Winning point-to-pointer Long Wave makes his debut over regulation fences and his recent good form over timber is sure to stand him in good stead on ground he'll enjoy. FORGOTTEN SYMPHONY has a similar profile though he's had one run over the bigger obstacles in Ireland. He hasn't run since last August but Brian Ellison will have him ready and he can take this with his rider's claim a big help. Fearless Leader easily landed a novices handicap on fast ground at Plumpton but was well below that form from a 10lb higher mark at Fontwell. Shockingtimes made a fair debut over fences at Taunton in November but pulled much too hard on her only subsequent start at Fakenham in February and Tough Talkin Man looks more of a threat after an improved effort at Worcester.
Moorland Sunset 15-2 (11-9) Prominent, led approaching 5th, headed after next, weakened after 3 out, pulled up before next, in a race won by Call Me Sir (10-8) at Newton Abbot 2m 6f hcp hdl 0-110 (4) gs in Apr, 11 ran.
Forgotten Symphony (IRE) 5-1 (10-12) Led to 4th, chased leaders, kept on and no impression, 2nd of 10, 4l behind Well Sharp (11-3) at Market Rasen 2m 5f nh nov hdl (4) gd in Aug '12.
Shockingtimes (IRE) 2-1fav (11-1) Tracked leaders, mistake 5th and 13th, went 2nd next, ridden 3 out, outpaced by leading pair 2 out, 3rd of 6, 22l behind Savant Bleu (11-1) at Fakenham 3m beg chs (4) sft in Dec.
Fearless Leader 9-2 (11-7) Tracked leaders in 3rd, went 2nd after 9th until weakened 3 out, 5th of 8, 32l behind Dorset Naga (11-12) at Fontwell 2m 4f hcp chs 0-120 (4) gd.
Long Wave (IRE) 13-8fav (11-7) Tracked leaders, hit 3rd, led before 3 out, headed 2 out, no extra close home, 3rd of 14, 5l behind Diamond's Return (11-12) at Uttoxeter 3m hcp hdl 0-115 (4) gd in Sep.
Tickatack (IRE) 20-1 (11-1) Mistakes in rear, blundered 2nd and next, slow 9th, no chance when blundered 13th, tailed off, 6th of 11, well behind Arbeo (10-10) at Newbury 2m 6f nov hcp chs 0-120 (4) hvy in Dec.
Tough Talkin Man (IRE) 7-1 (11-0) Always handy, not fluent 4th, driven last, unable to challenge, no impression on winner final 100 yards, 2nd of 8, 6l behind The Potting Shed (11-12) at Worcester 2m 4f (4) gd.
River Purple 20-1 (10-3) Held up in touch, not fluent 7th, outpaced 9th, well beaten 3 out, 9th of 12, well behind High Ville (11-9) at Uttoxeter 3m hcp hdl 0-110 (4) gf in Jul.