Chicago Outfit thwarted the hat-trick bid of PRESENTING JUNIOR at Kelso earlier this month but Martin Todhunter's improving six-year-old is 5lb better off here and should turn the tables - he can get back to winning ways. Bertie Milan, second at Perth in May, could make the frame if fully wound-up and similar comments apply to Detour Ahead and Tutchec but Twice Lucky lost his way last season, though has tumbled down the weights as a result.
Frank The Slink 20-1 (10-11) Tracked leaders, lost place 8th, well beaten 5 out, pulled up before next, in a race won by Savant Bleu (11-7) at Wetherby 3m 1f hcp chs 0-130 (3) gd in Apr, 8 ran.
Bertie Milan (IRE) 6-1 (10-12) Pressed winner, ridden approaching 14th, no impression last, one pace flat, 2nd of 7, 8l behind Wild Geese (11-8) at Perth 3m hcp chs 0-120 (4) gd in May.
Detour Ahead 14-1 (10-5) Tracked leaders in 4th, jumped right 5th, weakened from 7th, jumped right 5 out, soon weakened, 4th of 7, 39l behind Monte Cavallo (10-12) at Bangor 2m 1f nov chs (4) gd in May.
Chicago Outfit (IRE) 3-1fav (11-9) Tracked leaders in 3rd, mistake 10th, ridden before 4 out, outpaced before 3 out, led run-in, kept on well, won at Kelso 2m 7f hcp chs 0-95 (5) gd beating Presenting Junior (11-6) by 2 1/2l, 10 ran.
Tutchec (FR) 7-2 (10-6) Held up towards rear, weakened from 10th, 6th of 9, 46l behind Highrate (10-6) at Hexham 2m 7f hcp chs 0-120 (4) gd in May.
Presenting Junior (IRE) 10-3 (11-6) Held up mid-division, headway before 5 out, challenged 3 out, led 2 out, ridden before last, headed run-in, kept on, 2nd of 10, 2 1/2l behind Chicago Outfit (11-9) at Kelso 2m 7f hcp chs 0-95 (5) gd.
Forestside (IRE) 7-1 (10-12) In touch, chased leaders 4 out, ridden to challenge 2 out, weakened before last, last of 7, 9l behind Pyjama Game (11-10) at Hexham 3m 1f hcp chs 0-115 (4) gs.
Twice Lucky 12-1 (10-12) Chased leaders, weakened before 2 out, tailed off, pulled up before last, in a race won by Matmata de Tendron (10-0) at Hexham 3m 1f hcp chs 0-100 (5) gs in Apr, 14 ran.