Sea Storm deserves to get his head in front having been placed in each of his last two starts but James Moffatt's 11-year-old may be a shade high in the weights for his debut in a handicap and a better bet looks to be WESTSTERN, who is preferred to Crazy Bold. Tony Carroll's gelding was good value for his success in a novices' handicap at Ludlow last week and he has to be respected under a 7lb penalty today but he may find this coming too soon. Lucinda Russell's Storm Prospect ran better at Kelso last time and has every chance off the same mark again today. Micky Hammond's Farne Island has run creditably on the flat of late and returns to hurdles on a fair mark so he is another to be respected, while Ameeq has not won for some time and probably needs some help from the handicapper. In a competitive contest, the vote goes to Gary Moore's Weststern who was value for more than the half length that he won by at Wincanton last time and he is taken to defy the 7lb rise in the weights for that success.
Sea Storm (IRE) 2-1 (10-12) Prominent, chased winner 3rd until 2 out, stayed on one pace, 3rd of 6, 6l behind Reindeer Dippin (11-5) at Bangor 2m 1f nh nov hdl (4) gf in Apr.
Ameeq (USA) 17-2 (11-3) Held up and keen, headway 3 out, soon ridden to chase leaders, weakened last, 3rd of 9, 14l behind Downing Street (11-4) at Ludlow 2m 5f hcp hdl 0-120 (3) gd in Apr.
Danny Zuko (IRE) 3-1fav (11-5) Towards rear, headway from 4 out, every chance 2 out, weakened from approaching last, 6th of 9, 26l behind Still At Lunch (10-7) at Kelso 2m 2f hcp hdl 0-115 (4) gs.
Ormus 10-1 (11-12) Took a keen hold in rear, headway 3f out, driven and one pace from last, 6th of 13, 14l behind Painted Sky (10-12) at Sedgefield 2m 1f hcp hdl 0-110 (4) gf in Apr.
Storm Prospect 7-1 (11-1) Always handy, ridden 2 out, chased winner, wandered flat, 2nd of 9, 5l behind Still At Lunch (10-7) at Kelso 2m 2f hcp hdl 0-115 (4) gs.
Arisea (IRE) 5-1 (11-5) Rear of mid-division, headway approaching 5th, lost place after next, ridden approaching 2 out, stayed on flat, 5th of 16, 6l behind Rawaabet (11-12) at Uttoxeter 2m sll hdl (5) gs in Sep.
Star Tenor (IRE) 14-1 (11-10) Held up, headway approaching 3 out, kept on from next, 3rd of 16, 15l behind For A Dancer (10-10) at Uttoxeter 2m cnd hcp hdl 0-95 (5) gd.
Farne Island 8-1 (10-3) Mid-division, chased leaders 2 out, soon ridden and kept on one pace, 2nd of 13, 3l behind Annibale Caro (10-1) at Kelso 2m hcp hdl 0-115 (4) gd in Apr.
Ticket To Freedom (NZ) 6-1 (10-13) Chased leaders, weakened last, 8th of 10, 14l behind Newgate (10-9) at Wetherby 2m hcp hdl 0-110 (4) gf.
Weststern (GER) 7-2fav (10-9) Held up towards rear, headway 3 out, challenged after 2 out, led soon after last, driven out, won at Wincanton 2m hcp hdl 0-100 (4) gd in Apr beating Rhinestone Ruby (11-2) by 1/2l, 14 ran.
Crazy Bold (GER) 33-1 (10-0) Mid-division, hampered 1st, headway after 6th,led 3 out, clear approaching last, easily, won at Ludlow 2m nov hcp hdl 0-110 (4) gd beating Viable (11-2) by 9l, 13 ran.