Alan King has taken on a potentially top class recruit in THE BETCHWORTH KID, and if he can convert his flat abilities to the winter game then he should win this doing handstands, while Lady Jinks, Coin Of The Realm and King Edmund can all go well. The selection is a classy Listed performer on the level, where he is rated 104. He stays 1m 6f in that sphere, where he was trained by Michael Bell, so this two miles may be a bit on the short side, but he acts very well on soft ground and whatever the trip he should have the measure of these opponents. Lady Jinks is rated over 50lbs below the selection on the flat, but has conditions to suit here and may still be able to make a race of it for the frame, while Coin Of The Realm also goes on the ground and stays 1m 4f on the level, so from a rating in that sphere of 89, he is the most likely forecast proposition. King Edmund is a rarity in this in that he has made his way so far entirely under rules, though he appears to have plenty to find with the leading lights, the brightest of which should be The Betchworth Kid.
Birthday Star (IRE) 50-1 (10-5) Held up, pushed along to chase leaders 4 out, went 3rd after 3 out until weakened approaching 2 out, 5th of 9, 50l behind Consulate (11-5) at Fontwell 2m 2f nh nov hdl (4) gd in Oct.
Coin of The Realm (IRE) 2-1 (10-8) Held up and keen, headway 3 out, not fluent 2 out, ridden last and chasing winner and not fluent again and one pace, 2nd of 8, 3 1/2l behind Thumbs Up (11-1) at Aintree 2m nh nov hdl (4) gs in May.
Heronway (IRE) 20-1 (10-13) Held up and keen, brief effort 4 out, 9th of 13, well behind Pterodactyl (11-6) at Towcester 2m nh nov hdl (4) gd in Apr.
King Edmund 7-1 (10-12) Led, jumped right 5th, headed well before 3 out, soon weakened, 4th of 9, 36l behind Persian Warrior (10-7) at Stratford 2m nh nov hdl (3) gd in May.
The Betchworth Kid 4-1 (9-3) Held up last, stayed on final furlong, never pace to challenge, 5th of 6, 2 3/4l behind Electrolyser (9-3) at Ascot 2m Listed stks (1) gf in Sep (flat).
Ice Bellini 33-1 (10-2) Held up in touch, weakened after 3 out, 7th of 11, 22l behind Champtho (11-0) at Plumpton 2m mdn hdl (4) gd.
Lady Jinks 8-1 (10-0) Tracked leaders and keen, led 3rd, mistake and headed 2 out, ridden and weakened last, 3rd of 15, 12l behind Manyriverstocross (11-0) at Chepstow 2m mdn hdl (4) sft.