PRESTO VOLANTE arrives in fine form, acts in soft ground and bids for a hat-trick after scoring over 1m6f at Salisbury last time. He gets the token vote in this opening novelty race for jump jockeys. Pocket Too has won over hurdles for today's pilot and should be thereabouts and Kings Troop could also be in the mix. Princely Hero has been in good form over jumps of late while Our Folly, Benartic and Sainglend were all placed on their latest starts on the Flat.
Presto Volante (IRE) 5-1 (9-5) In touch, steady headway 5f out, went 2nd over 2f out, led over 1f out, stayed on well (hand timed), won at Salisbury 1m 6f hcp 0-75 (5) sft beating Madame St Clair (8-9) by 3l, 13 ran.
Three White Socks (IRE) 9-2 (9-5) Slowly away in rear, pushed along 6f out, never near leaders, 5th of 8, 13l behind Cape Safari (9-1) at Southwell 1m 6f hcp 0-80 (4) fbs in Aug.
Waterford Star (IRE) 8-1 (9-11) Mid-division, ridden and struggling over 4f out, well behind over 2f out, switched right over 1f out, ran on well inside final furlong, nearest finish, 4th of 15, 8l behind Jawaab (9-9) at Pontefract 2m 1f hcp 0-75 (5) gf in Sep.
Taigan (FR) 40-1 (9-13) In rear, some late progress, never on terms, 7th of 12, 12l behind Mysterious Man (8-13) at Bath 1m 4f mdn stks (5) gs in Jun.
Tartan Jura 18-1 (9-6) Tracked leaders in 3rd, ridden and weakened over 1f out, 7th of 11, 12l behind The Baronet (9-3) at Musselburgh 1m 5f hcp 0-80 (4) gs in Sep.
Benartic (IRE) 33-1 (9-13) Chased leaders, headway to 2nd over 3f out, led over 2f out, ridden and headed 1f out, kept on same pace, 2nd of 13, 2 1/2l behind Albonny (8-4) at Kempton 2m hcp (0-65) (6) pol in Sep.
Kings Troop 15-2 (8-8) Took keen hold, chased leaders, ridden over 3f out, soonoutpaced, kept on again inside final furlong, no danger, 6th of 15, 7l behind Moderator (9-0) at Epsom Downs 1m 4f app hcp 0-80 (4) gd in Sep.
Dance For Livvy (IRE) 16-1 (10-0) Held up mid-division, pushed along over 3f out, never dangerous, 12th of 13, 26l behind Porcini (9-2) at Wolverhampton 2m hcp (0-65) (6) pol in Sep.
Our Folly 7-1 (8-8) Towards rear, headway on outer over 2f out, chased winner over 1f out until final 100 yards, no extra, 3rd of 9, 4l behind Saborido (9-7) at Lingfield 2m hcp 0-75 (5) gf in Aug.
Sainglend Evensfav (9-6) Soon led, headed 10f out, ridden to lead again over 4f out, headed over 1f out, 1/2 length down when not much room inside final furlong, no impression after, 2nd of 10, 2l behind Sansili (9-3) at Chepstow 2m hcp 0-60 (6) gf in May.
Sarando 5-1 (8-9) Tracked leaders, ridden 4f out, every chance over 2f out, no extra inside final furlong, 6th of 7, 7l behind Blimey O'Riley (9-5) at Newbury 2m app hcp (5) gf in Oct '11.
Princely Hero (IRE) 33-1 (8-13) Tracked leader, led after 3f, headed 7f out, soon pushed along, ridden and weakened over 3f out, 7th of 8, 20l behind Alfraamsey (8-10) at Folkestone 1m 7f hcp 0-75 (5) gf in Jun.
Electric Tiger (GER) .
Ponte Di Rosa 25-1 (9-4) Mid-division, ridden over 3f out, lost place over 2f out, 8th of 12, 24l behind Artisan (9-1) at Catterick 1m 6f hcp 0-65 (6) gf in Sep.
Pocket Too 12-5fav (8-9) Tracked leaders, pushed along 5f out, ridden over 3f out, pressed winner and every chance over 1f out, ran on but always held, 2nd of 12, 3/4l behind Ministerofinterior (9-6) at Catterick 2m hcp 0-65 (6) gs in May.
Rulbin Realta 16-1 (8-5) Chased leaders, ridden 4f out, weakened over 3f out, 12th of 15, 23l behind Royal Etiquette (9-1) at Windsor 1m 4f app hcp 0-70 (5) gs in Jun.