Koultas King has ability but is proving expensive to follow. Winning pointer King Massini needs to improve on his debut over hurdles at Stratford while Market Option has been well beaten in two starts over timber this autumn. DREAMS OF MILAN won a point-to-point at Dromahane in April and was sent off favourite for a bumper here at the start of the month when finishing third. The extra half-mile is certain to suit today and Donald McCain's charge should open his account over timber at the first time of asking, though French import American Life made a promising start behind Dawn Twister at Fontwell and can only improve.
American Life (FR) American Post gelding out of Poplife.
Dreams Of Milan (IRE) 11-8fav (11-4) Prominent, led 4f out, headed over 2f out, stayed on same pace, 3rd of 13, 3l behind Squire Trelawney (11-1) at Uttoxeter 2m NH flat (6) sft.
King Massini (IRE) 22-1 (11-0) Held up behind, headway before 2 out, weakened before and mistake last, 5th of 9, 28l behind Bucking The Trend (11-0) at Stratford 2m 6f mdn hdl (4) sft.
Koultas King (IRE) 10-1 (11-4) Tracked leader until before 4th, hit 7th, weakened approaching 2 out, 4th of 9, 23l behind On The Bridge (11-12) at Hereford 2m 4f nov hcp hdl 0-115 (4) gs.
Market Option (IRE) 33-1 (10-12) In touch, weakened from 3 out, 5th of 10, 24l behind Duke Of Monmouth (10-5) at Warwick 3m 1f nh nov hdl (4) sft.
Torrential Raine 33-1 (10-12) Led to 3rd, with leader, outpaced from before 2 out, 6th of 8, 8l behind Supreme Asset (10-12) at Uttoxeter 2m nh nov hdl (4) sft.