COURT IN MOTION looks a tremendous prospect and, though beaten by Backspin on quicker ground in the Grade 1 Challow Hurdle at Newbury in December, bounced back to thrash Neptune Equester by 21 lengths on heavy ground in the Grade 2 Leamington Hurdle at Warwick last time. That's earned him a 7lb penalty here but he has the going in his favour again and the step up to 3m shouldn't be a problem as he scored over 2m6f on his reappearance at Exeter in November. Emma Lavelle's charge is the one to beat again though it will interesting to see how Lively Baron copes with the rise in class and distance, while Carpincho impressed over 2m7f at Folkestone earlier in the month. But Rudanphast and Rose Of The Moon were both a little disappointing last time and may be best watched now.
Court In Motion (IRE) 6-4fav (11-7) Held up in rear, headway after 6th, went 2nd 8th, led after 3 out, soon clear, easily, won at Warwick 2m 5f nov hdl Grade 2 (1) hvy in Jan beating Neptune Equester (11-0) by 21l, 8 ran.
Carpincho (FR) 4-1 (11-12) Raced wide, held up towards rear, steady headway approaching 7th, tracking leaders from 3 out, led on long run to last, soon clear, easily, won at Folkestone 2m 6f nh nov hdl (4) sft beating Double Whammy (11-5) by 6l, 12 ran.
Lively Baron (IRE) 5-4fav (11-8) Tracked leader, ridden after 3 out, challenged last, stayed on to lead towards finish, held on well, won at Ayr 2m 4f nov hdl (4) gs in Jan beating Kings Grey (11-2) by 1 1/2l, 16 ran.
Rudanphast (IRE) 10-1 (11-8) Tracked leader, pushed along 4f out, ridden over 2f out, one pace, 4th of 11, 7l behind King Of The Night (11-7) at Doncaster 2m 3f NH nov hdl (4-7yo) (3) gd in Jan.
Atouchbetweenacara (IRE) 14-1 (10-6) Towards rear when blundered badly and unseated rider 8th, in a race won by Wishfull Thinking (11-3) at Cheltenham 2m 5f hcp chs G3 (1) gs in Jan, 10 ran.
Back In Focus (IRE) 5-2 (12-0) Tr ldrs, ld 9th, clr from 2out, stayed on well on run in, comfortably, won at Kilfeacle 3m ire ptp sft in Jan beating Ballyvoneen (12-0) by 12l, 17 ran.
Neptune Equester 25-1 (11-0) Held up, jumped slowly and in rear 6th, headway 8th, mistake 3 out, went 2nd approaching 2 out, no chance with winner, 2nd of 8, 21l behind Court In Motion (11-7) at Warwick 2m 5f nov hdl Grade 2 (1) hvy in Jan.
Rose Of The Moon (IRE) 16-1 (11-5) Always in rear, never in contention, 8th of 10, 28l behind Bobs Worth (11-12) at Cheltenham 2m 4f nov hdl G2 (1) gs in Jan.