WEST DRIVE, three times a winner on the Flat, fought off the hat-trick seeking Competition to make a successful debut over timber at Fontwell in August when the third was a long way behind. Gary Moore's charge has an absence to overcome but should progress further and can defy a penalty. Baddesley Knight won a bumper here in April and has run in two strong novices' contests over hurdles subsequently. He looks certain to be winning soon while Fly To Mars, who made a very bright start over timber when tackling 2m4f on this track, found Class 2 company too hot over this trip at Kempton on Boxing Day. Mach One made a reasonable debut here in November but was soon beaten in a better race at Doncaster and the remainder make no appeal.
West Drive (IRE) 6-4 (11-0) Tracked leading pair and keen, mistake 3rd, 2nd after 3 out, led approaching next, joined last, driven and kept on gamely run-in, won at Fontwell 2m 2f (4) gd in Aug beating Competition (12-0) by 3/4l, 9 ran.
Baddesley Knight (IRE) 11-2 (10-12) Tracked leaders, driven to challenge 2 out, weakened approaching last, 5th of 10, 12 3/4l behind I Can't Explain (10-12) at Sandown 2m (3) hvy in Dec.
Fly To Mars 20-1 (11-0) Tracked leaders, pushed along 3 out, ridden and weakened before next, last of 6, 37l behind Mister Fisher (11-0) at Kempton 2m (2) gs in Dec.
Mach One 25-1 (10-12) Prominent on outside, lost place 4 out, soon struggling, tailed off when pulled up before next, at Doncaster 2m 1f (3) gd in Dec.
Moayadd (USA) 25-1 (10-12) Always in rear, tailed off 4 out, pulled up after next, at Southwell 2m mdn (5) sft in Dec.
Test Ride (IRE) 66-1 (11-5) Off the pace in 8th, never on terms, tailed off, last of 12, dist behind Brandon Castle (11-11) at Plumpton 2m (4) gs in Jan.
Witches Glen (IRE) 10-1 (10-7) Behind, headway 4 out, weakened next, 6th of 13, dist behind Mr Pumblechook (11-0) at Plumpton 2m 5f mdn (4) sft in Dec.
Given Name 33-1 (9-2) Dwel, always towards rear, pushed along and struggling halfway, ridden and beaten over 2f out, last of 9, 12l behind Mandalayan (9-2) at Lingfield 1m stks (5) pol in Feb.
Noble Saffron 14-1 (10-12) Very hesitant and well behind, well tailed off 5th, pulled up after, at Hereford 2m mdn (5) gs in Jan.