Alwaystheoptimist scored off a higher mark over fences in June but one previous win in 24 starts over timber doesn't bode well and stablemate TANGOLAN is preferred. The latter went gone close on a couple of occasions with Paul Flynn in Ireland and can make a winning handicap debut on his first start for a new yard. Tiny Tenor has claims on his second over track and trip in March but West Brit and Odin have the more recent form having both made the frame on their latest starts.
Alwaystheoptimist 4-1 (11-5) Led, headed after 4th, weakened before 5 out, 5th of 6, 50l behind Keki Buku (10-13) at Worcester 2m hcp chs 0-140 (3) gf in Jun.
Tiny Tenor (IRE) 4-1 (11-12) Prominent, led 3 out, hit next, headed last, stayed on same pace, 2nd of 11, 3 1/2l behind Ladies Dancing (11-2) at Huntingdon 2m hcp hdl 0-115 (4) gd in Mar.
West Brit (IRE) 11-4fav (11-12) Held up in 5th, headway after 4th, went 2nd after 3 out, one pace when hung left approaching next, soon ridden, no impression in 3rd between last 2, 3rd of 6, 8l behind Party Palace (10-8) at Newton Abbot 2m 1f hcp hdl 0-120 (4) gf in Jul.
Odin (IRE) 3-1 (10-12) Tracked leader, shaken up when not fluent 2 out, soon ridden and beaten, stayed on same pace, 2nd of 4, 4 1/2l behind Ittirad (10-9) at Market Rasen 2m 1f nh nov hdl (4) gd in Aug.
Tangolan (IRE) 8-1 (11-1) Tracked leaders in 3rd, 2nd and challenged early straight, ridden approaching 2 out and no impression on winner from last, kept on one pace under pressure, 2nd of 17, 2 3/4l behind Dawerann (11-1) at Roscommon 2m mdn hdl gf in Jul.
King Of Wing (IRE) 20-1 (11-4) In rear, pushed along and weakened from 3 out, 7th of 8, well behind Marino Prince (11-0) at Southwell 2m hcp hdl 0-105 (4) hvy in Mar.
Sky Calling 14-1 (10-5) Always towards rear, 8th of 9, 46l behind Castlemorris King (11-10) at Stratford 2m hcp hdl 0-120 (4) gd in Jul.