Considering his profile, Hellorboston has been disappointing so far over hurdles and is now tried in blinkers. It would be no surprise were he to find at least one too good again. Chavoy and Grey Area have only had one run so far this season and may need another but Bescot Springs has been busy, though is better over fences and it's no surprise that Peter Buchanan rides Lucinda Russell's other runner AMORE MIO. He's 7lb higher than when winning over course and distance in November, but this looks no tougher and he's preferred to Markem, who should go close if taking part but was engaged to run at Sedgefield yesterday.
Chavoy (FR) 9-1 (11-0) Held up in rear, outpaced 4 out, never near leaders, 6th of 8, 31l behind Embsay Crag (10-3) at Wetherby 2m 4f hcp hdl 0-135 (3) sft.
Hellorboston (IRE) 8-13fav (11-0) Led, jumped right 1st, not fluent 3rd, ridden 4 out, not fluent next, headed approaching last, stayed on same pace flat, 2nd of 10, 3 1/2l behind Masterleaderman (11-0) at Kelso 2m 6f NH mdn hdl (5) sft in Dec.
Bescot Springs (IRE) 8-1 (11-8) Towards rear, jumped slowly and reminders 1st and 2nd, weakened before 5th, 6th of 9, 27l behind Mr Utah (11-7) at Kelso 2m 6f hcp hdl 0-115 (4) sft in Dec.
Little Boy Boru (IRE) 28-1 (10-11) Held up behind, headway before 2 out, went 3rd after last, kept on, 3rd of 8, 5l behind Rinnagree Rosie (10-7) at Ayr 2m 4f mdn hdl (5) hvy.
Solis (GER) 5-1 (10-11) Always in last pair, ridden and weakened before 2 out, mistake last, last of 9, 19l behind Malin Bay (11-12) at Perth 3m hcp hdl 0-120 (4) gf in Jul.
Amore Mio (GER) 11-4fav (10-13) Led, jumped right at times, headed 4th, led again next, headed after 4 out, 5th and no impression from next, 6th of 9, 13l behind Moscow Presents (11-9) at Haydock 3m cond hcp hdl 0-1115 (4) sft in Dec.
Grey Area (IRE) 4-1 (11-5) Led until fell 2nd, in a race won by Total Assets (11-7) at Newcastle 2m 6f hcp hdl 0-105 (4) hvy, 13 ran.
City of Doral 20-1 (11-7) Always behind, no impression from 4 out, never a factor, 20th of 24, well behind Hold Em Cowboy (11-9) at Navan 2m 4f hcp hdl 80-102 in Dec.
Markem (IRE) 12-1 (11-3) In touch, headway after 4 out, led 2 out, ran on strongly, won at Sedgefield 2m 4f hcp hdl 0-100 (5) hvy beating Caught By Witness (10-0) by 4 1/2l, 11 ran.