Though a 23-race maiden on the Flat is Ireland, Machiavelli should do better over hurdles and is an interesting recruit for Philip Kirby. Nocte Volatus is jumps bred and should find or race of two under the expert tutelage of Tom Lacey but this is all about BULLIONAIRE (NAP), who was a staying-on third behind Sporting John at Exeter last time in a race that could hardly have worked out any better. Nautical Star ran well for a long way on his racecourse debut at Chepstow and will know more today.
Alfsboy (IRE) 40-1 (11-0) Held up in rear, headway after 4 out, never reached leaders, weakened next, tailed off, 14th of 16, dist behind The Big Breakaway (11-0) at Chepstow 2m 3f mdn (5) sft in Nov.
Billy Ray 20-1 (10-2) Slowly away, held up in rear, pushed along over 4f out, soon behind, last of 8, 21 3/4l behind Rajinsky (9-7) at Wolverhampton 1m 6f hcp (4) pol in Dec.
Bullionaire (IRE) 9-2 (10-12) Pulled hard, close up, every chance after 3 out, no extra after last, 3rd of 13, 4 3/4l behind Sporting John (10-12) at Exeter 2m 1f (3) sft in Nov.
Click And Collect 50-1 (11-1) Always last, not fluent 2nd, well behind from 3rd, pulled up before 3 out, at Uttoxeter 2m 4f (4) hvy in Mar.
Croftlands Blaze (IRE) 150-1 (10-12) Behind, jumped left 1st, pulled up after 4th, at Hereford 2m 4f (4) sft in Nov.
Durouyn 25-1 (10-12) Mid-division, mistake 3 out, some headway before 2 out, no impression, 6th of 15, 32l behind Emmas Joy (10-5) at Warwick 2m (4) sft in Nov.
Machiavelli 14-1 (9-12) Raced in 13th early, headway travelling smoothly straight, chased leaders and one pace final furlong, 10th of 21, 4 1/4l behind Aasleagh Fawn (9-0) at Navan 1m 6f hcp gf in Sep.
Nautical Star (GER) 20-1 (10-12) Tracked leaders, outpaced in 3rd 2 out, lost place between last 2, no chance with leaders before last, 4th of 16, 11 3/4l behind Getaway Fred (10-12) at Chepstow 2m (4) sft in Nov.
Nocte Volatus Midnight Legend gelding out of Aeronautica.
Rathnure Ranger (IRE) 20-1 (12-0) Led and clear, reduced advantage after 4f, pressed halfway, headed over 6f out, under pressure and weakened over 4f out, tailed off, 5th of 8, dist behind Fortune Street (12-0) at Wexford 2m Soft - Heavy in Oct.
The Garrison (IRE) 100-1 (10-12) Towards rear, headway 3 out, ridden next, kept on one pace, 3rd of 11, 6l behind Rootless Tree (10-12) at Leicester 2m (3) hvy in Dec.