Valrene made a bold bid to follow up her win at Towcester when runner-up back at the same track in December and should be thereabouts again. Bumper winner CEVARO was no match for Mischievous Milly at Fakenham on her hurdling debut but normal progress should see her enhance Nicky Henderson's excellent strike rate at this track and she gets the nod. Ma Toolan can be given a chance on her placed efforts, though her latest second at Worcester wasn't much of an improvement, and Va Vite could go well on her first start over timber having won a bumper at Newton Abbot back in August.
Valrene 11-8fav (11-6) Held up in rear, headway approaching 5th, ridden after 2 out, switched left 2 out, soon went 2nd, mistake last, no impression on winner flat, 2nd of 11, 3 1/2l behind Weather Babe (11-0) at Towcester 2m Mares NH Novice Hurdle (3yo+) (4) sft in Dec.
African Swan 66-1 (10-9) Prominent on inside, led over 3f out to over 2f out, weakened 1f out, 6th of 10, 26l behind Tonvadosa (10-12) at Towcester 2m mares n h flat (6) hvy in Dec.
Cevaro (IRE) 7-1 (10-3) Keen in touch, hit 2nd, ridden to lead 3 out, headed before next, soon outpaced by winner, 2nd of 9, 21l behind Mischievous Milly (10-10) at Fakenham 2m mrs nov hdl (4) sft in Dec.
Emerald Rose 20-1 (10-13) Towards rear, ridden 9f out, never in contention, 8th of 16, 38l behind Blue Article (10-10) at Worcester 2m mares n h flat (6) gd in Jun.
Lillybrook (IRE) 17-2 (10-12) With leaders on outside, lost place over 4f out, soon weakened, tailed off, 9th of 10, well behind Tonvadosa (10-12) at Towcester 2m mares n h flat (6) hvy in Dec.
Ma Toolan (IRE) 3-1fav (10-10) Took keen hold, led until 3rd, led 5th, ridden 3 out, headed 2 out, stayed on same pace, 2nd of 13, 6l behind Young Victoria (10-10) at Worcester 2m mrs nov hdl (4) gs in Oct.
Scheherazadesdream 66-1 (11-2) Towards rear, headway before 3 out, weakened before 2 out, 8th of 13, 50l behind Niki Royal (11-2) at Towcester 2m 3f mdn hdl (5) hvy in Jan.
Shady Lane 5-1 (10-10) Held up in rear , headway 3 out, effort & chance next, no extra run in, 3rd of 5, 10l behind Ballinahow Star (11-3) at Wincanton 2m mrs nov hdl (4) hvy in Dec.
Va'vite (IRE) 14-1 (10-11) Chased leaders, ridden and outpaced over 3f out, weakened over 1f out, 5th of 8, 28l behind Bally Rone (10-11) at Ffos Las 2m NH flat (6) hvy.