NOT NEVER will be a short price here despite having to concede plenty of weight. His overall form is on a different level having won a Class 3 hurdle in January and scored over fences in June so should be too good for these. Golden Poet has had a couple of runs on this track for new connections since arriving from Ireland but has shown nothing while Throckley has reverted to type since gaining a surprise victory in a Worcester maiden in August. West Drive made a winning start over hurdles at Fontwell in August last year though has gone backwards but the four-year-old Feu Ardent is a possible improver on his hurdling bow.
Not Never 9-1 (11-10) Held up in rear, beaten 3 out, 6th of 9, 28 1/2l behind Dan McGrue (11-10) at Plumpton 2m 5f hcp (3) hvy in Nov.
Golden Poet (IRE) 66-1 (11-11) Held up towards rear, mistake 3rd, behind 4 out, 12th of 16, dist behind Dorking Boy (11-12) at Taunton 2m hcp (4) gs in Nov.
Throckley 6-1 (11-10) Unseated rider 1st, at Hereford 2m hcp (4) sft in Nov.
West Drive (IRE) 20-1 (11-1) Held up, jumped left 1st, beaten 4 out, pulled up before next, at Plumpton 2m hcp (3) hvy in Nov.
Feu Ardent (FR) 40-1 (11-0) Held up in last pair, outpaced 4f out, never able to challenge, 4th of 6, 15 3/4l behind Vinnie's Getaway (11-2) at Stratford 2m (5) gd in Jul.
Ipflibbydibby (IRE) 33-1 (11-0) Behind, pushed along and outpaced over 3f out, some late headway, 5th of 7, 19 1/2l behind King Vince (11-6) at Fontwell 2m 2f (6) gf in Aug.
Johni Boxit 66-1 (9-2) Raced wide close up, ridden 3f out, weakened over 1f out, eased final furlong, 10th of 13, 11 1/2l behind Gerry The Glover (9-6) at Lingfield 1m 2f hcp (6) pol in Nov.
Ragtag Rascal (IRE) 100-1 (11-0) Always in rear, ridden 3 out, soon weakened, tailed off, 6th of 7, dist behind Sleep Easy (11-0) at Taunton 2m 3f (5) gd in Nov.
Doodle Dandy (IRE) 100-1 (10-8) Jumped left at times, held up, always behind, last of 15, dist behind Tactical Manoeuvre (10-9) at Exeter 2m 3f hcp (5) sft in Dec.