This is an interesting little contest but debutant Isobar's long absence from the track will surely count against him. Stablemate Dr Dalwhinny only found one too good on his hurdles bow here last month while Sky Khan has been taking on better opposition and has claims on his second to Life And Soul at Aintree. Experimentalist won over a longer trip at Fontwell last month but Danehill Dante probably has a bit to find on what he's shown so far. RENEGOTIATE also has a bit to find on the form book but ran very well for a long way behind two previous winners at Worcester a couple of weeks ago and will strip fitter here. He may go close at reasonable odds.
Experimentalist 7-4 (10-12) Held up towards rear, headway before 4 out, went 2nd before 2 out, led last, kept on well, won at Fontwell 2m 4f nh nov hdl (4) gs in Jun beating Luci Di Mezzanotte (10-12) by 2 1/4l, 9 ran.
Danehill Dante (IRE) 11-2 (10-12) In touch, went 3rd before last, one pace, 5th of 9, 27l behind Bright Abbey (10-12) at Stratford 2m nh nov hdl (4) gf in Jun.
Isobar (GER) 14-1 (9-7) Held up in mid-division, smooth headway to 3rd 4f out, led going well 3f out, headed over 2f out, soon no chance with leading duo, weakened, 3rd of 10, 10l behind Hawridge King (9-3) at Salisbury 1m 6f hcp 0-75 (5) sft in Sep '11 (flat).
Dr Dalwhinny 5-2fav (10-11) Tracked leaders, ridden and effort after 2 out, stayed on to take 2nd flat, no impression with winner, 2nd of 9, 3 1/2l behind Bittersweetheart (10-7) at Uttoxeter 2m NH mdn hdl (5) gf in Jun.
Renegotiate 5-1 (10-9) Tracked leaders, with leader from 4 out, badly hampered 3 out, weakened 2 out, 3rd of 6, 24l behind Cool Macavity (11-5) at Worcester 2m nh nov hdl (4) gf in Jun.
Sky Khan 5-2 (9-11) Slipped leaving start and slowly away, held up in rear, headway after 3 out, mistake 2 out, never nearer, 5th of 11, 9l behind Coffee (10-3) at Stratford 2m hcp hdl (2) gf in Jun.