Fastnet Storm is better than his last run at Chester however the more solid option looks to be GALA CASINO STAR who is preferred to Just Bond, Jordaura and Kidlat. Richard Fahey's gelding is high enough in the weights as he makes his seasonal return however with the yard in great nick at present he is hard to ignore. This Dr Fong gelding has proven himself on all sorts of ground and a decent run is expected. It must be pointed out that his record fresh is poor so if he fails to fire today then it may pay to side with course and distance winner Just Bond. Geoff Oldroyd's charge ran well in defeat at Beverley last time out and his beating of Kidlat at the track last month reads well. The last-named locks horns again and is not discounted with a nice pull in the weights. Ezdeyaad steps back up in trip which will suit but he was back in fourth in the race won by Just Bond, Jordaura is 3lb higher after a commendable second to Play It Sam at Ascot, whilst Fastnet Storm beat the selection at Nottingham last year and would be a danger to all if getting his own way out in front. Webbow looks high enough in the weights and hasn't won for nearly two years, Mujadel is a player if lasting home over this longer trip, whilst Trans Sonic would be a major player if converting his Southwell form to turf (hasn't really before) having beaten the progressive Academy Blues last time out. An open heat where preference is for Gala Casino Star. [Nic Doggett]
Webbow (IRE) 7-1 (9-1) Held up in touch, not clear run well over 1f out, switched left to challenge, not clear run again approaching final furlong, not recover, 9th of 11, 10l behind Autumn Blades (9-6) at Chester 1m hcp 0-105 (2) gs.
Fastnet Storm (IRE) 5-1 (9-4) Raced keenly, tracked leaders, driven and outpaced over 2f out, soon ridden, weakened inside final furlong, 9th of 12, 14l behind Thin Red Line (9-1) at Chester 1m 2f hcp 0-90 (3) gs.
Gala Casino Star (IRE) 6-1 (8-13) Close up, ridden over 4f out, lost place and dropped to rear 3f out, rallied approaching final furlong, stayed on to take 3rd, 3rd of 7, 5l behind Spinning (8-13) at Wolverhampton 1m 1f hcp 0-100 (2) pol in Nov.
Just Bond (IRE) 9-1 (9-0) In touch, chased winner over 1f out, kept on, no impression, 2nd of 9, 3l behind Celtic Change (8-12) at Beverley 1m hcp 0-85 (4) gf.
Jordaura 8-1 (9-4) Held up, headway over 2f out, chased leading pair final furlong, kept on to 2nd last stride, not pace to reach winner, 2nd of 11, 3/4l behind Play It Sam (8-10) at Ascot 1m hcp 0-85 (4) gd in Apr.
Ezdeyaad (USA) 13-8fav (9-9) Tracked leaders, driven and outpaced when not much room on inside well over 2f out, soon ridden, stayed on under pressure from over 1f out, 6th of 7, 2 3/4l behind Turn Me On (8-11) at Catterick 7f hcp 0-80 (4) fm.
Kidlat 17-2 (9-1) Led until ridden and headed over 3f out, chased winner until over 2f out, weakened well over 1f out, 10th of 11, 11l behind Putra One (8-11) at Windsor 1m 2f hcp 0-85 (4) sft.
Trans Sonic 10-1 (8-8) Made virtually all, ridden and strongly challenged over 2f out, stayed on gamely, won at Southwell 7f hcp (0-90) (3) fbs beating Academy Blues (9-3) by 1 1/2l, 12 ran.
Mujaadel (USA) 14-1 (8-13) Mid-division on outside, driven to chase leaders 2f out, ridden and kept on same pace final furlong, no impression, 5th of 14, 3 1/2l behind Keys of Cyprus (8-13) at Thirsk 7f hcp 0-85 (4) gd.
Carnivore 20-1 (8-5) Tracked leader over 4f out, ridden 2f out, no extra and lost two places near finish, 4th of 10, 1 3/4l behind Jake The Snake (9-1) at Kempton 7f hcp 0-85 (4) pol in Apr.