Owen's Sedge ran promisingly on his first start for Heather Dalton when finding just Truly Fruitful too good in a selling hurdle at Southwell and he has to be considered for this contest but more solid claims are held by IFFY, who gets the verdict ahead of Equity Release. The last mentioned is a rare runner in this grade for Philip Hobbs and he has solid claims having shown improved form in better quality races in his last two starts. The John Harris-trained Muntami has been well held in his last few outings and looks best watched with a bigger threat likely to come from High Standard. John Spearing's gelding was well held in a handicap at Huntingdon last time but earlier form in sellers at Uttoxeter and Southwell reads well and, back in this grade, he has solid claims. Michael Scudamore's Dark Energy has the beating of High Standard on running in that Huntingdon handicap and has to be respected dropped into selling grade. George Baker's runners in this grade always warrant respect and his runner, Mountain Beat, cannot be discounted on only his second start over hurdles but it is hard to get away from Iffy. The Andy Haynes-trained gelding has run to a consistent level of form in recent starts and a reproduction of those efforts may well suffice in this company.
Coconut Beach 11-1 (11-2) Held up, ridden and outpaced after 3 out, headway approaching next, chased winner after last, no impression, 2nd of 14, 9l behind Liberty Seeker (10-10) at Market Rasen 2m 1f sell hdl (4) gs in Aug.
Cut To (USA) 125-1 (11-0) Led, driven and headed approaching 3 out, soon weakened, 11th of 12, well behind Word Of Warning (11-0) at Bangor 2m 4f mdn hdl (4) gd in Aug.
Dark Energy 8-1 (11-2) Held up in rear, not fluent 5th, headway approaching 3 out, went 3rd last, stayed on same pace, 3rd of 14, 4l behind Weather Front (11-11) at Huntingdon 2m hcp hdl 0-110 (4) gf in Aug.
Equity Release (IRE) 5-1 (10-11) In touch, mistake 4th, pushed along and outpaced after 3 out, well held in 5th when hit last, 5th of 10, 9l behind Mouseen (11-0) at Newton Abbot 2m 1f 4yo mdn stks (5) gf in Aug.
Fool's Wildcat (USA) 20-1 (11-4) Chased leaders, 6th halfway, ridden before 3 out, soon no extra and weakened, 18th of 20, well behind Street Legal (11-2) at Down Royal 2m 4yo mdn hdl in Aug.
High Standard (NZ) 9-1 (11-1) Chased leaders, pushed along 4th, weakened next, 10th of 14, 40l behind Weather Front (11-11) at Huntingdon 2m hcp hdl 0-110 (4) gf in Aug.
Iffy 4-1 (11-5) Behind, tried to refuse 1st, jumped slowly 2nd and 4th, headway approaching 2 out, weakened last, 4th of 9, 18l behind Stumped (11-2) at Market Rasen 2m 1f sell (4) gd in Aug.
Kingsholm 12-1 (10-9) Held up, headway to chase leaders 2 out, ridden and weakened flat, 4th of 8, 14l behind Pete (10-13) at Kelso 2m cnd nov hcp hdl (4) gd in May.
Muntami (IRE) 8-1 (10-7) Led, blundered 3rd, headed after 3 out, ridden and weakened next, last of 3, 16l behind Shiwawa (11-4) at Market Rasen 2m 3f hcp hdl 0-130 (3) gs in Aug.
Opening Hand 150-1 (10-4) Mid-division, weakened 6th, tailed off when pulled up before 3 out, in a race won by Benetwood (10-12) at Uttoxeter 2m sll hdl (4-8yo) (5) gf in Jun, 13 ran.
Owen's Sedge (IRE) 11-4 (10-12) Held up towards rear, raced keenly, headway approaching 5th, challenged 2 out, stayed on same pace flat, 2nd of 13, 2l behind Truly Fruitful (10-12) at Southwell 2m 1f sll hdl (5) gd in Aug.
Raise The Heights (IRE) 14-1 (10-11) Led to 2nd, ridden and weakened 4th, tailed off, 10th of 11, well behind Calaficial (10-11) at Worcester 2m mdn hdl (4) gd.
Samizdat (FR) 25-1 (11-0) Tracked leaders, driven and outpaced approaching 2 out, soon weakened, 7th of 12, 20l behind Hunting Tower (11-12) at Sedgefield 2m 1f hcp hdl 0-105 (4) gf in Jun.
Sonic Anthem (USA) 10-1 (11-3) Chased leaders, ridden and outpaced after 5th, soon weakened, behind when pulled up before 3 out, in a race won by Calculaite (11-10) at Sedgefield 2m 1f hcp hdl 0-110 (4) gf in Jun, 9 ran.
Space Pirate 28-1 (8-7) Towards rear and soon driven along, never dangerous, 9th of 13, 23l behind Broughtons Silk (8-9) at Yarmouth 1m sell hcp 0-65 (6) gd in Aug (flat).
Three Ships 15-2 (10-10) Held up in rear, raced keenly, headway to lead 2nd, mistake, headed 6th, mistake, weakened next, tailed off, 8th of 9, well behind Nez Rouge (10-9) at Stratford 2m 3f clm hdl (4) gf in Aug.
Tubby Littlejohns (IRE) 66-1 (10-11) In rear, mistake 3rd, ridden and struggling next, tailed off, 8th of 10, well behind Australia Day (11-0) at Worcester 2m mdn hdl (4) gd.
Mountain Beat 33-1 (10-7) Mid-division, headway on inside approaching 3 out, weakened flat, 6th of 14, 8l behind Lucky Dancer (10-13) at Worcester 2m mdn hdl (5) gf in Aug.