EXPERIMENTALIST should be winning this despite his penalty. Beaten only a length at Newton Abbot last time, Tim Vaughan's charge has little to fear from today's rivals if running anywhere near the same level. Exclusive Dancer was beaten a long way when fourth here on her hurdling bow though she still finished ahead of Recway Lass and Razzle Dazzle 'Em got no further than the first obstacle when unseating at Cartmel last week.
Experimentalist 6-1 (11-2) Tracked leaders, ridden approaching 2 out, pressing for close 2nd last, stayed on, 3rd of 5, 1l behind Kilbree Kid (11-5) at Newton Abbot 2m 6f nh nov hdl (4) gf in Aug.
Razzle Dazzle 'em 50-1 (10-6) Unseated rider 1st, in a race won by It's A Mans World (10-2) at Cartmel 2m 1f nh nov hdl (4) gd in Aug, 7 ran.
Exclusive Dancer 16-1 (10-9) Chased leaders in 5th, went 4th before 5th, went 3rd next until after 3 out, rallied to modest 4th between last 2, 4th of 12, 13l behind Bittersweetheart (11-3) at Southwell 2m mrs nov hdl (4) gd in Aug.
Recway Lass 40-1 (10-10) Led 2nd, headed before 2 out, weakened soon after, 5th of 12, 23l behind Bittersweetheart (11-3) at Southwell 2m mrs nov hdl (4) gd in Aug.