Irish raider CHARLIE'S VIC landed a beginners' race at Naas last month where she jumped particularly well. She was then sent into Grade 2 company at Thurles and though probably fortunate to finish third she ran really well in that exalted company and should have few problems conceding the weight. Micro Mission looks the main threat though she ran moderately at Kelso last time after scoring over hurdles at Wetherby. Bollin Fiona makes her debut over fences but will like the testing ground while Mia Matriarch, who is also having her first run over the bigger obstacles, has only shown flashes of ability over timber.
Charlie's Vic (IRE) 8-1 (11-0) In rear, headway approaching 4 out, went 3rd early straight and ridden to challenge approaching last, no extra run-in, 3rd of 8, 6l behind Noras Fancy (11-0) at Thurles 2m 4f Mares Novice Chase (Grade 2) (5yo+) (1) hvy in Jan.
Bollin Fiona 16-1 (10-5) Tracked leaders, ridden approaching 9th, kept on same pace from 3 out, 3rd of 10, 2 1/2l behind Forestside (11-3) at Ayr 3m hcp hdl 0-120 (4) hvy in Jan.
Mia Matriarch 16-1 (10-12) Held up, took keen hold, headway approaching 6th, no impression 3 out, pulled up before last, in a race won by King Kalium (9-11) at Ayr 2m 4f hcp hdl 0-100 (5) hvy in Jan, 7 ran.
Micro Mission (IRE) 15-8 (10-12) Tracked leader, led 8th, jumped right next and 10th, headed before 3 out, no impression from next, 2nd of 5, 38l behind Fentara (10-12) at Kelso 2m 7f mrs nov chs (5yo+) (4) hvy in Jan.