Madam Lilibet completed a double when narrowly beating COWSLIP over the track and trip in October but has been inconsistent over hurdles this winter. The runner-up looks to have more scope and is taken to go one better. Calculated Risk is a decent hurdler and a dual winner on the Flat He's 6lb higher than his latest success on the level but Ryan Moore's presence in the saddle is a signal of intent. Stickleback has gone close on a couple of occasions though is yet to win a race but Fitzwilly has to rate a serious threat as he's been raised just 4lb for scoring over 2m1f at Bath and is fit from hurdling. Iron Butterfly stays the trip and will like the conditions so she's another to consider in an open contest.
Calculated Risk 11-4fav (8-12) Close up, ridden and every chance from over 2f out, kept on same pace final furlong, 6th of 13, 4l behind Bayan Kasirga (8-5) at Musselburgh 1m 5f hcp (3) gf in Oct.
Daring Indian 4-1 (9-6) Dwelt in touch, headway and not clear run entering final furlong, soon switched right, ridden and ran on, no threat to winner, 2nd of 6, 3 1/2l behind Incendo (9-2) at Lingfield 1m 5f clm stks (6) pol in Mar.
Madam Lilibet (IRE) 3-1fav (9-0) In touch in rear, headway from over 3f out, led approaching final furlong, ridden and flashed tail inside final furlong, won at Pontefract 2m 2f hcp 0-75 (5) hvy in Oct beating Cowslip (8-9) by 1 1/4l, 7 ran.
Fitzwilly 7-2 (8-8) Made all, quickened over 4f out, soon clear, pushed along over 2f out, ridden out, won at Bath 2m 1f 3yo hcp 0-75 (5) sft in Oct beating Luckster (8-2) by 4 1/2l, 7 ran.
Iron Butterfly 3-1fav (9-2) Held up in touch, headway over 7f out, went 3rd over 4f out, pushed along over 3f out, one pace over 1f out, 4th of 12, 10l behind Toughness Danon (9-9) at Catterick 2m hcp 0-70 (5) hvy in Oct.
Iktiview 66-1 (9-4) Started slowly and soon pushed along in rear, reminders 10f out, never on terms, tailed off, last of 6, well behind Echua (9-1) at Wolverhampton 1m 6f hcp 0-75 (5) pol in Jan.
Cowslip 8-1 (8-9) In touch, headway to lead 2f out, ridden when headed approaching final furlong, kept on one pace, 2nd of 7, 1 1/4l behind Madam Lilibet (9-0) at Pontefract 2m 2f hcp 0-75 (5) hvy in Oct.
Stickleback 8-1 (9-1) Towards rear, went 6th over 2f out, weakened over 1f out, 6th of 12, 23l behind Toughness Danon (9-9) at Catterick 2m hcp 0-70 (5) hvy in Oct.
All That Remains (IRE) 20-1 (8-10) Towards rear, moderate effort on inside 2f out, never involved, 10th of 14, 12l behind Hidden Justice (9-6) at Pontefract 2m 2f hcp 0-75 (5) gs in Apr '13.
Joyful Motive 3-1 (9-1) Tracked leaders early, lost place after 3f out, towards rear, soon pushed along, ridden and headway over 2f out, kept on one pace, 3rd of 6, 8l behind Adili (9-7) at Southwell 1m 6f hcp (0-55) (6) fbs.
Suprise Vendor (IRE) 33-1 (9-9) Prominent, pushed along 4f out, lost place from over 3f out, 7th of 8, 13l behind A Southside Boy (10-2) at Hamilton 1m 5f ldy hcp 0-65 (6) gd in Jun.