Water Garden showed some ability last season but a drop to the minimum trip may not be in his favour so it's difficult to get away from JUDICIARY. The former Godolphin inmate was beaten less than a length by Court In Session on his first start for Tim Vaughan at Cheltenham and the winner franked the form in emphatic fashion at Ascot on Saturday. Newcomer Jodawes and King's Colour have both won on the Flat but the latter was well beaten on his hurdles bow over C&D, while Platinum and bumper winner Shinko Moon must also improve on recent efforts.
Hudibras (IRE) 11-2 (10-9) Tracked winner, 2 lengths down when hit and unseated rider 5th, in a race won by Qozak (11-5) at Taunton 2m 7f nov chs (4) gd in Mar, 2 ran.
Jodawes (USA) 12-1 (9-0) Raced wide and always towards rear, never a factor, 12th of 13, 18l behind Green Wadi (9-8) at Kempton 1m 3f hcp 0-70 (5) pol (flat).
Judiciary (IRE) 11-2 (11-0) Held up towards rear, some headway approaching 3 out, closed after 2 out, every chance flat, held close home, 2nd of 9, 3/4l behind Court In Session (11-0) at Cheltenham 2m mdn hdl (3) gf.
King's Colour 14-1 (11-0) Slowly away, soon recovered, in touch in rear, headway to press leader after 3 out, ridden when hit last, no extra flat, 5th of 6, 14l behind New Code (11-0) at Plumpton 2m mdn hdl (5) gf.
Maelstrom Sea 25-1 (10-7) Held up in touch, took keen hold, closed 8f out, ridden 3f out, no impression over 1f out, weakened final furlong, 5th of 12, 23l behind Hazy Tom (11-0) at Worcester 2m NH flat (6) gd in Sep.
Platinum (IRE) 6-1 (10-13) Tracked leaders, not fluent 2nd, challenging when carried right 3 out and 2 out, weakened from last, 5th of 13, 26l behind Lough Derg Way (11-0) at Worcester 2m 4f mdn hdl (4) gd in Sep.
Shinko Moon 9-2 (11-4) Led, headed well over 4f out, soon weakened, 5th of 10, 43l behind Magnifique Etoile (10-4) at Market Rasen 2m 1f cond & am NH flat (6) gd in Sep.
Water Garden (FR) 7-1 (11-0) Held up well in rear, shaken up approaching 2 out, never dangerous, 8th of 11, 27l behind Topolski (11-6) at Newton Abbot 2m 1f nh nov hdl (4) gs in Mar.