SILVER DRAGON is among a number of horses doubly engaged today but he would probably have a better chance in this rather than a race at Wetherby so gets the nod. The opposition is decidedly moderate with Airmen's Friend better over fences and on faster going. Crookstown has shown little since winning a maiden hurdle at Perth in the summer while Combustible Kate and Exit To Freedom have had plenty of chances. Plumpton fifth Conigre is also thoroughly exposed.
Crookstown 25-1 (10-13) Tracked leaders, took keen hold, not fluent 1st, lost place approaching 3 out, tailed off, 7th of 9, well behind Knockanrawley (10-5) at Towcester 2m 5f NH nov hdl 4-6yo (4) gs in Nov.
Yazdi (IRE) 50-1 (11-8) In touch, mistake 5th, weakened after 3 out, 9th of 13, 16l behind Mini Muck (11-11) at Warwick 2m 5f hcp hdl 0-105 (4) gs.
Silver Dragon 11-4fav (11-0) Towards rear and mistakes, headway 5 out, ridden and blundered 2 out, kept on same pace, 3rd of 10, 9l behind Cyrien Star (11-5) at Wetherby 2m 6f cond nov hcp hdl 0-105 (4) gs in Nov.
Airmen's Friend (IRE) 20-1 (10-11) Held up towards rear, ridden before 2 out, never dangerous, 4th of 9, 20l behind King Boru (11-12) at Taunton 3m nov hcp 0-115 (4) gd in Nov.
Conigre 14-1 (11-12) Behind, outpaced 4 out, plugged on from 2 out, never dangerous, 5th of 13, 16l behind Shadarpour (11-12) at Plumpton 2m hcp hdl 0-95 (5) gd.
Combustible Kate (IRE) 5-1 (10-4) Led, clear before 3rd until 6th, headed approaching 8th, soon lost place, weakened before 3 out, 4th of 5, well behind Coronea Lilly (11-12) at Market Rasen 3m hcp hdl 0-115 (4) gd in Aug.
Exit To Freedom 16-1 (10-13) Tracked leader until before 9th, no extra before 2 out, weakened, 4th of 10, 36l behind Mia's Anthem (10-4) at Uttoxeter 3m nov hcp hdl 0-100 (5) gd in Sep.
Nomadic Storm 66-1 (10-12) Held up in touch on outside, driven after 6th, behind from next, tailed off, 6th of 7, well behind Toubeera (10-12) at Uttoxeter 2m 4f nh nov hdl (4) gs in May.
Ivans Back (IRE) 25-1 (10-11) With leader and keen, led 3rd, headed 3 out, weakened last, 4th of 10, 17l behind Honourable Gent (10-7) at Newcastle 2m hcp hdl 0-100 (5) gd.
First Of Never (IRE) 25-1 (10-6) Tracked leaders, ridden after 7th, soon weakened, tailed off, 8th of 13, well behind Wintered Well (11-0) at Uttoxeter 2m 4f nov hcp hdl 0-95 (5) gs.
Blue Sea Of Ibrox (IRE) 20-1 (9-13) Chased leaders, blundered 7 out, soon weakened, 9th of 18, 48l behind Snapping Turtle (11-6) at Newcastle 2m 4f hcp hdl 0-100 (5) gd.