Tom Du Lys, a dual winning hurdler in France, has shown nothing in two starts for Nicky Henderson and doesn't have a chasers pedigree. Ugo has been making good progress over hurdles and wasn't beaten far in a Listed contest at Market Rasen last time while Furrows showed some promise on his debut over fences at Hereford last month. Heez A Cracker has been very unfortunate not to have won over fences as he was clear when falling two out on his chasing bow at Wetherby and was beaten a short-head at Catterick last month. He's an obvious threat to all but SUSTAINABILITY could have his measure. Venetia Williams' charge, who completed a four-timer over hurdles a year ago, battled on stoutly to score over 2m3f at Newbury and his rider will ensure this is run at a fast pace to bring his stamina into play.
Big News 5-1 (11-0) Prominent, ridden 3 out, weakened approaching next, 5th of 9, 29l behind High Storm (11-0) at Ffos Las 2m 4f mdn hdl (5) sft in May.
Chiquilline (FR) 8-1 (10-12) Mid-division, in touch 4th, chased leaders before 3 out, weakened approaching next, 4th of 9, 29l behind Two Rockers (11-5) at Towcester 2m 5f nh nov hdl (4) hvy in Dec.
Filbert (IRE) 10-1 (10-10) Chased leaders to 3 out, soon weakened, tailed off, 9th of 12, well behind Loose Chips (11-7) at Kempton 2m 5f hcp hdl 0-135 (3) hvy in Dec.
Furrows 20-1 (11-0) Held up in rear, in touch 4 out, never near leaders, jumped left and no impression 2 out, 4th of 7, 12l behind Vulcanite (11-0) at Hereford 2m nov chs (4) sft in Dec.
Heez A Cracker (FR) 3-1fav (11-0) In touch, went 3rd after 4th, taken wide back straight, hit 7th, went 2nd 4 out, challenged next, led 2 out, 4 lengths clear when not fluent last, soon ridden, hard pressed flat, headed post, 2nd of 9, shd behind Jackies Solitaire (9-13) at Catterick 2m beg chs (3) hvy in Dec.
Sarraco (IRE) 16-1 (11-3) Held up in rear, not fluent 1st, 9th 4 out, soon eased, pulled up before next, in a race won by Balbriggan (11-3) at Bangor 2m 4f beg chs (4) gs in Oct, 15 ran.
Sustainability (IRE) 7-2 (11-9) Chased leaders, went 2nd 7th, led narrowly next, mistake 9th, headed 11th, led again 4 out, mistake next, clear before last, stayed on well, won at Newbury 2m 2f hcp chs 0-115 (4) sft in Dec beating Double Dash (11-1) by 1 1/4l, 8 ran.
Dungeness 9-2 (11-6) Tracked leaders, lost place before 3 out and soon pushed along, 11th of 12, 32l behind Rocky Elsom (11-1) at Plumpton 2m hcp hdl 0-110 (4) sft.
Tom Du Lys (FR) 6-1 (11-5) In touch, lost place before 2 out, soon weakened, behind when pulled up before last, in a race won by Dark Lover (11-8) at Cheltenham 2m 1f hcp hdl 0-135 (3) hvy in Dec, 17 ran.
Ugo (USA) 20-1 (10-2) Held up in rear, headway when mistake
Hazy Dawn 5-1 (11-2) Led, not fluent 3rd, ridden and headed after 3 out, no impression last, 4th of 7, 9l behind Jupiter Rex (11-8) at Taunton 3m hcp hdl 0-95 (5) sft.