This looks to rest between Uxizandre for the Alan King team and FUNNY STAR who represents Paul Nicholls. Both leading yards enjoy strong records at this venue and preference for the latter is only marginal. However, he does receive 7lb from his prime opponent and suggested that he was one for the future when only tiring late on behind Red Riverman at Aintree on his chasing debut. Uxizandre, a JP McManus purchase, survived a horrific mistake two out to score here on his chasing debut and is the most potent of dangers. He is built to be a chaser and did well to triumph last time after such a ghastly error. Hi Note was just touched off on her chasing debut by Le Reve at Huntingdon after the pair were left to battle it out following the last fence demise of Smad Place. She's a tough cookie who looks next best without having the class to handle the aforementioned pair.
Uxizandre (FR) 11-10fav (11-3) Raced keenly tracking leader, led 4 out, blundered badly 2 out, recovered rallied and and switched right before last, upsides last, driven ahead close home, won at Plumpton 2m 4f (3) sft in Oct beating De Blacksmith (10-5) by nk, 4 ran.
Bangkok Pete (IRE) 2-9fav (11-5) Made all, always travelling well, came clear from 3 out, pushed out flat, unchallenged, won at Plumpton 2m 5f nh nov hdl (4) gf in Apr '10 beating Quelclasse (10-13) by 7l, 6 ran.
Funny Star 10-1 (11-5) Tracked leaders in 4th, tracked leader 2nd, challenged 4 out, led 2 out, not fluent and headed soon after last, no extra in 3rd flat, 3rd of 6, 2l behind Red Riverman (10-9) at Exeter 2m 1f (3) gs in Oct.
Minella Definitely (IRE) 20-1 (10-9) Tracked leading trio, fell 4th, in a race won by Ivor's King (10-11) at Ascot 2m 3f (3) gs, 8 ran.
Hi Note 16-1 (10-9) Chased leaders, effort before 2 out, left in lead at last, soon ridden, headed and no extra close home, 2nd of 5, nk behind Le Reve (11-2) at Huntingdon 2m 4f nov chs (4) gs.