TISTORY faces no easy task under a penalty but still gets the nod as he was clear of the third when runner-up to Brother Brian over this trip at Newbury last time. Minella Friend looks the biggest danger to the selection despite having failed to justify favouritism twice since running Horizontal Speed close at Exeter on his hurdling debut. I Got Power is likely to by suited by the longer distance having run well twice over shorter here and it will be interesting to see if there is any market interest in Monksgold after a break. Go West Young Man was well beaten on his reappearance but showed promise last season and is likely to strip fitter today.
Tistory (FR) 11-4 (11-5) Held up in mid-division, headway to chase leaders 4 out, went 2nd soon after, led 3 out, joined last, headed and no extra final half furlong, 2nd of 14, 1 1/4l behind Brother Brian (10-12) at Newbury 2m 3f NH nov hdl 4-6yo (4) sft in Dec.
Go West Young Man (IRE) 6-1 (10-12) Behind, headway 3 out, soon weakened, 12th of 16, 31l behind Wadswick Court (10-12) at Huntingdon 2m nh nov hdl (4) gs in Dec.
I Got Power 33-1 (11-4) Held up mid-division, headway before 3 out to chase leaders, kept on same pace, 2nd of 18, 16l behind Pearl Castle (10-7) at Doncaster 2m nh nov hdl (4) gs in Jan.
Lapworth (IRE) 50-1 (11-0) Tracked leader until over 5f out, weakened over 4f out, tailed off, last of 5, 50l behind Bandit Country (11-0) at Market Rasen 2m 1f NH flat (6) gs in Dec.
March Seventeenth (IRE) 100-1 (11-0) Tracked leader, weakened before 8th, pulled up, in a race won by Holywell (11-0) at Catterick 2m 3f beg chase (4) sft in Jan, 5 ran.
Minella Friend (IRE) 85-40fav (11-6) Tracked leaders, headway before 3 out, went 3rd before last, chased winner run-in, no impression, 2nd of 11, 10l behind Softsong (11-6) at Doncaster 2m 3f mdn hdl (5) gs in Jan.
Monksgold (IRE) 20-1 (11-2) Held up in mid-division, effort on inside over 3f out, weakened over 2f out, 10th of 12, 46l behind Doctor Harper (11-9) at Sandown 2m NH flat (5) gs in Feb '13.
Tsar Alexandre (FR) 14-1 (10-13) Took keen hold tracking leaders, pushed along 6f out, kept on same pace final 2f, 7th of 14, 14l behind Five In A Row (11-2) at Kempton 2m n h flat (4) std in Feb.
Ziggie (IRE) 14-1 (10-12) Raced on outside, not fluent, led until before 2nd, prominent, lost place before 9th, behind next, tailed off, last of 9, well behind Sego Success (10-12) at Southwell 3m nh nov hdl (4) gd in Dec.