AFTER EIGHT SIVOLA hasn't managed to make the frame in three starts so far but has been quite highly tried and gives the impression he is still learning his job. This could well be within his range if there's a decent gallop. Muhtaris looks held on Huntingdon running and Raven's Tower's limitations have already been exposed. Haatefina, placed twice over track and trip, has been knocking on the door, however, and should be thereabouts again but Interior Minister may do better when tackling handicaps later in the season.
Muhtaris (IRE) 10-3 (10-12) About 40 seconds passed after tape release until they raised a gallop, prominent, not fluent 4th, ridden after 3 out, weakened before next, 7th of 8, 45l behind Harristown (10-12) at Huntingdon 2m 4yo hdl (2) sft.
Raven's Tower (USA) 11-4 (10-13) Held up, headway to chase leaders 4th, went 2nd approaching 2 out, challenged and every chance last, upsides flat, rider soon lost reins and dropped whip final 100 yards, held nearing finish, 2nd of 10, nk behind Uhlan Bute (11-11) at Plumpton 2m nh nov hdl (4) hvy in Jan.
After Eight Sivola (FR) 50-1 (10-12) About 40 seconds passed after tape release until they raised a gallop, held up in rear, closed 5th, 5th and one pace before 2 out, no impression, 5th of 8, 16l behind Harristown (10-12) at Huntingdon 2m 4yo hdl (2) sft.
Amoruccio (FR) Le Fou gelding out of Mandchou.
Bahumbug Bahamian Bounty gelding out of Stan's Smarty Girl.
Hurricane John (IRE) 66-1 (10-12) Chased leaders, several slow jumps, lost place before 4th, well beaten after mistake 3 out, last of 6, 44l behind Carry On Sydney (10-12) at Market Rasen 2m 1f 4yo mdn hdl (4) sft.
Interior Minister 9-1 (10-12) Tracked winner until before 4th, stayed pressing for 2nd until not fluent 3 out, weakened before next, 5th of 6, 38l behind Carry On Sydney (10-12) at Market Rasen 2m 1f 4yo mdn hdl (4) sft.
London Skolar 14-1 (8-13) Tracked leader, hard ridden over 2f out, weakened over 1f out, 7th of 8, 6l behind Dellbuoy (9-8) at Lingfield 1m 4f hcp (0-65) (6) pol in Dec (flat).
Mr Vendman (IRE) 33-1 (10-7) Held up towards rear, pushed along and weakened before 3 out, jumped left and blundered next, 6th of 8, 30l behind Pearl Castle (11-5) at Doncaster 2m 4yo hdl (4) gs.
Ninepointsixthree 10-1 (10-5) Led, hit 1st, clear next, hit 5th, reduced lead and not fluent 6th, headed soon after 3 out, weakened quickly, tailed off, last of 7, well behind Vandross (10-9) at Fontwell 2m 2f 3yo hdl (4) hvy in Dec.
Haatefina 7-1 (10-5) Led, 4 lengths clear on home turn, ridden when not fluent 2 out, pressed when not fluent and pecked last, soon headed, stayed on towards finish, 2nd of 8, nk behind Hawk High (11-5) at Warwick 2m 4yo hdl (4) sft in Jan.