Raduis Bleu hasn't been seen since winning at Ffos Las in May off a 7lb lower mark. Ringa Bay and Rocky Bender also return from a break, though the latter still has scope over the larger obstacles, but Western King ran well twice at Newton Abbot last month and Danandy won over hurdles in the summer. THE ROCKIES won a novices' handicap over track and trip just under a year ago and will be all the better for a recent outing over timber. He could be the answer to an open-looking handicap in which bottom weight Michigan Assassin could also play a part if in the mood.
Ringa Bay 12-1 (11-1) Chased leader, dived at 4th, dropped to 3rd next, lost 3rd at 11th, blundered and lost place 15th, soon behind, tailed off 16th, pulled up soon after, in a race won by Bally Sands (9-12) at Warwick 3m 5f hcp chs 0-125 (3) sft in Mar, 10 ran.
Grey Soldier (IRE) 22-1 (11-2) Tracked leaders, under pressure 3 out, soon no impression, 4th of 6, 14l behind Rudemeister (10-13) at Hexham 2m 4f nov hcp chs 0-125 (3) gd.
Western King (IRE) 7-2fav (10-11) Held up towards rear, struggling after 13th, driven along and stayed on from 2 out, left modest 3rd last, 3rd of 8, 7l behind Life Of A Luso (11-10) at Newton Abbot 3m 2f hcp chs 0-135 (3) gf in Sep.
Raduis Bleu (FR) 11-4 (10-6) Held up in 3rd, went 2nd 5 out, driven to lead before last, ridden flat, held on towards finish, won at Ffos Las 2m 5f hcp chs 0-120 (4) gd in May beating Crannaghmore Boy (10-0) by 1/2l, 5 ran.
Rocky Bender (IRE) 8-1 (11-12) Held up in touch, took keen hold, not fluent 5th, led after next, headed after 3 out, weakened next, 6th of 11, 38l behind Call Me Sir (10-8) at Newton Abbot 2m 6f hcp hdl 0-110 (4) gs in Apr.
Danandy (IRE) 7-2 (11-1) Mid-division, mistake 1st, jumped left 5th, effort 11th, pecked badly and weakened next, 8th of 11, 45l behind Henry San (11-5) at Newton Abbot 2m 5f hcp chs 0-120 (4) gf in Aug.
The Rockies (IRE) 10-1 (11-7) Held up in rear, 7th 3 out, jumped right and well beaten 2 out, 8th of 11, 31l behind Scales (11-0) at Ffos Las 2m 4f hcp hdl 0-110 (4) gs.
Michigan Assassin (IRE) 16-1 (11-7) Led until after 4 out, weakened 2 out, 6th of 9, 27l behind Roc De Guye (10-4) at Bangor 2m 4f hcp chs 0-105 (4) gd in Sep.