Hollow Tree hasn't run since May last year but would be in a different league to these if anywhere near fully wound-up. He won twice on the Flat before beating Countrywide Flame in a Grade 1 juvenile hurdle at Chepstow at the end of 2011 and this should bring him on for bigger tests in the spring. But GOGEO may have an edge in fitness today having won over 1m3f on the Flat here last month. He beat the useful War Poet over hurdles on only his second start under NH Rules so this longer trip shouldn't be a problem. Not much has gone right for Bob's World over hurdles this term but he's useful on his day and should at least make the frame if handling the surface.
Bob's World 10-3 (11-12) Held up towards rear, some headway before 2 out, no impression, 4th of 6, 48l behind Twoways (11-7) at Carlisle 2m 1f hcp hdl 0-120 (4) hvy.
Eseej (USA) 40-1 (11-9) Led, went left 3rd, headed before 3 out, weakened before next, 9th of 11, 27l behind Ray Diamond (10-3) at Exeter 2m 3f hcp hdl 0-115 (4) gs in Oct.
Galley Slave (IRE) 50-1 (9-10) Mid-division, not fluent 1st, struggling 8th, no impression, 8th of 12, 26l behind Dom Lukka (11-3) at Huntingdon 3m 2f hcp hdl 0-110 (4) sft in Oct.
Gogeo (IRE) 7-4fav (10-12) Held up mid-division, headway before 4 out, challenged 2 out, led last, ran on strongly, won at Doncaster 2m nh nov hdl (4) gf in Nov '11 beating War Poet (10-12) by 3 1/2l, 10 ran.
Hollow Tree 14-1 (10-9) Prominent, ridden after 4 out, 5th 3 out, lost place before next, 13th of 20, 30l behind Battle Group (11-9) at Haydock 3m hcp hdl (2) gd in May.
Operatic Heights (IRE) 8-1 (11-0) Held up 4th and last, outpaced 3 out, never on terms, weakened next, tailed off, last of 4, well behind Templebraden (11-0) at Southwell 2m 4f mdn hdl (5) hvy in Jan.
Perfect Shot (IRE) 150-1 (10-11) Always behind, tailed off, 12th of 13, well behind Mountain King (11-4) at Ludlow 2m nh nov hdl (4) hvy in Jan.
Qoubilai (FR) 16-1 (11-6) Close up, lost place after 3rd, kept on same from 2 out, 4th of 7, 8l behind Granville Island (11-12) at Catterick 2m 3f hcp chs 0-125 (3) hvy in Jan.
Rose Of Marron (IRE) 200-1 (10-9) In touch, headway 4th, lost touch 6th, behind when pulled before 3 out, in a race won by Royal Regatta (11-5) at Leicester 2m 4f nh nov hdl (4) gs in Dec, 10 ran.
Zakatal 5-1 (11-6) Held up behind, took keen hold, headway before 3 out, every chance last, upsides winner run-in, no extra towards finish, 2nd of 8, 2 1/2l behind Victor Hewgo (11-11) at Doncaster 3m hcp hdl 0-120 (4) sft in Nov '12.
Moaning Butcher 33-1 (10-12) Soon outpaced by leading pair, behind from 5th, last of 4, well behind Rutherglen (11-5) at Bangor 2m 1f 3yo hdl (4) sft in Dec.