Tim Vaughan did really well to produce former pointer Midnight Diamond ready to do the business this month at Fakenham on the gelding's first run under Rules for over three years. The race did rather fall apart and he's up 8lb for the win but most of that is offset by his young rider's claim. He may well follow up against primarily out-of-sorts opponents but this might just be the day that FORESTSIDE gets his head in front over fences at the 27th time of asking. He's woefully devoid of pace but his best chase form has come at this track and a repeat of his latest effort, a close third to Mister Wall Street here nine days ago, would see him go close. Course winner Solis is also respected and is next best along with Solway Dornal.
Ballycolin 16-1 (11-7) Towards rear, some headway before 4 out, never dangerous, 7th of 9, 27l behind Viking Rebel (11-5) at Carlisle 3m hts chs (6) gs in Mar.
Solis (GER) 7-1 (11-11) Held up in rear, hampered 3rd, headway 10th, outpaced 13th, modest 5th 4 out, well beaten before next, 5th of 11, 29l behind Presenting Junior (11-6) at Hexham 3m 1f hcp chs 0-100 (5) gs.
Alba King (IRE) 12-1 (11-0) Mid-division, ridden and outpaced after 4 out, never on terms, 5th of 9, 16l behind Morning Time (11-7) at Hexham 2m hcp chs 0-100 (5) gd.
New Vic (IRE) 25-1 (10-5) Pressed winner, lost place approaching 4 out, soon outpaced, weakened before last, 5th of 13, 9l behind Mister Wall Street (10-12) at Hexham 2m 4f hcp chs 0-100 (5) gd.
Solway Dornal 7-2fav (10-5) In touch on outside, outpaced when hit 2 out, ridden and weakened after last, 6th of 11, 16l behind Roseville Cottage (11-9) at Cartmel 2m 5f hcp chs 0-100 (5) gf in May.
Local Present (IRE) 22-1 (10-3) Mid-division, mistake 4th, weakened before 5 out, tailed off, 6th of 10, well behind Nomadic Storm (11-5) at Southwell 2m hcp chs 0-100 (5) gf.
Forestside (IRE) 10-1 (10-0) Mid-division, outpaced 3 out, chased leaders under pressure before last, ridden and stayed on flat, closed on leaders towards finish, just failed for 2nd, 3rd of 13, 3/4l behind Mister Wall Street (10-12) at Hexham 2m 4f hcp chs 0-100 (5) gd.
St Gregory (IRE) 12-1 (10-12) Soon behind, struggling from 6th, tailed off 4 out, last of 9, 50l behind Hinton Indiana (11-0) at Cartmel 3m 2f hcp chs 0-100 (5) gf in May.
Danny Cool 5-1 (10-4) Mid-division, struggling 11th, soon behind, tailed off, 8th of 11, 41l behind Roseville Cottage (11-9) at Cartmel 2m 5f hcp chs 0-100 (5) gf in May.
Dorlesh Way (IRE) 66-1 (10-0) Held up behind, headway on outside when not fluent 7th, mistake and saddle slipped briefly next, soon behind, no danger after, tailed off, 7th of 9, 32l behind Morning Time (11-7) at Hexham 2m hcp chs 0-100 (5) gd.
Midnight Diamond (IRE) 4-1fav (11-3) In touch, reminders 11th, weakened 14th, won at Fakenham 3m hcp chs 0-100 (5) gd beating Xenophon (10-9) by 13l, 9 ran.