O'Callaghan Strand won twice at Worcester earlier this year but his latest effort suggests he is just a couple of pounds too high in the weights now. Almutaham is only a four-year-old and can improve on a first hurdles success at Kelso in May, but Via Archimede is struggling to get his head in front and Varkala also keeps finding at least one too good. Dot Or Feather has been well beaten in all three starts under Rules so we'll give another chance to KAYF COMMANDER, who wasn't beaten far at Ludlow last time when attempting to follow up his Sedgefield defeat of the in-form Lucky Lukey. John Kington is one of the more experienced conditionals riding here and his mount looks sure to be thereabouts.
Varkala (IRE) 15-2 (10-12) Chased leaders on inner, led before 2 out, headed before last, one pace, 3rd of 13, 5l behind The Strawberry One (10-12) at Towcester 2m 5f mrs nov hdl (4) gf in May.
Tippering (IRE) 5-1 (10-13) Tracking leaders when hampered and unseated rider 2nd, in a race won by Outlaw Tom (11-12) at Southwell 3m hcp hdl 0-110 (4) gd in Apr, 8 ran.
O'callaghan Strand (AUS) 2-1fav (11-9) Held up, headway 7th, ridden 3 out, stayed on to go 2nd final strides, 2nd of 7, 1 1/2l behind Fresher Fishing (11-1) at Exeter 2m 5f nov hcp hdl 0-105 (4) gf.
Miereveld 14-1 (10-13) Led to 4th, ridden after 4 out, weakened next, 4th of 5, 44l behind Tonic Mellysse (11-8) at Ayr 2m 4yo hdl (3) gd in Apr.
Kayf Commander 5-2 (9-13) Held up towards rear, mistake 6th, headway after 4 out, went 3rd before 3 out, one pace, 5th of 9, 6l behind Mauritino (11-2) at Ludlow 2m 5f hcp hdl 0-115 (4) fm.
Mudita Moment (IRE) 4-1 (11-8) Tracked leaders, ridden after 3 out, one pace and no impression next, 4th of 13, 12l behind Pepito Collonges (9-13) at Lingfield 2m 3f hcp hdl 0-105 (4) gs in Mar.
Dot Or Feather (IRE) 12-1 (10-12) Led until mistake 3 out, weakened after next, left remote 3rd last, 3rd of 7, well behind Spirit Is Needed (11-5) at Hereford 2m 4f nh nov hdl (4) gd in Aug.
Almutaham (USA) 4-1 (10-6) Tracked leaders, slightly hampered 2nd, outpaced 3 out, not fluent 2 out, rallied approaching last, led 100 yards out, stayed on well (no time taken), won at Kelso 2m 6f nov hcp hdl 0-110 (4) gf in May beating Bubbly Breeze (10-3) by nk, 7 ran.
Marie De Laufon (FR) 7-1 (11-6) Prominent, mistakes, lost place 2 out, no extra last, 7th of 16, 14l behind Lucky Lukey (10-2) at Uttoxeter 2m 4f hcp hdl 0-100 (5) gf.
Uncle Keef (IRE) 33-1 (10-8) Held up towards rear, headway under pressure before 8th, driven in modest 4th from 3 out, 4th of 12, 16l behind Psi (11-7) at Fontwell 2m 6f hcp hdl 0-105 (4) gd.
Katapult (GER) 9-2 (11-3) Held up towards rear, pushed along after 6th, ridden and weakened before 3 out, 5th of 7, well behind Mardood (10-6) at Sedgefield 2m 4f hcp hdl 0-105 (4) gf in May.
Via Archimede (USA) 5-1 (11-0) Led on outer, headed 5th, led again before 7th, headed before 2 out, one pace, 3rd of 9, 12l behind Zefooha (11-12) at Hexham 2m 4f hcp hdl 0-90 (5) gd in Sep.
Exit To Freedom 100-1 (10-12) Pulled hard in rear, behind from 5th, 7th of 10, 37l behind Book'em Danno (10-12) at Market Rasen 2m 1f nh nov hdl (4) gd in Aug.
Tears From Heaven (USA) 16-1 (10-5) Tracked leaders, wandered approaching 5th, outpaced 7th, rallied to chase leading pair before 2 out, kept on under pressure flat, no impression, 3rd of 5, 5l behind Forestside (11-5) at Hexham 2m 4f nov hdl (4) gf in Jun.
Archie's Wish 5-1 (10-6) Held up in touch, ridden before 17th, challenged and every chance before last, no extra and lost 3rd flat, 4th of 9, 9l behind Quetzal (11-9) at Hexham 3m 1f hcp chs 0-95 (5) gd in Sep.
Saddlers' Supreme (IRE) 50-1 (10-0) In rear, jumped right, behind 4th, tailed off, 11th of 13, well behind Endeavor (9-11) at Uttoxeter 2m nov hcp hdl 0-95 (5) gf in Sep.
Ortega (FR) 40-1 (9-8) Midfield, struggling halfway, tailed off when pulled up 3 out, in a race won by Montana Gold (11-2) at Stratford 2m 6f sell hcp hdl 0-95 (5) gf in Sep, 9 ran.