Hurdling wouldn't have been on the agenda for DAWALAN, a half-brother to the brilliant pair Dalakhani and Daylami. Lightly-raced in France, he wasn't particularly fancied on his debut for Nicky Henderson on this track but ran well for a long way and will have come on. Andi' Amu was well beaten that day and though Aglaophonos has only been narrowly defeated in two minor events at Ludlow he will need to find more, a remark that also applies to Brave Helios. The lightly-raced Certification is a newcomer to note coming from a yard that does so well with similar types.
Aglaophonos 13-8fav (10-12) Always prominent, not fluent 3rd, every chance when not fluent 3 out, switched left after 2 out, still close up last, driven and switched right flat, no impression inside final 100 yards, 2nd of 11, 1 3/4l behind Saint Jerome (10-12) at Ludlow 2m 3yo hdl (4) gd in Nov.
Alco Sivola (FR) Dom Alco gelding out of Oeuvre Vive.
Andi'amu (FR) 20-1 (10-9) In rear, weakened before 3 out, 5th of 9, 22l behind Calipto (10-12) at Newbury 2m 3yo hdl (3) gs in Nov.
Brave Helios 8-1 (10-9) Tracked leaders, ridden after 6th, outpaced before 3 out, no impression after, disputing 4th and well held when fell last, in a race won by Saint Jerome (10-12) at Ludlow 2m 3yo hdl (4) gd in Nov, 11 ran.
Bugsy 22-1 (10-12) Led, joined 5th, ridden and headed before last, kept on same pace, 3rd of 8, 9l behind Rutherglen (10-12) at Wetherby 2m 3yo mdn hdl (5) gs in Nov.
Candyman Can (IRE) 4-1 (8-12) Tracked leaders and keen, ridden over 1f out, one pace, 3rd of 10, 13l behind One Pursuit (8-13) at Bath 1m 5f hcp 0-75 (5) sft in Oct (flat).
Certification (IRE) 13-2 (9-3) Chased leaders, pushed 3f out, headway over 2f out, hung right and went 2nd entering final furlong, kept on same pace, 2nd of 12, 1 1/2l behind Omnipresent (9-3) at Kempton 1m 4f mdn auc stks (5) pol in Aug (flat).
Dawalan (FR) 5-1 (10-12) Led, headed after 1st, tracked leaders, no impression from 3 out, 4th of 9, 13l behind Calipto (10-12) at Newbury 2m 3yo hdl (3) gs in Nov.
Henri De Boistron (FR) 20-1 (10-12) Tracked leader and keen, lost place when mistake 4th, last of 8, 34l behind Rutherglen (10-12) at Wetherby 2m 3yo mdn hdl (5) gs in Nov.
Luckster 7-4fav (9-0) Chased leaders, reminders over 5f out, ridden over 3f out, soon weakened, 5th of 10, 18l behind Mr Burbidge (9-8) at Wolverhampton 2m hcp 0-60 (6) pol in Nov (flat).
Marju's Quest (IRE) 5-1 (10-12) Mid-division and keen, headway to join leader 5th, ridden and weakened before last, 6th of 8, 23l behind Rutherglen (10-12) at Wetherby 2m 3yo mdn hdl (5) gs in Nov.
Mr Fitzroy (IRE) 20-1 (8-12) Tracked leaders, lost place 8f out, headway over 2f out, every chance over 1f out, no extra well inside final furlong, 5th of 13, 4l behind Eric The Grey (8-13) at Windsor 1m 2f 3yo hcp 0-85 (4) sft in Oct (flat).
Rayak (IRE) 6-1 (10-12) Pulled hard, led until after 2nd, remained prominent, effort 2 out, soon weakened, 7th of 11, 16l behind Mahican (10-12) at Warwick 2m 3yo hdl (4) gs.
The Green Ogre 14-1 (9-5) Chased winner, pushed along 3f out, soon no chance with winner, lost 2nd inside final furlong, 3rd of 5, 5l behind Star Pearl (9-0) at Windsor 1m 3yo mdn (5) gd in Jun (flat).