Katchmore came right back to form at Ffos Las last month but is conceding a lot of weight to some in-form rivals. Sheena West's filly Hi Note has won twice on the Flat since finishing second to The Lemonpie at Fontwell while Western Approaches is on a hat-trick after victories here and at Stratford. The Fonz wasn't beaten far at Worcester in July after winning at Southwell but Red Not Blue's two recent wins have come over fences and Westlin' Winds returns from a break. NO PLANNING looked a promising novice in the second half of last year and will probably have needed his two runs this summer. He should be approaching peak fitness now and, potentially well handicapped, gets a tentative vote.
Oceana Gold 25-1 (11-8) With leader, led 2nd, headed when mistake and unseated rider 7th, in a race won by Mister Matt (10-6) at Newton Abbot 2m hcp chs 0-145 (2) gd in Aug, 9 ran.
Katchmore (IRE) 5-1 (11-12) Tracked leaders, mistake 3rd, challenged 2 out, soon led, drew away towards finish, won at Ffos Las 2m 4f hcp hdl 0-135 (3) gs in Aug beating Lieutenant Miller (10-11) by 6l, 5 ran.
Red Not Blue (IRE) 6-4fav (11-5) Tracked leaders, challenged approaching 11th, led and hit 14th, clear briefly before 2 out, pressed last, driven and asserted final 150 yards, won at Worcester 2m 7f nov chs (4) gd in Aug beating Minella Stars (10-12) by 4 1/2l, 5 ran.
Salpierre (IRE) 14-1 (10-1) Tracked leaders, ridden approaching 3 out, weakened before last, 8th of 14, 37l behind Rival D'estruval (10-0) at Aintree 3m hcp hdl (2) gd in Oct.
Lava Lamp (GER) 9-1 (11-9) Held up in 5th, niggled along 6th, lost touch next, tailed off, last of 5, well behind Katchmore (11-12) at Ffos Las 2m 4f hcp hdl 0-135 (3) gs in Aug.
The Fonz 9-4 (11-5) Tracked leader, led after 3rd, ridden between last 2, 2 lengths clear last, headed narrowly flat, 3rd and no extra towards finish, 3rd of 13, 1 1/2l behind Special Account (11-5) at Worcester 2m 4f nh nov hdl (4) gd in Jul.
Westlin' Winds (IRE) 85-40fav (11-1) Tracked leaders, left 2nd 5th, led approaching 3 out where not fluent, soon ridden, headed before last, left in lead at hurdle, soon left clear, won at Uttoxeter 2m cnd/am sll hdl (5) gs in Jun beating Gud Day (10-6) by 8l, 6 ran.
Dealing River 5-1 (11-1) Tracked leaders, took keen hold, not fluent and went 2nd 3rd until 5th, ridden after 2 out, 4th and beaten when not fluent last, 4th of 5, 12l behind Katchmore (11-12) at Ffos Las 2m 4f hcp hdl 0-135 (3) gs in Aug.
Extreme Conviction (IRE) 12-1 (10-10) Held up in rear, some headway on inside before 2 out, soon beaten, 10th of 13, 27l behind Sunley Peace (10-3) at Sandown 2m 3f hcp hdl 0-145 (2) gd in Apr '11.
Solway Sam 5-1 (11-0) Held up in rear, pushed along 4 out, never dangerous, 4th of 6, 15l behind Lord Villez (11-0) at Carlisle 2m 4f beg chase (4) sft in Mar '11.
No Planning 7-1 (11-2) Chased clear pair, headway to go 2nd after 3 out (usual 4 out), challenged next, not much room and lost place on long run from last (usual 2 out), stayed on to take 3rd over 1f out, 3rd of 7, 9l behind Royal Bonsai (10-13) at Cartmel 2m 1f hcp hdl 0-130 (3) sft in Aug.
Western Approaches 15-8 (11-3) Tracked leaders, led 3 out, clear when blundered last, kept on, won at Stratford 2m 3f mrs nov hdl (4) gd in Aug beating Miss Tilly Oscar (10-10) by 7l, 11 ran.
Hi Note 9-1 (11-6) Prominent, led after 6th, headed next, led again 2 out, headed flat, held towards finish, 2nd of 16, 1 1/2l behind The Lemonpie (10-1) at Fontwell 2m 2f hcp hdl 0-110 (4) gd in Aug.