KOULTAS KING has been unfortunate not to have got off the mark before now. He reappears following a break but questions will be asked if he doesn't go very close again in this, though the six-year-old faces no easy task. Slow Train Coming has shown promise in Ireland but is another returning from a lengthy absence whereas Toe To Toe finished third at Kilbeggan only last month. Moon Devil was second over course and distance in June but finished tailed off at Worcester subsequently.
Dbanks (IRE) 16-1 (10-12) Chased leaders, not fluent 1st or 8th, weakened before 3 out, 3rd of 7, 35l behind Benefit Of Youth (10-12) at Worcester 2m 7f nh nov hdl (4) gd in Jul.
Koultas King (IRE) 7-2 (11-10) Led, not fluent 4th, ridden 3 out, headed before next, soon no chance with winner, held on well for 2nd, 2nd of 5, 14l behind Promised Wings (11-8) at Newbury 3m hcp hdl 0-115 (4) hvy in Mar.
Mac Le Couteau 50-1 (10-11) Held up, not fluent 1st or 6th, well beaten before 3 out, 10th of 13, well behind Fighter Jet (11-0) at Stratford 2m 3f mdn hdl (4) gf.
Moon Devil (IRE) 5-1 (10-2) Tracked leaders, weakened before 4 out, 10th of 15, well behind On The Bridge (11-2) at Worcester 2m 7f hcp hdl 0-135 (3) gf in Jun.
Slow Train Coming (IRE) 13-2 (11-5) Led, ran a little off the bend approaching 4 out and joined, headed before next, no extra approaching 2 out, 9th of 15, 28l behind Stormy Oscar (11-12) at Tramore 2m mdn hdl sft in Oct.
Toe To Toe (IRE) 14-1 (10-13) Disputed early, soon chased leaders, 5th halfway, headway into 3rd after 3 out, ridden to challenge 2 out, no extra in 2nd last, kept on same pace and dropped to 3rd run-in, 3rd of 13, 5l behind Westhaven (11-12) at Kilbeggan 2m mdn hdl gf in Jul.
Shanksforamillion Needle Gun gelding out of Cool Connie.
Two Shades Of Blue 100-1 (10-0) Held up in touch, not much room and lost place 9f out, weakened over 4f out, tailed off, 8th of 15, well behind Wadswick Court (11-0) at Hereford 2m 1f NH flat (6) sft in Dec.