Up To Something sets a very decent standard in this having won at Carlisle in the autumn and run well in defeat at Ascot and Newbury later. But he ran as though something was amiss in a Grade 2 at Ascot last time and this trip may be beyond his best. Beeves also has a penalty to carry and was found wanting at Kelso and Leicester last month but ex-pointer Danners wasn't disgraced at Towcester on his debut under Rules and Dreamy George ran well for a long way over a shorter trip here last month. VICTOR HEWGO ran well behind Western Warhorse here after a lengthy break, though was probably flattered by his proximity to the winner. The step up to 3m will suit, however, and he should take all the beating granted normal improvement.
Beeves (IRE) 9-2 (11-7) Led until 2nd, prominent, reminder after 6th, ridden from after 8th, not fluent 12th, outpaced approaching 4 out, rallied to chase winner when not fluent 2 out, no impression last, 2nd of 4, 16l behind Ely Brown (11-0) at Leicester 2m 7f nov chs (3) gs in Dec.
Up To Something (FR) 13-2 (11-4) Leed, narrowly headed 10th, chased winner until 4 out, soon outpaced in 3rd, weakened to 4th 2 out, finished tired, last of 4, 37l behind Fox Appeal (11-0) at Ascot 2m 3f nov chs Grade 2 (1) sft in Dec.
Danners (IRE) 12-1 (10-9) Prominent, raced wide, hit 2nd, not fluent 6th, outpaced 12th, stayed on approaching last, went 3rd flat, no impression, 3rd of 7, 15l behind Baby Shine (10-7) at Towcester 2m 6f beg chs (4) hvy in Dec.
Dreamy George (IRE) 16-1 (11-0) In rear, blundered 2nd, went 2nd before 4th, led 8th, headed before 3 out, one pace and lost 2nd from last, 3rd of 4, 17l behind Karinga Dancer (11-0) at Doncaster 2m 3f nov chs (4) gd in Dec.
Newton Thistle 66-1 (10-9) Held up towards rear when fell 5th, in a race won by Brassick (10-12) at Huntingdon 2m 4f nh nov hdl (4) sft in Nov '12, 10 ran.
Perfect Candidate (IRE) 16-1 (10-12) Chased leaders, led aproaching 2nd, pushed along approaching 4 out, ridden and pressed bypassing omitted 2 out, headed before last, no chance with winner, 2nd of 9, 6l behind Killala Quay (11-5) at Chepstow 2m 4f nh nov hdl (4) gd in Oct.
Victor Hewgo 14-1 (10-12) 2nd of 5, nk behind Western Warhorse (10-12) at Doncaster 2m 3f nov chs (3) gs.