HIGH SKIES is marginally preferred to Itzacliche and Farmer Frank in a race where a market check is advised. The selection hails from a yard that enjoys plenty of success under Rules and this son of Kahyasi could be an interesting recruit to the yard having arrived from Ireland following a win at Downpatrick in October. He made his debut at Fakenham in March where he ran a fine race although he was probably held when coming to grief at the last. Itzacliche has to rate highly given that he won this race last year and he has been in good form between the flags as he bids for a repeat whilst Farmer Frank deserves credit for his performance at Cheltenham earlier in the month despite returning a beaten favourite as the trip may not have been ideal and he had to carry a penalty. Caramia ran on well to win a point at Brocklesby which may have boosted his confidence whilst Pouilly comes here on the back of a very convincing success at Higham and both could feature but we'll take High Skies to shine.
Farmer Frank 3-1fav (11-12) In touch, effort 10th, ridden to chase leading pair before 2 out, soon one pace and no impression, lost 3rd flat, 4th of 17, 8l behind Shooters Wood (11-0) at Cheltenham 2m hts chs (5) gd.
High Skies 14-1 (11-11) In rear, mistake 12th, headway next, led 3 out, headed narrowly and still every chance when fell last, in a race won by Penny Doc (12-0) at Fakenham 2m 5f nov hts chs (6) gd in Mar, 7 ran.
Itzacliche (IRE) (11-0) Led 9; qcknd clr flat, won at Balcormo Mains 3m ptp gd in Apr beating Lady Brig (10-7) by 8l, 7 ran.
Oranger (FR) 20-1 (11-4) Towards rear, outpaced 5 out, plugged on from 3 out, never near leaders, 5th of 11, 28l behind The Cool Guy (11-0) at Cheltenham 3m 1f hts chs (4) gd.
Think Lucky 6-1 (11-7) Held up towards rear, not fluent 4th, headway after 9th, driven 2 out, soon beaten, 9th of 12, 28l behind Synonymy (10-6) at Worcester 3m hcp hdl 0-100 (4) gd in Sep.
Caramia (FR) 6-4 (12-0) In tch; led 10-14; led final 50yds, won at Brocklesby Park 3m ptp gd in Mar beating Galaxia (12-7) by 3/4l, 7 ran.
Pouilly (FR) 1-3 (12-5) (tt) held up; led 4 out; sn in comm, won at Higham 3m ptp gf in Mar beating Bob Justice (12-5) by 25l, 6 ran.
Scotland Yard (UAE) 12-1 (11-7) Always behind, tailed off when pulled up 3 out, in a race won by Coolefind (11-13) at Southwell 3m hts chs (6) gd in Apr, 10 ran.
Stroom Bank (IRE) 16-1 (12-0) Eff 12; led 14 til hdd aft 2 out; rallied to ld last strides, won at Northaw 3m ptp gd beating Pass The Class (12-0) by nk, 11 ran.