A dual winner in France in 2011, LITIGANT was unfancied in the betting at Kempton on his belated return to action. But he went close to returning a shock winner and Seamus Durack's new charge gets the vote as he looks sure to stay this longer distance. Gabrial's King won a lesser grade event over 1m6f here in September, but he still makes more appeal than stablemate Gabrial's Hope and Kiama Bay, who also sports the same owners colours. Swinging Hawk also scored over 1m6f at Haydock in the same month and he looks a threat having won twice over hurdles since then.
Kazlian (FR) (8-11) last of 6, 4 1/2l behind Gaily Game (8-11) at Bordeaux-le Bouscat(FR) 1m 4f 3yo lst stk gs in May '11.
Litigant 16-1 (9-3) Slowly into stride, held up in rear, not much room over 9f out, ridden over 2f out, still 2nd last over 1f out, soon switched left, ran on well inside final furlong, nearest finish, 2nd of 12, 1/2l behind Shavansky (8-10) at Kempton 1m 3f hcp 0-95 (3) pol in Nov.
Kiama Bay (IRE) 40-1 (8-9) Tracked leaders, weakened over 2f out, 12th of 23, 31l behind Conduct (9-2) at Doncaster 1m 4f hcp (2) sft in Nov.
Gabrial's King (IRE) 7-2 (10-0) Held up in 6th, headway and switched right 3f out, went 2nd over 1f out, soon challenging, driven and hung badly right inside final furlong, stayed on to lead well inside final furlong, won at Wolverhampton 1m 6f hcp 0-80 (4) pol in Sep beating Royal Alcor (9-4) by 1 1/4l, 9 ran.
Swinging Hawk (GER) 66-1 (7-11) Behind, some headway under pressure 2f out, stayed on into mid-division final furlong, never near leaders, 15th of 33, 11l behind Scatter Dice (8-8) at Newmarket 2m 2f hcp (2) gs in Oct.
Incendo 16-1 (9-5) Held up behind, driven to chase leaders over 1f out, switched right and kept on inside final furlong, no impression, 4th of 7, 3l behind Epic Battle (9-4) at Wolverhampton 1m 1f hcp 0-80 (4) pol in Nov.
Gabrial's Hope (FR) 8-1 (7-12) 4th of 8, 8l behind Activate (8-11) at Catterick 1m 4f (6) gf in Jun.