SILKSTONE finished a respectable second at Huntingdon on last month’s hurdling debut despite looking less than fluent over the obstacles. He’ll know more today and won on soft ground on the Flat. Glorious Dane has switched yards since his hurdling bow at Aintree back in June and could go well but others arriving from the Flat make more appeal. Lord Lamington is the highest rated on the level and preferred to stablemate Kings Royal Hussar but Defining Battle has joined Dan Skelton since winning on the Flat in Ireland and is another to consider along with Philip Hobbs’ new inmate Zoffee.
Bagatino 150-1 (10-7) Behind, jumped left and not fluent 2nd, tailed off 5th, 9th of 10, dist behind Logan Rocks (11-8) at Huntingdon 2m mdn (4) gs in Nov.
Dawn Treader (IRE) 50-1 (10-12) Keen early, mid-division, outpaced before 2 out, never a threat, 8th of 16, 27 1/2l behind Scorched Earth (10-12) at Catterick 2m (4) gs in Nov.
Dynali 9-1 (10-12) Keen early, tracked winner, not fluent 3 out and soon weakened, blundered next, last of 3, dist behind Navajo Pass (10-12) at Bangor-on-Dee 2m 1f mdn (4) hvy in Nov.
Glorious Dane 20-1 (9-4) In touch, headway 3f out, ridden to lead briefly over 1f out, kept on one pace, 2nd of 14, 6l behind Spirit Of Angel (9-2) at Newcastle 1m 4f hcp (6) pol in Nov.
Holy Hymn (IRE) 14-1 (8-8) Tracked leaders, driven and outpaced over 2f out, soon ridden, weakened over 1f out, 6th of 7, 21 1/4l behind Wadacre Galoubet (9-5) at Southwell 1m 6f hcp (6) pol in Oct.
Hurricane Hero (FR) 7-2 (9-0) Raced keenly, led, ridden and headed approaching final 2f soon dropped to 3rd and no extra, 3rd of 4, 8 3/4l behind Cafe Espresso (9-3) at Lingfield 1m 4f stks (6) gf in May.
Kings Royal Hussar (FR) 7-1 (9-2) In touch, ridden chasing leaders over 2f out, kept on same pace inside final furlong, 6th of 13, 1 1/4l behind Choral Music (9-3) at Kempton 1m hcp (5) pol in Oct.
Lord Lamington 14-1 (9-0) Soon led, headed 11f out, stayed prominent, ridden over 3f out, weakened inside final furlong, 6th of 10, 9 3/4l behind Just Hubert (9-5) at Musselburgh 2m hcp (3) gf in Sep.
Numero Uno 25-1 (10-12) Chased leaders, ridden and weakened before 2 out, 5th of 9, 22l behind George Ridsdale (10-12) at Musselburgh 2m mdn (4) gs in Nov.
Queen's Soldier (GER) 33-1 (10-12) Held up on outside, closed 5th, weakened before 3 out, 5th of 10, 17 1/2l behind Group Stage (10-12) at Ludlow 2m (4) sft in Nov.
Silkstone (IRE) 4-1 (10-12) Keen in touch, headway 3 out, soon chasing leaders, driven onto 2nd after last, never reached winner, 2nd of 9, 3l behind Building Bridges (10-12) at Huntingdon 2m (4) gd in Nov.
Zoffee 16-1 (8-6) In rear, came centre 4f out, never near leaders, 7th of 12, 8 1/4l behind Ranch Hand (9-1) at Haydock 1m 6f hcp (2) sft in Sep.
Dolly Dupree 8-1 (10-3) Held up towards rear, headway over 3f out, weakened over 1f out, 7th of 10, 17 3/4l behind Country'n'western (11-7) at Nottingham 1m 2f hcp (6) sft in Oct.
Global Goddess (IRE) 150-1 (10-5) Chased leaders, lost place 4 out, tailed off, 8th of 12, dist behind Sir Psycho (10-12) at Wincanton 1m 7f (4) gd in Oct.
Defining Battle (IRE) 11-2 (9-2) Chased leaders in 3rd on inner, ridden from 2f out and soon went 2nd, improved to lead inside final 150 yards and kept on well close home, won at Killarney 1m 3f hcp gd in Jul beating Elite Trooper Grey (9-0) by hd, 7 ran.