Harristown quickened nicely to win on his hurdling debut at Newton Abbot while Herod The Great made it second-time lucky at Uttoxeter. Both should make a bold bid to defy their penalties but Christian Von Der Recke has sent CAFE AU LAIT over from Germany with excellent prospects. He only won on an artificial surface on the Flat but did have placed form on soft ground and was second in a Group 2 in Austria in June. He'll know what's required on his hurdles bow. Handsome Stranger showed promise when fourth at Kempton and looks the pick of the remainder.
Harristown 5-1 (10-9) Tracked leaders in 3rd, went 2nd before 2 out, soon led, clear before last, won at Newton Abbot 2m 1f 3yo hdl (4) gd in Oct beating Abracadabra Sivola (10-12) by 9l, 7 ran.
Herod The Great 4-11fav (10-12) Tracked leaders in 4th, pushed along before 3 out, went 2nd before 2 out, led before last, kept on well towards finish, won at Uttoxeter 2m 3yo hdl (4) gs in Oct beating Instinctual (10-12) by 2 3/4l, 7 ran.
Cafe Au Lait (9-2) 2nd of 13, 3l behind North Mare (8-9) at Baden-Baden(GER) 1m 3f 3yo sll sft in Oct (flat).
Caramack 15-8fav (9-7) Tracked leaders, lost place over 4f out, ridden 3f out, no impression, 5th of 7, 11l behind Hunting Rights (9-4) at Epsom Downs 1m 3yo hcp 0-75 (5) gf in Jul (flat).
Collingbourneducis (IRE) 16-1 (8-5) In rear, headway over 1f out, ridden to lead inside final furlong, ran on, won at Leicester 7f 3yo & 4yo sll (6) sft in Oct beating Red Art (9-3) by 1 3/4l, 7 ran (flat).
Handsome Stranger (IRE) 66-1 (10-12) Held up in 5th, chased leading trio 3 out, ridden and one pace before 2 out, 4th of 10, 8l behind Duroble Man (10-12) at Kempton 2m 3yo hdl (3) gd in Oct.
Innoko (FR) 25-1 (10-7) Held up towards rear, never a factor, 5th of 7, 17l behind Herod The Great (10-12) at Uttoxeter 2m 3yo hdl (4) gs in Oct.