PINDAR, successful at Worcester in August and third in a similar race to this at Newton Abbot last month, still looks fairly treated and can make the most of the 14lb he receives from Louis Ludwig, who was placed a couple of times over fences in the summer. Neil Mulholland's charge has the beating of Nebula Storm on the form book. Persian Herald is a long-standing maiden over hurdles and fences and likely to find a couple too good again but Giant Hercules may improve a little in blinkers.
Louis Ludwig (IRE) 5-1 (10-12) Mid-division on outside, headway approaching 4th, went 2nd next, hit 7th, ridden 3 out, no extra last, 3rd of 9, 16l behind Alderbrook Lad (11-4) at Worcester 2m hcp chs 0-95 (5) gf in Aug.
Giant Hercules (IRE) 25-1 (9-11) In touch, ridden and weakened 3 out, 7th of 11, 46l behind Mrs Peachey (11-8) at Huntingdon 2m 4f hcp hdl 0-120 (4) gd.
Persian Herald 14-1 (10-13) Prominent, led after 5th, ridden and headed before 3 out, no extra next, 10th of 12, 42l behind Sedgemoor Express (11-3) at Uttoxeter 2m nov hcp hdl 0-100 (5) gd in Sep.
Xenophon 25-1 (10-4) Tracked leaders, not fluent 5th, lost place 7th, weakened 3 out, tailed off, 7th of 9, 50l behind Goldan Jess (11-2) at Market Rasen 2m 5f hcp hdl 0-105 (4) gd in May.
Nebula Storm (IRE) 8-1 (10-13) Held up towards rear, headway approaching 3 out, pushed along in 5th before next, ridden disputing well held 3rd when hit last, weakened flat, 5th of 11, 10l behind Capellini (11-7) at Plumpton 2m hcp hdl 0-95 (5) gf in Sep.
Pindar (GER) 9-2 (10-5) Made most, headed 5th, outpaced after 3 out, rallied to 3rd soon after 2 out, kept on same pace, 3rd of 14, 4l behind Argaum (11-1) at Newton Abbot 2m 1f sell hcp hdl 0-95 (5) gf in Sep.
Monroe Park (IRE) 25-1 (10-2) Mid-division when fell 2nd, in a race won by Shaddaii (9-11) at Fontwell 2m 4f hcp hdl 0-95 (5) gd in May, 13 ran.