Postmaster and Soulard have a bit to prove at present while Midnight Gold has completely lost his way. Star Beat is likely to need this and Sea Wall has become expensive to follow but Soubriquet looks to have dropped to a decent mark and Cullahill would have every chance if you ignored his latest run at Newton Abbot, where he was never travelling. Solway Bay is still heading in the right direction but so is OSTLAND, who is fancied to defy top weight. He's really come into his own since tackling fences and, though he's only scraped home in his last two starts, is the type that will only do enough and should continue to thrive in this grade.
Ostland (GER) 3-1fav (11-6) Tracked leaders, mistakes 1st and 2nd, went 2nd after 4 out, soon led, ridden after 3 out, edged right flat, held on well, won at Market Rasen 2m 6f hcp chs 0-135 (3) gd in Jun beating Rockiteer (10-9) by nk, 10 ran.
Postmaster 20-1 (10-11) Mid-division on inside, outpaced approaching 3 out, ridden next, never on terms, 6th of 11, 16l behind Red Not Blue (11-9) at Worcester 3m hcp hdl 0-135 (3) gd.
Soulard (USA) 25-1 (10-12) Raced wide, in touch, reminder 6th, ridden before 3 out, weakening when mistake next, 6th of 13, 31l behind Geneva Geyser (11-12) at Worcester 2m 4f nh nov hdl (4) gd.
Sea Wall 11-2fav (10-7) With leader, led 3rd, pecked 12th, headed 13th, mistake 5 out, soon weakened, pulled up 4 out, tailed off, in a race won by Knighton Combe (10-6) at Uttoxeter 3m 4f lstd hcp chs (1) gd in Jun, 17 ran.
Solway Bay 8-1 (10-6) Held up towards rear, headway before 3 out, went 2nd 2 out, led before last, kept on well, won at Perth 3m hcp chs 0-130 (3) gd in Jul beating Sun Tzu (11-10) by 5l, 6 ran.
Midnight Gold 40-1 (11-1) Tracked leaders, lost place 4th, not fluent and ridden 6th, behind when pulled up before 8th, in a race won by Ostland (11-6) at Market Rasen 2m 6f hcp chs 0-135 (3) gd in Jun, 10 ran.
Star Beat 7-1 (10-12) Led, ridden before 3 out, headed last, no extra last 100 yards, 3rd of 14, 4 1/2l behind General Hardi (10-11) at Catterick 3m 6f hcp chs 0-130 (3) gs in Jan.
Cullahill (IRE) 9-1 (10-12) Held up towards rear, headway when hit 12th, weakened approaching 14th, tailed off 3 out, pulled up after, in a race won by Estates Recovery (10-13) at Newton Abbot 3m 2f hcp chs 0-135 (3) gf in Jul, 15 ran.
Soubriquet (IRE) 7-1 (11-4) Tracked leader, led 9th, joined 11th, ridden and headed before 2 out, soon weakened, last of 5, 11l behind Scotch Warrior (10-5) at Perth 2m 4f hcp chs 0-130 (3) gs in Jul.