Attaglance was one of two winners for Malcolm Jefferson at last month's Cheltenham Festival and the top weight had Art Professor, Like Minded and Bourne behind in the Martin Pipe Conditionals' Hurdle. Street Entertainer and Ski Sunday both failed to complete but David Pipe's runner was well backed that day and is undoubtedly well treated at present on last season's form. All the Aces could be interesting in his first handicap, though Barry Geraghty prefers stablemate Tour D'Argent who is chasing a hat-trick after victories at Doncaster and Hereford. Cape Dutch never threatened when fancied for last month's Coral Cup, finishing behind Dare Me and Act Of Kalanisi, but Orsippus is a previous winner at this meeting and Kilmacowen wasn't winning out of turn at Warwick last time. IT'S A GIMME went down narrowly to Hazy Tom over 2m1f here in the autumn but has made the greater progress since and proved that neither going nor trip will be a problem today when defying a penalty to beat the useful Baby Shine at Southwell last time. Jonjo O'Neill's novice gets the vote here.
Attaglance 20-1 (11-3) Prominent early, tracked leaders, outpaced slightly after 2 out, rider dropped whip and rallied approaching last, went 2nd at hurdle and went left, stayed on under pressure to lead close home, won at Cheltenham 2m 4f Conditional Handicap Hurdle (0-145) (4yo+) (2) gd in Mar beating Toner D'Oudairies (11-1) by nk, 24 ran.
I'm So Lucky 66-1 (11-10) Held up in rear, struggling 8th, never dangerous, 6th of 8, 40l behind Finian's Rainbow (11-10) at Cheltenham 2m Grade 1 chs (1) gd in Mar.
Saphir River (FR) 50-1 (10-10) Held up behind when mistake and unseated rider 2nd, in a race won by Son Of Flicka (10-6) at Cheltenham 2m 5f hcp hdl Grade 3 (1) gd in Mar, 28 ran.
Orsippus (USA) 20-1 (11-2) In rear, headway before 2 out, in 4th when mistake last, weakened run-in, 4th of 6, 10l behind Simonsig (11-2) at Kelso 2m 2f hdl (2) gs in Feb.
Robinson Collonges (FR) 13-2 (10-13) Held up in touch on outside, hampered 4 out, driven and outpaced approaching 2 out, weakened last, 5th of 9, 15l behind Astracad (10-12) at Cheltenham 2m hcp chs (2) gd in Dec.
Bourne 9-2fav (10-13) Mid-division, headway 5th, mistake 2 out, soon ridden and close up, weakened final 100 yards, 9th of 24, 8l behind Attaglance (11-3) at Cheltenham 2m 4f Conditional Handicap Hurdle (0-145) (4yo+) (2) gd in Mar.
Hazy Tom (IRE) 33-1 (11-7) Mid-division on outside, not fluent 3rd, outpaced 3 out, weakened next, 17th of 19, 28l behind Cinders And Ashes (11-7) at Cheltenham 2m nov hdl Grade 1 (1) gd in Mar.
It's A Gimme (IRE) 6-4fav (11-10) Held up in mid-division, headway from 6th, led after 2 out, mistake last, just held on, won at Southwell 2m 4f nh nov hdl (4) gs in Feb beating Baby Shine (11-3) by ns, 14 ran.
Kilmacowen (IRE) 7-1 (11-3) Tracked leaders, challenged 9th, led approaching 3 out, clear last, comfortably, won at Warwick 3m 1f nh nov hdl (4) gd in Mar beating Shakalakaboomboom (11-3) by 11l, 14 ran.
Act Of Kalanisi (IRE) 12-1 (10-1) Mid-division, headway 6th, chased leaders 3 out, outpaced next, weakened before last, 13th of 28, 26l behind Son Of Flicka (10-6) at Cheltenham 2m 5f hcp hdl Grade 3 (1) gd in Mar.
Dare Me (IRE) 12-1 (10-6) Mid-division, ridden and headway after 3 out, chased leaders next, weakened before last, 10th of 28, 22l behind Son Of Flicka (10-6) at Cheltenham 2m 5f hcp hdl Grade 3 (1) gd in Mar.
Cape Dutch (IRE) 14-1 (10-0) Mid-division, outpaced 3 out, never on terms, 15th of 28, 30l behind Son Of Flicka (10-6) at Cheltenham 2m 5f hcp hdl Grade 3 (1) gd in Mar.
Arthurian Legend 6-1 (11-12) Held up behind, outpaced before 4 out, kept on under pressure from 2 out, went moderate 3rd last, no chance with front pair, 3rd of 9, 11l behind Dream Esteem (11-4) at Chepstow 2m hcp hdl 0-135 (3) sft in Feb.
Like Minded 50-1 (10-13) Mid-division, ridden 7th, headway approaching last, never nearer, 8th of 24, 7l behind Attaglance (11-3) at Cheltenham 2m 4f Conditional Handicap Hurdle (0-145) (4yo+) (2) gd in Mar.
Art Professor (IRE) 40-1 (10-7) Towards rear, soon pushed along , headway 3 out, soon outpaced, rallied last, ran on flat, nearest finish, 5th of 24, 4l behind Attaglance (11-3) at Cheltenham 2m 4f Conditional Handicap Hurdle (0-145) (4yo+) (2) gd in Mar.
Lava Lamp (GER) 7-1 (11-2) Tracked leaders, headway before 3 out, effort next, led after last, ridden out flat, won at Ffos Las 2m 4f hcp hdl 0-130 (3) gd in Mar beating Persian Snow (11-6) by 1l, 11 ran.
Street Entertainer (IRE) 5-1 (10-12) Prominent, losing place when fell 2 out, in a race won by Attaglance (11-3) at Cheltenham 2m 4f Conditional Handicap Hurdle (0-145) (4yo+) (2) gd in Mar, 24 ran.
All The Aces (IRE) 10-11fav (11-3) Tracked leader, took keen hold, hit 3rd, not fluent 6th, ridden and weakened after 3 out, 3rd of 5, 33l behind Golden Gael (10-10) at Huntingdon 2m 4f Listed nov hdl (1) gs in Feb.
Tour D'argent (FR) 4-11fav (11-8) Mid-division, headway after 3rd, chased clear leader approaching 3 out, closed 2 out, soon ridden, challenged last, led flat, stayed on, won at Hereford 2m 1f nh nov hdl (4) sft in Jan beating Monte Cavallo (11-4) by 1 3/4l, 16 ran.
Ski Sunday 50-1 (10-11) Held up in rear, unseated rider on path before 4th, in a race won by Attaglance (11-3) at Cheltenham 2m 4f Conditional Handicap Hurdle (0-145) (4yo+) (2) gd in Mar, 24 ran.
Los Nadis (GER) 13-2 (11-9) Tracked winner throughout, ridden and no chance with winner before 3 out, 2nd of 6, 9l behind Teenage Idol (10-13) at Ayr 2m 4f hcp hdl 0-135 (3) sft in Jan.
Rajnagan (IRE) 7-1 (11-6) Chased leaders, ridden before 2 out, weakened before last, 8th of 9, 30l behind Featherbed Lane (10-11) at Ascot 2m hcp hdl 0-145 (2) gd in Nov.