PARC DES PRINCES appeared to have a bit in hand when landing a novices' handicap at Bangor in August. The second and third have both run well since so the form has a solid look about it and Nicky Richards' five-year-old can follow up off a light weight in this better grade. Serious Choice was made favourite back over hurdles at Bangor last month but had every chance and has a bit to prove now. A bigger danger may be the versatile Farleigh House, who was second off this mark at Plumpton last time. Galiotto has been busy on the Flat but faces a stiff task on his handicap debut over timber.
Galiotto (IRE) 5-2 (11-5) Tracked leaders, every chance after 3 out, unable to quicken when dived at 2 out, soon beaten, 3rd of 4, 15l behind Minneapolis (10-7) at Towcester 2m nh nov hdl (4) gf in Apr.
Farleigh House (USA) 7-2fav (11-2) Held up in 6th and off the pace, headway 6th, went 3rd on inside and hampered last, went 2nd soon after, no chance with winner, 2nd of 9, 7l behind Mr Harmoosh (10-12) at Plumpton 2m hcp hdl 0-125 (3) gf in Sep.
Space Telescope (IRE) 9-1 (11-5) Hit 2nd, tracked winner to 4th, lost place 4 out, weakened next, tailed off, 6th of 7, well behind Rampant Ronnie (11-1) at Bangor 2m 1f hcp hdl 0-120 (3) gd in Sep.
Capricornus (USA) 10-1 (10-6) Chased leaders, challenged 3 out, not fluent 2 out, weakened final 100 yards, 4th of 15, 6l behind Coeur De Fou (11-10) at Doncaster 2m nov hcp hdl 0-105 (4) gd in Mar.
Tayarat (IRE) 40-1 (11-2) Chased leaders, jumped left throughout, under pressure 6th, soon weakened, 8th of 10, well behind What's Occurrin (11-6) at Market Rasen 2m 5f hcp hdl 0-110 (4) gd in Aug.
Serious Choice (IRE) 3-1fav (10-8) Held up in last trio, chased leaders under pressure 3 out, ridden and stayed on to go 3rd near finish, no chance with front pair, 3rd of 7, 13l behind Rampant Ronnie (11-1) at Bangor 2m 1f hcp hdl 0-120 (3) gd in Sep.
Dear Maurice 66-1 (10-5) Held up towards rear, weakened and tailed off from 3 out, 9th of 12, 25l behind Book'em Danno (11-5) at Market Rasen 2m 1f nh nov hdl (4) gd in Sep.
Parc des Princes (USA) 8-1 (10-10) Held up in rear, headway approaching 3 out, led 2 out, ran on well, won at Bangor 2m 1f nov hcp hdl 0-105 (4) gd in Aug beating Claude Carter (11-0) by 4 1/2l, 9 ran.
Tignello (IRE) 66-1 (10-13) Chased leaders, ridden and weakened before 6th, tailed off, 15th of 16, well behind Piper's Song (10-7) at Stratford 2m hcp hdl 0-115 (4) gd in Jun.