There are high hopes for DIAMOND KING, hugely impressive in bumper wins here and at Bangor last season. He's a half-brother to a 3m chaser so will be suited by further in time but this looks a good starting point over timber. Clan William is conceding the selection 7lb after winning at Uttoxeter in May but he has scope for further improvement. Another Mattie and Beaujolais have hinted at ability but bumper winner Secrete Stream is just as interesting.
Clan William (IRE) 5-1 (11-0) Held up in touch, headway 6th, led well before 3 out, joined when mistake and pushed left last, stayed on gamely under pressure to assert towards finish, won at Uttoxeter 2m NH mdn hdl (5) sft in May beating Kalucci (10-10) by nk, 8 ran.
Another Mattie (IRE) 10-3 (11-0) Towards rear, reminder after 5 out, pushed along after 3 out, soon weakened and pulled up, in a race won by Vinny Gambini (11-0) at Kelso 2m NH mdn hdl (5) gs in Oct, 10 ran.
Beaujolais (IRE) 20-1 (10-12) Tracked winner to before 2 out, weakened before last, 6th of 11, 16l behind Amore Alato (10-12) at Wincanton 2m NH nov hdl 4-6yo (3) gs.
Boric 22-1 (10-9) Held up mid-division, weakened from 4 out, 8th of 11, well behind Kilgefin Star (10-12) at Kelso 2m 6f nh nov hdl (4) gs in Oct.
Diamond King (IRE) 11-8fav (11-11) Tracked leaders, went 2nd over 5f out, led over 3f out, clear over 2f out, easily, won at Bangor 2m 1f cond NH flat (6) gd in Apr beating Pandy (10-1) by 19l, 9 ran.
Gonalston Cloud (IRE) 100-1 (10-12) Prominent until not fluent 3rd, weakened before 5th, tailed off, 7th of 13, 47l behind Oscars Den (10-9) at Uttoxeter 2m nh nov hdl (4) sft.
Murtys Delight (IRE) 20-1 (11-0) In rear, jumped slolwy 7th, well beaten before 3 out, 7th of 13, 23l behind Gallery Exhibition (11-0) at Ludlow 2m 5f hdl (3) gd.
Rozener (IRE) 33-1 (10-12) Held up towards rear and keen, outpaced before 3 out, plugged on to take 4th place after last, never dangerous, 4th of 8, 24l behind Blakemount (10-12) at Wetherby 2m 4f nh nov hdl (4) gs.
Secrete Stream (IRE) 2-1fav (11-9) Tracked leaders in 3rd, ridden over 2f out, one pace from over 1f out, 5th of 12, 15l behind It's All An Act (11-9) at Perth 2m NH flat (5) gs in Sep.
Shine A Diamond (IRE) 16-1 (10-12) Tracked leaders in 4th, weakened after 2 out, 4th of 10, 41l behind Milo Man (10-12) at Carlisle 2m 1f nh nov hdl (4) hvy.
Spanish Fleet 16-1 (11-0) Prominent when jumped very slowly 1st, chased leaders, jumped left 4th and slowly 6th, not fluent and lost place from 7th, well beaten before 2 out, tailed off, 8th of 11, well behind Ballyben (10-7) at Hexham 2m 4f mdn hdl (5) gd in Oct.
Bobs Lady Tamure 14-1 (10-0) Held up mid-division, ridden before 3f out, weakened before 2f out, 6th of 14, 32l behind Five In A Row (11-0) at Carlisle 2m 1f NH flat (6) gs in Oct.