HIGHRATE has left Sue Smith's yard to join Kim Bailey, who does well here with his chasers. The seven-year-old, who won at Hexham on good ground in the spring, is still fairly treated and can make a successful debut for his new yard. Suburban Bay should have won over fences before now and will probably find one too good again but it would be no surprise to find Moleskin in the frame while Firm Order is weighted to win a race like this in the coming months. Western King was in decent form last month and Green Bank hasn't done a lot wrong lately though is probably high enough in the handicap now.
Western King (IRE) 7-2fav (10-11) Held up towards rear, struggling after 13th, driven along and stayed on from 2 out, left modest 3rd last, 3rd of 8, 7l behind Life Of A Luso (11-10) at Newton Abbot 3m 2f hcp chs 0-135 (3) gf in Sep.
Firm Order (IRE) 4-1 (11-0) Tracked leader, bumped 3rd, led next, ridden before 3 out, headed after 2 out, soon beaten, one pace, 2nd of 8, 18l behind Double Silver (10-7) at Worcester 2m 7f beg chase (4) gd in May.
Be Definite (IRE) 7-1 (10-11) In touch, lost place halfway, blundered 14th, tailed off and pulled up before 3 out, in a race won by Fiddlers Reel (10-5) at Perth 3m nov hcp chs 0-130 (3) gs in Apr, 9 ran.
Green Bank (IRE) 10-3 (11-12) Led, not fluent 7th, headed and not fluent next, pushed along after 10th, outpaced in 3rd when hit next, well beaten 5 out, 3rd of 5, well behind Watch House (9-11) at Uttoxeter 3m nov hcp chs 0-115 (4) gd in Sep.
Deciding Moment (IRE) 8-1 (11-0) Nort fluent 1st, held up in close 5th, left 4th at 2nd, went 3rd 9th, chased winner 14th, led before 2 out, ridden and headed before last, one pace, 2nd of 5, 9l behind El Dancer (11-7) at Fakenham 3m nov chs (3) sft in Mar.
Bally Sands (IRE) 7-1 (10-7) With leader, led 5th to 8th, in touch, led again 15th, headed 3 out, soon lost place, weakened before last, 5th of 13, 40l behind Flying Award (11-1) at Perth 3m 7f hcp chs 0-125 (3) gs in Apr.
Moleskin (IRE) 9-2 (11-5) Led, bumped 5th, not fluent 13th, hit next, headed when mistake 3 out, not fluent last, no extra towards finish, 4th of 7, 6l behind Mohi Rahrere (11-0) at Bangor 3m hcp chs 0-120 (4) gd in Apr.
Baily Storm (IRE) 20-1 (11-0) Led, headed after 4th, left in lead 13th, mistake and headed 5 out, weakened from 2 out, 5th of 8, 31l behind Eleazar (11-5) at Fontwell 3m 2f Conditional Handicap Chase (0-120) (4yo+) (4) gd.
Milgen Bay 8-1 (11-4) Led, not fluent 6 out and 5 out, ridden and headed before last, no extra and lost 2nd place towards finish, 3rd of 8, 6l behind Dorset Naga (11-12) at Fontwell 2m 4f hcp chs 0-120 (4) gd.
Highrate (IRE) 5-1 (10-6) Chased leader, led 6 out, clear before last, kept on, driven out, won at Hexham 2m 7f hcp chs 0-120 (4) gd in May beating Dont Tell Sailor (10-12) by 3l, 9 ran.
Sadler's Star (GER) 16-1 (11-12) Tracked leaders, reminder 11th, lost place 13th, behind 4 out, ridden and rallied before 2 out, stayed on to dispute 2nd flat, no impression, 3rd of 11, 2 3/4l behind Roc De Guye (11-1) at Uttoxeter 3m hcp chs 0-105 (4) gs.
Porters War (IRE) 7-2 (11-10) Led until 2nd, stayed handy, not fluent 6th, weakened and pulled up before 2 out, in a race won by Oscar Close (11-8) at Huntingdon 2m 4f hcp ch 0-110 (4) gf in May, 7 ran.
Suburban Bay 5-1 (11-11) Prominent, not fluent, lost place approaching 6th, closed 8th, outpaced by leaders before 2 out, stayed on to take 2nd flat, no chance with winner, 2nd of 9, 10l behind Roc De Guye (10-4) at Bangor 2m 4f hcp chs 0-105 (4) gd in Sep.