Hurdling newcomers Joshua The First and Madam Lilibet have both won in testing conditions on the Flat but experience may count and FINE KINGDOM can get off the mark. Brian Ellison's charge attempted to make all in heavy ground at Carlisle earlier this month and though eventually beaten by Rupert Bear it was a good effort and compensation awaits. Kealshore Again ran very well behind Indepub here in September but that was on fast ground and he's yet to face these conditions. The Young Master would need to find massive improvement to get involved.
Fine Kingdom 9-4 (11-2) Led to 6th, ridden before last, kept on to take 2nd place towards finish, 2nd of 5, 3/4l behind Rupert Bear (11-4) at Carlisle 2m 1f nov hcp hdl 0-110 (4) hvy.
Joshua The First 9-1 (9-2) Slowly away, outpaced and detached, never a factor, 10th of 11, 21l behind Sunley Pride (9-1) at Wolverhampton 7f hcp 0-75 (5) pol in Oct (flat).
Kealshore Again (IRE) 7-2 (10-12) Tracked leaders, weakened from 3 out, 6th of 7, 27l behind Rapid Heat Lad (10-12) at Bangor 2m 1f 3yo hdl (4) gd in Oct.
The Young Master 66-1 (10-12) Tracked leaders, mistake 6th, weakened approaching 3 out, tailed off, 5th of 7, well behind Pass The Time (10-6) at Plumpton 2m 3yo clm hdl (5) sft.
Madam Lilibet (IRE) 6-1 (8-13) Held up mid-division, headway over 3f out, kept on same pace, 3rd of 12, 16l behind Categorical (10-0) at Redcar 1m 6f hcp 0-65 (6) hvy (flat).