Thimaar was a very decent stayer on the Flat and was last seen in the Group 2 Lonsdale Stakes at York in August. However, this will be his first experience of really soft ground and he may just do better over a bit further in time. We'll take him on with KINGS PALACE, who lost nothing in defeat when just worn down by Captain Cutter in a Listed bumper at Ascot last month and looks a nice hurdling prospect. The others are probably playing for places and ex-pointers Bishops Gate and Blue Lodge may not come into their own until tackling fences. Heron's Mill was third over this trip on heavy ground at Newcastle two runs ago and looks best of the rest.
Ballybogey (IRE) 4-1 (11-7) Chased leaders, improved to lead 5f out, ridden in 4th and no extra when reppeared from fog 1f out, kept on one pace (poor visibility), 4th of 7, 19l behind Agent James (11-8) at Navan 2m N H flat hvy.
Bishops Gate (IRE) 6-4 (11-7) 2nd of 10, 3l behind Another Grand (10-7) at Brocklesby Park 3m ptp gd in Mar '11.
Blue Lodge (IRE) 10-1 (11-4) Tr ldrs, 4th 1/2way, 2nd app str, kow run-in, not rch wnr, 2nd of 17, 12l behind Thornleigh Ben (12-0) at Taylorstown 3m ire ptp gs in May.
Clondaw Flicka (IRE) 40-1 (10-9) Held up towards rear, pushed along 4f out, kept on one pace and no impression, 5th of 14, 16l behind Spitz (11-2) at Musselburgh 2m NH flat (6) gs in Dec.
Heron's Mill (IRE) 4-1 (11-0) In touch, lost place after 4 out, soon weakened, 7th of 13, well behind Forty Crown (11-0) at Kelso 2m 6f NH mdn hdl (5) hvy in Dec.
Jovial (IRE) 100-1 (10-12) Held up in mid-division, well beaten after 6th, tailed off, 8th of 10, well behind Imjoeking (11-5) at Ayr 2m mdn hdl (5) hvy.
Kings Palace (IRE) 8-11fav (11-4) Led, hard pressed from 2f out, edged right when headed inside final furlong, no extra, 2nd of 9, 1 1/4l behind Captain Cutter (11-4) at Ascot 2m NH flat Listed (1) hvy in Dec.
Red Admirable (IRE) 10-1 (11-11) Mid-division on inner, 6th halfway, ridden in 4th over 2f out, moderate 3rd 1f out, kept on one pace, 3rd of 12, 10l behind Ceasar Milan (11-4) at Down Royal 2m N H flat hvy in Dec.
Thimaar (USA) 33-1 (9-1) Tracked leaders, ridden to challenge over 3f out, every chance over 2f out, soon weakened, 8th of 11, 25l behind Times Up (9-1) at York 2m Grp 2 (1) gs in Aug (flat).
Luctor Emergo (IRE) 100-1 (10-12) Tracked leaders until 2nd, soon lost place, 9th of 11, well behind Calculated Risk (10-12) at Doncaster 2m 4yo hdl (4) gs.
Titus Bolt (IRE) 5-1 (8-13) Held up in rear, headway on outside over 2f out, chasing leaders and driven 2f out, went 2nd over 1f out, one pace and lost 2nd inside final furlong, dropped to 4th final strides, 4th of 8, 3l behind Mama Quilla (9-7) at Windsor 1m 4f 3yo hcp 0-70 (5) sft in Oct (flat).