HEROD THE GREAT got out battled by Dispour on his hurdling debut at Bangor but the pair were clear of the remainder and Alan King's gelding should go one better here. Instinctual has already finished second twice and wasn't beaten far on either occasion, but he was rated more than 20lb inferior to the selection on the Flat. French import Innoko is possibly the most interesting of the newcomers.
Bugsy 11-2 (8-9) Chased leaders, ridden and weakened over 3f out, eased over 1f out, 6th of 7, 15l behind Diletta Tommasa (8-9) at Wolverhampton 1m 1f 2yo clm stks (6) pol in Nov (flat).
Green And White (ITY) 25-1 (8-5) Raced centre, held up in rear, switched right and headway over 3f out, soon ridden and weakened, 11th of 12, 20l behind Sakash (8-12) at Yarmouth 7f 3yo hcp 0-55 (6) gf in Aug (flat).
Herod The Great 5-2 (10-12) Tracked leaders, driven to challenge after 3 out, every chance from next, no extra after last, 2nd of 5, 1 3/4l behind Dispour (10-12) at Bangor 2m 1f 3yo hdl (4) gd.
Innoko (FR) 25-1 (9-5) Held up 5th and last, outpaced 3f out, no chance with leaders final 2f, last of 5, 25l behind Sunblazer (8-5) at Windsor 1m 4f 3yo hcp 0-85 (4) gf in Jul (flat).
Instinctual 7-2 (10-12) Towards rear, mistake 1st, headway before 4 out, chased winner before 2 out, ridden after last, not quicken, 2nd of 12, 1 1/2l behind Halling's Wish (10-9) at Fontwell 2m 2f 3yo mdn hdl (4) gd.
War Lord (IRE) 4-1 (9-4) Tracked leaders, ridden over 3f out, no extra inside final furlong, 5th of 9, 5l behind Woodstock (9-5) at Beverley 1m 2f 3yo hcp 0-65 (6) gd in Aug (flat).
Lady Bonanova (IRE) 20-1 (8-4) Mid-division, ridden over 3f out, well beaten over 2f out, 13th of 16, 27l behind Peak Storm (9-7) at Chepstow 7f stks 0-55 (6) sft in May (flat).