A return to soft going might suit SOLIS on handicap debut and we make John Quinn's inmate our selection on this occasion under man of the moment, Dougie Costello. Spear Thistle should relish conditions and he should have come on for a recent run on the flat at Catterick. Numide has been hard to win with whilst Karky Schultz has ability though does not always find as much as he promises. Calatagan makes a rare visit away from Wetherby and in fairness to him; he probably needed his first return from absence last month. Drussell has won on a similar surface when trained in Ireland so any money for Richard Phillips new acquisition should not be dismissed too lightly.
Spear Thistle 7-1 (11-7) Led until after 1st, tracked leading pair until after 5th, soon struggling in rear, tailed off and eased before 3 out, pulled up before next, in a race won by Olympian (11-2) at Plumpton 2m hcp hdl 0-125 (3) hvy in Apr, 7 ran.
Numide (FR) 5-1 (11-12) Held up towards rear, headway 2 out, went 2nd last, no extra and lost 2nd towards finish, 3rd of 10, 3 1/2l behind Dishdasha (11-8) at Uttoxeter 2m hcp hdl 0-125 (3) gs in May.
Drussell (IRE) 25-1 (11-12) Held up towards rear, pushed along 3 out, soon beaten, 10th of 12, well behind Cheshire Prince (11-4) at Sandown 2m hcp hdl 0-125 (3) gs.
Karky Schultz (GER) 11-2 (11-1) With leader when left in lead 3rd, headed approaching 3 out, weakened approaching next, 7th of 9, 36l behind Son Of Flicka (11-10) at Bangor 2m 1f hcp hdl 0-135 (3) sft in Apr.
Calatagan (IRE) 20-1 (10-11) Tracked leaders, ridden and outpaced approaching 3 out, kept on same pace, no impression, 4th of 11, 9l behind Royal Max (10-7) at Wetherby 2m hcp hdl 0-125 (3) gd in Oct.
Solis 12-1 (11-0) Chased leaders, ridden approaching 3 out, 4th and beaten when mistake last, 4th of 18, 18l behind Andhaar (11-0) at Wetherby 2m nh nov hdl (3) gd in Oct.
Ajman (IRE) 4-1 (10-9) Mid-division, effort to chase leaders 3 out, ridden after next, disputed 4th and one pace when hit last, no impression, 5th of 10, 12l behind Herschel (11-0) at Plumpton 2m hcp hdl 0-125 (3) gf in Sep.