Greensalt looks to have decent claims after a second at Newcastle and appears to be his yard's first choice on jockey bookings ahead of Vasco Pierji. But WUFF is less exposed and returned a winning favourite in heavy ground at Uttoxeter on his hurdling bow. He gets the vote to land this for Tom George with further progress likely. Garde Ville posted a better effort at Fontwell last time and shares the same official rating as the older Straidnahanna. The former should be thereabouts and also makes more appeal than maiden hurdle winner Clan William.
Clan William (IRE) 9-1 (11-5) Went left 1st, tracked leader, led after 4 out to before next, soon lost place, no impression from 2 out, 5th of 13, 33l behind Secrete Stream (10-12) at Wetherby 2m nh nov hdl (4) sft in Dec.
Wuff (IRE) 7-4fav (11-0) Keen early, prominent on outside, switched inside before 3 out, ridden after next, challenged and every chance last, stayed on to lead near finish, won at Uttoxeter 2m 4f NH mdn hdl (5) hvy in Dec beating Allow Dallow (11-0) by 1/2l, 12 ran.
Greensalt (IRE) 3-1 (10-12) Tracked leading pair, clear 2nd 4 out, ridden before next, soon no chance with winner, 2nd of 7, 10l behind Blakemount (11-5) at Newcastle 2m 6f nh nov hdl (4) sft in Dec.
Straidnahanna (IRE) 3-1 (10-12) Tracked leaders, went 2nd after 6th, ridden 3 out, one pace, 3rd of 10, 27l behind Racing Pulse (10-12) at Newcastle 2m 6f nh nov hdl (4) gd in Dec.
Vasco Pierji (FR) 11-2 (11-0) Tracked leaders in 3rd, weakened before 4 out, tailed off from next, 6th of 8, 25l behind Rinnagree Rosie (10-7) at Ayr 2m 4f mdn hdl (5) hvy.
Voyage A New York (FR) 13-2 (11-0) Prominent, ridden and weakened before 3f out, 9th of 14, 39l behind Five In A Row (11-0) at Carlisle 2m 1f NH flat (6) gs in Oct.
Garde Ville (FR) 6-4fav (10-5) Chased leaders, led soon after 3 out until approaching next where pecked, kept on same pace, 4th of 7, 10l behind Vandross (10-9) at Fontwell 2m 2f 3yo hdl (4) hvy in Dec.
Love Marmalade (IRE) 25-1 (10-9) Held up in rear and keen, effort before 3 out, soon weakened, 4th of 5, 23l behind Rutherglen (11-8) at Musselburgh 2m 4yo hdl (3) sft.