Abruzzi beat Up To Something on similar terms at Towcester in December. There is unlikely to be much to choose between the pair again today with Ben Poste taking 5lb off Tom Symonds' charge, though both were pulled up in better company last time. We'll give another chance to DARLEY SUN as former Cesarewitch winner and Godolphin inmate has been placed in both runs to date over hurdles, though was odds-on at Huntingdon last time. It's difficult to make much of a case for any of the others.
Up To Something (FR) 16-1 (11-8) Led, hit 1st, ridden and headed well before 2 out, soon weakened, pulled up 2 out, in a race won by Close Touch (11-6) at Sandown 2m 4f NH Novice Handicap Hurdle (Grade 3) (4-7yo) (1) hvy in Mar, 16 ran.
Abruzzi 8-1 (11-2) In rear and in touch, pushed along before 6th, weakened before 8th, tailed off, pulled up after 4 out, in a race won by Bob Ford (11-8) at Ffos Las 3m nh nov hdl (4) hvy in Mar, 4 ran.
Catcher Star (IRE) 20-1 (10-12) Towards rear, weakened from 4 out, tailed off, 7th of 16, well behind Bob's World (10-7) at Huntingdon 2m mdn hdl (4) gs in Mar.
Darley Sun (IRE) 4-5fav (11-2) Prominent until after 1st, held up in touch, went 2nd after 7th, pushed along after 3 out, unable to get on terms with winner, eased towards finish, 2nd of 14, 10l behind Shernando (11-2) at Huntingdon 2m 4f mdn hdl (4) gd in Mar.
Hudibras (IRE) 8-1 (10-7) Tracked leaders, mistake 2nd, ridden approaching 6th, outpaced after 3 out, weakened before next, 4th of 9, 20l behind Gleann Eagas (10-12) at Plumpton 2m nh nov hdl (4) gs in Nov '11.
Juicy Legend 33-1 (11-1) Held up in rear, headway on outside over 6f out, lost place 4f out, weakened over 3f out, tailed off, 8th of 9, well behind Harry's Farewell (11-4) at Fontwell 2m 2f NH flat (6) hvy in Mar.
Rambridge Copse 66-1 (11-4) Led until over 4f out, soon weakened, 7th of 11, well behind Anteros (11-11) at Plumpton 2m 2f NH flat (6) sft in Feb.
Swincombe Stone 12-1 (11-1) Tracked leaders, ridden and weakened approaching 2 out, tailed off, 8th of 15, well behind Chemistry Master (10-12) at Wincanton 2m mdn hdl (4) gs in Mar.
Uhlan Bute (FR) (10-10) 7th of 8, 15l behind Umpact (9-10) at Argentan(FR) 1m 6f 4yo nhf sft in Apr '12.
Red Mystique (IRE) 10-1 (8-12) Led after 1f, headed over 9f out, tracked leader until led again 2f out, ridden 2 lengths clear entering final furlong, soon hung left and headed inside final furlong, no extra, 7th of 14, 2 3/4l behind Irene Kennet (9-7) at Lingfield 1m 5f hcp 0-60 (6) pol in Mar (flat).
Well Sprung (IRE) 66-1 (10-10) Held up in last pair, steady headway approaching 4 out, stayed on to modest 4th flat, 4th of 8, 10l behind Heronry (11-10) at Fontwell 2m 6f nh nov hdl (4) gd in Mar.
Yazdi (IRE) 40-1 (10-7) Always towards rear, strugging soon after 4 out, tailed off when went left final 2, 7th of 9, well behind Salmanazar (11-1) at Kempton 2m 5f nh nov hdl (4) sft in Mar.