KEYCHAIN's ability to handle the testing ground has to be taken on trust but his fourth at Huntingdon earlier in the month is the best piece of form on offer. He gets the nod as Couloir Extreme was tailed off on his hurdling bow and Unidexter was also beaten a distance at Plumpton despite finishing third. A winner on the Flat at Killarney, Slipper Satin has joined Noel Quinlan and makes more appeal than fellow hurdling debutant Ninepointsixthree.
Couloir Extreme (IRE) 7-1 (10-12) Mistake 1st, mid-division, ridden to chase leaders after 3 out, weakened next, tailed off, 7th of 10, well behind Royal Irish Hussar (10-12) at Market Rasen 2m 1f 3yo hdl (2) gd in Sep.
Keychain (IRE) 5-1 (10-12) Prominent, led after 3 out, headed next, soon ridden and hung right, no extra after last, 4th of 6, 4l behind Town Mouse (11-2) at Huntingdon 2m 3yo hdl (4) gs.
Ninepointsixthree 50-1 (9-5) Mid-division center, pushed along over 3f out, never dangerous, 6th of 7, 21l behind Favourite Treat (9-5) at Chepstow 7f mdn stks (5) sft in Sep (flat).
Special Report (IRE) 28-1 (10-9) Held up mid-division, weakened from 5th, soon tailed off, 9th of 10, well behind War Lord (10-12) at Sedgefield 2m 1f 3yo hdl (4) gs in Oct.
Unidexter (IRE) 5-1 (10-12) Led, mistake 3rd, headed 6th, weakened after 3 out, mistake 2 out, 3rd of 7, 45l behind Violet Dancer (10-12) at Plumpton 2m 3yo hdl (4) sft.
Hermosa Vaquera (IRE) 33-1 (9-2) Prominent, ridden over 2f out, soon weakened, last of 14, 34l behind Asia Minor (9-9) at Kempton 1m 4f hcp 0-60 (6) pol in Oct (flat).
Slipper Satin (IRE) 20-1 (8-5) Always towards rear, pushed along halfway, soon ridden and no impression, 9th of 11, 26l behind Susiescot (8-4) at Cork 1m fll hcp 60-90 in Oct (flat).
Sporting Club Girl 50-1 (8-9) Tracked leader, ridden over 3f out, weakened over 2f out, last of 9, 35l behind Syrenka (8-9) at Kempton 1m 3f 3yo sell stks (6) pol in Oct (flat).