15:50 Doncaster Tue 14 January 2020
Dual purpose performer who gained a first win since 2017 in handicap hurdle at Lingfield in February. Finished a creditable second at Southwell (2m) last month, and respected for all she seems best at slightly shorter.
Improved to win over 2½m at Newcastle on handicap bow, and followed up at Wetherby last time. Up a total of 17lb for those wins, but much respected given her progressive profile.
Won a maiden hurdle over C&D in January, and quite highly tried since. Found 2m a bit sharp when never able to challenge behind Epatante at Newbury (2m) last time, but this looks easier, and she should be competitive.
Didn't progress for Ruth Jefferson, but improved to land a gamble on debut for new yard at Southwell last month, and new mark is still lower than what she was initially awarded in this sphere. That form has yet to work out, but folly to ignore her.
Won twice at Sedgefield last season, and good third on heavy ground at Ayr in November, but well beaten twice since. Not without a chance, but needs to find her best form to be a contender.
Bumper winner who is unexposed after just two starts over hurdles, and improved when third of 11 to Martha Brae at Fontwell last time despite a mixed round of jumping. Open to improvement in handicaps, and one to bear in mind.
Ran badly on heavy ground last time, but a winner of a Cartmel handicap off 8lb lower prior to that. At her best on a sound surface, so latest run forgiven, but may find even the forecast conditions too slow.
Best effort over hurdles when third of 13 to Clondaw Caitlin in a mares novice at Wetherby on Boxing Day. May do better now handicapping, but her opening mark demands improvement.
Winner off a 4lb lower mark at Carlisle (2m1f, soft) in November, but couldn't quite match that when 13L second of 7 to Theflickeringlight at Newcastle last time. Does have a healthy 17lb pull for that beating, though, so not dismissed.
Probably failed to stay an extended 3m here last time having been handy until the second last, and hadn't taken to chasing prior to that. Has fallen sharply in the weights, and well treated if finding form she showed in the spring.
Last Year's Winner
|T: P A KirbyJ: Sean Quinlan|
Theflickeringlight (6/4), Storm Goddess (4/1), Hawthorn Cottage (15/2), Schiaparannie (8/1), Amberose (10/1), Eyes Right (10/1), Dieu Benisse (12/1), Miss Mash (16/1), All My Love (18/1), Legalized (25/1), Annie Odds (25/1), Tennewrow (25/1), Oksana (40/1)
- Storm Goddess
- Miss Mash
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