High On A Hill, a winning stayer on the Flat, left a modest hurdling debut behind when second to Kazlian at Leicester though may do better when tackling longer trips. After decent efforts at Wetherby and Musselburgh, Red Inca should be thereabouts again but Flying Phoenix blotted her copybook on heavy ground at Chepstow last time and Secret World needs to rediscover last season's best form if he's to get off the mark. Cydonia won a Huntingdon bumper in the autumn and Early Applause is an interesting newcomer but MONTE CAVALLO looked a sure-fire future winner at Hereford last month and is the one to beat.
Cydonia (IRE) 11-4 (10-12) Held up, not fluent 3rd, closed 8th, not much room on inside before 3 out, soon weakened, tailed off, 5th of 7, well behind Foxbridge (10-12) at Ludlow 2m 5f NH nov hdl 4-6yo (4) gd in Nov.
High On A Hill (IRE) 40-1 (11-5) Held up in rear, ridden and headway to 3rd before 2 out, stayed on to 2nd approaching last, no chance with winner, 2nd of 9, 2 3/4l behind Kazlian (11-0) at Leicester 2m nh nov hdl (4) sft in Jan.
Lauberhorn 66-1 (11-4) Held up, headway after 2nd, jumped left next, weakened approaching 2 out, 7th of 16, 38l behind Tour D'argent (11-8) at Hereford 2m 1f nh nov hdl (4) sft in Jan.
Monte Cavallo (SAF) 40-1 (11-4) Tracked leader, left in lead 2nd, clear before 3 out until next, soon ridden, joined last, headed flat, held towards finish, 2nd of 16, 1 3/4l behind Tour D'argent (11-8) at Hereford 2m 1f nh nov hdl (4) sft in Jan.
Mr Robinson (FR) 66-1 (10-11) Held up towards rear, pushed along over 7f out, headway over 4f out, one pace, 5th of 14, 22l behind Nelson's Bridge (11-2) at Bangor 2m 1f NH flat (6) gs in Dec.
Secret World (IRE) 6-1 (11-0) Held up in mid-division, headway over 2f out, ridden over 1f out, one pace inside final furlong, 7th of 16, 5l behind Secret Tune (11-0) at Kempton 2m n h flat (6) std.
Beattie Green 33-1 (10-11) Held up towards rear, not fluent 2nd or 4th, 6th after 3 out, no impression before next, stayed on approaching last to press for 3rd flat, 4th of 13, 15l behind Dildar (10-7) at Taunton 2m 1f nh nov hdl (4) gs in Jan.
Dream Performance (IRE) 66-1 (11-2) Led until after 2nd, prominent, jumped slowly and lost place 6th, tailed off, 8th of 12, well behind All Annalena (11-2) at Ludlow 2m 5f mdn hdl (5) gs in Jan.
Greenmeetic (IRE) 40-1 (10-9) Tracked leader until after 3rd, pushed along 6th, soon weakened, tailed off, 4th of 5, 45l behind Lucia Bay (11-5) at Ayr 2m mrs nov hdl (4) sft.
Tackswop (IRE) 16-1 (10-8) Held up in touch in last, weakened 5f out, last of 6, 41l behind Glen Countess (10-6) at Southwell 2m n h flat (6) std.
Black Is Beautiful (FR) 16-1 (10-12) With leader, outpaced before 4f out, soon driven along, kept on final 2f, 4th of 16, 6l behind Chancery (10-12) at Haydock 1m 5f n h flat 3yo (6) gs in Nov.
Early Applause 11-1 (8-13) Chased leaders, ridden to challenge on inside 2f out, still pressing leaders over 1f out, unable to quicken inside final furlong, 4th of 12, 1 1/2l behind Discoteca (9-5) at Windsor 1m 2f hcp 0-85 (4) gf in Oct (flat).
Red Inca 7-1 (10-12) Held up in rear, mistake 6th, headway approaching 3 out, never on terms with leaders, hampered last, stayed on flat, 4th of 10, 6l behind West Brit (10-12) at Musselburgh 2m 4yo hdl (3) gs.
Blowing A Hoolie (IRE) 150-1 (10-4) Towards rear, 7th before 3 out, stayed on, never on terms, 5th of 12, 25l behind All Annalena (11-2) at Ludlow 2m 5f mdn hdl (5) gs in Jan.
Flying Phoenix 13-2 (10-0) Took keen hold, held up, pecked 1st, ridden and weakened after 4th, pulled up before 4 out, in a race won by Mattoral (10-7) at Chepstow 2m 4yo hdl (4) hvy in Jan, 7 ran.