Though modest on the level, Alex Hales’ filly HICONIC has looked a natural over hurdles. She can continue in the winning groove here, despite a triple penalty, as Pink Jazz, Edebez and Fiach Stoney will struggle to overturn the form book. Balko Saint is making his racecourse debut but is jumps bred and Highlander Madrik showed he had the required stamina when second in a 1m7f claimer at Dieppe last month. Talking About You placed over 1m2f at Windsor last month so looks the pick of the remainder.
Hiconic 11-10fav (11-5) Prominent, led 2 out, 2 1/2 lengths ahead last, drew further clear flat, comfortably, won at Stratford 2m (4) gd in Jul beating Bannister (10-12) by 8 1/2l, 10 ran.
Balko Saint (FR) Balko gelding out of Sainte Cupid.
Billy The Squid (IRE) 33-1 (10-12) Went badly left 1st, mid-division, jumped big and lost place 2nd, jumped slowly 4th, tailed off 3 out, 7th of 9, dist behind Soldier On Parade (10-12) at Market Rasen 2m 1f (4) gd in Jul.
Edebez (IRE) 14-1 (10-12) Chased leaders, weakened before 2 out, 4th of 7, 20 1/2l behind Hiconic (10-5) at Newton Abbot 2m 1f mdn (4) gd in Jul.
Fiach Stoney (IRE) 80-1 (10-12) Held up in rear, took keen hold and not fluent, very remote 5th 3 out, no impression, tailed off, 6th of 10, dist behind Hiconic (11-5) at Stratford 2m (4) gd in Jul.
Pink Jazz (IRE) 14-1 (10-12) Held up in mid-division, closed after 2nd, ridden in 3rd after 2 out, closed on 2nd flat, no impression on winner, 3rd of 10, 8 3/4l behind Hiconic (11-5) at Stratford 2m (4) gd in Jul.
Talking About You 4-1 (8-10) Held up in touch, headway chasing leaders 3f out, went 2nd over 2f out, led 2f out, ridden and hung badly left over 1f out, headed and no extra close home, 2nd of 9, 1/2l behind Herodotus (9-1) at Windsor 1m 2f stks (5) gf in Jul.
Highlander Madrik (FR) (9-2) 2nd of 12, 3/4l behind Libre (9-1) at Dieppe 1m 7f stks sft in Jul.