Aaim To Prosper hasn't run badly in either start over hurdles but the dual Cesarewitch winner doesn't look a natural and lacks the scope of some of his rivals. UP AND GO has won both completed starts under Rules and the form of his latest success at Wetherby has worked out well with the second scoring at Exeter last week and the third only being beaten half-a-length in a Carlisle handicap next time. He may be good enough to give the weight to Copper Birch, second to At Fisher's Cross at Ffos Las in November but slightly disappointing when beaten at Ludlow subsequently, and Sausalito Sunrise. The latter was only beaten a head on his hurdling debut at Ludlow but Royal Guardsman hasn't fulfilled early potential and Billy No Name appears to have a little to find on the form book.
Up And Go (FR) 13-8fav (11-2) Made all, clear from 3 out, easily, won at Wetherby 2m 4f NH nov hdl (4-7yo) (4) sft in Jan beating Many Clouds (11-12) by 7l, 17 ran.
Aaim To Prosper (IRE) 11-4fav (11-4) Chased leaders, every chance 3 out, blundered 2 out, switched left before last, one pace, 3rd of 21, 5l behind Minella Forfitness (11-4) at Doncaster 2m 3f mdn hdl (5) gd.
Billy No Name (IRE) 9-2 (11-9) Tracked leaders, ridden to chase leader 3 out, chasing winner, held when fell last, in a race won by Okafranca (10-4) at Taunton 3m nov hcp 0-115 (4) sft in Nov, 11 ran.
Copper Birch (IRE) 11-4 (11-4) Tracked leaders, went 2nd before 3 out, led 2 out, edged right and headed flat, one pace, 2nd of 16, 4l behind One Conemara (11-4) at Ludlow 2m 5f mdn hdl (4) sft.
Fluter Phil 33-1 (11-0) Took keen hold, led, bad mistake 1st, headed 4th, led after next, not fluent when headed 3 out, beaten before next, 10th of 12, 26l behind Pendra (11-0) at Plumpton 2m mdn hdl (5) sft in Nov.
Royal Guardsman (IRE) 9-2 (11-2) Held up in touch, not fluent and not much room 5th, ridden and hanging left 3 out, soon outpaced by leaders, 5th of 13, 21l behind My Tent Or Yours (11-12) at Huntingdon 2m NH nov hdl (4-7yo) (4) sft in Jan.
Sausalito Sunrise (IRE) 10-3 (11-5) Held up in mid-division, headway 7th, led well before 3 out, clear when blundered 3 out, still 5 lengths ahead last, no extra and headed on line, 2nd of 15, hd behind Heronshaw (11-5) at Ludlow 2m 5f mdn hdl (5) sft in Jan.