ALDOPICGROS was easy to back on his UK debut at Kempton but still held every chance until blundering at the last. With that run under his belt, Paul Nicholls' French import should be hard to beat here. Unidexter has been placed here and at Fontwell so far and should make the frame again but Karl Marx already looks fully exposed and Herbalist needs to improve on a modest debut at Ludlow. Violet Dancer was only beaten half-a-length over 1m4f at Kempton in June and is only lightly raced. He may have more scope than most of these.
Aldopicgros (FR) 11-4 (10-12) Tracked leading pair, went 2nd before 2 out, challenged 2 out, ridden and every chance when hit last, not quicken flat, 3rd of 10, 3 1/2l behind Duroble Man (10-12) at Kempton 2m 3yo hdl (3) gd in Oct.
Complexity 66-1 (10-12) Raced keenly, led, clear when saddle slipped before 3rd, went badly left 4 out, went left again and headed 3 out, pulled up soon after, in a race won by Duroble Man (10-12) at Kempton 2m 3yo hdl (3) gd in Oct, 10 ran.
Herbalist 16-1 (10-7) In last trio, jumped slowly 4th, headway after 6th, ridden and 2 lengths off leaders when bad mistake 3 out, soon beaten, weakened next, 6th of 7, 22l behind Ballyglasheen (11-8) at Ludlow 2m 3yo clm hdl (4) gd in Oct.
Karl Marx (IRE) 16-1 (10-12) Tracked leaders in 4th, pushed along 4th, lost place before next, went poor 4th before 2 out, never dangerous, 4th of 7, 41l behind Harristown (10-9) at Newton Abbot 2m 1f 3yo hdl (4) gd in Oct.
Mighty Thor 66-1 (10-12) Behind, jumped slow and unseated rider 2nd, in a race won by Halling's Wish (10-9) at Fontwell 2m 2f 3yo mdn hdl (4) gd in Oct, 12 ran.
Unidexter (IRE) 8-1 (10-12) Tracked leaders in 3rd, pushed along and challenged 3 out, ridden and one pace from 2 out, 3rd of 12, 15l behind Halling's Wish (10-9) at Fontwell 2m 2f 3yo mdn hdl (4) gd in Oct.
Violet Dancer 10-1 (8-13) Tracked leaders on inside, went 3rd inside final 4f, chased leader inside final 3f, led 2f out, ridden and headed over 1f out, stayed on same pace inside final furlong, 2nd of 8, nk behind Poyle Thomas (9-13) at Kempton 1m 4f mdn auc stks (5) pol in Jun (flat).