KHAJAALY scored for the first time on Fibresand last week with a bit in hand. He was adding to his current tally of five wins over track and trip so Mike Appleby's charge is fancied to land a hat-trick here despite a 6lb rise. Hierarch has gone close on a couple of occasions since scoring at Kempton in September and should give the selection most to think about given the poor recent effort of Kyllachy Star, who has struggled since winning at Lingfield at the start of the year.
Khajaaly (IRE) 6-1 (9-0) In touch in rear, cajoled over 2f out, pushed along and headway over 1f out, carried head high and led inside final furlong, ridden edged left and ran on, won at Southwell 7f hcp 0-75 (5) fbs beating Sofias Number One (8-13) by 2 1/4l, 6 ran.
Kyllachy Star 7-1 (9-6) Always towards rear, never on terms, 11th of 12, 11l behind Dimitar (9-1) at Wolverhampton 7f hacp 0-70 (5) pol in Feb.
Hierarch (IRE) 15-8fav (9-0) Tracked winner, challenged travelling well 2f out, soon every chance, ridden over 1f out, one pace and no impression final furlong, 2nd of 8, 1 1/2l behind Nubar Boy (8-11) at Kempton 1m hcp 0-65 (6) pol.
Rafaaf (IRE) 33-1 (9-4) Mid-division, ridden on outside and no progress 2f out, last of 10, 7l behind Invigilator (9-4) at Kempton 6f hcp 0-65 (6) pol.