ESTINAAD made a bright start over hurdles with a hard-fought victory over Akdam at Perth. He had to battle all the way to the line and that should stand him in good stead against the more exposed Kitchapoly, who has been tackling slightly better company since his victory in France. Aneedh has been in very good form on the Flat and could prove best of the newcomers though Irish raider Brookland Breeze is one to note in the betting.
Kitchapoly (FR) 14-1 (11-6) Held up towards rear, mistake 3rd, ridden and outpaced after 3 out, soon weakened, 5th of 10, 25l behind Royal Irish Hussar (10-12) at Market Rasen 2m 1f 3yo hdl (2) gd in Sep.
Aneedh 9-2 (9-7) Took keen hold tracking leaders on inside, ridden over 1f out, went 2nd inside final furlong, closed on idling winner near finish, always held, 2nd of 6, 1/2l behind Vicky Valentine (8-4) at Newcastle 1m 4f 3yo hcp 0-75 (5) gs in Sep (flat).
Estinaad (USA) 4-1 (10-8) Held up, headway 5th, led when not fluent 2 out, strongly pressed, driven out, won at Perth 2m 3yo hdl (4) gs in Sep beating Akdam (11-0) by 1/2l, 8 ran.
Hazza The Jazza 5-1 (9-6) Last pair, ridden 3f out, never on terms, 9th of 10, 26l behind Rasselas (9-2) at Ayr 1m app hcp (6) gd (flat).
Ihtikar (USA) 12-1 (8-8) Held up in last pair, pushed along 3f out, plugged on inside final furlong, went modest 5th near finish, 5th of 9, 6l behind King Muro (8-8) at Kempton 1m 3f mdn auc stks (6) pol in Apr (flat).
Jebulani 11-2 (8-1) Led, ridden over 2f out, headed over 1f out, no extra inside final furlong, 4th of 7, 12l behind Duke Of Yorkshire (8-12) at Catterick 1m 6f 3yo hcp 0-80 (4) gd in Sep (flat).
Brookland Breeze (IRE) 20-1 (8-5) Hooded to load, niggled along from early, last 6f out, behind 4f out, eased straight, completely tailed off, 8th of 9, well behind Stephen Hero (9-0) at Sligo 1m 2f 3yo app hcp sft in Aug (flat).
Chloe's Image 11-2 (10-5) Soon in touch, lost place before 3 out, well beaten before next, 6th of 8, 24l behind Estinaad (10-8) at Perth 2m 3yo hdl (4) gs in Sep.
Classic Orange Assertive filly out of Classical Song.
Duchess Of Dreams 33-1 (8-0) Tracked leader, ridden and weakened 2f out, last of 15, 30l behind Moral Issue (9-4) at Beverley 1m hcp 0-65 (6) gf in Sep (flat).