LYVIUS will start at very prohibitive odds here and is impossible to oppose. A dual winner on the Flat in Germany he made a winning start over hurdles at Kelso and though disappointingly beaten by Gottany O'S when odds-on at Newbury subsequently the winner could be something special. Double Fortune has shown the occasional promise but nothing to suggest she could give the selection a race while Engai, another Flat winner from Germany, has failed to show any worthwhile form over timber. Beggar's Velvet was tailed off on his hurdling debut at Carlisle a month ago but may appreciate the quicker ground.
Beggar's Velvet (IRE) 66-1 (11-3) Towards rear, blundered 1st, ridden before 3 out, soon weakened, 10th of 12, well behind Big Occasion (11-10) at Carlisle 2m 4f nh nov hdl (4) sft in Feb.
Draco Boy 100-1 (11-3) Held up behind in touch, outpaced 4 out, soon weakened, 9th of 11, well behind Holywell (11-3) at Chepstow 2m 4f mdn hdl (4) sft in Feb.
Engai (GER) 66-1 (10-13) Held up in rear, took keen hold, not fluent 5th, remote 6th when fell 2 out, in a race won by Valmari (10-9) at Wincanton 2m nh nov hdl (4) gs in Feb, 13 ran.
Noble Media (IRE) 100-1 (10-12) Raced wide, in touch, mistake and weakened 4th, soon behind, tailed off, 13th of 15, well behind Sole Survivor (10-12) at Warwick 2m nov hdl (4) gd in Nov.
Lyvius 8-13fav (11-5) Not fluent, tracked leading pair, slow 3rd, went left and not fluent 4 out, chased winner next, ridden before not fluent 2 out, raced awkwardly and soon beaten, 2nd of 12, 9l behind Gottany O's (10-12) at Newbury 2m 4yo hdl (4) gs.
Double Fortune 66-1 (10-9) Tracked leaders in 4th, mistake 3rd, not fluent next, lost place before 2 out, no impression, 7th of 10, 18l behind Twirling Magnet (11-2) at Sandown 2m nh nov hdl (4) gs in Feb.