De Faoithesdream easily beat Tekthelot and Vintage Times on soft ground over C&D in May and was taking on much stiffer opposition over a longer trip at Cheltenham last month. He could easily bounce back but has to give 10lb to BLACKWATER KING, which may be beyond him. Donald McCain's winning pointer was beaten by Imjoeking when odds-on in a Carlisle bumper last month but the pair were clear of the remainder and the winner may turn out to be useful - hurdles should suit the four-year-old. Grate Fella and Yorkist are probably the pick of the remainder.
De Faoithesdream (IRE) 40-1 (11-6) Led, headed approaching 3 out, not fluent 2 out, weakened before last, 7th of 9, 30l behind The New One (11-3) at Cheltenham 2m 5f nh nov hdl (2) gs in Oct.
Tekthelot (IRE) 6-1 (9-7) Held up in rear, headway approaching 9th, challenged after 3 out, led next, put head in air and started to hang, headed soon after last, stayed on, outbattled, 2nd of 8, nk behind Cygnet (10-1) at Southwell 3m hcp hdl 0-140 (3) gd in Aug.
Blackwater King (IRE) 8-15fav (11-0) Mid-division, headway over 4f out, ridden to challenge 2f out, stayed on under pressure inside final furlong, never reached winner, 2nd of 7, 1 1/4l behind Imjoeking (10-7) at Carlisle 2m 1f NH flat (6) hvy in Oct.
Grate Fella (IRE) 16-1 (10-12) In touch in 4th, took keen hold, jumped slow 3rd, raced wide approaching 4 out, weakened before 3 out, soon tailed off, 4th of 5, 40l behind Ma Filleule (10-5) at Haydock 2m nh nov hdl (4) gs in Oct.
King Of Thorns (IRE) 28-1 (9-4) Held up in mid-division, mistake 2nd, ridden and well beaten 6th, tailed off, 12th of 13, well behind Dream Risk (10-13) at Sedgefield 2m 2f hcp hdl 0-100 (5) gf in Aug.
Vintage Times (IRE) 25-1 (11-0) Held up in rear, jinked before 5th, went remote 4th before 2 out, never dangerous, 4th of 8, 30l behind De Faoithesdream (11-0) at Sedgefield 2m 1f mdn hdl (5) sft in May.
Yorkist (IRE) 9-2 (10-12) Tracked leader, with leader after about 3f, ridden over 2f out, weakened over 1f out, 6th of 11, 28l behind Now Its My Turn (10-9) at Sedgefield 2m 1f Conditional Nat Hunt Flat Maiden (4-6yo) (6) gd in May.
Doyenthedecenthing 66-1 (10-5) Mistakes and early reminders, always behind, tailed off, 9th of 10, well behind Dursey Sound (11-5) at Wetherby 2m 4f nh nov hdl (4) gs in Oct.