Hi Dancer is only 1lb higher than when scoring at Sedgefield last March and though he's been inconsistent during the winter he looks quite capable of a big run. CAVITE ETA showed his first sign of ability behind today's rival Ginger Grey in a Catterick maiden in December and makes his handicap bow. He stayed on strongly that day and, with this stiffer track certain to suit, he gets the nod to go one better. The winner ran a shocker when fancied to follow up at Market Rasen but that wasn't his true form. King's Chorister won here in December and very nearly pulled off another C&D victory a month later when just touched off by Dice. The runner-up has much the better of the weights this time and should reverse the form while Hunters Belt has been running quite well on the Flat recently.
Rain Stops Play (IRE) 33-1 (10-8) Behind, pushed along 4th, tailed off before 4 out, soon pulled up, in a race won by Simply Ned (11-8) at Musselburgh 2m hcp hdl 0-125 (3) gs in Dec, 13 ran.
Lap of Honour (IRE) 14-1 and never a factor in void hurdle race at Wetherby over 2m (good to soft) in October last year.
Hi Dancer 16-1 (10-8) Tracked winner from 2nd until before 3 out, weakened after next, 5th of 8, 21l behind Dontpaytheferryman (11-5) at Musselburgh 2m hcp hdl 0-130 (3) gd in Jan.
Ginger Grey (IRE) 6-1fav (11-3) With leaders, weakened before 5th, last of 17, well behind Monarch's Way (11-2) at Market Rasen 2m 1f hcp hdl 0-115 (4) gs in Feb.
Hunters Belt (IRE) 7-2fav (10-6) Held up mid-division, went 4th 2 out, one pace, 4th of 8, 13l behind Dontpaytheferryman (11-5) at Musselburgh 2m hcp hdl 0-130 (3) gd in Jan.
Cool Baranca (GER) 25-1 (11-1) Held up towards rear, hampered on bend after 3rd, weakened before 3 out, 11th of 17, 25l behind Monarch's Way (11-2) at Market Rasen 2m 1f hcp hdl 0-115 (4) gs in Feb.
City Ground (USA) 13-2 (11-2) Towards rear, reminders before 4th, pushed along before 3 out, never dangerous, last of 8, 34l behind Dontpaytheferryman (11-5) at Musselburgh 2m hcp hdl 0-130 (3) gd in Jan.
Cavite Eta (IRE) 28-1 (11-3) Towards rear, headway 2 out, stayed on well to chase winner run-in, 2nd of 15, 5l behind Ginger Grey (11-6) at Catterick 2m mdn hdl (5) sft in Dec.
L'eminence Grise (IRE) 33-1 (11-1) Led to 3rd, tracked leader until 2 out, weakened last, 4th of 10, 27l behind Ingleby Spirit (11-11) at Musselburgh 2m nh nov hdl (4) gd in Jan.
Dice (IRE) 10-3 (11-7) Tracked leader, led 5 out, pressed before last, headed run-in, ridden and rallied to regain lead towards finish, won at Newcastle 2m hcp hdl 0-95 (5) sft in Jan beating King's Chorister (10-12) by nk, 6 ran.
King's Chorister 4-1 (10-12) Towards rear, chased leaders from 3 out, led run-in, kept on and headed towards finish, 2nd of 6, nk behind Dice (11-7) at Newcastle 2m hcp hdl 0-95 (5) sft in Jan.
Furius 20-1 (11-0) Pulled hard, led until jumped right 1st, led after next, hung right, ran wide and headed after 3rd, soon in rear, modest 8th before 3 out, went 4th last strides, 4th of 10, 35l behind Stanley Bridge (10-13) at Wetherby 2m cnd hcp hdl 0-95 (5) gs in Feb.