo hdl (4) gd in Jul.
Nettis 33-1 (8-9) Raced stands' side, overall leader, ridden and headed over 2f out, weakened over 1f out, 8th of 10, 16l behind Cootehill Lass (8-12) at Leicester 7f 3yo sll (6) gf in Jul (flat).
Operateur (IRE) 5-2fav (10-12) Tracked leaders, not fluent 2nd, went 2nd after 3 out, every chance when mistake last, stayed on same pace, 3rd of 8, 2 3/4l behind Market Maker (10-12) at Sedgefield 2m 1f 3yo hdl (4) gd in Jun.
Residence And Spa (IRE) 11-2 (10-12) Led, went left 1st, headed next, led again after 3rd, ridden and headed after 3 out, switched left after 2 out, every chance last, no extra towards finish, 3rd of 8, 4l behind Royal Bonsai (10-12) at Market Rasen 2m 1f 3yo mdn hdl (4) gd in Aug.
San Bellino Galileo gelding out of Canda.
Szabo's Destiny 6-1 (10-12) Prominent, bumped 1st, led next, headed afer 3rd, led again after 3 out, edged left after 2 out, headed flat, held towards finish, 2nd of 8, 3/4l behind Royal Bonsai (10-12) at Market Rasen 2m 1f 3yo mdn hdl (4) gd in Aug.
Bernisdale 5-2 (10-5) Held up in rear, mistake 3rd, headway before 4 out, challenged 3 out, ridden and every chance before 2 out, mistake and weakened last, 4th of 7, 11l behind Arctic Reach (11-5) at Newton Abbot 2m 1f 3yo hdl (4) gf in Aug.
Cordillera 9-1 (10-5) Held up, jumped left 1st, headway 4th, challenged approaching 6th, mistake when every chance 3 out, not much room on inside rail soon after, weakened 2 out, 3rd of 8, 11l behind Lady Chloe (10-5) at Stratford 2m 3yo hdl (4) gf in Aug.