Argaum won a novices' handicap at Bangor in the autumn off a mark of 97 and will ensure there is no hanging around here. Ponte Di Rosa left some modest Flat form behind when making a winning debut over hurdles in a Fakenham seller and has more scope than most, while this is the easiest task that A Little Bit Dusty has faced for a while. Cityar has decent form over C&D but may need it softer and preference is for BIN END, who need only reproduce the form of his win in a maiden hurdle at Leicester in November to recapture the winning thread here.
Argaum (IRE) 11-1 (10-13) Held up, not fluent 6th, outpaced before 3 out, last of 6, 21l behind Sophonie (10-5) at Uttoxeter 2m nov hcp hdl 0-120 (4) hvy in Jan.
A Little Bit Dusty 40-1 (11-0) Mid-division, headway 7th, chased winner 3 out until approaching next, still in 3rd when stumbled 2 out, weakened soon after, 9th of 11, 13l behind Buckie Boy (11-8) at Taunton 2m 3f hcp hdl 0-115 (4) gd.
Bin End 7-1 (10-13) Disputed 2nd until 5th, hit 3 out and weakened, 4th of 5, 48l behind Marodima (11-12) at Towcester 2m clm hdl (5) gs.
Cityar (FR) 13-2 (11-0) Held up, headway after 8th, weakened 2 out, lost 3rd flat, 4th of 11, 45l behind Hassadin (11-3) at Ludlow 2m 5f sll hdl (4-8yo) (5) gd in Feb.
Fairy Trader (IRE) 40-1 (10-5) Tracked leaders, ridden after 5th, weakened approaching 3 out, tailed off, 12th of 15, well behind Tara Rose (10-7) at Worcester 2m mdn hdl (5) gd in Jul.
Redhotdoc 50-1 (9-13) Mid-division on inside, lost place halfway, no danger after, 11th of 17, 28l behind Solway Sam (11-2) at Aintree 2m 1f NH flat (4) gd in Oct '09.
Ponte Di Rosa 50-1 (10-0) Keen tracked leaders, led 2 out, joined flat, ridden and stayed on gamely, won at Fakenham 2m sell hdl (5) gd beating King Fingal (10-12) by nk, 10 ran.
Simplified 100-1 (10-0) Held up, struggling from 6th, 8th of 10, well behind Ponte Di Rosa (10-0) at Fakenham 2m sell hdl (5) gd.