Mulzim is very lightly-raced for a six-year-old, with only 13 career starts and was very impressive when bolting up over this course and distance last week off a mark of 68.
He has to carry a 5lb penalty here as a result but will be due to race off 2lbs higher in future, so he looks likely to prove difficult to beat here if replicating his run of last week.
Young Tiger would look the danger but he would need a career best here to win, so the more unexposed Mulzim looks the percentage call.
At first glance, Equidae’s form figures don’t make much appeal but he has only ever raced once at Southwell, winning nicely off a mark of 65 last March. He now returns to the track running off a mark of 58 and considering he was hitting the frame on the turf as recently as September off marks in the mid 60’s, he looks worth taking a chance in a race where Paddy is offering 4 places.
Polish was a massive eye-catcher on his hurdles debut at Taunton last month, when staying on very nicely to finish second behind the promising Masters Legacy. Masters Legacy was winning for the second time over hurdles and made all the running there, with the other market principles also prominent.
Polish was given an exaggerated hold up ride, being fully 25 lengths behind the leaders with a circuit to run. He travelled really well down the back straight on the final circuit to start picking off his rivals one by one and stayed on nicely to finish second beaten a little over three lengths.
He should have learnt plenty from that run and considering he was once rated as high at 89 on the Flat, he could develop into a nice handicap hurdler in time. The drying ground in Ludlow is no negative and I’m hoping he can build on his promising debut and go one better here.