Experimentalist didn't do a lot wrong over the summer but the standard of opposition in this is significantly higher than recent tests. Hi Note won twice on the Flat in August while Havingotascoobydo is perfectly capable, though was pulled up when last seen in March and may be better over fences nowadays. ACT OF KALANISI will probably also be chasing again soon but he's hard to ignore here off a 4lb lower mark than when third to Gibb River at Sandown last year in a more competitive affair. He gets the vote, though Princely Player certainly isn't out of this on his best form and preferred to Peckhamecho of the others.
Peckhamecho (IRE) 5-4fav (11-5) Took keen hold, tracked leader, not fluent and led 3rd, headed 5th, led after next, not fluent 7th, headed 11th, led again before 3 out, ridden and just headed when fell last, in a race won by Shadows Lengthen (11-5) at Bangor 2m 4f nov chs (4) gd in Apr, 6 ran.
Havingotascoobydo (IRE) 33-1 (10-13) Chased leaders on outside, lost place before 5th, pulled up after 2 out, in a race won by Salubrious (11-5) at Cheltenham 2m 4f Conditional Handicap Hurdle (0-145) (4yo+) (2) sft in Mar, 23 ran.
Princely Player (IRE) 13-2 (11-8) Tracked leaders, not fluent 5th, mistake 2 out, stayed on same pace approaching last, 5th of 13, 7l behind Meganisi (10-10) at Newbury 2m hcp hdl 0-140 (3) gs in Mar.
Act Of Kalanisi (IRE) 16-1 (10-3) Towards rear, headway before 7th, ridden before 2 out, soon weakened, 7th of 11, 21l behind Court Minstrel (10-8) at Plumpton 2m hcp hdl (2) gs in Mar.
Hi Note 6-1 (11-12) Led, ridden and headed before 2 out, weakened before last, 5th of 9, 19l behind Taste The Wine (9-10) at Fontwell 2m 2f hcp hdl 0-130 (3) gs in May.
Orzare (IRE) (10-10) 2nd of 15, 7l behind Ballynagour (10-12) at Enghien(FR) 2m 1f hdl sft in Apr '12.
Experimentalist 3-1 (11-2) Chased leaders, went 2nd approaching 2 out, ridden and edged left between last 2, stayed on same pace flat, 2nd of 13, 2l behind Golanova (10-12) at Plumpton 2m 2f nh nov hdl (4) gf in Sep.
Ashbrittle 2-1fav (11-0) Chased leaders, went left and bumped 3 out, chased winner after 3 out, no impression before next, lost 2nd post, 3rd of 11, 6l behind Premier Dane (11-9) at Newton Abbot 2m 6f hcp hdl (2) sft in Sep '12.