Cinders And Ashes went on to land the Supreme Novices' at Cheltenham after winning this trial in 2012 and UN TEMPS POUR TOUT is entered in this year's renewal. A £450,000 purchase, David Pipe's charge won Listed and Grade 3 hurdle races in France and a provisional rating of 147 suggests he's good enough to make a winning start for new connections. Zamdy Man has returned to action much improved and landed a Listed event over track and trip in November while Stand To Reason has taken well to hurdling, although he was left clear at the last when scoring at Newbury on his latest start. Meadowcroft Boy remains unbeaten after winning easily on his hurdling debut and is worth a try in this company but River Clare and Abracadabra Sivola look up against it.
Un Temps Pour Tout (IRE) 5-2fav (10-7) 3rd of 11, 7l behind Ptit Zig (10-7) at Auteuil(FR) 2m 3f 4yo hdl Grd 1 gd in Nov.
Zamdy Man 15-8fav (11-8) Made all, soon 5 lengthes clear, not fluent 5th and 3 out, edged left under pressure after last, ran on well, won at Haydock 2m Listed nov hdl (1) sft in Nov beating Oscar Hoof (11-0) by 1 1/2l, 5 ran.
Meadowcroft Boy 7-4fav (10-9) Led after 1st, made rest, clear from 2 out, kept on strongly, very easily, won at Carlisle 2m 1f nh nov hdl (4) sft in Dec beating Heart Dancer (10-12) by 21l, 10 ran.
Stand To Reason (IRE) 11-8 (11-5) Tracked leading pair, went 2nd before 3 out, challenging when blundered 3 out, rallied next, pushed along and upsides when left clear at the last, won at Newbury 2m hdl (4) hvy in Dec beating Midnight Thunder (11-0) by 16l, 5 ran.
River Clare (IRE) 16-1 (10-9) Held up towards rear, headway halfway, took keen hold, weakened over 2f out, 4th of 8, 27l behind Stellar Notion (11-2) at Bangor 2m 1f NH flat (6) gs in Dec.
Abracadabra Sivola (FR) 3-1 (10-12) Tracked leader, led briefly 2nd, led again 3rd, ridden and headed approaching 2 out, soon dropped to 3rd, hit last, kept on same pace flat, 3rd of 8, 6l behind Violet Dancer (11-4) at Sandown 2m 3yo hdl (3) gs in Dec.