Lieutenant Miller won a novice event in August and was duly sent off favourite at Perth last time. He proved a big disappointment, however, so the consistent TESHALI makes more appeal. Never out of the first two in four starts since March, David Pipe's hurdler continues to improve and went very close in a better handicap than this at Stratford in July. Herschel hasn't won since this time last year, though he's back on a winning mark, and it's been even longer since Mohanad scored over timber. Royal Max won a handicap hurdle back in May but is hard to fancy on recent form.
Mohanad (IRE) 16-1 (10-11) Held up in touch, weakened 4 out, soon beaten, 10th of 17, well behind Mad Moose (10-10) at Newton Abbot 2m 6f hcp hdl (2) gs in Aug.
Teshali (IRE) 5-2fav (11-5) Led until before 2nd, mistake 5th, challenged 3 out, soon led, driven out, won at Uttoxeter 2m 4f nh nov hdl (4) gf in Sep beating Briefcase (10-9) by 1/2l, 9 ran.
Royal Max (IRE) 7-1 (11-6) Led until jumped slowly 1st, close up to 10th, son ridden and behind, last of 4, well behind Karasenir (11-6) at Stratford 2m 4f beg chs (4) gf in Sep.
Lieutenant Miller 2-1fav (11-11) Tracked leaders, close up 2 out, soon driven and weakened, last of 6, 32l behind Sir Walter Raleigh (10-12) at Perth 2m 4f nov hcp 0-115 (4) gd in Aug.
Herschel (IRE) 13-2 (11-2) Led, headed 3 out, chased leader until well before next, weakened before last, kept on again flat, 5th of 9, 9l behind Mr Harmoosh (10-12) at Plumpton 2m hcp hdl 0-125 (3) gf in Sep.
Dark Energy 8-1 (11-12) Held up in rear on outside, struggling 4 out, ridden and outpaced approaching next, soon weakened, tailed off, 5th of 6, well behind Award Winner (10-7) at Fontwell 2m 6f hcp hdl 0-110 (4) gf in Sep.
Cool Strike (UAE) 8-1 (11-4) Always behind, weakened before 4 out, 6th of 14, well behind Counting House (11-12) at Newbury 3m hcp hdl 0-115 (4) gd in Mar.
Mumbles Pier (IRE) 22-1 (11-8) Prominent, not fluent 5th, ridden before 7th, beaten when not fluent 2 out, soon weakened, 5th of 11, 19l behind Caddie Master (11-5) at Newton Abbot 2m 6f hcp hdl 0-115 (4) gd in Sep.
Bun Oir (USA) 9-1 (10-0) Mid-division, outpaced 3 out, soon ridden, never on terms, 9th of 13, 25l behind Ministerofinterior (10-9) at Hereford 2m 1f hcp hdl 0-115 (4) gd in Apr.
Coda Agency 6-1 (11-12) Raced wide, held up in 6th, steady headway to 5th before 6th, mistake and slightly hampered 4 out, staying on at one pace and disputing 3rd 2 out, weakened soon after, 5th of 8, 16l behind Laneguy (11-0) at Taunton 2m 5yo nov hcp (4) gs in Mar.
Halling Gal 28-1 (10-13) Led, headed approaching 5th, weakened before 2 out, 10th of 11, well behind Dereks (11-12) at Newton Abbot 2m 1f hcp hdl 0-115 (4) gf in Jul.