Hi Note is back over hurdles after a couple of runs over fences but she's been getting beat off lower marks than this. Knight Of Pleasure has gone up 7lb for winning at Fontwell and may struggle to confirm that form with runner-up Dolatulo while novice Key To The West was struggling off lower marks in handicaps last season. Thomas Garner has been in the saddle for both of KUILSRIVER's victories and the latest of those came in a higher grade. This will be his first run since February but he could go very close if fully wound-up.
Hi Note 8-1 (10-8) Tracked leading trio, mistake stumbled 8th and reminders, outpaced when mistake 10th, left poor 3rd and slightly hampered 2 out, tailed off, 3rd of 5, well behind Uxizandre (11-8) at Plumpton 2m 4f nov chs (3) gs in Nov.
Knight Of Pleasure 5-2 (10-13) Held up in rear, headway 3 out, went 2nd before last, soon ridden, kept on to lead last 100 yards, won at Fontwell 2m 2f hcp hdl 0-135 (3) hvy in Nov beating Dolatulo (11-2) by 3 1/2l, 7 ran.
Dolatulo (FR) 9-4fav (11-2) With leader, led 2nd until 5th, led again before 2 out, pressed and jumped left last, headed last 100 yards, no extra, 2nd of 7, 3 1/2l behind Knight Of Pleasure (10-13) at Fontwell 2m 2f hcp hdl 0-135 (3) hvy in Nov.
Key To The West (IRE) 5-2 (10-12) Tracked leader, driven to challenge when left in clear lead 2 out, ran on well (4 hurdles omitted), won at Bangor 2m 1f nov hdl (4) sft in Nov beating Rolling Maul (10-12) by 12l, 5 ran.
Kuilsriver (IRE) 33-1 (9-10) Always prominent, led approaching 3rd, strongly challenged 2 out, stayed on gamely, won at Ascot 2m 3f hcp hdl (2) sft in Feb beating Sadler's Risk (11-12) by 1/2l, 13 ran.
Orzare (IRE) 16-1 (10-13) Held up mid-division, headway 4 out, weakened before 2 out, 5th of 7, 21l behind Knight Of Pleasure (10-13) at Fontwell 2m 2f hcp hdl 0-135 (3) hvy in Nov.
Beside The Fire 12-1 (10-12) Tracked leaders, not fluent 6th, reminder and lost place 8th, tailed off before 5 out, soon pulled up, in a race won by Renard (11-10) at Chepstow 2m 3f hcp chs 0-130 (3) gs, 9 ran.