LONG WAVE did not run well here when well beaten in April but that defeat was sandwiched between two decisive successes over a staying trip and Charlie Longsdon would not return him to the Nottinghamshire venue unless confident of his ability to handle conditions. He jumps and stays well and is just afforded preference over the in-form Best Boy Barney, winner of three of his last four starts for Jeremy Scott. The latter seems sure to set out to make all and looks a major threat off what still appeals as a feasible mark. Wither Yenot is best watched making his chase debut against far more experienced fencers whilst Clondaw Hero is another for whom a watching brief is advised after performing well below par on both occasions this season.
Clondaw Hero (IRE) 11-4 (11-5) Tracked leader, lost place before 7th, soon struggling, weakened before 3 out, tailed off, 4th of 5, 43l behind Imjoeking (10-12) at Hexham 2m nov chs (4) gd in Jun.
Wither Yenot (IRE) 7-2fav (11-2) Tracked leaders, ridden and lost place from 7th, well beaten before 2 out, 6th of 8, 24l behind Cinevator (11-5) at Fontwell 2m 4f hcp hdl 0-120 (4) gf in Jun.
Long Wave (IRE) 9-4 (11-3) Close up, lost place 3rd, headway 8th, went 2nd 4 out, challenging when not fluent last, led flat, edged left, driven out, won at Fontwell 2m 6f hcp chs 0-115 (4) gd in Jun beating Porters War (11-10) by 2 1/4l, 7 ran.
Best Boy Barney (IRE) 9-1 (11-8) Made all, pushed along before 13th, clear from 3 out, kept on well from last, won at Uttoxeter 3m nov hcp chs 0-115 (4) gd in Jun beating Big Sound (11-2) by 1 1/2l, 13 ran.
Next Exit (IRE) 50-1 (10-7) Tracked winner until before 5th, behind 11th, left remote 2nd from 13th, hacked home, 2nd of 5, well behind Lamb Or Cod (11-4) at Fakenham 3m nov chs (3) gd in May.