This is, surprisingly, ORTHODOX LAD's first appearance in novice company though he has run in several maiden hurdles, winning at Worcester in July. Two recent efforts in handicaps suggest he should have too much for Wednesday's easy Southwell winner Experimentalist receiving 7lb, though the top weight does have a 10lb claimer to ease his burden. Sir Dylan might have a bit of scope but he was beaten more than 20 lengths when second at Newton Abbot and none of the others makes much appeal.
Experimentalist 2-13fav (11-5) Tracked leaders, went 2nd 4th, not fluent 3 out, soon ridden, switched left 2 out, driven and pressing leader when left well clear last, won at Southwell 2m nh nov hdl (4) gd beating Recway Lass (10-5) by 44l, 4 ran.
Orthodox Lad 11-8fav (11-7) Tracked leaders, challenged 5th, led 3 out, not fluent 2 out, soon headed, stayed on same pace flat, 3rd of 12, 4l behind Taroum (10-8) at Huntingdon 2m hcp hdl 0-110 (4) gs in Aug.
Courageous (IRE) 14-1 (8-12) Raced keenly, led until halfway, chased leaders, ridden and weakened over 1f out, 5th of 6, 11l behind Excellent Aim (9-4) at Brighton 5f hcp 0-60 (6) gd in Aug (flat).
Kilcolman Wizard (IRE) 6-1 (12-0) Mid div best, 7th 6out, wknd bef 3out & to when pu bef 2out, in a race won by Tobermore Mossie (12-0) at Kinsale 3m ire ptp gd in Jun, 17 ran.
My Son Harry (IRE) 2-1fav (11-2) Tracked leaders, lost place over 2f out, last of 10, 44l behind Are They Your Own (10-9) at Newton Abbot 2m 1f NH flat (6) gf in May.
The Kings Assassin (IRE) 66-1 (10-12) Always towards rear, 9th of 14, well behind Breaking Bits (11-5) at Fontwell 2m 2f nh nov hdl (4) gf in Aug.
Unsist (FR) 33-1 (10-12) Always towards rear, last of 14, well behind Breaking Bits (11-5) at Fontwell 2m 2f nh nov hdl (4) gf in Aug.
Sir Dylan 10-1 (10-5) Prominent on outside, ridden to chase winner after 3 out, no impression when edged right between last 2, no chance with winner when left remote 2nd at last, 2nd of 9, 21l behind Lyssio (11-5) at Newton Abbot 2m 1f nh nov hdl (4) gf in Jul.