L'UNIQUE is taken to defy the penalty she picked up for beating subsequent winner Cockney Sparrow at Aintree five weeks ago. She won that Listed contest by 12 lengths and may have more to offer. Alexandre Six has his first start for Nicky Henderson but may need confidence rebuilding after falling on his last two starts in France while another French import, Vibrato Valtat, was surprisingly beaten in an Exeter bumper on his UK debut and tackles hurdles for the first time here. Deia Sunrise won three times on the Flat for John Gosden and could be a useful recruit to hurdles but may just need this.
Deia Sunrise (IRE) 7-2fav (9-1) Soon led, ridden and headed over 1f out, stayed close up, gamely kept on to lead again close home, won at Chester 1m 2f 3yo hcp 0-105 (2) hvy in Sep beating Swnymor (8-6) by shd, 11 ran (flat).
L'unique (FR) 15-8fav (10-12) Held up in rear, headway when dived at 6th, challenged 3 out, led before last, ran on well to draw clear flat, won at Aintree 2m 1f Listed hdl 3yo (1) sft in Dec beating Cockney Sparrow (10-12) by 12l, 9 ran.
Shamrocked (IRE) 50-1 (10-12) Led, mistake 3rd and 4th, headed 5th, weakened before 2 out, pulled up, in a race won by Captain Cardington (10-12) at Sandown 2m 3yo hdl (4) hvy in Dec, 10 ran.
Vibrato Valtat (FR) 7-4 (10-12) Pulled hard & prominent, led over 3f out, headed inside final furlong, no extra, 2nd of 7, 1 3/4l behind Comte D'anjou (10-12) at Exeter 1m 5f n h flat 3yo (6) hvy in Dec.
Watt Broderick (IRE) 50-1 (10-7) Held up towards rear, mistake 3 out, headway from 2 out, ran on flat, never near to challenge, 5th of 15, 8l behind In The Crowd (10-12) at Warwick 2m 3yo hdl (4) sft in Dec.
Alexandre Six (FR) (10-7) in a race won by Niquos (10-3) at Auteuil(FR) 2m 1f 3yo hdl sft in Oct, 13 ran.