Dante's Storm made all for an easy success in a point-to-point at Charing earlier this month while Tartan Snow was only beaten a neck at Kelso last week and should be winning soon. But the one to beat is probably RUMBURY GREY, who ran for a long way in a competitive hunter chase at Newbury last month and will strip fitter here. Postmaster needs to improve again to land this while Simply Smashing has been off the track for 11 months, though stays well and should give another account if fully wound-up. The others have less obvious claims.
Keenan's Future (IRE) 25-1 (11-13) Mid-division, jumped right and not fluent 4th, hampered next, headway approaching 9th, lost place 11th, well beaten 4 out, pulled up after, in a race won by Kirkleigh (11-9) at Wincanton 3m 1f hts chs (6) hvy in Jan, 14 ran.
Postmaster 5-1 (11-7) Held up in 5th, outpaced before 3 out (usual 4 out), soon weakened, tailed off, 5th of 8, well behind Epee Celeste (9-7) at Cartmel 3m 2f hcp chs 0-135 (3) gs in Jul.
Rumbury Grey 7-1 (12-3) Tracked leader, not fluent 4th, lost 2nd 6th, weakened before 2 out, 4th of 11, 39l behind Chapoturgeon (11-9) at Newbury 2m 6f hts chs (6) sft in Jan.
Simply Smashing (IRE) 2-1 (12-0) (tt) led to 10; led 15; missed marker bend app 17; hdd 3 out; led bet last 2; stayed on wl; fin 1st; disq, won at Whitwell-on-the-hill 4m 1f ptp gf in Apr deadheating with Borero (12-0), 8 ran.
Tartan Snow 9-4 (11-13) Tracked leaders in 3rd, went 2nd from 8th, joined leader 3 out, led before last, ridden soon after, headed narrowly last 100 yards, just held, 2nd of 5, nk behind Sacred Mountain (11-9) at Kelso 2m 7f hts chs (6) hvy.
Dante's Storm 1-2 (12-0) (tt) made all; unchall, won at Charing 3m ptp gs beating Noakarad De Verzee (12-0) by 6l, 10 ran.
Supreme Plan (IRE) 22-1 (11-7) Held up towards rear, ridden before 4 out, soon weakened, 5th of 7, 47l behind Palypso De Creek (11-3) at Wetherby 3m 1f hts chs (6) sft.
Hinton Indiana 12-1 (12-7) Lost plce 12; wl bhnd when pu 15, in a race won by Herecomesthetruth (12-0) at Cottenham 3m ptp gs in Dec, 17 ran.