Haulani wasn’t entirely disgraced on his hurdling debut at Catterick and looks the pick of the three runners with jumping experience but this will probably go to a newcomer. Irish import Kings Inn runs for the Nicholls yard and will have had plenty of schooling. He cost 100,000 euros having finished second on his only start on the Flat but we prefer REDICEAN. A winner twice on the level at Redcar, he’s joined Alan King from David O’Meara and his new stable has won this three times in the last 10 years. Salix won on the all-weather in France but makes his Turf debut today.
First Quest (USA) 40-1 (11-0) Held up in rear, jumped left 4 out, outpaced next, tailed off, 6th of 7, dist behind Sussex Ranger (11-5) at Sandown 2m (2) gs in Dec.
Haulani (USA) 11-4 (10-12) Tracked leaders, pushed along before 2 out, blundered 2 out, no extra run-in, 3rd of 9, 8 1/2l behind Solo Saxophone (10-12) at Catterick 2m (4) gs in Dec.
King Cnut (FR) 100-1 (10-12) Behind, outpaced 3 out, never near leaders, tailed off last, 6th of 9, dist behind Aiguille Rouge (10-5) at Fontwell 2m 2f (4) hvy in Dec.
Redicean 6-1 (9-7) Held up in rear, headway on outside over 2f out, ridden to challenge over 1f out, led entering final furlong, soon clear, ran on, won at Redcar 1m 6f hcp (4) sft in Oct beating Sheriff Garrett (8-12) by 2 1/2l, 9 ran.
Salix (FR) (8-11) won at Pornichet 1m 4f mdn stks pol in Nov beating Pole Celeste (8-11) by 1 3/4l, 15 ran.
Towie (IRE) 7-1 (9-5) Raced wide close up, pushed along 3f out, ridden 2f out, kept on one pace, 4th of 7, 7 3/4l behind Golden Birthday (9-12) at Leicester 1m 4f mdn stks (5) hvy in Sep.
Kings Inn (IRE) 10-1 (9-5) Settled behind leaders, 5th halfway, ridden into 2nd 1 1/2f out, no impression on winner 1f out, kept on same pace, 2nd of 9, 3 1/2l behind Aljunood (9-5) at Killarney 1m mdn sft in Aug.
Ray's The Money (IRE) 12-1 (9-3) Slowly away always towards rear, 11th of 12, 36 1/4l behind Jabbaar (9-2) at Catterick 1m 4f hcp (4) sft in Oct.