GELBOE DE CHANAY romped home in a Listed bumper at Auteuil in April when carrying overweight and could be anything. Philip Hobbs’ hurdling newcomer could outclass these including Alan King’s Peckinpah, who went backwards on the Flat, but Zamani made a decent start to his hurdling career when third at Ludlow and will exposed any flaws in the technique of the selection. John Betjeman didn’t win on the level but was placed several times and may be a better bet than stablemate Eighteenhundred.
Eighteenhundred (IRE) 150-1 (10-12) Behind, hampered 1st, mistake 2nd, beaten 5 out, tailed off, 9th of 12, dist behind Sir Psycho (10-12) at Wincanton 1m 7f (4) gd in Oct.
Gelboe De Chanay (FR) (10-5) won at Auteuil 1m 7f lst hvy in Apr beating Gipsy De L'aunay (10-5) by 14l, 5 ran.
Isle of Wolves 33-1 (10-12) Held up, not fluent 5th, lost touch from 3 out, tailed off, last of 5, dist behind Goshen (10-12) at Fontwell 2m 2f (4) sft in Nov.
John Betjeman 28-1 (8-6) Chased leaders, pushed along inside final 3f, pushed along over 2f out, ridden 2f out, soon outpaced, no threat after, 9th of 15, 14l behind Molls Memory (9-7) at Newbury 7f hcp (4) hvy in Oct.
Peckinpah (IRE) 13-2 (9-4) Slowly into stride, held up, always behind, outpaced over 2f out, last of 12, 11 1/2l behind Guroor (9-3) at Kempton 1m 3f hcp (5) pol in Nov.
Zamani (GER) 14-1 (10-12) Mid-division on inside, closed from 5th, challenged 3 out left in lead next, soon edged left, went left and not fluent last, no extra and lost 2nd towards finish, 3rd of 10, 3 3/4l behind Group Stage (10-12) at Ludlow 2m (4) sft in Nov.
Alfa Dawn (IRE) 33-1 (10-5) Tracked leaders, weakened before 3 out, 8th of 10, dist behind Group Stage (10-12) at Ludlow 2m (4) sft in Nov.
Dandy Belle (IRE) 150-1 (10-5) In touch, lost place 5 out, tailed off when pulled up before 2 out, at Wincanton 1m 7f (4) gd in Oct.
Invincible Sea (IRE) 40-1 (9-2) Always behind, last of 13, 29 3/4l behind Sir Canford (9-3) at Lingfield 1m 2f hcp (6) gf in Jun.
Miss Harriett 12-1 (9-0) Tracked leaders, 2nd 7f out, led over 3f out, headed over 2f out, weakened inside final furlong, 6th of 12, 9 1/4l behind Herm (9-5) at Wolverhampton 1m 4f stks (6) pol in Nov.
Universal Song 20-1 (8-2) Chased leaders, ridden and weakened 4f out, 10th of 12, 33 1/2l behind Cambric (9-4) at Salisbury 1m 4f hcp (6) sft in Jun.