CELESTIAL HALO is an exciting recruit to the novice chasing division and while he isn't the biggest of individuals, as a near top class hurdler on his day, his presence appears to have scared off any of the meaningful opposition this afternoon. Nick Williams has never been afraid of taking on the big yards and Diamond Brook is sure to run his race. He is arguably better with a bit of give in the ground. Rougham is in receipt of all the allowances as a four-year-old against elders and having had a recent run over hurdles, he should have come on plenty for it. Jocheski has failed to complete on either of his two chases this term. The Brimmer looks outclassed.
Celestial Halo (IRE) 5-1 (11-7) Held up in touch, headway approaching 7th, led 3 out, 1 length up and niggled slightly when fell heavily 2 out, in a race won by Khyber Kim (11-7) at Aintree 2m 4f hdl G1 (1) gd in Apr, 7 ran.
Diamond Brook (IRE) 10-3 (11-10) Prominent, reminders after 4th, led next until 7th, led 3 out, mistake and headed last, soon ridden, no impression final 100 yards, 2nd of 6, 1 3/4l behind Federstar (11-6) at Haydock 2m 4f hcp hdl 0-120 (3) hvy in Apr.
Jocheski (IRE) 12-1 (11-2) Held up in 4th, pushed along after 10th, 4 lenghts adrift when slithered badly on landing and unseated rider 4 out, in a race won by Earth Dream (11-3) at Newton Abbot 2m 5f nov chs (3) sft in Aug, 4 ran.
The Brimmer (IRE) 4-1fav (11-7) Led, soon clear until 6th, headed before 3 out, soon weakened, 7th of 11, well behind Miss Saffron (10-13) at Exeter 2m 5f nov hcp hdl 0-105 (4) gd.
Rougham 5-1 (10-8) Led, hit 1st, hung right on long run to 4 out, headed 4 out, weakened from 2 out, 4th of 8, 8l behind Escort'men (11-10) at Chepstow 2m Limited hcp hdl (2) gs.