All eyes here are likely to be on dual Cesarewitch winner Aaim To Prosper as he bids to go one better than on his belated hurdling debut at Newbury, where he just got outpointed by Meganisi. The longer trip is certain to suit but the nine-year-old doesn't have much scope so we're inclined to take him on with newcomer ZUIDER ZEE. John Ferguson's charge, winner of the November Handicap here in 2011, was more than 11 lengths ahead of Aaim To Prosper in a Group 3 on the level at Sandown last year and has the size to make a hurdler. Life And Soul, another decent sort on the Flat, should be winning soon judged on his second at Catterick while there should be more to come from Ascot third Minella Forfitness.
Aaim To Prosper (IRE) 15-8 (11-0) Disputed lead, slow 2nd, ridden and every chance approaching 2 out, no extra closing stages, 2nd of 8, 3 1/2l behind Meganisi (11-5) at Newbury 2m nh nov hdl (3) sft in Nov.
Alpancho 9-2 (10-9) Held up in touch, ridden after 6th, weakened next, tailed off, 6th of 10, well behind Coneygree (10-12) at Uttoxeter 2m 4f nh nov hdl (4) sft in Nov.
Big Sound 66-1 (10-11) Held up in rear, pushed along over 3f out, never dangerous, last of 8, well behind No Deal (11-0) at Carlisle 2m 1f NH flat (6) sft in Nov.
Brief Mark (IRE) 66-1 (10-12) Held up in rear, well beaten after 7th, mistake 2 out, tailed off, 10th of 12, well behind Chiberta King (10-12) at Newbury 2m 3f nov hdl (4) sft in Jan.
Chemistry Master 11-2 (9-8) Tracked leader until ridden 4f out, weakened 2f out, 7th of 8, 14l behind Jeer (9-5) at Wolverhampton 1m 4f hcp (0-65) (6) pol in Sep (flat).
Consigliori (IRE) 66-1 (10-12) Led to before 3 out, soon weakened, tailed off, 7th of 9, well behind Two Rockers (11-5) at Towcester 2m 5f nh nov hdl (4) hvy in Dec.
Custer Of The West (IRE) 50-1 (10-12) Held up in rear, headway after 4 out, weakened next, 12th of 20, 43l behind Red Devil Boys (10-12) at Doncaster 2m 3f nov hdl (4) sft in Dec.
Feast Of Fire (IRE) 14-1 (11-4) Led, headed over 3f out, weakened over 1f out, 8th of 15, 9l behind Ericht (11-4) at Kempton 2m n h flat (4) std in Jan.
Fromthetop (IRE) 50-1 (11-0) Held up in touch, mistake 6th, ridden next, weakened 9th, mistake 3 out, pulled up before next, in a race won by Emperor's Choice (11-0) at Taunton 2m 7f beg chase (4) sft in Jan, 7 ran.
Greatown (IRE) 66-1 (10-12) Held up towards rear, stayed on from 2 out, never dangerous, 4th of 11, 35l behind Counsel (11-0) at Sedgefield 2m 1f nh nov hdl (4) sft in Jan.
Jawbreaker (IRE) 100-1 (10-12) Not fluent, always behind, struggling 5th, tailed off and pulled up after 3 out, in a race won by Robbie (11-12) at Southwell 2m nov hdl (4) gd in Nov, 11 ran.
Life And Soul (IRE) 13-8fav (11-5) Close up and keen, led 3rd, ridden and headed 2 out, kept on and no chance with winner, 2nd of 16, 8l behind Only Orsenfoolsies (10-0) at Catterick 2m nh nov hdl (4) sft in Jan.
Minella Forfitness (IRE) 6-4fav (11-0) Mid-division, headway 4 out, went 2nd after 3 out until before next, 3rd and beaten before last, 3rd of 12, 13l behind Many Clouds (11-0) at Ascot 2m 3f NH mdn hdl (3) sft in Nov.
Neltara 25-1 (10-5) Tracked leaders, challenged 6th, no extra from 2 out, 4th of 20, 14l behind Red Devil Boys (10-12) at Doncaster 2m 3f nov hdl (4) sft in Dec.
Pryde Rock 8-1 (10-7) Tracked leader until ridden over 2f out, soon weakened, 6th of 11, 22l behind Warden Hill (11-0) at Kempton 2m Maiden Nat Hunt Flat (4-6yo) (AW) (6) std in Dec.
River Exit (IRE) 50-1 (11-4) Chased leaders, ridden and lost place over 6f out, tailed off, 11th of 12, well behind Vrai Vert (11-4) at Hereford 2m 1f NH flat (6) sft in Dec '11.
Rockchasebullett (IRE) 50-1 (11-4) Behind, pushed along over 10f out, headway to chase leaders over 2f out, soon no impression, 7th of 9, 31l behind Captain Cutter (11-4) at Ascot 2m NH flat Listed (1) hvy in Dec.
Sorcier (FR) 40-1 (10-11) Mid-division on inside, headway 4 out, went 2nd next, every chance 2 out until after last, weakened into 3rd flat, 3rd of 13, 12l behind Forty Crown (11-0) at Kelso 2m 6f NH mdn hdl (5) hvy in Dec.
Teeiygee 200-1 (10-12) Always in rear, well behind when pulled up 3 out, in a race won by Dungeel (11-5) at Catterick 3m 1f nov hdl (4) hvy in Jan, 6 ran.
Theatre Evening (IRE) 11-8fav (11-6) Held up in touch, weakened 3 out, 5th when pulled up before 2 out, in a race won by Bob Ford (11-6) at Ffos Las 2m 6f mdn hdl (5) hvy in Jan, 9 ran.
Yippee Kiyay (IRE) 14-1 (11-7) Waited with, progress from before 4 out, no extra after next, 9th of 10, well behind Sacre Malta (11-5) at Limerick 2m hcp hdl 80-95 hvy in Dec.
Zuider Zee (GER) 4-11fav (9-3) Tracked leader, ridden 2f out, every chance from over 1f out, driven to lead inside final furlong, headed post, 2nd of 6, shd behind Lieutenant Miller (9-3) at Pontefract 2m 2f cond Stakes (3) gs in Oct (flat).