20:35 Aintree Fri 14 June 2019
Progressive hurdler (much improved for this yard) winning her last two starts making a mockery of her opening handicap mark at Worcester (2m4f, good). Easily beat Get An Oscar last time (9L); must cope with 12lb rise plus 3m trip, still shortlisted.
Winner of this last year off a 4lb lower mark when completing a hat-trick she's only been seen once since (should be sharper for that return start). Raced freely on that comeback (found little); likely to be closer to form this time.
Arrives in good form having showed the benefit of a first-time visor/change of tactics at Ayr in March, winning over a shorter trip (2m5f). Narrowly touched off at the same track last time (up in trip; 3m); showed a good attitude, can go well again.
Failed to meet market expectations on her debut run for this yard (often improve their Irish acquisitions) at Worcester (well beaten in a similar race; 2m7f). Good second on her final Irish run so no forlorn hope; may do better here.
Bangor novice hurdle win becoming a distant memory coming as it did back in October 2017, prior to two wind ops. Turned in a fair effort (and no more) on her penultimate run (first-time blinkers) but looked a hard ride last time; others appeal more.
Showed the benefit of her comeback run when taking a Uttoxeter mares' handicap hurdle last month (travelled well) staying on strongly. This is a deeper contest and she is up 9lb but looks as though she may well have a bigger effort in her.
Continues to work her way down the weights but really isn't showing any signs of taking advantage of that reduced mark. Headgear left off for the second time in a row (plenty of work to do with Get An Oscar from Worcester); one of the lesser types.
Won a small field mares' handicap hurdle (tactical heat) at Cartmel (3m1f, soft) last month staying well to record her first victory. Still eligible for weaker races than this; will find this tougher than her last outing despite the modest 2lb rise.
Last Year's Winner
|T: N W AlexanderJ: Lucy Alexander|
Dragon Houdini (7/2), She'sasupermack (4/1), Talkofgold (4/1), Midnight Aurora (4/1), Big Penny (4/1), Coillte Eile (9/2), Get An Oscar (6/1), Final Reminder (8/1), Jessiemac (9/1), Petronella Manners (20/1)
- Dragon Houdini
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