ALLMANKIND is a half-brother to two useful hurdlers and won on the Flat for Michael Bell. He’s been lightly raced this year in decent company and should be too good for these if the obstacles don’t get in the way. Langholm has also switched stables but won twice at Beverley in the summer and should make a hurdler. Galahad Quest may need the experience while Motashakel never threatened when fourth at Kempton, though this stiffer track should suit. Gaia Vallis has looked moderate in two starts to date.
Allmankind 12-1 (8-5) Held up mid-division, pushed along and lost place over 2f out, tailed off, last of 14, dist behind Walkinthesand (9-7) at Newmarket 1m 2f hcp (2) gf in Jul.
Galahad Quest (FR) American Post gelding out of Atacames.
Langholm (IRE) 7-1 (8-7) Led, ridden and headed 2f out, kept on one pace, 3rd of 12, 9 1/4l behind Cape Victory (9-10) at Musselburgh 1m 1f hcp (4) gf in Sep.
Motashakel (IRE) 11-1 (10-12) Held up mid-division, lost place 4th, driven to chase clear leaders after 3 out, went modest 4th next, never on terms, 4th of 8, 18l behind Prefontaine (10-12) at Kempton 2m (3) gd in Oct.
Gaia Vallis (FR) 25-1 (10-5) Held up in 4th, hanging left and weakened 3 out, went 3rd flat, 3rd of 5, 26 1/4l behind Pop The Cork (10-12) at Uttoxeter 2m (4) sft in Oct.