A low-key start as most of these are thoroughly exposed. Stratford second Saute looks a shadow of his former self while Dunaskin and Rare Coincidence are definitely on the downgrade while Bollin Dolly beat little of note on her hurdling debut here in June. Molaise Lad could reach the frame again but we'll give another chance to ZAPLAMATION, who's proved expensive to follow but comes here off the back of a decent run on the Flat at Nottingham and was taking on slightly better company when last seen over hurdles.
Saute 11-8 (11-10) Led, not fluent 3rd or 4th, ridden 2 out, headed flat, held towards finish, 2nd of 4, 2 1/2l behind Forty Thirty (11-1) at Stratford 2m sll hdl (5) gs.
Amjad 25-1 (10-7) Always in rear and pushed along, tailed off from 6th, 7th of 8, 45l behind Nelson du Ronceray (10-10) at Hexham 2m sell hdl (5) sft in May.
Rare Coincidence 18-1 (9-7) Led and clear to 2nd, headed 3 out, weakened after next, 8th of 9, 34l behind Constant Contact (11-9) at Cartmel 2m 1f Ladies Handicap Hurdle (0-135) (4yo+) (3) gs in Jul.
Bollin Dolly 13-2 (10-10) Mid-division, headway to join leaders after 3 out, not much room next, ridden to lead flat, soon clear, stayed on well, won at Cartmel 2m 1f mrs nov sll hdl (5) gd in Jun beating Cabora (11-0) by 8l, 10 ran.
Dunaskin (IRE) 12-1 (11-7) Led, headed when jumped slowly 5th, soon ridden, well held from 3 out, went 3rd approaching 2 out, no impression, 3rd of 9, 19l behind Denton Ryal (10-11) at Southwell 2m sell hdl (5) gd in Aug '11.
Escape Artist 20-1 (10-5) In rear, went distant 4th 4 out, tailed off, 4th of 6, well behind Mountain Hiker (10-12) at Wetherby 2m 6f sll hdl (5) sft in Jun.
Molaise Lad (IRE) 3-1 (10-12) Held up in rear, headway 3rd, chased winner before 7th, ridden 2 out, no impression towards finish, 2nd of 7, 1 3/4l behind Windwood Lad (11-5) at Uttoxeter 2m 4f sll hdl (5) gd in Jul.
Quite Sparky 33-1 (11-1) Held up mid-division, weakened 5th, tailed off 3 out, last of 11, dis behind Claude Carter (11-1) at Market Rasen 2m 1f hcp hdl 0-105 (4) gd.
Stadium Of Light (IRE) 25-1 (10-9) Tracked leaders, ridden over 6f out, weakened over 4f out, tailed off, last of 10, well behind Veloso (10-4) at Southwell 1m 6f am hcp 0-65 (6) fbs (flat).
Zaplamation (IRE) 5-2 (11-2) Took keen hold, chased leading pair, went 2nd 2nd until after next, chased leaders, went 2nd again last, stayed on same pace flat, 2nd of 6, 2l behind Ritsi (10-5) at Wetherby 2m mdn clm hdl (5) hvy in Jun.
Cathcart Castle 25-1 (10-12) Held up towards rear, took keen hold, mistakes 1st and 4th, ridden and no impression when blundered 3 out, tailed off, 6th of 10, well behind Ardlui (10-12) at Newbury 2m 3yo hdl (4) sft in Dec.