Prince Of Denial has shown very little in bumpers and is best watched on a first start over hurdles whilst stablemate Iwakuni who is a New Zealand import showed little in the Southern Hemisphere but is worth a check in the market to see if there is support for him on a first start on British soil. Eddie Boy showed little on the flat and debuts for Rebecca Curtis and Mannlichen is a newcomer for Venetia Williams. Fiulin was a Listed winner on the flat and although weakening in the latter stages here twice before, his jumping appears reasonable and if his stamina has come on over the summer then he is respected. Caught By Witness and All For Free look evenly matched stablemates for Milton Harris and could be dangers but our preference is for KING OF THE NIGHT who has shown some real promise in bumpers over this sort of trip and with the ground seemingly suitable and from a respected yard, he gets the vote.
Caught By Witness (IRE) 8-11fav (11-0) Took keen hold, not fluent 1st, mid-division after, went 4th approaching 4th, mistake and chased winner 3 out, ridden and no impression well before 2 out, mistake last, 2nd of 11, 15l behind Lucaindubai (10-9) at Newton Abbot 2m 3f NH mdn hdl (4) gd in May.
Eddie Boy 20-1 (8-6) Slowly into stride, held up in rear, effort over 2f out, soon no impression, last of 4, 20l behind Fong's Alibi (8-6) at Nottingham 1m 1f clm stks (6) gf in Aug '09 (flat).
Fiulin 100-1 (11-7) With leader, led 2nd to 5th, outpaced when hit 3 out, soon lost place, weakened last, 7th of 18, 13l behind Menorah (11-7) at Cheltenham 2m nov hdl G1 (1) gs in Mar.
Gallego 11-2fav (8-10) Held up in last pair, headway on far rail 5f out, chased leaders halfway, weakened well over 1f out, 6th of 11, 9l behind Astrodonna (8-13) at Salisbury 1m hcp 0-65 (6) sft in Sep (flat).
Hi Wycombe (IRE) 20-1 (11-5) Chased clear leader, not fluent 6th, ridden and weakened 3 out, tailed off, last of 8, well behind Isintshelovely (10-5) at Fontwell 2m 6f hcp hdl 0-95 (5) sft.
Iwakuni (NZ) Daggers Drawn gelding out of Mccloud.
King Of The Night (GER) 8-11fav (11-4) Prominent, chased leader over 7f out, challenged from 2f out, ran on to lead near finish, won at Newton Abbot 2m 1f cond & am NH flat (6) gd in Apr beating Dark Sensation (10-4) by 1/2l, 14 ran.
Mannlichen 7-2 (9-3) Led after 1f, ridden and headed over 1f out, soon faded, 6th of 11, 5l behind Spiritual Art (8-13) at Kempton 1m 3f hcp 0-85 (4) pol in Sep (flat).
Prince Of Denial (IRE) 9-1 (11-2) Raced keen in touch, pushed along over 5f out, ridden and weakened over 4f out, 5th of 8, 29l behind Glitzy D'ocala (11-2) at Chepstow 2m NH flat (6) hvy in Apr.
All For Free (IRE) 7-1 (11-2) Held up, 5th halfway, ridden 2f out, no extra entering straight, weakened over 1f out, last of 7, 18l behind Greenbelt Star (11-4) at Galway 2m N H flat gf in Aug.