It could pay to stick with the proven form of MANY CLOUDS despite a 10lb penalty for November's win at Ascot. That looks stronger form than the victory at Towcester by Ardkilly Witness but Up And Go is a threat. The latter was still thereabouts when falling a couple of hurdles from home in a Grade 2 at Sandown last time and should be bang there at the finish. Karinga Dandy went close on his racecourse and hurdling debut at Sedgefield and Accordion Spirit won a bumper at Hereford in April last year. Shotavodka is an Irish bumper winner now with David Pipe and he's sure to know his job tackling hurdles for the first time.
Many Clouds (IRE) 7-2 (11-0) Held up in touch, hampered by loose hores 5th, went 2nd after 2 out, led flat, stayed on well, won at Ascot 2m 3f NH mdn hdl (3) sft in Nov beating Fergall (10-11) by 4l, 12 ran.
Ardkilly Witness (IRE) 20-1 (11-4) Held up in touch on inside, hit 9th, outpaced after 3 out, weakened before last, tailed off, last of 7, well behind Coneygree (11-7) at Cheltenham 3m nov hdl G2 (1) hvy in Dec.
Accordion Exhibit (IRE) 3-10fav (11-3) Held up in rear, in touch, headway over 5f out, chased leaders over 2f out, hard ridden and stayed on under pressure to lead towards finish, won at Hereford 2m 1f NH flat (6) gf in Apr '11 beating Ely Brown (10-12) by nk, 7 ran.
Ballymartin King (IRE) 6-1 (10-9) Tracked leaders, ridden before last, one pace, 3rd of 11, 13l behind Smadynium (11-2) at Sedgefield 2m 1f nov hdl (4) hvy in Dec.
Bellaney Express (IRE) Luso gelding out of Bellaney Lady.
Deportation 28-1 (11-2) Prominent, pushed along 5f out, weakened over 2f out, 9th of 14, 19l behind Benefit Cut (11-2) at Market Rasen 2m 1f NH flat (6) gd in Jun.
Dontgoeasy 33-1 (11-0) Held up towards rear, ridden over 5f out, no impression, 10th of 16, well behind Oscar Rock (11-0) at Newbury 2m NH flat (6) sft in Nov.
Henry Jenkins Fair Mix gelding out of Altogether Now.
Highlander Ted 25-1 (11-1) Held up in rear, outpaced over 4f out, headway over 1f out, never nearer, 6th of 16, 23l behind Carlton Jack (10-13) at Catterick 2m NH flat (6) gs in Dec.
Karinga Dandy (IRE) 12-1 (10-12) Held up in touch, chased winner 3 out, ridden before 2 out, chance when mistake last, kept on and edged left run-in, 2nd of 11, 1 3/4l behind Smadynium (11-2) at Sedgefield 2m 1f nov hdl (4) hvy in Dec.
Katika Kapanga Helissio gelding out of Masouri Sana.
Norse Wren 100-1 (10-12) Held up, mistake 4th, not fluent next, mistake 6th, ridden next, well beaten after 3 out, 5th of 8, 29l behind Two Rockers (10-12) at Towcester 2m 5f NH nov hdl 4-6yo (4) sft in Dec.
Shotavodka (IRE) 5-4fav (11-9) Led, ridden inside final furlong, headed last 75 yards, kept on, 2nd of 8, ns behind Hi George (10-7) at Doncaster 2m NH flat (6) gd in Jan '12.
Supreme Gold 100-1 (10-13) Tracked winner to 3 out, soon weakened, 8th of 11, 34l behind Smadynium (11-2) at Sedgefield 2m 1f nov hdl (4) hvy in Dec.
Teeiygee 200-1 (10-12) Always in rear, well behind when pulled up 3 out, in a race won by Dungeel (11-5) at Catterick 3m 1f nov hdl (4) hvy, 6 ran.
Teenage Dream (IRE) 25-1 (10-7) Took keen hold, held up in rear, under pressure 3 out, some headway when mistake next, kept on, never near leaders, 5th of 12, 13l behind Goodtoknow (10-11) at Towcester 2m mdn hdl (5) hvy in Dec.
Up And Go (FR) 9-2 (11-0) Tracked leaders in 3rd and keen, ridden and every chance before 2 out, weakening when fell 2 out, in a race won by Taquin Du Seuil (11-0) at Sandown 2m 4f nov hdl G2 (1) hvy in Dec, 5 ran.
Dante's Frolic 5-2 (10-12) Held up towards rear, left poor 3rd