BLACKWATER KING was surprisingly beaten by Grate Fella at Sedgefield but that was his hurdling debut and he'll know more today. Donald McCain's four-year-old looks the one to beat though Phoenix Returns could be interesting tackling hurdles for the first time and makes more appeal than Rose Dobbin's three runners. Winning pointer Stitched In Time may prove the best of that trio while Gymdoli won at Hexham last month at huge odds but doesn't appeal as the type likely to defy a penalty.
Gymdoli 125-1 (10-12) With leader, led before 5th, headed before last, kept on to regain lead last 50 yards, won at Hexham 2m NH nov hdl 4-6yo (4) hvy in Nov beating Dotties Dilema (11-5) by 2 1/4l, 13 ran.
A Southside Boy (GER) 33-1 (10-11) Mistake 1st, always towards rear, well beaten 3 out, 10th of 14, 29l behind Bonnie Burnett (10-7) at Ayr 2m mdn hdl (5) sft in Nov.
Blackwater King (IRE) Evensfav (10-12) Tracked leaders, took keen hold, dived at 3rd, went 2nd 4th, mistake 3 out, led before next, not fluent and headed last, held towards finish, 2nd of 8, 1 1/2l behind Grate Fella (10-12) at Sedgefield 2m 1f NH nov hdl 4-6yo (4) gd in Nov.
Blue Kascade (IRE) 33-1 (11-2) Chased leaders, pushed along 4f out, ridden and outpaced 3f out, ridden over 2f out, stayed on same pace final 2f, 6th of 14, 21l behind Clever Cookie (11-2) at Musselburgh 2m NH flat (6) gd in Nov.
Blueside Boy (IRE) 12-1 (10-9) Chased clear leader until 4f out, switched left over 3f out, weakened 3f out, 9th of 14, 30l behind Clever Cookie (11-2) at Musselburgh 2m NH flat (6) gd in Nov.
Canon Row (IRE) (9-2) 98th of 13, 16l behind Gaily Game (9-2) at Saint-cloud(FR) 1m 2f stk sft in Mar '11 (flat).
Elmaatigra 33-1 (10-13) Held up towards rear, effort over 2f out, one pace, 5th of 15, 10l behind Just Cameron (11-2) at Newcastle 2m mdn NH flat (6) gs in Nov.
Everylasting (IRE) 14-1 (10-12) In touch on inside, outpaced 4 out, weakened from next, 8th of 11, 43l behind Bit Of A Jig (10-12) at Carlisle 2m 4f nh nov hdl (4) sft in Oct.
Phoenix Returns (IRE) 18-1 (11-0) Held up towards rear, ridden and headway 3f out, no impression from over 2f out, 4th of 8, 22l behind No Deal (11-0) at Carlisle 2m 1f NH flat (6) sft in Nov.
Robin's Command (IRE) 100-1 (11-0) Mid-division, took keen hold, ridden after 6th, weakened well before 3 out, tailed off, 11th of 14, 45l behind Bonnie Burnett (10-7) at Ayr 2m mdn hdl (5) sft in Nov.
Stitched In Time (IRE) 5-6 (11-8) Held up; led 2 out; clr when blun last; v easy, won at Mordon 2m 4f ptp gd in Apr beating Wacket Willie (12-0) by 5l, 8 ran.
Swindy 9-2fav (9-3) Prominent, led after 3f, swerved badly left and ran out over 6f out, in a race won by Gottany O's (9-4) at Salisbury 1m 4f 3yo hcp 0-85 (4) gs in Aug '11, 8 ran (flat).
Thatwasthepension (IRE) 25-1 (10-12) Raced in last pair, struggling from 3rd, tailed off when pulled up before 5th, in a race won by Harvey's Hope (10-12) at Southwell 2m nh nov hdl (4) gd in Jul, 7 ran.
Yinfortheroad (IRE) 100-1 (10-9) Tracked leader, ridden and lost place over 5f out, weakened 3f out, 7th of 10, 38l behind Baltimoar (11-0) at Carlisle 2m 1f NH flat (6) sft in Oct.