KOULTAS KING put a frustrating run of seconds behind him when landing the odds on his return to action at Ffos Las. He can defy a penalty now he's finally got his head in front and is preferred to Market Rasen winner, Mighty Snazy. The latter has failed in similar company to this in a couple of subsequent starts but Royal Defence posted a better effort at Worcester last time and steps up in trip. Moon Trip was fancied on his hurdling bow but was tailed off and may be best watched for now.
Koultas King (IRE) 8-11fav (11-0) Made virtually all, headed briefly 7th, driven 2 out, ridden and stayed on flat, won at Ffos Las 2m 6f mdn hdl (5) gd in Aug beating Moon Devil (11-0) by 3 1/2l, 8 ran.
Mighty Snazy 5-4fav (11-5) Held up, not fluent 3rd, closed from 7th, every chance 3 out, soon ridden, beaten and one pace before next, 3rd of 5, 12l behind Red Eyes (10-2) at Sedgefield 2m 4f nh nov hdl (4) gf.
Royal Defence (IRE) 50-1 (11-12) Mid-division, ridden 4 out, kept on same pace under pressure from next, no impression, 4th of 12, 8l behind Anton Dolin (11-7) at Worcester 2m nov hcp hdl 0-100 (5) gd in Aug.
Moon Trip 9-4 (10-11) Held up in 4th, tracked leading pair 3 out, outpaced before next, soon beaten and eased, 4th of 6, well behind Pasture Bay (10-5) at Market Rasen 2m 1f nh nov hdl (4) gd in Aug.