Red Courtier won easily at last month having finished second on his hurdles bow at but COOL MACAVITY had a higher rating on the Flat and gets 7lb here. Nicky 's five-year-old won over 1m2f on the level and should find 2m no problem over timber so gets the vote. is lightly raced and may be capable of better but it's difficult to make a case for Abbraccio and My Lord on what they've shown so far and Audacious is best watched on debut.
Red Courtier 9-2 (11-0) With leader, led before 6th, pushed readily clear after 2 out, unchallenged after, very easily, won at Stratford 2m nh nov hdl (4) gd in Apr beating Dougalstar (10-1) by 17l, 12 ran.
Abbraccio 14-1 (10-13) Always towards rear, never a factor, tailed off, 11th of 12, well behind Flying Phoenix (10-3) at Chepstow 2m nh nov hdl (4) gd in Apr.
Audacious 8-1 (9-10) Led until halfway, chased leader until ridden inside final 2f, weakened quickly over 1f out, last of 11, 19l behind Positively (9-3) at Kempton 1m 2f hcp 0-70 (5) pol in Sep (flat).
Cool Macavity (IRE) 20-1 (8-10) Held up, ridden 2f out, nearest finish, 6th of 12, 5l behind Blue Surf (8-11) at Newbury 1m 2f hcp 105 (2) hvy in Oct (flat).
Midlothian (IRE) 8-1 (10-12) Tracked leaders, ridden after 3 out, weakened next, tailed off, 5th of 7, 44l behind Close Touch (10-12) at Fakenham 2m nh nov hdl (4) gs in Oct.
My Lord 66-1 (11-1) Pulled hard, held up in rear, hit 2nd and next, jumped slowly 6th, soon beaten and lost touch, tailed off when pulled up before 2 out, in a race won by Salmanazar (11-1) at Kempton 2m 5f nh nov hdl (4) sft in Mar, 9 ran.