Utopian's win at Ludlow two weeks ago looks better now than it did at the time. BILLY TWYFORD's Wetherby success has been franked, however, with the runner-up Shammick Boy winning next time and third only finding one too good subsequently. Lawney Hill's consistent six-year-old can defy a 7lb rise in the weights. Old Tricks has been raised 5lb for finishing second at Wincanton but there are possibilities about Weekend Millionair, who has been struggling on softer surfaces since winning at Wincanton in the autumn, and Duaiseoir. The latter was taking on better opposition when fifth at Sandown last time. Cabimas looks the pick of Gary Moore's pair and may be best of the rest.
Old Tricks (IRE) 11-2 (11-1) Tracked leaders, went 2nd when not fluent 2 out, challenged 2 out, soon ridden, no impression inside final 100 yards, 2nd of 9, 2l behind Benvolio (11-3) at Wincanton 2m 6f hcp hdl 0-135 (3) hvy in Feb.
Mic's Delight (IRE) 14-1 (10-7) Prominent, mistake 12th, lost place when mistake 14th, behind when pulled up before 5 out, in a race won by The Package (11-1) at Wincanton 3m 1f listed hcp chs (1) gs in Nov, 12 ran.
Weekend Millionair (IRE) 12-1 (10-4) Held up towards rear, headway 3 out, soon ridden & no extra, 6th of 9, 21l behind Close House (11-5) at Wincanton 2m 6f hcp hdl (2) hvy in Dec.
Sircozy (IRE) 33-1 (10-0) Held up in rear, some headway under pressure approaching 2 out, soon no further progress, 7th of 18, 21l behind Oscara Dara (11-0) at Kempton 2m 5f Listed hcp hdl (1) sft in Jan.
Duaiseoir (IRE) 10-1 (10-4) Chased leading pair until after 2nd, stayed handy until mistake and lost place 4th, soon towards rear, rallied on inside approaching 2 out, disputing 3rd but no chance with winner last, kept on same pace flat, 5th of 12, 13l behind Lord Of House (9-9) at Sandown 2m hcp hdl 0-145 (2) hvy in Jan.
Billy Twyford (IRE) 7-1 (11-7) Held up towards rear, headway after 4 out, challenged 3 out, ridden before last, stayed on well flat to lead close home, won at Wetherby 2m hcp hdl 0-120 (4) sft in Feb beating Shammick Boy (11-12) by shd, 14 ran.
Cabimas 7-1 (11-8) Held up in rear, mistake 4 out, effort 2 out, soon no impression, 5th of 6, 8l behind Mr Mole (11-12) at Taunton 2m 1f Novice Handicap Hurdle (0-130) (4yo+) (3) hvy in Feb.
Synthe Davis (FR) 100-1 (10-1) Held up mid-division, pushed along over 3f out, weakened over 2f out, 7th of 14, 23l behind Fair Trade (11-4) at Kempton 2m n h flat (4) std in Jan.
Utopian (FR) 5-6fav (10-13) Mid-division, headway approaching 3 out, challenged 2 out, ridden to lead flat, ran on, won at Ludlow 2m mdn hdl (4) sft in Feb beating The Stout Italian (11-2) by 1 1/2l, 15 ran.
Sparrow Hills (IRE) 50-1 (11-2) Mid-division, pushed along over 4f out on outer, weakened over 1f out, 8th of 11, 12l behind Dr Livingstone (11-5) at Lingfield 2m n h flat (4) std in Jan.
Twin Bud 25-1 (11-2) Prominent, lost place before 4th, rallied after 5th, hit next, reminders after 7th, soon lost place, 10th of 17, 40l behind Seymour Eric (11-9) at Huntingdon 3m 2f hcp hdl 0-110 (4) gs in Feb.