13:55 Cheltenham Fri 14 December 2018
Former flat racer won on chasing debut back in March (heavy) and ran well the next twice also. Not really found top form in two starts this term but slightly better in more recent of them over hurdles and remains unexposed over fences.
Won four of her seven starts last term when switched to this yard including three over fences. 2m and 3m trips first twice this term both not suiting but better latest when third over 2m6½f. This trip should also suit so has each-way possibilities.
Useful bumper/hurdler has yet to fire in three chase starts although placing in all of those small field contests. Steps up in trip now and hopefully fare a little better if she stays but hard to be confident.
Too keen and tired after a bad mistake three out over 3m at Hexham latest but promise in lone earlier chase when second over 2m4f at the same venue. This trip ought to therefore suit better and has each-way possibilities now.
Dual winner last season was second on her recent return at Kempton albeit beaten 22L (2m4½f). Unlikely to bump into such a rival here and handicap mark appears fair at present so with fitness boosted her chances are genuine.
Third on chase/season debut at Worcester and improved on that latest at Warwick when second to a useful sort who is three from three this season. Jumping can still improve and chances probably hinge on this as her form looks pretty solid.
Came in for some support at big prices on recent chase debut at Exeter but could only finish midfield with a couple of errors making her task more difficult. Good bit to find on that form but obviously open to improvement.
Won a small contest at Sedgefield latest although didn't look much strength in depth in the race. 7lb penalty for that leaves her 1lb well in here so obviously has chances although quicker ground here a relative unknown.
Neither Nicky Henderson or Paul Nicholls could find the key to this mare but she got off the mark for this stable at the third time of asking latest when an emphatic 23L winner at Southwell. Much tougher here but chance under the penalty.
Gained first chase/stable success last time out at Kelso where she won with a bit in hand over 2m5½f on good ground. 8lb rise in a tougher race makes life tougher here so must up her game once more.
Last Year's Winner
|T: A J HoneyballJ: N D Fehily|
Skewiff (5/1), Midnight Target (11/2), Black Tulip (6/1), The Bay Birch (6/1), Synopsis (13/2), Inch Lala (15/2), Silent Steps (11/1), Troubled Soul (12/1), Song Saa (12/1), River Icon (14/1), Miss Night Owl (16/1)
- Black Tulip
- Silent Steps
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