AALIM was still well beaten when runner-up at Pontefract but that represented an improvement on his debut at Kempton and he looks to have a good opportunity in this. The Godolphin colt is preferred to the more exposed Rex Whistler and can open his account. Eton Dorney has shown his best form in a bumper and most of the remainder have been hurdling. Argaum won a selling hurdle in September and a third at this track last year was his best effort on the Flat so far.
Argaum (IRE) 15-2 (8-11) Led 1f, chased leader, led 3f out, ridden and headed inside final furlong, no extra, 3rd of 9, 2 1/2l behind Spensley (9-6) at Kempton 1m 4f hcp 0-80 (4) pol in Oct '10.
Asian Prince (IRE) 100-1 (9-11) Slowly into stride, towards rear, pushed along and struggling over 3f out, eased when beaten final furlong, tailed off, last of 8, well behind Squire Osbaldeston (9-5) at Lingfield 1m 2f mdn stks (5) pol in Sep.
Eton Dorney (USA) 25-1 (9-12) Keen close up, ridden and lost touch over 5f out, tailed off, 8th of 11, well behind Norway Cross (9-0) at Pontefract 1m 4f mdn stks (5) hvy in Oct.
Rhinestone Rebel (IRE) 80-1 (9-7) Dwelt in rear, ridden 6f out, tailed off, 7th of 11, well behind Norway Cross (9-0) at Pontefract 1m 4f mdn stks (5) hvy in Oct.
Sonny Jim 16-1 (10-12) In touch on outside, lost place when not fluent 4 out, behind from next, tailed off, last of 14, well behind Hail Tiberius (10-11) at Uttoxeter 2m hcp hdl 0-100 (5) gd in Oct.
Aalim 5-1 (9-5) Slowly away in rear, ridden 6f out, headway 4f out, switched right over 2f out, effort under strong pressure to chase winner entering final 2f, plugged on one pace, 2nd of 11, 9l behind Norway Cross (9-0) at Pontefract 1m 4f mdn stks (5) hvy in Oct.
Rex Whistler (IRE) 4-1fav (9-4) Prominent in chasing group, disputing 2nd over 2f out, chased winner approaching final furlong, one pace inside final furlong, 2nd of 13, 1 1/4l behind Bold Duke (9-10) at Haydock 1m 2f all hcp 0-70 (5) gd in Sep.
Ginjo 20-1 (9-0) Tracked leader, ridden over 3f out, soon weakened, last of 9, well behind Speckled (9-0) at Kempton 1m 4f sks (5) pol in Sep.