Milgen Bay is well enough treated but invariably finds at least one too good and blinkers look like a last resort. Epee Celeste is 8lb higher than winning a weaker race at Fakenham in May while Keychain has finished tailed off in his last five starts. Moorlands Jack has a chance, however, though both chase wins have come at Worcester. REGAL ONE wasn't disgraced in a slightly better race at Worcester last month and it might be his turn again as he's been dropped a pound since.
Moorlands Jack 9-2 (11-2) In rear, mistake 7th, reminder after 8th, weakened after 5 out, tailed off, last of 7, 45l behind River Purple (11-3) at Uttoxeter 2m 4f hcp chs 0-120 (4) gd in Jul.
Milgen Bay 3-1 (11-2) Pressed leader, not fluent 7th, led 8th until mistake next, led again when mistake 3 out, headed 2 out, no impression on winner last, edged right and one pace flat, 2nd of 6, 12l behind Workbench (11-12) at Huntingdon 2m 4f hcp chs 0-115 (4) gd in Aug.
Regal One (IRE) 8-1 (10-4) Held up towards rear, headway 7th, went 2nd 9th, led and not fluent 3 out, headed 2 out, weakened flat, 5th of 10, 9l behind Drumlang (11-2) at Worcester 2m 4f hcp chs 0-120 (4) gf in Aug.
Epee Celeste (FR) 9-2 (10-6) Chased leaders, outpaced 2 out, rallied into 2nd flat, no chance with very easy winner, 2nd of 6, 10l behind Monita Bonita (10-9) at Cartmel 2m 6f mares hcp hdl 0-110 (4) gf in Jul.
Keychain (IRE) 28-1 (10-1) In rear, blundered badly and lost touch 6th, never on terms after, left poor 4th 3 out and poor 3rd at the last, 3rd of 5, 46l behind Hallings Comet (11-6) at Southwell 2m nov chs (4) gd in Aug.
Saddlers Deal (IRE) 20-1 (10-7) Held up towards rear, hampered 3rd, mid-division in 8th halfway, ridden and no impression 4 out, 7th of 10, 26l behind Get More (10-6) at Wexford 2m 3f cond hcp chs gd in Jul.