Alan King has trained the last two winners of this and a treble isn't out of the question as Simply A Legend has only found one too good on three occasions this season. Tara Road is improving with experience and should be thereabouts while Gallic Warrior was giving plenty of weight to subsequent scorer Here's Herbie at Exeter at the start of the month. No one could begrudge GASSIN GOLF a first success as he's run well in the majority of his starts over timber, his latest second behind Baltimore Rock in the Imperial Cup being easily the best form on offer in this. Benenden looks best of the rest, though Now Ben and Shelford are possible improvers.
Benenden (IRE) 7-2 (11-2) Held up in touch, mistake 4 out, challenged 3 out, weakened next, 6th of 7, 14l behind Cloud Creeper (11-2) at Southwell 2m 4f nov hdl (4) sft.
Black Cow (IRE) 9-1 (11-4) Prominent, led 9f out, ridden and headed over 1f out, no extra well inside final furlong, 4th of 16, 4l behind Clondaw Banker (10-13) at Kempton 2m n h flat (4) std in Jan.
Fight Commander (IRE) 11-2 (11-1) Tracked leading pair, led before 2 out, headed soon after, chased winner, well held before last, lost 2nd at the last, one pace run-in, 3rd of 8, 7l behind In Fairness (11-1) at Sandown 2m nov hdl (4) sft.
Gallic Warrior (FR) 11-2 (11-10) Led 1st, not fluent 5th or 7th, clear appraoching 3 out until ridden last, headed flat, no extra and eased, 2nd of 10, 10l behind Here's Herbie (10-13) at Exeter 2m 3f hcp hdl 0-115 (4) hvy.
Gassin Golf 14-1 (10-8) Held up towards rear, smooth headway tracvelling well before 2 out, led narrowly 2 out, ridden and headed last, staying on same pace and held when not much room on inside and switched left final 120 yards, 2nd of 14, 1l behind Baltimore Rock (10-12) at Sandown 2m hcp hdl Grade 3 (1) sft.
Jay Are (IRE) 5-1 (12-2) Alw cl up on inner, disp 3out, ld aftr 2out, chall & no ans to wnr last, ko, 2nd of 14, 4l behind Double Scores (12-2) at Tyrella 3m ire ptp sft in Feb.
Milord (GER) 16-1 (11-4) Tracked leaders, ridden over 3f out, weakened over 2f out, eased right down close home, in a race won by Sgt Reckless (11-4) at Kempton 2m n h flat (3) std in Jan, 13 ran.
Minerfortyniner (IRE) 5-1 (11-9) Trkd ldr in 2nd, mstk 5out, wknd aftr 4out, mod 4th & no ex aftr 3out, left 2nd 2out, closed on ldr bef last, no ex nr fin, 2nd of 11, 1 1/2l behind Mezendore (11-9) at Avaune 3m ire ptp gs in Dec.
Now Ben (IRE) 5-2 (11-4) Tracked leaders on inside, outpaced 4f out, weakened 2f out, 8th of 14, 32l behind Zulu Oscar (11-4) at Wincanton 2m NH flat (6) gs in Nov.
Sacramento King (IRE) 100-1 (11-0) Held up in rear, not fluent 5th, never on terms, tailed off, 6th of 9, well behind Royal Boy (11-0) at Ascot 2m 6f NH mdn hdl (3) sft in Dec.
Shelford (IRE) 4-1 (10-8) In touch, slow 3rd, headway 3 out, led and hit next, not fluent last, soon headed, no extra, 2nd of 8, 3 1/2l behind Rosie Probert (10-1) at Ffos Las 2m nh nov hdl (4) gd in May.
Simply A Legend 11-10fav (11-2) Took keen hold, held up towards rear, headway and in touch 3rd, went 2nd next, effort 3 out, soon ridden, kept on same pace, no chance with winner flat, 2nd of 9, 8l behind Kings Bandit (11-2) at Ludlow 2m nov hdl (4) sft in Feb.
Spring Steel (IRE) 50-1 (11-4) Led, headed before 3 out, ridden before last, kept on, 4th of 18, 20l behind Pearl Castle (10-7) at Doncaster 2m nh nov hdl (4) gs in Jan.
Tara Road 11-10fav (11-4) Held up in touch on outside, headway to challenge 4 out, led narrowly before next, ridden and headed flat, kept on when not much room and switched right final 50 yards, held towards finish, 2nd of 6, 2 3/4l behind Ampleforth (11-4) at Ludlow 2m 5f mdn hdl (4) hvy in Feb.
Troufion (FR) 20-1 (10-8) Led and keen, mistake 7 out, ridden before last, kept on and headed towards finish, 2nd of 11, 1/2l behind At Reception (10-10) at Southwell 2m 4f mdn hdl (4) gd.
Bahumbug 100-1 (10-12) Always towards rear, 9th of 11, 46l behind Raven's Tower (11-5) at Warwick 2m 4yo hdl (4) sft in Feb.