Exeter winner Horizontal Speed failed to cope with a penalty back at the same track last time. The Last Samuri faces the same problem today as he attempts to follow up a recent victory at Kelso. That should give the edge to MY WIGWAM OR YOURS, who was beaten only a head at Huntingdon recently and hails from a yard with an outstanding strike-rate at this course. Nicky Henderson's charge is preferred to the returning Miss Duffy and can notch his first victory.
Horizontal Speed (IRE) 9-4fav (11-7) Held up in mid-division, closed from 2nd, challenged 3 out, led next, headed last, no impression towards finish, 2nd of 10, 2l behind Waterunder (11-12) at Exeter 2m 1f hcp hdl 0-135 (3) sft.
The Last Samuri (IRE) 5-2fav (10-12) In touch, headway before 4 out, went 2nd before 2 out, led before last, kept on well, won at Kelso 2m 6f nov hdl (4) gs beating Mysteree (11-5) by 6l, 14 ran.
Master Butcher (IRE) 20-1 (10-12) Keen early, disputed lead, driven and lost place approaching 3 out, soon weakened, 6th of 12, well behind Rydon Pynes (10-12) at Exeter 2m 5f nov hdl (3) gs.
My Wigwam Or Yours (IRE) 4-5fav (10-12) Keen tracked leader, led approaching 3 out, ridden when hit 2 out, headed towards finish, 2nd of 16, hd behind Prince Siegfried (10-12) at Huntingdon 2m nh nov hdl (4) sft.
Royal Palladium (FR) 11-2 (11-0) Tracked leaders, not fluent 1st or 7th, weakened approaching 3 out, tailed off, 5th of 11, 48l behind Ashes House (11-0) at Uttoxeter 2m 4f mdn hdl (5) sft.
Shipton 150-1 (10-12) Held up in rear, not fluent and behind 6th, mistake 3 out, plugged on, never in contention, 7th of 17, 31l behind Mosspark (10-12) at Exeter 2m 5f nh nov hdl (4) sft.
Miss Duffy 11-1 (10-5) Led, headed before 3 out, ridden before 2 out, just held for 2nd place near finish, 3rd of 7, 10l behind Mrs Peachey (11-3) at Wetherby 2m 4f mrs nov hdl (4) gs in May.