Guillaume Macaire hasn't sent recent Pau winner Vizir D'Estruval over for the good of his health but he does have to concede weight to several potentially promising juvenile hurdlers in this. MASHAARI, a real stayer on the Flat, wasn't beaten far on his hurdling debut in a Grade 2 at Doncaster and is clearly held in some regard by Brian Ellison. He gets the nod while Hidden Justice is one of a number of interesting newcomers with the lightly-raced former Dermot Weld inmate Three Kingdoms and Donald McCain's Welsh Bard also on that list.
Vizir D'estruval (FR) (10-3) won at Pau(FR) 2m 1f hdl hvy beating Vautour (10-3) by 4l, 17 ran.
Hallmark Star 11-4 (9-3) Tracked leader, led halfway, ridden halfway, headed entering final furlong, kept on one pace, 2nd of 10, 2 1/2l behind Infinitum (8-12) at Southwell 1m 4f mdn stks (5) fbs in Oct (flat).
Hidden Justice (IRE) 11-2 (9-5) Mid-division, smooth headway centre over 2f out, chased winner inside final 2f, soon every chance, hung left from over 1f out, stayed on but outbattled towards finish, 2nd of 13, nk behind Captain Cardington (8-10) at Windsor 1m 4f hcp 0-70 (5) hvy in Oct (flat).
Luctor Emergo (IRE) 12-1 (8-12) Slowly into stride, chased leaders, led over 3f out, headed over 2f out, weakening when hampered over 1f out, 8th of 10, 9l behind Aleksandar (8-10) at Wolverhampton 1m 6f hcp 0-75 (5) pol in Oct (flat).
Mashaari (IRE) 14-1 (10-12) Tracked leader, weakened before 2 out, 5th of 6, 11l behind Kashmir Peak (11-2) at Doncaster 2m 3yo hdl Grd 2 (1) gs.
Only Orsenfoolsies 8-1 (8-9) Held up towards rear, pushed along and headway to chase leaders over 3f out, kept on same pace, 4th of 11, 10l behind The Tiger (9-9) at Catterick 1m 4f hcp 0-85 (4) sft in Oct (flat).
Red Seal 33-1 (10-12) Mid-division, headway when not fluent 4 out, soon ridden, never on terms, 5th of 14, 34l behind Ruacana (10-12) at Catterick 2m 3yo hdl (4) gs.
Spider Zagato (IRE) 13-8 (10-12) In touch, not fluent 1st, mistake next, closed 4th, mistake 3 out, every chance when mistake next, weakened and pulled up before last, in a race won by Dollar Bill (10-12) at Folkestone 2m 1f 3yo mdn hdl (5) sft in Nov, 11 ran.
Three Kingdoms (IRE) 9-10fav (9-5) Made all, quickened clear 2f out, ran on strongly straight, eased close home, won at Galway 1m 4f 3yo mdn hvy in Sep beating Faanan Aldaar (9-0) by 10l, 5 ran (flat).
Unex Canaletto 16-1 (9-3) Held up mid-division, weakened 2f out, 10th of 14, 16l behind Assizes (9-3) at Newbury 1m 2yo mdn (5) gf in Oct '11 (flat).
Welsh Bard (IRE) 5-2fav (8-11) Ran in snatches in mid-division, some headway over 1f out, never dangerous, 8th of 12, 11l behind Rythmic (9-4) at Wolverhampton 1m 6f hcp 0-75 (5) pol in Oct (flat).
Dorry K (IRE) 4-1 (9-7) Chased leaders, ridden to lead over 2f out, drew clear over 1f out, stayed on well, won at Redcar 1m 6f 3yo hcp 0-70 (5) hvy in Oct beating My Destination (9-5) by 4l, 4 ran (flat).