Charlie Longsdon won this last year and SIMPLY THE WEST should repeat the process. A winner between the flags, he gained an easy victory over timber at Bangor before finding Cheltenham too tough though he was in contention until the second last. Irish import Golan Dancer ran well enough here last time to suggest he can give the selection a run though his best form has come on much more testing ground. Blue Beat attempted to make all over 2m2f at Fontwell but faded from the last so still has plenty to prove over this longer trip. Ginny's Tonic makes her debut over timber and her dam produced a winning jumper with her first foal.
Simply The West (IRE) 20-1 (11-8) Prominent until 2 out, soon weakened, tailed off, last of 8, well behind Thomas Brown (11-12) at Cheltenham 2m 4f nh nov hdl (3) gs in Jan.
Blue Bear (IRE) 9-2 (11-0) Prominent, led 2nd, mistake when headed 2 out, soon weakened, 4th of 7, 12l behind Cloudy Beach (11-0) at Fontwell 2m 2f NH mdn hdl (4) gd in May.
Golan Dancer (IRE) 6-1 (11-5) Held up towards rear, headway bypassing 4 out, 2nd before 2 out, every chance when mistake 2 out, soon lost 2nd, chased leading pair, one pace and held when hit last, 3rd of 11, 4 1/2l behind Like Sully (11-5) at Plumpton 2m nh nov hdl (4) hvy in Jan.
Storm On By (IRE) 100-1 (11-4) Always towards rear, never on terms, behind and eased over 2f out, 8th of 10, 35l behind Chic Theatre (11-4) at Plumpton 2m 2f NH flat (6) gs in Feb.
Toohighforme (IRE) 33-1 (11-4) Tracked winner, weakened over 3f out, last of 9, well behind What A Moment (10-13) at Towcester 2m NH flat (6) sft in Jan.
Born To Be Free 80-1 (10-4) Mid-division on inside, weakened over 6f out, soon lost touch, tailed off, 9th of 10, well behind Chic Theatre (11-4) at Plumpton 2m 2f NH flat (6) gs in Feb.
Fairy Princess 50-1 (10-0) Held up, always in rear, 9th of 10, 19l behind Native Display (11-0) at Lingfield 2m (6) std in Dec.
Ginny's Tonic (IRE) 16-1 (10-9) Soon towards rear, struggling halfway, plugged on to take remote 4th over 1f out, no chance with leaders, 4th of 11, 50l behind Weststreet (11-2) at Fontwell 2m 2f NH flat (6) hvy in Nov.
Lady Overmoon 25-1 (10-9) Took keen hold, tracked leaders after 2f, lost place quickly over 4f out, soon eased, tailed off, last of 14, well behind Lifeboat Mona (10-12) at Warwick 2m mares n h flat (6) gs in Nov.