Geminus has won at Cartmel and Southwell this summer but needs to improve again if he's to complete his hat-trick. Preference is for ILLYSANTACHRISTINA, who won off a higher mark last year and is oblivious to the state of the ground. She will appreciate the slight step up in trip. Dipity Doo Dah is consistent but still a maiden and Galiotto is probably more interesting as he's gone close a couple of times on the Flat recently and has won here in the past. Sail And Return and Rock Me may need this, however, and Another Trump is woefully out of form.
Consulate (IRE) 20-1 (10-1) In rear, jumped slowly 2nd and reminder, brief effort 3 out, tailed off, 10th of 12, well behind Saticon (11-5) at Worcester 2m 7f hcp hdl 0-135 (3) gd in Jun.
Another Trump (NZ) 12-1 (11-7) Held up, mistake 1st, weakened 3 out, 6th of 9, well behind Henry San (11-12) at Stratford 2m 1f hcp chs 0-115 (4) gd.
Geminus (IRE) 4-1 (11-3) Prominent, led 8th, headed 3 out, not fluent and led again 2 out, driven out, won at Southwell 2m 4f hcp hdl 0-105 (4) gd in Aug beating Petit Fleur (11-11) by 1 1/4l, 11 ran.
Sail And Return 4-1 (9-13) Mid-division on inside, took keen hold, headway before 9th, chased winner after 2 out, stayed on, no impression, 2nd of 14, 5l behind Paint The Clouds (11-10) at Cheltenham 3m nov hcp hdl 0-120 (3) gd in Apr '11.
Illysantachristina 10-1 (11-5) Held up in touch, went 2nd after 6th, ridden after 3 out, well held by winner from 2 out, 2nd of 11, 16l behind Jewellery (10-5) at Fontwell 2m 4f Mares Handicap Hurdle (0-100) (4yo+) (5) gd.
Galiotto (IRE) 8-1 (10-11) Raced wide, held up towards rear, headway 4 out, chased leaders next, stayed on same pace fom 2 out, 3rd of 8, 11l behind Screaming Brave (11-7) at Fontwell 2m 2f hcp hdl 0-115 (4) gs in Jun.
Dipity Doo Dah 6-1 (11-2) Chased leaders to 3 out, soon weakened, 5th of 7, 25l behind Mr Tingle (11-9) at Bangor 3m nov hcp hdl 0-110 (4) gd in Aug.
Rock Me (IRE) 11-2 (11-0) Held up in last trio, ridden along and outpaced in last 9th, tailed off, 6th of 8, well behind Tae Kwon Do (11-9) at Plumpton 2m 4f nov hcp chs 0-105 (4) gf in Sep '11.
Ashmolian (IRE) 22-1 (10-1) Held up in last, some modest progress into 6th 2 out, no chance, 5th of 11, 30l behind Akbabend (11-13) at Fontwell 2m 6f hcp hdl 0-110 (4) gd.