Kaki Island looks a likely sort on breeding and makes more appeal than fellow Irish raider It's All An Act, though the market will be best guide to the chances of both. Darcey Diva made a promising start when second to Centasia at Wincanton but we're taking BE BOP BORU to make it third-time-lucky after seconds at Chepstow and Huntingdon in arguably stronger company. Devil's Dyke has already won between the flags and started favourite here on his debut under Rules but gives the impression he'll need a stiffer test of stamina.
Be Bop Boru (IRE) 6-4fav (11-2) Held up in rear, headway halfway, chased leaders over 3f out, went 2nd over 1f out, no chance with winner, 2nd of 9, 10l behind King Spirit (10-13) at Huntingdon 2m NH flat (6) sft.
Devil's Dyke (USA) 7-2fav (11-2) Held up in rear, headway 5f out, switched right over 2f out, soon evey chance, no extra inside final furlong, 5th of 12, 7l behind Troyan (11-2) at Ludlow 2m nhf (5) gd in Oct.
It's All An Act (IRE) Presenting gelding out of Royal Lucy.
Kaki Island (IRE) Heron Island gelding out of Arctic Banner.
Monderon (FR) 20-1 (11-7) Bhnd til hdwy 13; nvr plcd to chall, 9th of 16, 32l behind Bob Emmet (12-0) at Black Forest Lodge 3m ptp in Jan.
Pylon D'or Hazaaf gelding out of Leselthy.
The Two Of Us Killer Instinct gelding out of Lady Busted.
Darcey Diva 22-1 (10-2) Held up towards rear, headway over 2f out, soon ridden, chased winner over 1f out, no impression, 2nd of 12, 6l behind Centasia (10-12) at Wincanton 2m mares n h flat (6) gs in Oct.
Miss Beattie Beat All mare out of Scratch The Dove.