HOUSTON DYNIMO looks set to banish a run of runners-up spots here ahead of Black Beauty and Burnt Oak. The selection, who is a son of top racer Rock Of Gibraltar, only found Supreme Novice hurdle sixth Red Maloney too good last time. Judging on that performance he could be making his handicap debut slightly ahead of the assessor. Black Beauty hasn't quite lived up to the standard of his fictional namesake but put in a decent outing when a close second in a small field last time. The handicapper has been a little harsh after that run and he'll have to improve to score this time. Burnt Oak was well beaten in a field including Copper Bleu who was impressive in the Supreme Novices and Master of Arts two starts back and judging on that form his mark is fair enough. Dontpaythe ferryman could be the one at an each-way price here given he has a weight for age allowance and on the whole has been going well this winter however Houston Dynimo should power to victory.
Burnt Oak (UAE) 5-1 (11-8) Held up, headway 4 out, stayed on from 2 out, 3rd of 9, 4 1/2l behind Lake Legend (11-8) at Doncaster 2m 3f nov hdl (3) gf in Feb.
Folk Tune (IRE) 9-1 (10-11) Mid-division, effort approaching 3 out, soon beaten, 11th of 14, 25l behind European Dream (11-0) at Musselburgh 2m hcp hdl 0-145 (2) gd in Feb.
Black Beauty 3-1 (11-0) Chased leader, joined leader 8th, ridden next, driven 2 out, 2 lengths down when blundered last, kept on, 2nd of 5, 3l behind Divine Gift (11-0) at Fakenham 2m nov chs (3) gs in Feb.
Border Tale 20-1 (10-13) Led until approaching 2nd, chased leader, led again before 7th, headed before 3 out, weakened approaching 2 out, 10th of 17, 32l behind The Polomoche (11-12) at Stratford 2m 3f hcp hdl 0-130 (3) gf in Oct.
Edas 7-2 (11-0) Chased leaders, ridden 4 out, went 2nd 3 out until weakened approaching last, 5th of 12, 14l behind Issaquah (10-10) at Haydock 2m hcp hdl 0-125 (3) sft in Dec.
King Daniel 14-1 (10-13) Chased leaders, behind when blundered 7th, no chance when pulled up 5 out in race won by Leslingtaylor (11-2) at Doncaster 2m hcp chs 0-145 (2) gf in Feb, 9 ran.
Little Bob 50-1 (11-1) Held up in rear, headway after 3 out, soon ridden and weakened, behind when pulled up 2 out in race won by Woolcombe Folly (11-11) at Stratford 2m hcp hdl 0-135 (3) gd in May, 14 ran.
Dontpaytheferryman (USA) 18-1 (11-7) Held up and keen, soon tracking leaders, weakened approaching 3 out, 7th of 9, 50l behind Loco Grande (10-4) at Bangor 2m 1f 4yo nov hcp hdl (3) gs in Feb.
Hazeldene 12-1 (10-12) Tracked leader, led 2nd, headed 3 out, not fluent last, no extra, 3rd of 13, 6l behind Toshi (10-8) at Musselburgh 2m hcp hdl 0-130 (3) gf.
Houston Dynimo (IRE) 8-1 (10-7) Prominent, ridden and led 3 out, headed next, soon one pace, no chance with winner, 2nd of 11, 8l behind Red Moloney (11-11) at Musselburgh 2m nov hdl (4) gd in Feb.
Well Disguised (IRE) 15-2 (10-3) In touch, weakened approaching 2 out, 6th of 7, 25l behind Fairyland (11-9) at Doncaster 2m mrs hcp hdl (3) gd in Feb.