KINGS DESTINY, a 100-rated middle-distance performer on the Flat a couple of years ago, was returning from a lengthy absence when finding Clowance House just too strong on his hurdles bow at Towcester. That run should have blown away any cobwebs and Nicky Henderson's charge can go one better here as Ghaabesh carries a penalty for his win in a seller at Bangor in May and has been beaten twice since. Thegaygardener made a promising start at Southwell but is probably up against a decent prospect here and more interesting is Aldedash on his first start for Emma Lavelle.
Ghaabesh (IRE) 6-4 (11-5) Tracked leaders, pushed along after 4th, 2nd when not clear run brielfy and switched right after 2 out, no impression in 3rd before omitted last, 3rd of 7, 14l behind Itstooearly (10-2) at Cartmel 2m 1f nh nov hdl (4) gd in Jun.
Finch Flyer (IRE) 4-1fav (11-6) Held up towards rear, headway approaching 5th, every chance when not fluent 2 out, stayed on flat, 2nd of 14, 1 3/4l behind Stravita (11-0) at Huntingdon 2m sell hcp hdl 0-95 (5) gd in May.
Jasper Massini (IRE) 12-1 (10-12) Took keen hold, tracked leader until approaching 3 out, soon weakened, last of 5, 37l behind Gray Hession (10-12) at Cartmel 2m 6f nh nov hdl (4) gd in Jun.
Kings Destiny 10-11fav (11-0) Tracked leaders, went 2nd approaching 2 out, strong challenge before last, ridden flat, unable to quicken, 2nd of 8, 1 1/4l behind Clowance House (11-0) at Towcester 2m mdn hdl (5) gs in Jun.
Prince des Marais (FR) 12-1 (11-4) Held up, headway to lead 12th, ridden and headed 3 out, plugged on same pace, 3rd of 10, 19l behind Plunkett (10-7) at Fakenham 2m 5f hcp chs 0-130 (3) gf in May.
Solway Legend 66-1 (10-5) In touch in 5th, weakened before 5th, pulled up before 2 out, in a race won by Yesyoucan (10-12) at Hexham 2m nh nov hdl (4) hvy in Jun, 8 ran.
Thatwasthepension (IRE) 150-1 (9-3) Chased leader, led 5f out, headed 3f out, weakened over 2f out, last of 11, 39l behind Guestofthenation (9-3) at Thirsk 1m 2yo mdn (4) sft in Sep '08 (flat).
Aldedash (USA) 5-1fav (9-6) Towards rear, headway over 2f out, ridden over 1f out, no impression and eased near finish and lost two places, 10th of 18, 6l behind Knowe Head (9-4) at Newmarket 1m 2f hcp 0-75 (5) gf in May (flat).
Thegaygardener 33-1 (10-2) Raced keenly, held up in last pair in touch, chased leaders when not fluent 2 out, rallied approaching last, ridden and ran on to go 2nd towards finish, not reach winner, 2nd of 6, 3/4l behind Robbie (10-12) at Southwell 2m nov hdl (4) gd in Jun.
Colliers Castle (IRE) 25-1 (10-12) Prominent, ridden approaching 3 out, no extra next, 8th of 13, 12l behind Rollinrollinrollin (10-12) at Uttoxeter 2m mdn hdl (5) gs in Jun.
Hazelwood 25-1 (11-0) 6th of 9, 21l behind Maisie Day (11-7) at Flete Park 3m ptp gs in May.
Miss Morwood 66-1 (10-4) Tracked leader, reminders after 4th, weakened before 4 out, 9th of 12, well behind Cabimas (11-0) at Newton Abbot 2m 1f mdn hdl (4) gs in Jun.
Thank You Joy 7-1 (10-12) Chased leader, blundered 6th, soon ridden, weakened 2 out, 4th of 7, 29l behind So Is She (10-12) at Fakenham 2m Fillies Juvenile Hurdle (3yo) (3) gd in Nov.