Colebrooke and C&D winner Rasam Aldaar are already starting to look exposed and Educated Son probably didn't beat much at Wincanton last month, though that was only his second start. SOLIWERY has also only had a couple of runs over hurdles, both at Auteuil, and should improve for the switch to Nicky Henderson's yard. The French import looks the one to beat unless there's a strong market move for Alan King's newcomer Fire Fighter, who won four times on the Flat up to 2m for Sir Mark Prescott but may need further over timber.
Colebrooke 6-4fav (11-5) Led, headed after 3 out, ridden and no extra from last, 3rd of 7, 11l behind Ulis De Vassy (10-12) at Bangor 2m 1f 3yo hdl (4) hvy in Dec.
Educated Son 8-1 (10-12) Held up in last pair, headway approaching 5th, headway to 4th on long run to 2 out, 3rd before 2 out, led before last, came clear flat, easily, won at Wincanton 2m 3yo hdl (4) gs in Dec beating Mentalist (10-12) by 8l, 7 ran.
Rasam Aldaar 66-1 (11-0) Mid-division, pushed along approaching 4 out, soon weakened, 7th of 9, well behind Hollow Tree (11-0) at Chepstow 2m 3yo hdl Grd 1 (1) hvy in Dec.
Fire Fighter (IRE) 8-11fav (8-5) In rear but in touch, headway to chase winner over 2f out, ridden over 1f out, kept on and always held, 2nd of 5, 2 3/4l behind Colour Vision (8-5) at Pontefract 2m 2f cond Stakes (3) gf in Oct (flat).
Lakota Ghost (USA) 7-1 (9-1) Tracked leaders, ridden over 2f out, kept on one pace, 3rd of 11, 6l behind On The Cusp (9-7) at Ffos Las 1m 2f hcp 0-65 (6) hvy in Nov (flat).
Royal Reverie 9-1 (10-12) Close up, blundered badly and unseated rider 4 out, in a race won by Ulis De Vassy (10-12) at Bangor 2m 1f 3yo hdl (4) hvy in Dec, 7 ran.
Soliwery (FR) (10-3) 2nd of 13, 2l behind Faissi Faissa (10-7) at Auteuil(FR) 2m 1f hdl in Oct.