Aldopicgros finally got off the mark over hurdles at Wincanton last month but this is a more competitive affair and he has his fair share of weight, as does recent course winner Stiff Upper Lip and Fitzwilly. Café Au Lait was third off Sandown off today's mark, though still beaten eight lengths. Barry Geraghty looks a significant booking for Paul Flynn's SEEYOUALLINCOPPERS, who took well to hurdles in the autumn when coming up against some useful rivals. The lack of a recent run is a bit of a worry but connections may have been waiting for the faster ground and he has every chance on the form book. French import Dolores Delightful may do better now going handicapping but will have to prove herself on the quicker surface.
Fitzwilly 16-1 (10-10) Tracked leader, led approaching 4th, headed next, kept on well, 3rd of 17, 6l behind Oscar Hoof (11-7) at Kempton 2m nh nov hdl (4) gs.
Aldopicgros (FR) 5-1 (10-7) In touch, headway to track leaders 3 out, went 2nd approaching 2 out, led 2 out, about 1 length ahead last, hard driven flat, strongly pressed in closing stages, just held on, all out, won at Wincanton 2m hcp hdl 0-130 (3) hvy in Feb beating Headly's Bridge (11-3) by hd, 12 ran.
Stiff Upper Lip (IRE) 15-8 (10-12) Tracked clear leader, closed approaching 2nd, upsides next, led 3 out, clear before next, kept on strongly, very easily, won at Newbury 2m 4yo hdl (4) hvy in Feb beating Strong Conviction (10-12) by 20l, 7 ran.
Seeyouallincoppers (IRE) 14-1 (11-0) Soon chased leaders, moderate 4th 3 out, struggling from before straight, moderate 3rd last, kept on same pace run-in, 3rd of 11, 14l behind Lindenhurst (10-11) at Gowran Park 2m 3yo hdl in Oct.
Brave Helios 33-1 (10-12) Took keen hold tracking leaders, pushed along approaching 3 out, outpaced next, 6th of 14, 16l behind Dawalan (10-12) at Newbury 2m 3yo hdl (4) sft in Dec.
Cafe Au Lait (GER) 8-1 (11-0) Pressed leader, led narrowly soon after 2 out, ridden and headed approaching last, no chance with easy winner, lost 2nd final 75 yards, 3rd of 6, 8l behind Dormello Mo (11-8) at Sandown 2m (3) sft.
Andi'amu (FR) 16-1 (10-9) Held up in mid-division, headway to chase leaders approaching 3rd, ridden after 3 out, weakened soon after, 11th of 14, 32l behind Dawalan (10-12) at Newbury 2m 3yo hdl (4) sft in Dec.
Keychain (IRE) 25-1 (10-6) Mid-division, pushed along after 3 out, weakened soon after, 10th of 15, 24l behind Lord Protector (11-2) at Sandown 2m nov hcp hdl 0-120 (4) gs in Dec.
Refer 25-1 (10-1) Mid-divison on outside, chased leaders after 3 out, outpaced next, plugged on again under pressure flat, never going pace to threaten, 5th of 15, 8l behind Lord Protector (11-2) at Sandown 2m nov hcp hdl 0-120 (4) gs in Dec.
Dolores Delightful (FR) 10-1 (10-3) Took keen hold, held up, headway to chase leaders 5th, went 2nd 3 out, joined leader and challenged soon after, lost 2nd before 2 out, no extra in 4th soon after, 4th of 7, 17l behind Down Ace (11-2) at Taunton 2m 1f (1) hvy in Dec.
Shalianzi (IRE) 6-1 (10-9) Held up, headway approaching 3 out, chased leaders before next, kept on to 3rd post, no chance with leading duo, 3rd of 7, 10l behind Vandross (10-9) at Fontwell 2m 2f 3yo hdl (4) hvy in Dec.