It's more than a year since GREEN BANK was last in the winner's enclosure but he's dropped to a fair mark as a result. It would be no surprise to see Charlie Longsdon's gelding put recent modest performances behind him back here with the blinkers expected to help. West End won easily at Southwell on only his third try over fences and will make a bold bid to follow up under a penalty. Kim Bailey's charge has more scope than the mares Another Kate and Moulin De La Croix, both winners last time. The latter did beat Boosha here four weeks ago and should confirm that form but Kalamill needs more.
Green Bank (IRE) 7-1 (11-10) Held up in touch, under pressure when not fluent 11th, outpaced 5 out, soon weakened, tailed off, 6th of 8, well behind Big Sound (10-11) at Uttoxeter 3m hcp chs 0-115 (4) gd in Jul.
Another Kate (IRE) 16-1 (11-8) Tracked leaders, challeged after 5 out, led narrowly approaching next, headed 3 out, switched inside before next, every chance last, ridden and stayed on to lead again towards finish, won at Worcester 2m 7f hcp chs 0-105 (4) gd in Jul beating Quinsman (11-12) by 1 1/2l, 7 ran.
West End (IRE) 6-4fav (11-12) Held up, closer order 9th, 2nd next, led on bit 4 out, shaken up and went clear before 2 out, very easily, won at Southwell 3m hcp 0-100 (5) gd beating Moss Grove (11-7) by 18l, 5 ran.
Moulin de La Croix 7-1 (11-5) With leader, led 8th, made rest, driven clear before last, stayed on well, won at Stratford 2m 7f hcp 0-100 (5) gf in Jul beating Boosha (9-11) by 4 1/2l, 10 ran.
Kalamill (IRE) 8-1 (11-6) Held up in last pair, tracked leading pair 5 out, driven before 3 out, went 2nd next, kept on same pace, no chance with easy winner, 2nd of 5, 6l behind Azza (10-0) at Uttoxeter 2m 4f beg chs (4) gd in Jul.
Boosha 8-1 (10-3) Held up, hampered 1st, pushed along 7th, went remote 4th 2 out, tailed off, 4th of 7, well behind Rusty Nail (11-0) at Newton Abbot 2m 5f hcp 0-100 (5) gf.