Goochypoochyprader, coaxed back to impressive from after a 10-month lay-off by Nick Lampard, produced fine efforts on all six starts in the opening months of 2013. Up 29lb for those endeavours, he could still be the one to beat if ready to roll on this first outing since April. However, SUPERCILIARY, representing a yard with a solid course record, has assured fitness on his side after a respectable campaign on the level and Chris Gordon's 4-y-o should have more to offer over timber in just his second season hurdling. Definite Lady was comfortably clear of the rest when last seen at Aintree, finishing a commendable runner-up but may just need this first run since June. Elsewhere, the feeling persists that we have yet to see the best of Our Phylli Vera. She looks potentially well treated and is one to take careful note of after just the four starts last term for the Alan King team.
Goochypoochyprader 6-4fav (11-2) Led until 2nd, chased leader, led again 6th, clear after 3 out, in command when ridden before next, stayed on well, won at Fontwell 2m 2f hcp hdl 0-95 (5) sft in Apr beating Bellosguardo (11-5) by 11l, 7 ran.
Superciliary 9-2 (11-7) Tracked leaders, challenged 4 out, led 2 out, headed before last, stayed on same pace flat, 3rd of 11, 3 1/2l behind Hail Tiberius (10-9) at Chepstow 2m hcp hdl 0-100 (5) gd in Oct.
Definite Lady (IRE) 14-1 (10-5) Tracked leaders, took keen hold, challenged 8th, ridden before 2 out, switched right flat, stayed on, unable to trouble winner, 2nd of 7, 1 1/4l behind Social Realism (11-3) at Aintree 2m 4f mrs hcp hdl 0-120 (4) gs in Jun.
The Game Is A Foot (IRE) 8-1 (10-9) In touch on outside, lost place after 5th, behind from next, 8th of 10, 23l behind Marcus Antonius (11-12) at Fontwell 2m 2f hcp hdl 0-115 (4) gd in May.
Ashcott Boy 16-1 (11-7) Mid-divison, hit 5th, weakened and struggling before 3 out, 10th of 13, 25l behind Just When (11-7) at Plumpton 2m nov hcp hdl 0-100 (5) sft in Oct.
Mighty Mambo 12-1 (11-12) Tracked leaders, went 3rd before last, soon weakened, 3rd of 12, 41l behind Easy Beesy (11-0) at Fontwell 2m 4f (5) sft in Oct.
Our Phylli Vera (IRE) 5-2fav (11-6) Held up towards rear, slow jump and pushed along 4th, not clear run on inside briefly after 4 out, headway under pressure next, ridden and no response soon after 2 out, went modest 4th flat until final strides, 5th of 9, 21l behind Goodlukin Lucy (10-10) at Wetherby 2m nov hcp hdl 0-95 (5) gs in Apr.
Ibiza Sunset (IRE) 20-1 (10-12) Sweating, took keen hold and held up last, ridden and outpaced after 3 out, last of 4, 19l behind Angles Hill (10-9) at Newton Abbot 2m 6f nh nov hdl (4) gf in Sep.