PETER GRIMES is confidently expected to land the spoils for the in-form Alan King. Our selection is one of several from the yard who struggled for large parts of last term but as a consequence he appears very nicely treated, so with an encouraging Wetherby return unlikely to have been lost on him expect a much improved display. Descaro has progressed very well on the flat this year and therefore rates a threat if translating that improvement to the winter game while fellow flat recruit Hypnotic Gaze ties in closely on their respective achievements on the level. Full Of Joy is one to watch very closely in the market having been alloted what will surely prove to be a generous handicap mark and he's preferred to Hippodrome of those at likely bigger prices.
Hoh Viss 10-1 (12-5) Wl bhnd when pu 15, in a race won by Denvale (12-9) at Guilsborough 3m ptp in Apr '09, 7 ran.
Terenzium (IRE) 33-1 (11-2) Held up mid-division, pushed along and weakened after 9th, tailed off when pulled up before 3 out, in a race won by Benny Be Good (11-2) at Sedgefield 2m 4f nov chs (4) gs, 9 ran.
Peter Grimes (IRE) 10-1 (11-5) Tracked leaders, challenging when hit 3 out, led next, soon headed, not fluent last, one pace, 3rd of 15, 9l behind Viva Colonia (10-8) at Wetherby 2m 4f hcp hdl 0-120 (3) gd in Oct.
No Principles 8-1 (10-1) Held up in rear, reminders 5th, headway to chase leaders after 7th, weakened before 3 out, tailed off, 7th of 9, well behind Oscar Bay (11-6) at Chepstow 2m 4f hcp hdl 0-135 (3) gd in Apr.
Stick Together 6-1 (11-5) Led, headed over 2f out, soon weakened, 6th of 8, well behind Young Albert (11-11) at Uttoxeter 2m 6f hcp hdl 0-115 (4) hvy in Oct.
Descaro (USA) 20-1 (10-12) Close up, weakened quickly approaching 3 out, pulled up soon after, in a race won by Blue Nymph (10-5) at Doncaster 2m 4yo nov hdl (3) gs in Jan, 16 ran.
Hypnotic Gaze (IRE) 9-4 (10-10) Held up in touch, took keen hold, not fluent, hit 6th, weakened approaching 3 out, 5th of 6, 23l behind Paddy Partridge (10-10) at Uttoxeter 2m nh nov hdl (4) gd in Jul.
Stagecoach Opal 22-1 (11-2) Tracked leaders, not fluent 2nd, lost place 4th, behind when hampered 9th, tailed off 13th, soon pulled up, in a race won by Le Platino (10-11) at Haydock 3m hcp chs 0-120 (3) gd in Oct, 12 ran.
Full Of Joy (IRE) 6-1 (10-12) Chased leaders until lost place 2nd, in rear and struggling after, tailed off 3 out, 8th of 11, 49l behind Tail Of The Bank (11-12) at Newbury 2m nov hcp hdl 0-120 (3) gs in Mar.
King Mak 20-1 (11-3) Led to after 1st, tracked leader, led again 4th, headed after 4 out, chased winner until lost 2nd last, weakened flat, 3rd of 12, 15l behind Humbie (11-4) at Kelso 2m 6f hcp hdl 0-115 (4) gs in Mar.
Hippodrome (IRE) 12-1 (10-2) Held up behind in touch, chased leaders under pressure 3 out, effort next, soon chased winner, stayed on flat, not reached winner, 2nd of 8, 1l behind Viscount Rossini (11-2) at Market Rasen 2m 3f cond hcp hdl 0-1115 (4) sft.