Conceding 10lbs won't be easy but DOLATULO was sufficiently impressive at Sandown to think that he can do so in this company. That was his first outing for Paul Nicholls following wins on the Flat and over hurdles in France and he looks capable of holding his own in better company. He didn't beat a great deal on that occasion but he doesn't appear to have a great deal to beat here with the possible exception of Smad Place who makes his debut for Alan King having finished second to a subsequent dual winner at Chateaubriant. On Khee and Missionaire were 70 rated performers on the level and merit a market check.
Dolatulo (FR) 10-11fav (11-5) Made all, clear approaching 2 out, unchallenged, impressive, won at Sandown 2m juv hdl (4) gs beating Optimistic Duke (10-12) by 23l, 9 ran.
Cuts Both Ways (USA) 11-2 (9-2) Soon pushed along to chase leaders, under pressure 4f out, soon beaten, last of 9, 27l behind Glen Lass (8-2) at Windsor 1m 2f 3yo clm (5) gd in Apr (flat).
Lamps 22-1 (10-12) Raced in rear, pushed along halfway, soon beaten, last of 8, 46l behind Marsh Warbler (10-9) at Bangor 2m 1f 3yo mdn hdl (4) sft.
Meglio Ancora 16-1 (10-12) Held up in rear, headway from 2 out, never on terms, 4th of 9, 28l behind Dolatulo (11-5) at Sandown 2m juv hdl (4) gs.
Missionaire (USA) 9-1 (9-0) Prominent, ridden over 2f out, weakened over 1f out, 14th of 18, 20l behind Ashbrittle (9-10) at Doncaster 1m 7f hcp 0-85 (4) gd in Oct (flat).
Professeur Emery (FR) 10-1 (10-12) Raced in rear, mistake 1st, headway 3out, soon under pressure, weakened next, tailed off, 6th of 8, 41l behind Jubail (10-12) at Kempton 2m juv hdl (3) gd in Oct.
Smad Place (FR) (10-3) 2nd of 14, 3l behind Taikanous (10-3) at Chateaubriant(FR) 2m 1f hdl gf in Jul.
Joan's Legacy 33-1 (8-4) Slowly into stride, always in rear, last of 7, 7l behind Multahab (9-11) at Brighton 5f hcp 0-60 (6) gf in Jun (flat).
On Khee 9-2 (9-2) Held up in 5th, driven to modest 3rd over 2f out, no chance with leading duo, 3rd of 6, 7l behind Fantastic Strike (8-7) at Kempton 1m 4f hcp 0-85 (4) pol in Oct (flat).