Kings Destiny was a Listed performer on the Flat for Michael Jarvis and while he's still a maiden over timber for Nicky Henderson, it may be a little premature to be writing him off just yet. The handicapper has forced Jonjo O'Neill's hand with CUT THE CARDS and with the six-year-old likely to go up a fair bit for his victories at Ffos Las and at Southwell, we'll take him to rattle up his hat-trick. Quinsman has endured a losing battle with the handicapper since winning a couple of races last term, although the assessor has consented to drop him 12lb in the interim. Odin was a useful handicapper with David Elsworth while Dont Take Me Alive is in decent heart following a win at Market Rasen. Both horses would see their chances appreciate greatly if the forecast rain arrives.
Cut The Cards (IRE) 5-4fav (11-9) Raced wide, held up in close 5th, headway to 2nd 3 out, led before next, clear soon after 2 out, very easily, won at Southwell 2m hcp hdl 0-115 (4) gd beating Tinseltown (11-9) by 3 1/2l, 6 ran.
Odin (IRE) 5-2 (11-5) Led from 1st, mistake and jumped right 3rd, and 4th, ridden and headed before last, no chance with winner, 2nd of 9, 8l behind Bright Abbey (10-12) at Stratford 2m nh nov hdl (4) gf in Jun.
Quinsman 80-1 (10-8) In touch on outer, weakened before 3 out, 11th of 13, well behind On The Bridge (11-6) at Worcester 2m 4f hcp hdl 0-135 (3) gd.
Kings Destiny 9-2 (11-0) Took keen hold, chased leaders, hampered 4th, pushed along and one pace approaching 3 out, ridden and no impression after 2 out, left 3rd at the last, 3rd of 14, 5l behind Rayvin Black (10-9) at Ludlow 2m mdn hdl (4) gd in Apr.
Dont Take Me Alive 5-1 (11-4) Held up towards rear, pushed along after 3 out, kept on from 2 out, one pace, 4th of 12, 4 1/2l behind Tamarillo Grove (11-0) at Newton Abbot 2m 1f hcp hdl 0-115 (4) gf.
Taaresh (IRE) 25-1 (10-3) Held up, some late headway, never dangerous, 6th of 8, 5l behind Waterunder (11-12) at Ffos Las 2m hcp hdl 0-125 (3) gd in May.
Our Choice (IRE) 40-1 (10-9) Raced keenly, led and soon clear until 3rd, headed after 5th, chased leaders, not fluent next and soon weakened, tailed off when pulled up soon after 2 out, in a race won by Rowlestone Lad (11-5) at Fakenham 2m hcp hdl 0-125 (3) sft in Mar, 11 ran.
Hi Tide (IRE) 14-1 (11-10) Always towards rear, weakened before 2 out, 6th of 8, 22l behind Mighty Clarets (11-2) at Worcester 2m hcp hdl 0-105 (4) gf in Jun.