Alan King's Groove Master makes some sort of appeal given his trainer's comments that the horse shows something at home, but with only a modest debut spin in the book and headgear applied we're keen to look elsewhere. Miss Miracle is a half-sister to Katchit whose flat rating entitles her to respect but she proved very keen at Uttoxeter and needs to learn how to settle, so we'll side with hurdling debutant PALAWI. John Quinn's charge is in fine form having chased home Plan A on the level and, if he translates that ability to this game, he should go close. It's encouraging that Plan A has shown ability over timber himself and with conditions suitable Palawi can follow suit.
Gulf Punch 20-1 (10-10) Prominent, led 2nd, headed 5th, rallied next, weakened approaching 2nd last, 5th of 8, 18l behind Jubail (10-12) at Kempton 2m juv hdl (3) gd.
Capricornus (USA) 9-4fav (10-12) Held up towards rear on inside, hit 5th, some headway 3 out and soon ridden, weakened next, 8th of 10, 43l behind Turf Trivia (11-5) at Kelso 2m juv hdl (4) gd.
Dazeen 9-1 (10-12) Took keen hold, jinked left and unseated rider 1st, in a race won by Sassanian (10-12) at Sedgefield 2m 1f 3yo mdn hdl (4) gd in Sep, 7 ran.
Groove Master 9-1 (10-12) Chased leading trio, went 3rd after 3rd, wll held and struggling when mistake 2 out, 3rd of 9, 45l behind Domtaline (10-12) at Chepstow 2m juv hdl (4) gs.
North Shadow 40-1 (10-7) Chased leaders, went 2nd after 3rd, pushed along and lost place approaching 3 out, 9th of 14, 39l behind Bring Sweets (10-9) at Wetherby 2m 3yo mdn hdl (5) gd.
Palawi (IRE) 6-1 (9-7) Tracked leaders and keen, raced stands side over 2f out, ridden to lead narrowly approaching 1f out, hard ridden and pressed inside final furlong, headed towards finish, 2nd of 13, hd behind Plan A (9-2) at Pontefract 1m 4f 3yo hcp 0-70 (5) sft (flat).
Plus Ultra (IRE) 5-2fav (10-5) Tracked leaders, ridden approaching 6th, outpaced after mistake 3 out, rallied 2 out, weakened last, 4th of 10, 24l behind Whipperway (10-0) at Fontwell 2m 2f 3yo mdn hdl (4) gd in Sep.
Vittachi 4-1 (10-9) Held up towards rear and keen, pushed along from 4 out, soon weakened, jumped left last, 8th of 10, 49l behind Pena Dorada (10-12) at Kelso 2m juv hdl (4) gd.
Miss Miracle 3-1 (10-2) Chased leader until 3 out, chased winner before 2 out, no impression when lost 2nd before last, 3rd of 7, 16l behind Frameit (10-12) at Uttoxeter 2m juv hdl (4) gd.
Nephele (IRE) 33-1 (8-4) Slowly into stride, ran wide on bend over 5f out, weakened well over 3f out, 7th of 11, 14l behind Dubara Reef (8-11) at Redcar 1m 6f 3yo hcp 0-70 (5) gd in Sep (flat).
Venture Girl (IRE) 25-1 (10-5) Held up towards rear and keen, headway from 3 out, left 3rd 2 out, one pace, 3rd of 14, 13l behind Bring Sweets (10-9) at Wetherby 2m 3yo mdn hdl (5) gd.
Quitao (GER) 100-1 (10-9) Close up, led approaching and hit 3 out, ridden and headed approaching last, hung right on flat over 1f out, soon weakened, 5th of 10, 17l behind Turf Trivia (11-5) at Kelso 2m juv hdl (4) gd.