Great Value won in this grade at Southwell 11 days ago but a 7lb penalty means he has to carry a welter burden in this. Tiny Dancer has won at Ayr and Sedgefield since the turn of the year but faster ground could be a problem while Safari Journey still has to prove he is as good as he once was. GROOMED's latest victory came over hurdles but he's won twice over fences and is only 2lb higher than when last successful over the larger obstacles at Ffos Las a year ago. He gets the vote as Free World has regressed since finishing second here in January and Indian Voyage's recent form has been over 2m.
Great Value (IRE) 7-2 (11-12) Held up towards rear, smooth headway before 3 out, went 2nd 2 out, led last, ran on well, won at Southwell 2m 4f hcp chs 0-120 (4) gd beating Proud Times (11-4) by 2 3/4l, 5 ran.
Safari Journey (USA) 33-1 (11-2) Held up in touch in last trio, closed before 6th, went 2nd 2 out, no impression on winner before last, 2nd of 6, 15l behind Forward Flight (10-13) at Sedgefield 2m 4f hcp hdl 0-120 (4) sft.
Tiny Dancer (IRE) 9-5fav (11-10) Took keen hold, held up tracking leaders, jumped slowly 9th, pushed along in 3rd, led 11th, headed 3 out, chased leader, led again before 2 out, ridden before last, stayed on, won at Sedgefield 2m 4f nov hcp chs 0-115 (4) gs beating One In A Row (9-11) by 1 3/4l, 6 ran.
Groomed (IRE) 10-1 (11-4) Soon mid-division, lost place and behind 6th, rallied and in touch before 2 out, ridden to lead when edged right flat, held on, won at Doncaster 2m 3f hcp hdl 0-110 (4) gd in Feb beating Short Takes (11-6) by 1/2l, 11 ran.
Allow Me 11-4 (11-12) Led, not fluent 6th, headed 4 out, no extra from 2 out, 5th of 6, 14l behind Prosecco (11-9) at Carlisle 2m hcp chs 0-120 (4) sft.
Free World (FR) 14-1 (10-6) Chased leaders, outpaced 12th, went poor 4th before 2 out, 4th of 8, 30l behind Speed Master (11-12) at Warwick 2m 4f hcp chs 0-120 (4) gd.
Indian Voyage (IRE) 33-1 (10-12) Held up towards rear, outpaced before 2 out, ridden and headway before last, kept on to chase winner run-in, held towards finish, 2nd of 6, 1 1/4l behind Mitchell's Way (11-5) at Carlisle 2m nov chs (3) gs.