Benheir ran out an easy winner of a bumper at Towcester in November and could be thereabouts if taking to hurdling, but ROWLESTONE LAD makes more appeal. He'd shown little over timber until finishing second at Huntingdon last time and John Flint's charge should be able to build on that now the penny's dropped. Point-to-point winner King's Sunset was a well beaten third on his hurdling debut and pulled-up last time, while Prankster showed little on his first start over timber though he had some smart form on the Flat for Andre Fabre in France in 2009.
Benheir (IRE) 4-1 (10-7) Mid-division, headway 3f out, went 2nd 2f out, driven to lead inside final furlong, edged left, stayed on well to go clear towards finish, won at Towcester 2m nhf (6) gd in Nov beating Rhinestone Rebel (11-0) by 8l, 9 ran.
Canadian Dreamer (IRE) 28-1 (11-0) Chased leaders on inside, lost place 4f out, soon behind, tailed off, 11th of 12, 39l behind One Term (11-4) at Cheltenham 2m Listed NH flat (1) gs in Nov.
King's Sunset (IRE) 8-1 (11-2) Led, hung badly left and wide on bend after 4th, soon headed, pulled up before next, in a race won by The Druids Nephew (11-2) at Kempton 2m 5f nh nov hdl (3) gd, 10 ran.
Magical Man 66-1 (10-8) Always behind, tailed off before 6th, pulled up 3 out, in a race won by Rev It Up (11-0) at Chepstow 3m mdn hdl (5) gd in Oct, 10 ran.
Prankster 20-1 (11-0) Tracked leaders, outpaced before 3 out, soon weakened, 13th of 15, well behind Open Hearted (11-0) at Doncaster 2m 3f mdn hdl (4) gs in Dec.
Rowlestone Lad 22-1 (11-6) Held up in rear, headway on outside 3rd, challenged 2 out, soon ridden, beaten last, stayed on same pace, 2nd of 15, 4 1/2l behind Joseph Lister (10-10) at Huntingdon 2m 4f nh nov hdl (4) gs.