LAUBERHORN is surprisingly dropped into this grade for the first time despite winning a handicap at Huntingdon last week. Evan Williams obviously has his reasons and he should outclass this modest bunch. My Viking Bay won a Towcester seller last May but has barely troubled the judge since and was behind when falling at Chepstow earlier this month while the four-year-old Golden Acorn is a little flattered by recent form figures. Descaro has won four times on the Flat and doesn't appear often over hurdles so may be best of the rest.
Lauberhorn 9-4fav (11-6) Held up towards rear, headway before 3 out, led last, ran on strongly, eased towards finish, won at Huntingdon 2m ldys hcp hdl 0-100 (5) gs beating Arkaim (10-13) by 9l, 9 ran.
Aim 25-1 (11-0) Led until jumped slow 1st, soon lost place and reminders, tailed off, pulled up after 3 out, in a race won by Yippee Kiyay (11-6) at Southwell 2m 4f nov hcp hdl 0-95 (5) gd, 14 ran.
Descaro (USA) 10-1 (11-3) Led to after 4th, chased leaders, weakened 4 out, 6th of 13, 26l behind Drussell (11-2) at Ludlow 2m hcp hdl 0-105 (4) sft in Dec.
Next To Nowhere (IRE) 6-1 (11-9) Tracked leaders, took keen hold, mistake 9th, jumped slowly 4 out, awkward and outpaced 2 out, no impression, not fluent last, last of 3, 9l behind Little Jimmy (10-9) at Wincanton 2m hcp chs 0-105 (4) gs.
Prudent George 200-1 (11-2) Chased leaders, ridden approaching 5th weakened well before 2 out, 10th of 14, 41l behind Edmund Kean (11-9) at Taunton 2m 1f nov hdl (4) hvy in Feb.
Si Bien (FR) 100-1 (10-12) Always in rear, tailed off, last of 14, well behind Moorland Sunset (10-12) at Exeter 2m 1f NH nov hdl 4-6yo (4) sft in Dec '11.
Underlay Underlay 250-1 (10-3) Prominent, took keen hold, not fluent 1st, lost place approaching 5th, well behind 3 out, tailed off, 6th of 7, well behind Fulgora (10-5) at Taunton 2m 1f clm hdl (5) gs in Jan '12.
My Viking Bay (IRE) 9-2 (11-0) Held up towards rear, headway 3 out, 5th and closing when fell next, in a race won by Molon Labe (11-5) at Chepstow 2m nov hcp hdl 0-100 (5) sft, 9 ran.
Didn'tcostalot (IRE) Kayf Tara gelding out of Benny's Marble.
Golden Acorn (IRE) 20-1 (10-7) Chased winner until approaching 5th, went 2nd again after 3 out until approaching 2 out, one pace, 3rd of 5, 23l behind Little Dutch Girl (10-10) at Taunton 2m 1f Fillies Juvenile Hurdle (4yo) (4) sft.