Eleazar has been a grand servant to Lucy Wadham but seems to need further than this nowadays. The 12-year-old won over 3m4f at Stratford in June and could be worth opposing here with STRUMBLE HEAD. Peter Bowen has had to be patient with his gelding but he's back on a winning mark now and has been running a bit better than his form figures would suggest this year. Donnas Palm still looks too high in the weights but did have King's Legacy and Pineau De Re behind when sixth in the Summer Plate here four weeks ago and can confirm that form.
Pineau De Re (FR) 7-1 (10-10) Tracked leaders, weakened before 3 out, 12th of 16, 37l behind Bobowen (10-6) at Market Rasen 2m 6f listed hcp chs (1) gf in Jul.
Donnas Palm (IRE) 22-1 (9-12) Held up in touch, ridden before 4 out, weakened before last, 6th of 16, 23l behind Bobowen (10-6) at Market Rasen 2m 6f listed hcp chs (1) gf in Jul.
King's Legacy (IRE) 12-1 (10-2) In rear, effort before 3 out, never dangerous, 7th of 16, 24l behind Bobowen (10-6) at Market Rasen 2m 6f listed hcp chs (1) gf in Jul.
Eleazar (GER) 7-1 (11-4) Held up, headway after 11th, outpaced after 16th, rallied when left 2nd last, stayed on to lead towards finish, won at Stratford 3m 4f hcp chs 0-125 (3) gf in Jun beating I Need A Hero (11-2) by 2 3/4l, 6 ran.
Strumble Head (IRE) 8-1 (10-13) Tracked leaders, outpaced 13th, tried to close after 2 out, no impression, 5th of 11, 11l behind Mostly Bob (11-7) at Stratford 2m 7f hcp chs 0-125 (3) gf in Jul.
Epee Celeste (FR) 6-1 (10-1) Led until 4 out, led last, soon headed, stayed on under pressure until no extra final 100 yards, 4th of 11, 9l behind Fine Parchment (11-0) at Cartmel 2m 5f hcp chs 0-125 (3) sft in May.