Almost as soon as the handicapper appears to get a grip on Quaddick Lake, he wins again and incurs a further rise in the weights. The nine-year-old now carries a 7lb penalty for his latest success at Taunton and may find one or two too good here though still looks a better bet than stablemate Notarfbad. KINGS FLAGSHIP only beat Valdez by a head over C&D in October but that was such a massive improvement on what he'd shown earlier that the handicapper has almost ignored the form. Chris Down's lightly-raced charge could easily win again getting weight from Fontwell winner Romeo Americo and the out-of-sorts Captain Sharpe. Top Wood still has a bit to prove and Ulis De Vassy has been well beaten in his two starts this autumn.
Romeo Americo (IRE) 20-1 (11-2) Held up towards rear, headway before 2 out, ridden and stayed on to lead run-in, won at Fontwell 2m 2f hcp hdl 0-130 (3) gs in Nov beating Dolatulo (11-9) by 2l, 11 ran.
Captain Sharpe 40-1 (10-4) Mid-division, mistake and lost place 3 out, soon behind, tailed off, last of 10, well behind Petit Robin (11-9) at Ascot 2m hcp hdl 0-145 (2) sft in Nov.
Quaddick Lake (IRE) 4-1 (10-8) Held up in rear, steady headway from by-passing 3 out, went 2nd on bit 2 out, shaken up to lead run in, ran on, won at Taunton 2m 3f hcp hdl 0-135 (3) sft in Nov beating Grafite (10-8) by 3 1/2l, 7 ran.
Gay Sloane (IRE) 9-1 (10-7) Tracked leader, mistakes 5th and 7th, weakened 3 out, mistake 2 out, 5th of 10, 23l behind Simonside (10-0) at Aintree 2m 4f hcp hdl 0-145 (2) sft in Oct.
Royal Rationale (IRE) 12-1 (11-11) Took keen hold, mistake 2nd, always rear division, no headway from 3 out, last of 14, 35l behind Ronaldo Des Mottes (11-10) at Kempton 2m hcp hdl 0-135 (3) gs in Dec '09.
Top Wood (FR) 5-1 (11-1) Pressed leader and clear of rest, led 5th, hit next, ridden and headed after 4 out, weakened after next, tailed off, 16th of 21, well behind Buck Magic (11-5) at Cheltenham 2m 5f hcp hdl 0-125 (3) gs in Nov.
Right Stuff (FR) 4-1 (11-5) Always towards rear, pulled up 2 out, in a race won by Oscar Hill (11-0) at Huntingdon 2m clm hdl (5) sft in Nov, 12 ran.
Kings Flagship 66-1 (10-12) Made all, driven and joined when blundered last, kept on gamely to assert final 100 yards, won at Wincanton 2m nov hdl (4) gs in Oct beating Valdez (10-12) by nk, 13 ran.
Headly's Bridge (IRE) 14-1 (11-12) Always towards rear, tailed off and pulled up before 3 out, in a race won by Bathwick Brave (11-2) at Uttoxeter 2m 4f hcp hdl 0-115 (4) sft in Nov, 11 ran.
Ulis De Vassy (FR) 7-2 (11-5) Tracked leaders, chased winner 5th, hit 7th, 3rd when hit 2 out, blundered last, finished very tired and lost two places run in, 5th of 8, 39l behind Likearollingstone (11-9) at Market Rasen 2m 5f hcp hdl 0-120 (4) sft in Nov.
Minella Special (IRE) 4-1 (10-0) Tracked leaders, mistake 1st, weakened before 3 out, rallied after next, never able to challenge, 3rd of 6, 11l behind Themilanhorse (11-2) at Wincanton 2m 4f cnd hcp hdl 0-135 (3) gf in Mar.
Notarfbad (IRE) 13-2 (11-2) Held up towards rear, stayed on strongly from last, nearest at finish, 2nd of 15, 1 1/2l behind Dormouse (11-8) at Taunton 2m 1f hcp hdl 0-115 (4) gd in Nov.