VIEUX LION ROUGE can complete a quick double for the Pipe team in the second division of this novices' hurdle. The five-year-old hasn't raced since finishing in mid-division in the Champion Bumper at Cheltenham last March but had won his three previous starts and is sure to have been well schooled over timber. Revaader has already had 13 starts over hurdles but has been placed five times and could make the frame again. Larks Rising might improve on his hurdling debut at Taunton but Lemons Ground probably has more scope and shaped with promise when sixth at Plumpton.
Larks Rising 33-1 (10-12) Raced wide and took keen hold in mid division, weakened before 7th, tailed off, 8th of 14, well behind Horizontal Speed (11-4) at Taunton 2m 3f nh nov hdl (4) hvy in Dec.
Lemons Ground 25-1 (11-6) Chased leaders, ridden to challlenge when mistake 2 out, weakening when hampered last, 6th of 14, 13l behind Vikekhal (11-6) at Plumpton 2m nov hdl (4) gs in Dec.
Ma'ire Rua (IRE) 200-1 (11-0) Always towards rear, 11th of 16, 42l behind Stand To Reason (11-0) at Wincanton 2m mdn hdl (5) gd in Dec.
Un Bleu A L'aam (FR) 40-1 (11-0) In touch, mistake 3 out, plugged on same pace from next, 8th of 22, 38l behind Josses Hill (11-0) at Newbury 2m mdn hdl (4) sft in Dec.
Vieux Lion Rouge (FR) 16-1 (10-11) Made most to over 3f out, weakened over 1f out, 11th of 23, 25l behind Briar Hill (11-5) at Cheltenham 2m N H flat G1 (1) gs in Mar.
Winged Crusader (IRE) 16-1 (10-5) Tracked leaders, outpaced before 3 out, never on terms, weakened next, 5th of 11, 27l behind Mountain Tunes (11-5) at Towcester 2m 5f nh nov hdl (4) sft in Dec.
Barton Rose 100-1 (10-7) Always behind, no chance when mistake 3 out, 10th of 12, 43l behind Wuff (11-0) at Uttoxeter 2m 4f NH mdn hdl (5) hvy in Dec.
Beatrix Kiddo (IRE) 14-1 (10-10) Held up towards rear, outpaced after 4 out, weakened from next, tailed off, 7th of 14, well behind Kayfleur (10-7) at Ludlow 2m 5f mares NH nov hdl (4) gs in Dec.
Revaader 8-1 (10-10) Led, ridden and headed before last, kept on same pace 10 towards rear, fell 3rd, 3rd of 12, 4 1/2l behind Bobble Boru (10-10) at Wincanton 2m mrs nov hdl (4) hvy in Dec.