DUBAI PRINCE won twice at Group 3 level on the Flat. He could be a little quirky but was always travelling strongly when scoring by six lengths on his hurdling debut at Doncaster and the second has won since. He might take all the beating if in the same mood here. Vaniteux kept on well to score on his hurdling debut at Sandown when Champagne At Tara was more than six lengths away in third. He is open to further improvement, as is course and distance winner Sgt Reckless though he finished behind Amore Alato at Wincanton earlier. Fascino Rustico may have needed the experience at Newbury last month and is another interesting contender.
Amore Alato 11-4 (10-12) Made all, driven approaching 2 out, ridden and stayed on well flat, won at Wincanton 2m NH nov hdl 4-6yo (3) gs in Nov beating Heath Hunter (10-12) by 4l, 11 ran.
Vaniteux (FR) 7-2 (10-12) Held up in touch, headway to chase leaders 3rd, challenged and mistake 2 out, chased leader, hard driven from last, stayed on to lead final 100 yards, won going away, won at Sandown 2m nov hdl (3) gs beating Vibrato Valtat (10-12) by 1 1/2l, 9 ran.
Dubai Prince (IRE) 8-11fav (10-12) Held up towards rear on inside, headway before 5th, challenged on bit 3 out, led before next, clear last, hard held, won at Leicester 2m nh nov hdl (4) gs in Nov beating Algernon Pazham (10-12) by 6l, 12 ran.
Sgt Reckless 7-2 (10-12) Tracked clear leader until after 2nd, settled 3rd, went 2nd again before 3 out, travelling best before next, stayed on well, won at Kempton 2m NH nov hdl 4-6yo (4) gd in Nov beating West Wizard (10-12) by 5l, 8 ran.
Champagne At Tara 2-1 (10-12) Took keen hold, held up in rear, steady headway approaching 2 out, went 3rd between last 2, one pace and no impression on leading pair when hit last, 3rd of 9, 8l behind Vaniteux (10-12) at Sandown 2m nov hdl (3) gs.
Fascino Rustico 11-1 (11-0) Held up mid-division, ridden and weakened before last, 5th of 14, 21l behind Wilde Blue Yonder (11-0) at Newbury 2m NH mdn hdl (3) gs in Nov.
Gunner Fifteen (IRE) 8-11fav (10-12) Led, joined 6th, headed 3 out, kept on same pace, 3rd and weakened last, 3rd of 15, 25l behind Aubusson (10-5) at Chepstow 2m 4f nov hdl (4) gs.
Houseparty 6-1 (11-0) Chased winner, hit 7th, ridden and lost 2nd before 3 out, soon beaten, tailed off and eased, mistake last, 3rd of 4, well behind Count Danilo (11-0) at Fakenham 2m 4f NH mdn hdl (5) gs.
Sukiyaki (IRE) 12-1 (10-12) Held up mid-division, ridden 2 out, one pace and no impression, 4th of 15, 26l behind Masquerade (10-9) at Bangor 2m 1f nov hdl (4) gs.