Folie A Deux is becoming increasingly unreliable, while Dark Energy always seems to find at least one too good and Another Kate weakened quickly at Newton Abbot last month. Malibu Sun and Mickmacmagoole also have questions to answer at present, while Not So Sure Dick needs some help from the handicapper. Great Mates is easing towards a decent mark, however, and Kayf Commander got off the mark at Sedgefield last week but the one to beat may be MAURITINO. Much improved when successful at Wincanton and Exeter in April, Jonjo O'Neill's seven-year-old has also been in good form on the Flat this summer and can make a winning return to hurdling.
Great Mates (IRE) 10-1 (11-12) Led until approaching 5th, soon led again, headed before 2 out, no extra flat, 4th of 9, 9l behind Sweet World (11-5) at Newton Abbot 2m 1f hcp hdl 0-115 (4) gf in Sep.
Another Kate (IRE) 7-2 (11-9) In rear, not fluent 2nd, soon moved closer, ridden after 6th, lost place approaching 3 out, mistake next, 7th of 11, 28l behind Caddie Master (11-5) at Newton Abbot 2m 6f hcp hdl 0-115 (4) gd in Sep.
Mickmacmagoole (IRE) 14-1 (11-1) Held up mid-division, lost place 6th, weakened from 3 out, 8th of 14, 23l behind Royale's Charter (11-4) at Market Rasen 2m 3f hcp hdl 0-120 (3) gd in Sep.
Malibu Sun 20-1 (11-3) Held up in 4th until lost place before 5th, weakened next, pulled up approaching 7th, in a race won by Spirit Is Needed (11-5) at Hereford 2m 4f nh nov hdl (4) gd in Aug, 7 ran.
Dark Energy 10-1 (11-0) Held up behind, steady headway on inside after 4 out, went 2nd before 2 out, ridden and effort approaching last, kept on same pace, held flat, 2nd of 11, 4 1/2l behind Mohanad (11-9) at Huntingdon 2m 4f hcp hdl 0-120 (4) gf.
Not So Sure Dick (IRE) 7-2 (11-8) Tracked leader, challenging when not fluent 8th, led before 3 out, soon headed, led briefly again before 2 out, weakened flat, 4th of 7, 14l behind Tae Kwon Do (11-2) at Fontwell 2m 6f nov hcp hdl 0-110 (4) gf in Aug.
Mauritino (GER) 1-2fav (10-9) Tracked leader, led on bit before 2 out, kept narrow advantage, nudged clear flat, not extended, won at Exeter 2m 1f nov hcp hdl 0-110 (4) gf in Apr beating Allformary (9-13) by 1 1/4l, 6 ran.
Folie A Deux (IRE) 11-1 (10-8) Towards rear, ridden after 7th, headway approaching 2 out, never nearer, 7th of 16, 7l behind Haldibari (11-12) at Uttoxeter 3m hcp hdl 0-115 (4) gf in Sep.
Kayf Commander 12-1 (11-12) Held up towards rear, headway on outside 5th, led after 3 out, clear before next, mistake last, ridden out, won at Sedgefield 2m 5f cond nov hcp hdl 0-90 (5) gd in Sep beating Lucky Lukey (10-12) by 8l, 11 ran.