King Of Dudes scored on the Flat at Navan in October before joining Alan King and beating Sky Khan one and a half lengths over this track and trip three weeks ago. It was a very pleasing introduction by both though they were greatly aided when the leader ran out at the second last. LITTLE DUTCH GIRL, a dual winner on the level for Clive Cox, ran very well in what looked a strong maiden at Doncaster earlier this month and with that under her belt can take this though Zamdy Man, a rare Flat winner at Newmarket for Venetia Williams, was sent to Chepstow for the Grade 1 Finale Hurdle on his debut and ran well for a long way. Grandiloquent, twice a winner on the Flat for Sir Michael Stoute, is a very interesting newcomer to keep a close eye on in what should prove an informative contest.
King of Dudes 8-1 (10-12) Held up in mid-division, steady headway 4 out, tracked leading pair before went 2nd 3 out, left in 2 length lead next, ridden and pressed last, stayed on to assert flat, won at Ludlow 2m 4yo mdn hdl (5) sft beating Sky Khan (10-12) by 1 1/2l, 13 ran.
Angelot Du Berlais (FR) 8-1 (10-12) Took keen hold, chased leading pair, went 2nd after 2nd, not fluent 3 out, ridden and lost 2nd before 2 out, weakened soon after, tailed off, 5th of 7, 28l behind Knight Of Pleasure (10-9) at Sandown 2m 4yo hdl (4) hvy.
Fuzzy Logic (IRE) 100-1 (10-7) Chased leaders, weakened well before 3 out, tailed off, 6th of 13, 41l behind King of Dudes (10-12) at Ludlow 2m 4yo mdn hdl (5) sft.
Grandiloquent 3-1fav (9-2) Held up mid-division, one pace and no impression from over 1f out, 10th of 13, 8l behind Party Line (8-9) at Thirsk 1m 4f hcp 0-85 (4) gd in Sep (flat).
Sky Khan 3-1 (10-12) Chased leaders, travelling well approaching 3 out, left in 2 lengths 2nd 2 out, driven to challenge and pressing winner when mistake last, no etra flat, 2nd of 13, 1 1/2l behind King of Dudes (10-12) at Ludlow 2m 4yo mdn hdl (5) sft.
Zamdy Man 25-1 (11-0) Took keen hold, tracked leaders, not fluent 4th, ridden and beaten when not fluent 2 out, soon weakened, 5th of 8, 17l behind Ruacana (11-0) at Chepstow 2m 4yo hdl Grade 1 (1) hvy.
Copper Falls 200-1 (10-2) Towards rear, some headway 4 out, weakened well before next, 8th of 13, well behind King of Dudes (10-12) at Ludlow 2m 4yo mdn hdl (5) sft.
Cufflink 13-8fav (10-8) Tracked leader, took keen hold, jumped right 1st, not fluent 5th, lost 2nd and soon not clear run, weakened approaching 3 out, tailed off, last of 6, well behind Ironically (10-3) at Leicester 2m Fillies Juvenile Hurdle (3yo) (4) sft in Nov.
Little Dutch Girl 6-1 (10-5) Chased leaders, challenged before 3 out, soon led, ridden and headed last, kept on, 3rd of 11, 7l behind Calculated Risk (10-12) at Doncaster 2m 4yo hdl (4) gs.
No Compromise 15-8fav (8-8) Soon pushed along in rear of main group, headway on outside over 2f out, ridden and no impression over 1f out, went modest 3rd in closing stages, 3rd of 8, 5l behind Cufflink (8-7) at Salisbury 1m 2f clm stks (5) sft in Oct (flat).