AFICIANADO had the experience of a previous run over hurdles when beating Tinctoria by five lengths at Sedgefield earlier this month but looked a decent early-season novice that day and may be capable of confirming the form and defying his penalty here. He certainly makes more appeal than the exposed Akdam while Down Time hasn't shown much so far. Snoqualmie Chief and Estinaad were both maidens on the Flat but Chloe's Image won a Ripon seller last month and was bought in by connections so may have a bit of scope.
Aficionado 13-8fav (10-12) Prominent, not fluent 3 out, led before 2 out, edged right flat, driven clear, won at Sedgefield 2m 1f 3yo mdn hdl (5) gf beating Tinctoria (10-5) by 5l, 5 ran.
Akdam (IRE) 13-8fav (11-0) Tracked leaders, not fluent 4th, hampered on bend before 3 out, not fluent 2 out or last, stayed on towards finish, 3rd of 8, 1 1/4l behind Refer (10-9) at Stratford 2m 3yo hdl (4) gd in Aug.
Down Time (USA) 20-1 (10-12) Soon mid-division, 10th early, no impression from before 3 out, kept on same pace, 9th of 16, 37l behind Guitar Pete (10-12) at Listowel 2m 3yo hdl.
Most Honourable Halling gelding out of Her Ladyship.
Snoqualmie Chief 5-2 (9-7) Took keen hold, tracked leader, led on inside 3f out, ridden and headed over 1f out, 3rd and one pace final furlong, 3rd of 6, 6l behind See And Be Seen (8-8) at Brighton 1m 4f 3yo hcp 0-60 (6) fm in Jul (flat).
Chloe's Image 6-5 (8-4) Tracked leading trio, pushed along and headway on outside over 3f out, went 2nd 3f out, led approaching final 2f, ridden and hung right over 1f out, stayed on well, won at Ripon 1m 2f 3yo & 4yo sll (6) gd in Aug beating Rosselli (9-12) by 4l, 5 ran (flat).
Estinaad (USA) 9-2 (8-11) Held up, headway over 2f out, went 3rd and switched right 1f out, unable to quicken, eased when held towards finish, 3rd of 7, 3 1/2l behind Duke Of Yorkshire (8-12) at Catterick 1m 6f 3yo hcp 0-80 (4) gd (flat).
Tinctoria 7-2 (10-5) Prominent, reminder after 2nd, ridden 5th, every chance 3 out, stayed on same pace flat, no impression on winner, 2nd of 5, 5l behind Aficionado (10-12) at Sedgefield 2m 1f 3yo mdn hdl (5) gf.