Fast Exit's latest fourth behind Ridayef in a maiden hurdle at Downpatrick looks the best recent form on offer in this but he is still a maiden, and like a few of these, has to prove himself on heavy ground. No problems are anticipated for OCKEY DE NEULLIAC on that score and Ferdy Murphy's 10-year-old usually runs well fresh. With John Winston taking off 10lb, the C&D winner can come out on top as he gets 4lb from Kack Handed. Western Bound and Carmela Maria are next best on official ratings but neither has shown enough lately to warrant serious consideration.
Kack Handed 5-2 (11-8) Led, driven and headed after 3 out, ridden after next, kept on same pace in 3rd, no impression approaching last, 3rd of 6, 6l behind Goodwood Starlight (11-8) at Southwell 2m sell hdl (5) gd in Jul.
Western Bound (IRE) 40-1 (10-0) Held up in rear, struggling 7th, tailed off, 12th of 13, well behind Bondage (11-3) at Perth 3m hcp hdl 0-125 (3) gd in Sep.
Ockey De Neulliac (FR) 11-4 (11-3) Held up last and off the pace, went 4th and closed after 4th, went 3rd before 7th, outpaced and no chance with leading pair well before 2 out, no extra in 4th closing stages, 4th of 5, 23l behind Westlin' Winds (11-4) at Southwell 2m 4f clm hdl (5) gs in Mar.
Solis (GER) 33-1 (9-13) Mid-division, took keen hold, effort when not fluent 7th, weakening when hit 2 out, 8th of 13, 30l behind Bondage (11-3) at Perth 3m hcp hdl 0-125 (3) gd in Sep.
Fast Exit (IRE) 13-2 (10-11) Soon led and clear early, joined after 4th, headed approaching 3 out, soon struggling, no impression in 4th and kept on same pace from last, 4th of 11, 8l behind Ridayef (11-4) at Downpatrick 2m 2f mdn hdl gd in Sep.
Pen Gwen (FR) 11-1 (9-5) Mid-division on outer, lost place from 9th, 7th of 8, well behind Peachey Moment (11-12) at Sedgefield 2m 4f hcp chs 0-120 (4) gd in May.
Strong Euro (IRE) 20-1 (10-4) Soon mid-division, closer in 6th approaching 3 out, no impression under pressure in 3rd and kept on same pace from before last, 3rd of 15, 4l behind Churchfield Champ (11-12) at Sligo 2m hcp hdl 80-95 gd in May.
Carmela Maria 6-1 (10-11) Tracked leaders in 3rd, jumped slow 1st, reminders after 5th, lost place before 8th, 4th of 7, 39l behind Flying Doctor (11-1) at Cartmel 3m 2f hcp hdl 0-110 (4) gs in Aug.
A Beat So Far 100-1 (10-5) Tracked leader early, weakened before 3 out, tailed off, 5th of 9, 34l behind Quinsman (11-5) at Sedgefield 2m 4f nh nov hdl (4) gf in Sep.