Rendezvous Peak may do better now faced with a set of hurdles. Anay Turge is a regular winner over hurdles and fences and Kieron Edgar's claim is a massive plus. He won't be far away and is preferred to Benefits Well, who hasn't raced since disappointing at Fontwell in October, and Vivaccio. The latter was pulled up on his UK debut at Leicester and probably has a bit to prove. VIKEKHAL showed the benefit of a first run over hurdles when holding off Minority Interest at Plumpton in December. That wasn't much of a race but Gary Moore's charge has plenty of scope and can defy the penalty.
Anay Turge (FR) 3-1 (10-12) Tracked leaders, went 2nd before 2 out, soon challenged, led narrowly last, ridden and kept on flat, won at Southwell 2m nov hdl (4) hvy in Jan beating Long Lunch (11-5) by 3l, 9 ran.
Benefits Well (IRE) 16-1 (11-5) Always towards rear, weakened from 3 out, tailed off, 11th of 14, well behind Shantou Magic (10-12) at Fontwell 2m 2f nh nov hdl (4) sft in Oct.
Vikekhal (FR) 14-1 (11-6) Mid-division, headway 3 out, led next, not fluent last, hard ridden when challenged closing stages, all out, just held on, won at Plumpton 2m nov hdl (4) gs in Dec beating Minority Interest (11-6) by shd, 14 ran.
Vivaccio (FR) 8-1 (11-5) Held up towards rear, slightly hampered 1st, hampered 6th, weakened apoproaching 3 out, left remote 4th when blundered badly 2 out, soon pulled up, in a race won by Algernon Pazham (10-9) at Leicester 2m 4f 4yo nov stks (4) gs in Dec, 7 ran.
Mission To Mars (IRE) 100-1 (11-0) Led, headed after 3 out, every chance run-in, kept on and held towards finish, 8th of 14, 33l behind Wilde Blue Yonder (11-0) at Newbury 2m NH mdn hdl (3) gs in Nov.
Presentings Return (IRE) 100-1 (10-12) Mid-division, pushed along 7th, weakened soon after, 18th of 21, well behind Oscar Hoof (10-12) at Doncaster 2m 3f nov hdl (4) gs in Dec.
Rendezvous Peak 7-1 (10-13) Held up, headway on inside 10f out, outpaced 6f out, rallied over 3f out, weakened over 1f out, 6th of 8, 21l behind Powerstown Dreams (10-11) at Doncaster 2m (6) gd in Nov.
High Holloa 20-1 (10-9) Always behind, 13th of 15, well behind Shuil Gealach (10-12) at Worcester 2m mares n h flat (6) gd in Jun.