A winner twice on the Flat in Germany, LYVIUS made a successful start to his hurdling career at Kelso. Nicky Henderson's charge hardly came off the bridle that day and should have few problems defying his penalty here and confirming his place in the starting line-up for the Triumph Hurdle. Brilliant Barca and School For Scandal are more exposed, the former being pulled up when the latter finished a remote fifth in the Finale Hurdle at Chepstow over Christmas. Something must have been amiss with Gottany O'S when he was pulled up at Wetherby as he'd shown promise earlier at Doncaster, though he doesn't look an easy ride.
Brilliant Barca 9-1 (11-1) Tracked leading pair, upsides 4th, narrow lead after next, ridden and headed before 2 out, no chance with easy winner, mistake last, 2nd of 3, 11l behind Balder Succes (11-8) at Ascot 2m 4yo hdl (3) gs in Jan.
Lyvius 4-6fav (10-7) Tracked leaders in 3rd, went 2nd before 3 out, led 2 out, held on well, driven out, won at Kelso 2m nh nov hdl (4) gs in Feb beating Rhymers Ha' (11-2) by 2l, 13 ran.
School For Scandal (IRE) 14-1 (11-0) Keen hold, soon prominent, jumped slowly 3rd, hard driven 4 out, weakening when jumped left 2 out, faded, 5th of 9, 33l behind Hollow Tree (11-0) at Chepstow 2m 3yo hdl Grd 1 (1) hvy in Dec.
Alayir (IRE) 7-1 (10-12) Tracked leaders on inside, ridden after 6th, soon weakened, tailed off, 9th of 10, well behind Memorabilia (10-7) at Ludlow 2m 4yo mdn hdl (5) gs in Jan.
Armagnac Rebel 100-1 (9-3) Slowly into stride and hampered start, always behind, 12th of 13, 40l behind Deep South (9-3) at Kempton 7f 2yo mdn stks (4) pol in Jun '10 (flat).
Gottany O's 5-2 (11-0) Mid-division, mistake and lost place 4th, lost touch 4 out, tailed off and pulled up before next, in a race won by Scoglio (10-11) at Wetherby 2m 4yo mdn hdl (5) sft in Jan, 11 ran.
Mahayogin (USA) 100-1 (10-12) Held up towards rear, headway after 3 out, chased leaders under pressure next, kept on same pace, no impression, 4th of 11, 16l behind Kapga De Cerisy (11-5) at Sandown 2m 4yo hdl (4) gs in Feb.
Mr Pyramus 33-1 (8-9) Slowly away, ridden and struggling over 4f out, always behind, 6th of 10, 22l behind Mulaqen (8-9) at Kempton 1m 4f mdn auc stks (6) pol in May (flat).
State Senator (USA) 33-1 (10-12) Mid-division, dropped towards rear before 3rd, mistake next, ridden and weakened 3 out, tailed off, last of 11, well behind Kapga De Cerisy (11-5) at Sandown 2m 4yo hdl (4) gs in Feb.
Victorian Number (FR) 66-1 (10-12) Always in rear, behind from 4th, pulled up after, in a race won by Asaid (10-7) at Huntingdon 2m 4yo hdl (4) gs in Jan, 15 ran.
Lady Valtas 100-1 (9-12) Held up towards rear, pushed along and weakened from 4 out, 10th of 12, 40l behind One Lucky Lady (10-12) at Warwick 2m 4yo hdl (4) gd in Feb.
Revaader 200-1 (10-2) Took keen hold, tracked leaders, not fluent 2nd, ridden after 4 out, weakened from 2 out, 5th of 7, 19l behind Mattoral (10-7) at Chepstow 2m 4yo hdl (4) hvy in Jan.