Jungleland is one to note for signs of confidence but there have to be doubts about him on his return so we'll take a chance with KNIGHT IN THE CITY ahead of Tarateeno. Jungleland is well treated on the best of his form over fences and could be very interesting in this contest if his trainer has him somewhere near full fitness and the market should guide. There are plenty of runners in this race with claims though and it may be worth taking a chance with a newcomer to the handicap ranks in Knight In The City. He has shown a degree of ability in novice hurdles that have been won by some fair prospects and he's related to winners. He appears to be on a reasonable mark and has a capable pilot claiming seven. Tarateeno has just the one win to his name but there may be more to come from him as he matures; he's slipped back to a decent mark and it would be no surprise to see him go well. Barrys Ark, Olmeto Collonges, Badly Bruised and Crouch End Flyer are others that could take a hand in the finish but a chance is taken with Knight In The City.
Jungleland (IRE) 11-4 (11-0) Chased leader, not fluent 3rd, led after 12th, hit 3 out, headed 2 out, rallied last, stayed on under strong pressure to lead final 50 yards, won at Haydock 3m nov chs 0-125 (3) gs in Mar '08 beating Antonius Caesar (10-13) by 1/2l, 6 ran.
Knight In The City (IRE) 20-1 (11-0) Held up, steady headway approaching 4 out, stayed on same pace after next, 4th of 8, 25l behind Tell Massini (11-0) at Chepstow 3m mdn hdl (5) sft in Oct.
Olmeto Collonges (FR) 11-2 (10-0) Led to after 6th, led narrowly again next, ridden 2 out, kept on until headed and no extra flat, 2nd of 8, 2 1/4l behind Chinara (10-0) at Worcester 3m hcp hdl 0-135 (3) gs in Aug.
Woodlands Gem (IRE) 22-1 (10-5) Chased leaders, went 2nd 9th, led approaching 2 out, ridden out, won at Towcester 3m nh nov hdl (4) gd in Oct '08 beating Another Brother (11-4) by 2 1/4l, 10 ran.
Mr Mackay 40-1 (10-11) Led, headed after 1st, tracked leader, weakened approaching 3 out, 7th of 10, 38l behind Dance Island (10-1) at Chepstow 3m hcp hdl 0-125 (3) sft.
Badly Bruised (IRE) 6-1 (11-6) Tracked leaders, hit 4th, weakened from 7th, pulled up before 3 out, in a race won by Rio De Janeiro (10-13) at Uttoxeter 2m 6f sell hdl (5) gd in May, 11 ran.
Tarateeno 20-1 (10-11) Held up towards rear, headway 7th, never on terms, beaten approaching 3 out, 7th of 15, 29l behind Magnifico (11-2) at Exeter 2m 7f hcp hdl 0-115 (4) hvy.
Crouch End Flyer 16-1 (10-12) Chased leaders, mistake 3 out, led approaching 2 out, headed last, lost 2nd towards finish, 3rd of 17, 2l behind Raise You Five (10-13) at Towcester 2m 5f hcp hdl 0-105 (4) sft.
Ramvaswani (IRE) 14-1 (10-6) Led, headed 2nd, remained with leaders, ridden 4 out, weakened next, 7th of 15, 31l behind Jocheski (11-0) at Taunton 2m 3f 4yo Am hcp hdl (4) gd.
Tora Bora (GER) 16-1 (11-1) Led to 5th, lost place after 7th, no chance 9th, 8th of 11, 35l behind Tarvini (11-7) at Huntingdon 3m 2f hcp hdl 0-105 (4) gd.
Barrys Ark (IRE) 14-1 (10-6) Mid-division, outpaced 3 out, stayed on from 2 out, no threat to leaders, 5th of 17, 10l behind Raise You Five (10-13) at Towcester 2m 5f hcp hdl 0-105 (4) sft.
Little Rort (IRE) 14-1 (11-4) Mid-division, ridden after 4th, behind from next, tailed off, 11th of 15, 50l behind Grave Doubts (11-7) at Towcester 2m sell hcp hdl 0-95 (5) gd in Apr.
Tchang Goon (FR) 22-1 (10-1) Chased leaders until weakened quickly after 4 out, 11th of 12, 47l behind Strategic Plan (11-2) at Exeter 2m 1f hcp hdl 0-105 (4) sft.