DARNATHEAN was caught in the final strides at Kempton last week by Blue Deer. Racing off the same mark today, Paul D'Arcy's charge can go one better. The Kicking Lord has shown enough in maiden company to suggest he can figure at this level and has more scope for improvement than most of the opposition. He's preferred to the frustrating pair Lindoro and Cadmium Loch while Shaunas Spirit also seems to be running on empty at the minute. Piccolo Express is a C&D winner and not badly treated if back to his best.
Fleetwoodsands (IRE) 14-1 (9-4) Held up mid-division, ridden over 1f out, kept on and no impression, 7th of 11, 6l behind Roy The Boy (9-6) at Wolverhampton 7f hcp 0-65 (6) pol in Aug.
Piccolo Express 20-1 (9-7) In rear, ridden 3f out, never a factor, 7th of 8, 13l behind Jay Bee Blue (9-2) at Wolverhampton 7f hcp (0-65) (6) pol in Sep.
Shaunas Spirit (IRE) 15-2 (9-1) In rear, ridden 3f out, never on terms, 10th of 12, 10l behind Bassett Road (9-6) at Salisbury 7f hcp 0-60 (6) hvy.
Lindoro 5-1 (9-4) Mid-division, ridden 2f out, no impression, 6th of 13, 5l behind Iceblast (8-11) at Wolverhampton 6f hcp 0-60 (6) pol.
Cadmium Loch 10-1 (8-12) Towards rear, ridden 3f out, effort 2f out, weakened 1f out, last of 10, 10l behind Les Verguettes (9-3) at Salisbury 7f hcp 0-60 (6) hvy.
The Kicking Lord 33-1 (9-3) Tracked leaders, switched right 2f out, driven and stayed on inside final furlong, 4th of 11, 2 3/4l behind Yeomanoftheguard (9-0) at Wolverhampton 7f mdn auc stks (5) pol.
Darnathean 11-2 (9-3) Prominent, led 3f out, headed over 2f out, led again 1f out, headed post, 2nd of 14, ns behind Blue Deer (9-5) at Kempton 7f hcp 0-58 (6) pol.
Michael's Nook 11-2 (9-3) Tracked leader, ridden 2f out, weakened final furlong, 11th of 13, 9l behind Iceblast (8-11) at Wolverhampton 6f hcp 0-60 (6) pol.
Monte Cassino (IRE) 20-1 (9-4) Mid-division on outside, lost place over 3f out, soon behind, 13th of 16, 30l behind It's A Mans World (8-10) at Thirsk 7f hcp (6) sft in May.
Not My Choice (IRE) 14-1 (8-7) Chased leaders, ridden over 2f out, kept on same pace, 8th of 17, 6l behind Meandmyshadow (9-1) at Leicester 6f hcp 0-70 (5) gf in Sep.
Athaakeel (IRE) 10-1 (8-10) Held up in rear, headway halfway, stayed on over 1f out, never on terms, 6th of 14, 6l behind Mucky Molly (8-13) at Brighton 6f hcp 0-60 (6) hvy.
Circuitous 6-1 (9-0) Held up, hampered after 1f, never on terms, 10th of 12, 9l behind Here Now And Why (9-2) at Wolverhampton 6f hcp (6) pol.