By leading NH sire King's Theatre, Native Beauty looked a nice prospect when beating Bygones Sovereign and previous winner Financial Climate at Towcester. But she may meet her match here in BABY SHINE, who was a smart performer in bumpers last season and shrugged off a nine-month absence to readily account for the odds-on Tempest River at Leicester last month. Lucy Wadham's mare should strip fitter today and can follow up. Points winner Ballyboker Boy found only Top Of The Range too good on his hurdling debut at Ffos Las while Talkonthestreet was only beaten a length when third at Taunton in December and should be winning soon. It's A Gimme has been taking on decent opposition and should also go close but the jury is out at present on Hindon Road and Kruzhlinin.
It's A Gimme (IRE) 5-6fav (11-11) Held up in touch, went 2nd approaching last, ran on to close flat, not get to winner, 2nd of 18, 1/2l behind Waterunder (11-4) at Wincanton 2m nov hdl (4) gs in Jan.
Baby Shine (IRE) 9-4 (11-2) Always prominent, led 4th, soon headed, led again before 2 out, pushed out flat, won at Leicester 2m mares NH nov hdl (4) hvy in Jan beating Tempest River (11-8) by 4l, 12 ran.
Ballyboker Boy (IRE) 10-1 (11-0) Prominent, led 4th, clear with winner from 3 out, ridden and headed approaching last, hit last and kept on, 2nd of 12, 8l behind Top Of The Range (10-11) at Ffos Las 2m 4f mdn hdl (5) sft in Nov.
Dunraven Prince (IRE) 9-4fav (11-5) Prominent, pushed along 3f out, ridden and weakened over 1f out, 5th of 8, 20l behind Master Cynk (11-5) at Southwell 2m NH flat (6) gs in Jan.
Endofdiscusion (IRE) 13-2 (11-6) Tracked leaders, ridden and weakened approaching 3 out, 7th of 15, 31l behind Zahirah Moon (10-13) at Ludlow 2m 5f mdn hdl (4) gs in Jan.
Hindon Road (IRE) 11-2 (10-12) Close up on inside, pushed along before 4 out, weakened next, no chance when went left and hit last, 7th of 15, 17l behind Sole Survivor (10-12) at Warwick 2m nov hdl (4) gd in Nov.
Jasperito 20-1 (10-12) Mid-division, outpaced 4 out, weakened next, 9th of 16, 49l behind Valid Reason (11-5) at Towcester 2m 5f nh nov hdl (4) gs in Dec.
Kruzhlinin (GER) 11-4fav (11-2) Tracked leader, led over 5f out, strongly challenged over 2f out, soon ridden, headed over 1f out, no extra closing stages, 6th of 14, 3 1/2l behind Mister Newby (11-2) at Plumpton 2m 2f nhf (6) sft in Dec.
Native Beauty (IRE) 8-1 (10-11) Held up in touch, closed 5th, challenged 3 out, led before next where not fluent, ridden out, won at Towcester 2m nh nov hdl (4) sft in Jan beating Bygones Sovereign (11-4) by 2 1/2l, 12 ran.
Rogue Dancer (FR) 14-1 (11-0) Tracked leader, lost place over 4f out, kept on same pace, no impression final 2f, 6th of 15, 22l behind Kaysersberg (10-11) at Doncaster 2m NH flat (6) gs in Dec.
Talkonthestreet (IRE) 7-2 (10-10) Tracked leader, led narrowly before 2 out, headed narrowly last, ridden when not much room and switched right final 110 yards, no extra when lost 2nd towards finish, 3rd of 13, 1l behind Black Thunder (10-10) at Taunton 2m 3f nh nov hdl (4) gs in Dec.
Thomas Crapper 20-1 (11-5) Held up behind, headway to chase leaders 3 out, weakened before last, 3rd of 12, 30l behind Oscar Nominee (11-2) at Southwell 2m NH mdn hdl (5) gs in Jan.
Native Breeze (IRE) 7-1 (11-3) Mid-division, headway 3rd, lost place approaching 3 out, 6th of 12, 42l behind Lights Of Broadway (11-3) at Taunton 2m 3f mares NH nov hdl (4) gs in Jan.
Suzie Grey (IRE) 66-1 (10-5) Tracked leaders, mistake 1st, bumped and lost place next, weakened after 3 out, 8th of 11, 50l behind Miss Milborne (10-11) at Towcester 3m nov hdl (4) sft in Jan.