Novice hurdle winner who was below form at Ascot on final outing in February but looks the part for chasing so well worth a second look.
Much improved from hurdles form when easily taking 7-runner handicap at Wincanton (20.2f, good) on debut over fences and backed that up when third under a penalty at Hereford. Should go well again.
Scored twice last season, including under this good conditional, but his attitude has deteriorated, and he once again turned it in at Lingfield last time. Makes chase debut.
Very good return from 19 months off when second at Kempton (3m) a year ago but struggled at Newbury sole start since in February. Chase debut.
Fairly useful hurdler who shaped promisingly when third in 21f handicap chase at Stratford on return. However, not in anything like the same form when well held at Wincanton since. Headgear applied.
Now operating from below the mark he was successful from over 21f at Stratford in July but has failed to convince since. Significantly up in trip now.
Runner-up in Irish maiden points. Efforts over hurdles at Taunton and Newton Abbot not completely devoid of promise, but this demands a significant step forward on chase/handicap bow.
Returned after 10 months off with encouraging second in 20f handicap chase at Huntingdon on debut over fences. However, added to patchy record at Warwick next time. Headgear now reached for.
Winner of a handicap hurdle at Kempton in May 2018 but pulled up at Ffos Las later that month. Shaped as if retaining ability after 2 years off when fifth on chase bow at Hereford this month.
Runner-up both completed starts over fences for Jimmy Frost. Went one better back with former yard at Exeter (19.2f) on return but found out off revised mark at Chepstow since.
Modest form over hurdles, again let down by jumping on handicap debut at Wincanton. Looked rusty sent chasing after 9 months off at Fontwell in August. Tongue strap/headgear on.
Kauto The King (9/4) Sandy Boy (5/1) Forgetthesmalltalk (13/2) Hey Bud (17/2) Troed Y Melin (17/2) God Knows Why (10/1) Normandy Soldier (11/1) Ebony Gale (11/1) Romanor (14/1) Favori De Sivola (14/1) Faint Hope (28/1)
KAUTO THE KING has taken well to fences this season, making a winning return at Wincanton before a good third under a penalty at Hereford, and looks the most solid option. Point-winner Normandy Soldier should make a better chaser so may emerge as the biggest threat, ahead of Hey Bud.