Koultas King has got his act together lately but only beat two rivals at Huntingdon last month and will need more if he's to complete his hat-trick back in handicap company. Cannon Fodder wasn't disgraced behind Aimigayle here last time, however, having won earlier at Fontwell while Jamie Moore prefers the four-year-old Gigondas to stable companion Cabimas. KING BORU is still unexposed and has improved for the step up in distance lately. This could be his day as he gets weight from both Doctor Foxtrot and Ballyculla, who lack a recent run. Abruzzi has failed to stay this far in the past.
Doctor Foxtrot (IRE) 20-1 (10-12) Held up towards rear, headway before 3 out, led 2 out, kept on well, driven out, won at Doncaster 3m hcp hdl 0-130 (3) gd in Feb beating Mister Dillon (11-7) by 1 1/4l, 16 ran.
Ballyculla (IRE) 3-1 (11-0) Tracked leaders, led before 3 out, clear after last, driven out, won at Ffos Las 3m mdn hdl (5) gs in Apr beating Sandanski (10-7) by 4l, 8 ran.
Akbabend 66-1 (10-12) Tracked leaders, hit 8th, weakened before 6 out, 6th of 11, well behind Buachaill Alainn (10-12) at Worcester 2m 7f nov chs (4) gf in Jun.
King Boru (IRE) 6-1 (11-5) Tracked leaders, outpaced 3 out, soon ridden, stayed on to take 3rd flat, no impression with front pair, 3rd of 12, 10l behind Flicka Williams (11-3) at Uttoxeter 3m hcp hdl 0-120 (4) gd.
Abruzzi 25-1 (11-1) Led until jumped very slowly 1st, tracked leader, ridden and weakened after 8th, 5th of 8, well behind Big Time Billy (11-2) at Exeter 2m 7f hcp hdl 0-135 (3) gf in May.
Cabimas 7-1 (10-11) Held up mid-division, headway 3 out, went 3rd 2 out, kept on same pace, 3rd of 11, 20l behind Foxcub (10-0) at Fontwell 2m 2f hcp hdl 0-130 (3) gd.
Wolf Hall (IRE) 100-1 (10-13) Led to 5th, soon lost place, behind 4 out, tailed off when pulled up before next, in a race won by Hi Dancer (10-5) at Wetherby 2m hcp hdl 0-135 (3) gs in Oct '12, 14 ran.
Koultas King (IRE) 4-11fav (11-5) Made all, pushed along after 7th, hanging left from before 3 out, driven clear from last, won at Huntingdon 2m 4f nh nov hdl (4) gd in Sep beating Moon Trip (10-11) by 9l, 3 ran.
Cannon Fodder 5-1 (10-0) Chased leading pair, every chance 3 out, went 2nd before next, held when hit last, no extra in 3rd final 100 yards, 3rd of 6, 3l behind Aimigayle (10-5) at Plumpton 3m 1f hcp hdl 0-140 (3) gf in Sep.
Gigondas 6-1 (11-8) Led at very steady pace, headed 3rd, chased winner until before 6th, stayed in 3rd, went 2nd again 4 out, every chance when hit 2 out, driven between last 2, no impression last, dropped to 3rd flat, 3rd of 6, 4l behind Nicky Nutjob (10-8) at Fontwell 2m 6f hcp hdl 0-120 (4) gf in Aug.
Twin Bud 20-1 (10-7) Tracked leaders, ridden after 9th, weakened before 3 out, 9th of 14, 16l behind Diamond's Return (11-12) at Uttoxeter 3m hcp hdl 0-115 (4) gd in Sep.