HI NOTE faded badly in the closing stages back on the Flat at Warwick last time. She finished much closer when third on the Polytrack here in March and is 6lb lower today with an apprentice's claim taken into account so gets the nod. Sheena West's charge is also rated much higher over hurdles than the likes of Imperial Stargazer, Zafaraban and the veteran Go Amwell but Baan looks a danger. The latter scored over today's trip at Yarmouth last month and another bold bid is expected despite a 4lb rise in the weights.
Hi Note 3-1 (8-8) Tracked leaders, went 2nd 4f out, soon ridden and kept on same pace, 3rd of 6, 21l behind Wild Desert (9-2) at Warwick 1m 7f hcp 0-75 (5) gf in Jun.
Steely 7-2 (9-4) Took keen hold, led, reminders 5f out, ridden and headed well over 1f out, carried head high and no chance with winner over 1f out, 2nd of 6, 6l behind Beacon Lady (8-4) at Brighton 1m 4f hcp 0-65 (6) gf in Jun.
Imperial Stargazer 22-1 (9-3) Always in rear, 8th of 9, 24l behind Lady Arabella (9-7) at Wolverhampton 1m 1f hcp 0-60 (6) pol in Apr '12.
Baan (USA) 9-2 (8-9) Held up, headway 4f out, switched right over 3f out, went 2nd over 1f out, stayed on inside final furlong, led towards finish, won at Yarmouth 2m hcp 0-60 (6) gf in Jun beating If I Had Him (9-7) by 1/2l, 8 ran.
Zafaraban (IRE) 33-1 (8-10) Held up in rear, ridden on outside over 3f out, never on terms, 7th of 12, 10l behind Annaluna (8-9) at Ffos Las 2m hcp 0-60 (6) gf.
Go Amwell 33-1 (8-4) Slowly into stride, held up towards rear, headway to chase leaders over 5f out, weakened quickly 4f out, tailed off, last of 11, well behind Kazbow (9-12) at Pontefract 2m 6f hcp 0-75 (5) gd in Apr.