Beckhani has experienced a series of reverses at short odds so it's to be hoped that fast ground can make all the difference to the fortunes of the six-year-old. Suburban Bay hasn't won for two years despite hitting the frame with astonishing regularity so we will settle on GREEN BANK. Charlie Longsdon's charge never travelled at Worcester on debut and he was sensibly pulled up. A staying hurdler of some note, it may just have been a bad day at the office. Sunglasses takes a step up in trip this afternoon while Sparkling Tara is inconsistent but was very much on a going day at Hexham when dropped into a selling hurdle. Sue Smith's charge should have gleaned some much-needed confidence from that victory. Pyjama Games is a proven stayer but is 15lb higher than when he won at Sedgefield.
Suburban Bay 15-2 (11-5) Towards rear, headway from 11th, went 2nd before 4 out, weakened before last, 5th of 12, 25l behind City Press (11-8) at Stratford 2m 7f hcp chs 0-120 (4) gf in Jun.
Green Bank (IRE) 11-2 (10-12) Always behind, tailed off when pulled up before 3 out, in a race won by Roger Beantown (10-12) at Worcester 2m 4f nov chs (4) gd in Jun, 11 ran.
Sparkling Tara 7-2 (11-2) Held up in touch, went 3rd before 2 out, led before last, kept on strongly, won at Hexham 3m sell (5) gd in Jun beating Descaro (11-4) by 4l, 9 ran.
Sunglasses (IRE) 10-3 (11-10) Not fluent and unseated rider 1st, in a race won by Foreverpresenting (11-10) at Market Rasen 2m 4f beg chs (4) gf, 7 ran.
Beckhani 5-4fav (11-6) Tracked leaders, ridden after 11th, went 3rd 3 out, weakened next, 3rd of 7, 23l behind Paddy The Hare (11-12) at Uttoxeter 2m 4f nov hcp chs 0-115 (4) gd in Jun.
Pyjama Game (IRE) 8-1 (11-9) Tracked leader until 6th, soon lost place, pushed along before 9th, weakened next, 6th of 8, 19l behind Duneen Point (11-11) at Perth 2m 4f nov hcp chs 0-105 (4) gf.
Burnthill (IRE) 11-2 (10-9) With leader, led 4th to 9th, reminders after 14th, weakened 16th, last of 8, well behind Sentimentaljourney (11-12) at Stratford 3m 4f hcp chs 0-100 (5) gd in Apr.