KASHMIR PEAK made a winning debut over hurdles when scoring by nine lengths at Market Rasen earlier this month. The Irish import looks the one to beat on that evidence. Asteroid Belt is a maiden hurdle winner at Wetherby but was still beaten 11 lengths when runner-up over C&D last time and the remainder are all making their hurdling debuts. Hallmark Star and Docs Legacy are the highest rated of them on the Flat with the latter having his first start for Lucinda Russell but racecourse debutant Ferndale is not easily dismissed as she's a half-sister to a couple of hurdle winners.
Asteroid Belt (IRE) 3-1 (11-5) In rear, headway 4th to chase leaders, ridden and went left when disputing 2nd at last, no chance with winner, 2nd of 8, 11l behind Dovils Date (10-12) at Musselburgh 2m 3yo hdl (4) gd.
Kashmir Peak (IRE) 11-10fav (10-12) Keen early, led first, tracked leader, led approaching 2 out, not fluent last, shaken up and ran on, won at Market Rasen 2m 1f 3yo hdl (4) gs beating Dont Take Me Alive (10-12) by 9l, 8 ran.
Cruachan (IRE) 33-1 (9-1) Always behind, last of 11, 28l behind Critical Point (9-5) at Wolverhampton 1m 4f hcp 0-60 (6) pol in Oct (flat).
Docs Legacy (IRE) 4-1fav (8-10) Raced wide mid-division, ridden and headway approaching final furlong, never near leaders, 6th of 13, 6l behind Robin Hoods Bay (9-7) at Wolverhampton 1m 1f hcp 0-85 (4) pol (flat).
Hallmark Star 11-4 (9-3) Tracked leader, led halfway, ridden halfway, headed entering final furlong, kept on one pace, 2nd of 10, 2 1/2l behind Infinitum (8-12) at Southwell 1m 4f mdn stks (5) fbs in Oct (flat).
Lone Foot Laddie (IRE) 20-1 (8-7) Slowly into stride always in rear, weakened 4f out, tailed off, 11th of 13, well behind Just When (8-11) at Bath 1m 4f hcp 0-70 (5) sft in Oct (flat).
Zambezi Tiger (IRE) 8-1 (10-12) Held up, 8th halfway, ridden in 7th and no impression 2 out, kept on one pace, 6th of 9, 33l behind Fisher (10-12) at Galway 2m 3yo mdn hdl sft in Sep.
Ferndale Royal Applause filly out of Carradale.