A really tough handicap in which few can be discounted. Market Rasen winner Westlin' Winds has travelled a long way for this while David Pipe has four entries, the best of which may be Vertige Dore who was disqualified after beating Mad Moose at Worcester earlier this month. He's now 4lb better off with the latter so should have his revenge. Kylenoe Fairy loves this course but Paul Henderson's mare is now on a career-high mark following her second in a Listed handicap at Market Rasen, while King's Forest was well beaten off this mark at Worcester last month. Salontyre could sneak into a place after a recent run on the level but the vote goes to DEREKS, who needed the run when pulled up behind Kylenoe Fairy here in June. He made short work of weaker opposition here next time and could yet find the improvement necessary to land this as he's very lightly raced for his age.
Raslan 40-1 (11-9) Chased leaders, lost place and driven before 7th, soon behind, tailed off, 11th of 13, 47l behind Strumble Head (9-12) at Worcester 3m hcp hdl 0-135 (3) gf in Jun.
Kylenoe Fairy (IRE) 14-1 (11-9) Held up towards rear, headway approaching 3 out, challenging when not fluent last, held towards finish, 2nd of 16, 1 1/2l behind Viva Colonia (11-0) at Market Rasen 2m 1f Listed hcp hdl (1) gs in Jul.
Red Not Blue (IRE) 11-2 (11-9) Tracked leaders, went 2nd before 3 out, led next, soon ridden, hard pressed flat, stayed on towards finish, won at Worcester 3m hcp hdl 0-135 (3) gd beating Haldibari (10-6) by 3/4l, 11 ran.
Laustra Bad (FR) 9-2 (11-8) Prominent early, tracked leaders, reminders after 6th, well held 3 out, stayed on flat, 5th of 8, 26l behind Oceana Gold (11-4) at Worcester 2m hcp chs 0-135 (3) gd in Jul.
Mad Moose (IRE) 9-2 (11-1) Held up in last pair, hit 4th, driven and headway after 11th, upsides 4 out, ridden next, carried right and hampered by winner approaching last, kept on and every chance flat, held near finish, awarded race, won at Worcester 2m 4f nov chs (4) gd beating Vertige Dore (11-1) by shd, 5 ran.
King's Forest (IRE) 15-2 (11-5) Held up in rear, many mistakes, headway 8th, weakened approaching 2 out, 4th of 8, 34l behind Fade To Grey (10-8) at Worcester 3m hcp hdl 0-135 (3) gd in Jul.
Teenage Kicks (IRE) 9-4 (11-3) Tracked leaders, not fluent 5th, left 2nd and hampered 8th, mistake next, not fluent and driven 3 out, not fluent and stayed on same pace from 2 out, 2nd of 4, 3 1/2l behind Midnight Fun (10-12) at Stratford 2m 6f nh nov hdl (3) gf.
Rudanphast (IRE) 15-2 (11-8) With leader, never jumped well, led 8th, strongly challenged when fell 2 out, in a race won by Swingkeel (10-13) at Ffos Las 3m nh nov hdl (4) gd in Mar, 7 ran.
Salontyre (GER) 14-1 (11-0) Tracked leader, led approaching last, headed flat, stayed on, held by winner towards finish, 2nd of 10, 1l behind Paintball (10-13) at Cheltenham 2m 1f hcp hdl 0-140 (2) gd in Apr.
Westlin' Winds (IRE) 6-1 (11-1) Tracked leaders, led approaching 2 out, driven and headed narrowly flat, battled well to get back up post, won at Market Rasen 2m 5f hcp hdl 0-140 (2) gs in Jul beating The Strawberry One (11-12) by shd, 14 ran.
Vertige Dore (FR) 2-1fav (11-1) Made most, mistake and headed briefly 7th, jumped right 10th, joined 4 out, hard pressed when hung badly right approaching last, ridden flat, held on near finish, finished 1st, placed 2nd, 2nd of 5, shd behind Mad Moose (11-1) at Worcester 2m 4f nov chs (4) gd.
Dereks (IRE) 4-1 (11-12) Tracked leader, not fluent 2nd, led approaching 5th, clear when hit 2 out, edged right approaching last, driven out, won at Newton Abbot 2m 1f hcp hdl 0-115 (4) gf in Jul beating Tamarillo Grove (10-0) by 4l, 11 ran.
Mohanad (IRE) 12-1 (10-6) In touch in chasing group, ridden after 3 out, stayed on same pace from next, 6th of 13, 15l behind Sunley Peace (10-3) at Sandown 2m 3f hcp hdl 0-145 (2) gd in Apr.
Dantari (IRE) 6-1 (10-7) Chased clear leader, closed 6th, lost 2nd 3 out, chased leaders, ridden before 2 out, stayed on same pace, 4th of 13, 9l behind Sunley Peace (10-3) at Sandown 2m 3f hcp hdl 0-145 (2) gd in Apr.
Ongenstown Lad (IRE) 7-1 (11-5) Soon mid-division, progress 5 out, soon tracked leaders, led early straight, pushed on to assert 3 out, soon clear, eased run-in, very easily, won at Roscommon 3m hcp hdl 80-109 gd beating Lea Lady (10-7) by 5l, 18 ran.
Bathwick Man 7-2fav (11-9) Tracked leaders and always going well, 2nd before 2 out, led 2 out, soon in command, easily, won at Newton Abbot 2m 3f hcp hdl 0-110 (4) gf beating Cardinal James (11-3) by 6l, 9 ran.
Heron Bay 9-4fav (11-4) Mid-division on outside, headway after 4th, led 3 out, driven and strongly pressed when hung left flat, just held on, won at Worcester 2m 4f sell hdl (5) gd in Jul beating American Art (10-12) by hd, 13 ran.
With Grace 8-11fav (10-13) Made all, ridden before last, kept on well, won at Perth 2m hcp hdl 0-115 (4) gf in Jul beating Grand Diamond (10-12) by 1/2l, 10 ran.