This looks an easier task for STAR STORM as he steps up in distance after a fourth at Doncaster. That looks stronger form than the second of Our Thomas in soft ground at Catterick last time where he finished ahead of Mr Kite while both of Goathland's placed efforts this year have been over shorter trips on the all-weather. The remainder have shown little to date though it's difficult to assess the chances of Instagram on his three starts over hurdles in France.
Mr Kite 7-2 (10-0) Tracked leading pair, 2nd over 8f out, led 4f out, driven and headed inside final 2f, chased winner until over 1f out, kept on same pace and just held on for 3rd, 3rd of 5, 4 1/2l behind Chebsey Beau (10-0) at Catterick 1m 4f mdn stks (5) sft in Aug.
Royal Supreme (IRE) 11-1 (11-4) Led, mistake when headed 2nd, remained prominent, slow 6th, not fluent next, weakened before 3 out, 7th of 8, dist behind Ever So Much (11-12) at Bangor 2m 4f hcp (5) gs in Aug.
Charpentiere 25-1 (9-9) Behind, driven over 3f out, never a threat, last of 6, 22 1/4l behind Oakley Girl (9-0) at Lingfield 1m 2f mdn stks (6) pol in Aug.
Goathland (IRE) 10-11fav (8-7) Prominent, led 2f out, soon ridden, headed inside final furlong, ran on, 3rd of 9, nk behind Soluble (8-7) at Wolverhampton 1m 1f mdn stks (5) pol in Feb.
Instagram (FR) (11-0) won at Auteuil 2m 1f hvy in Jun beating Eclair Delarogerie (10-12) by 3l, 8 ran.
Our Thomas (IRE) 7-4fav (9-3) Held up last, headway on outside into 3rd over 2f out, went 2nd over 1f out, kept on same pace inside final furlong, 2nd of 5, 2 1/2l behind Chebsey Beau (10-0) at Catterick 1m 4f mdn stks (5) sft in Aug.
Russian Breeze (IRE) 5-1 (9-4) Tracked leaders, niggled along halfway, ridden and weakened 2f out, 6th of 8, 18l behind Covenant (9-4) at Newcastle 1m 2f mdn stks (5) gs in Aug.
Star Storm (IRE) 7-2 (9-5) Chased leaders, effort over 1f out, not pace to challenge, 4th of 13, 8 1/4l behind Koora (9-0) at Doncaster 1m 2f mdn stks (5) gd in Aug.
Judith Gardenier 25-1 (8-13) Always behind, last of 8, 27 1/4l behind Covenant (9-4) at Newcastle 1m 2f mdn stks (5) gs in Aug.