Mauritino had an alternative engagement at Ludlow yesterday so this may be best left to SOULARD. David Pipe's eight-year-old has been largely confined to chases lately but finished a fair third at Newton Abbot a month ago and, 10lb lower over hurdles, has every chance of ending his losing run today. Consulate has been a little below par lately, however, and may need some help from the handicapper while Dot's Delight appears to have lost her way. But Strathcal looks capable of picking up a small race this winter and has more scope than Mr Bachster.
Consulate (IRE) 11-2 (11-2) Held up on outside, headway 6th, mistake 3 out, soon outpaced by leaders, weakened flat, 4th of 8, 16l behind I Can Run Can You (11-5) at Uttoxeter 2m 4f hcp hdl 0-115 (4) gf in Sep.
Soulard (USA) 25-1 (11-12) Held up in 4th, reminders after 6th, not fluent 11th, went 3rd 2 out, one pace, no impression on front pair, 3rd of 7, 10l behind Cappagh (11-12) at Newton Abbot 2m 5f hcp chs 0-120 (3) gf in Sep.
Strathcal 10-11fav (11-0) Held up in touch, led after 3 out, mistake when pressed 2 out, jumped left last, kept on, headed towards finish, 2nd of 12, 1l behind Odin's Raven (10-9) at Sedgefield 2m 1f mdn hdl (5) gf in Apr.
Mauritino (GER) 1-2fav (10-9) Tracked leader, led on bit before 2 out, kept narrow advantage, nudged clear flat, not extended, won at Exeter 2m 1f nov hcp hdl 0-110 (4) gf in Apr beating Allformary (9-13) by 1 1/4l, 6 ran.
Dot's Delight 22-1 (11-0) Held up, struggling 7th, 8th of 11, 49l behind Caddie Master (11-5) at Newton Abbot 2m 6f hcp hdl 0-115 (4) gd in Sep.
Mr Bachster (IRE) 10-3 (11-12) Led, joined 3 out, headed before next, soon one pace, weakened last, 4th of 10, 22l behind Caunay (10-7) at Newton Abbot 2m 1f nov hcp hdl 0-95 (5) gf in May.