SIMONSIDE has been gradually improving over hurdles and justified strong support to score at Leicester. That event was run at a strong gallop and the longer distance shouldn't prove a problem. My Arch, who has won over 2m2f on the Flat, needs a thorough test of stamina which he should get here though he's looking a few pounds high in the weights at present. Descaro has also scored over a marathon trip on the level and this is his first attempt at this trip which should suit him. Scotswell is another with plenty of stamina and he only weakened at the last over 3m3f at Kelso last time while Rossmore Lad, a winner over the trip at Chepstow in October, found Listed company too hot to handle at Cheltenham and this is more his level.
Bellflower Boy (IRE) 66-1 (11-6) Held up in rear, behind from 6th, 17th of 23, 49l behind Decoy (11-6) at Cheltenham 2m 5f hcp hdl 0-125 (3) gd in Nov.
Rossmore Lad (IRE) 8-1 (9-10) Held up in rear, headway approaching 3 out, never near leaders, no impression approaching last, 7th of 19, 28l behind Dorset Square (10-2) at Cheltenham 3m 1f Listed hcp hdl (1) gs in Nov.
My Arch 3-1fav (11-5) Held up towards rear, headway on wide outside before 4 out, chased leaders before 3 out, stayed on from last, went 2nd last strides, no chance with winner, 2nd of 10, 7l behind Bow Badger (11-5) at Musselburgh 2m 4f hcp hdl 0-125 (3) gd in Nov.
What's Occurrin 11-1 (11-10) Tracked winner, not fluent 2nd or 3rd, hit 7th, 3rd when not fluent 3 out, mistake and no impression next, 4th of 8, 19l behind My Brother Sylvest (11-2) at Haydock 2m 4f hcp hdl 0-120 (4) gd in Oct.
Pie At Midnight 14-1 (11-9) Led, fell 2nd, in a race won by Barrie Burn (11-2) at Market Rasen 2m 5f hcp hdl 0-120 (4) gs in Nov, 10 ran.
Abnaki (IRE) 9-1 (11-10) Held up towards rear, pushed along before 3 out, soon weakened, 7th of 13, 25l behind Mighty Monty (10-9) at Uttoxeter 2m 4f hcp hdl 0-115 (4) gs in Nov.
Scotswell 6-1 (10-2) Tracked leaders, led before 2 out, ridden and headed last, one pace and no impression on winner, 2nd of 11, 8l behind Soprano (9-9) at Kelso 3m 3f hcp hdl 0-135 (3) gd in Nov.
Simonside 5-2fav (10-8) Tracked leader, led soon after 4 out, ridden 2 out, stayed on, won at Leicester 2m 4f hcp hdl 0-120 (4) gd in Nov beating Vertueux (10-8) by 7l, 9 ran.
Descaro (USA) 7-2fav (10-12) Held up, hampered 2nd, headway 3 out, ridden next, stayed on to go 3rd near finish, 3rd of 10, 6l behind Barrie Burn (11-2) at Market Rasen 2m 5f hcp hdl 0-120 (4) gs in Nov.
Risk Runner (IRE) 40-1 (10-10) Held up towards rear, pushed along before 7th, weakened from 3 out, 8th of 13, 32l behind Harry Hunt (11-6) at Wetherby 2m 4f hcp hdl 0-135 (3) gd in Oct.