HEBRIDEAN is the most interesting of the big guns and the former Aiden O'Brien inmate gets our vote ahead of Walkon, Zaynar, Psi and Sainglend. Make no bones about it, this is no penalty kick on the Grade Three-winning colt's hurdling bow. He's joined a top yard and obviously has talent, but the hurdles have to be jumped. Kashabelle and Sainglend have both shown plenty of ability and along with the well-thought-of Walkon are the most interesting of those to have raced. A penalty makes it tough for Walkon but he is highly regarded and should have no problem with the ground. He ran on well on his debut at Huntingdon and it could be that this track may prove more suitable; he's a player. Psi (a promising three-year-old on the flat in France) and Zaynar (same story if somewhat less exposed and has been nibbled at for Cheltenham this week) both need a check in the betting for top stables, however it is Hebridean who can shine.
Walkon (FR) 13-8jt-fav (11-0) Raced keenly tracking leader, every chance 2 out, led after last, ran on well, won at Huntingdon 2m 3yo nov hdl (2) gd in Nov beating Danesman (11-0) by 2l, 7 ran.
Arthur des Champs (FR) 9-1 (10-12) Always towards rear, 13th of 14, well behind Cill Rialaig (10-5) at Exeter 1m 5f nhf (5) gs in Oct.
Dr Kildare 33-1 (10-12) Held up, lost touch 4th, tailed off, 6th of 8, well behind Pepite De Soleil (10-12) at Wincanton 2m 3yo nov hdl (4) sft.
Hebridean (IRE) 25-1 (8-12) Keen, held up, lost place and dropped to rear 4f out, not clear run over 2f out, soon switched right, ridden and no impression, 9th of 11, 23l behind New Approach (8-12) at Newmarket 1m 2f Grp 1 (1) gd in Oct (Flat).
Psi (USA) (9-4) 5th of 8, 4l behind Golden Era (9-1) at Angers 1m 6f stk in Oct (Flat).
Sainglend 8-11fav (10-2) Tracked leading pair, went 2nd going well before 2 out, not much room 2 out and last, switched right soon after, driven, one pace and held towards finish, 2nd of 5, 3/4l behind Ray Diamond (10-7) at Plumpton 2m 3yo mdn hdl (5) sft in N.
Song In My Heart (IRE) 20-1 (10-12) Held up behind, mistake 5th, never dangerous, 10th of 16, 48l behind West With The Wind (10-12) at Doncaster 2m 3yo nov hdl (4) gd.
Zafranagar (IRE) 80-1 (10-12) Mid-division until weakened approaching 3 out, 13th of 15, well behind Simarian (11-6) at Cheltenham 2m nov hdl Grd 2 (1) sft in Nov.
Zaynar (FR) (8-11) Prominent, kept on under pressure, 2nd of 13, 2 1/2l behind Sweet Dance (8-7) at Les Sables 1m 5f in Jun (Flat).
Zen Factor 14-1 (10-9) Always rear, ridden and struggling when hit 4 out, tailed off, 5th of 9, well behind Nino Cochise (10-12) at Newbury 2m 3yo nov hdl (3) gs in Nov.
Kahsabelle (FR) 10-1 (10-7) Prominent, led 2nd, headed after 4 out, led again next, ridden and headed after 2nd last, no extra, 2nd of 15, 5l behind Cosmea (11-3) at Huntingdon 2m 3yo nov hdl (4) gs in Nov.
Miss Phoebe (IRE) 16-1 (10-5) Mid-division, mistake 5th, headway before next, soon every chance, ridden before 2 out, soon weakened, 5th of 9, 34l behind Sydney Sling (10-9) at Fakenham 2m 3yo mdn hdl (5) sft.
Mistress Eva 9-1 (10-5) Held up towards rear, behind when pulled up at the 2nd in race won by Art Exhibition (10-12) at Fontwell 2m 2f 3yo nov hdl (4) gs, 11 ran.