Queen Spud didn't look an easy ride when second to Iron Butterfly over this course and distance 10 days ago but wasn't beaten far and can race off the same mark today. It's a while since Kykate last ran over hurdles but she probably isn't on a bad mark and makes more appeal than plater Kimora and My Legal Lady, who has her first start since May last year. DARDANELLA makes her handicap debut having got off the mark in pleasing fashion at Towcester in November. She has plenty of scope and, hailing from a yard that's going well at present, can double her tally here as Chasse En Mer never looked like winning when favourite at Newcastle last month.
Kykate 14-1 (11-0) Mid-division, one pace from 3 out, 4th of 9, 17l behind Noble Legend (11-8) at Wetherby 2m 4f hcp chs 0-135 (3) sft in Dec.
Dardanella 13-2 (10-10) Tracked leaders, went 2nd at 7th, led appraoching 2 out, ridden clear between last 2, stayed on well, won at Towcester 2m 5f mrs nov hdl (4) gs in Nov beating Rising Teal (10-10) by 6l, 7 ran.
My Legal Lady 14-1 (11-0) Held up in touch, chased leaders under pressure after 4 out, soon ridden, stayed on to take 3rd before last, no impression with front pair, 3rd of 9, 16l behind Pension Plan (11-3) at Ffos Las 3m hcp hdl 0-125 (3) gd in May.
Tharaya 10-1 (11-8) Prominent, mistake 1st, lost place approaching 6th, 7th of 9, 46l behind Red Not Blue (11-12) at Southwell 2m 4f hcp hdl 0-115 (4) gd in Jun '11.
Chasse En Mer (FR) 11-4fav (10-10) Held up in touch, driven to chase leaders after 4 out, kept on same pace, went 3rd last, no chance with front pair, 3rd of 8, 11l behind Sparkling Hand (10-6) at Newcastle 2m (4) sft in Dec.
Kimora (IRE) 7-1 (11-1) Led, headed narrowly 3 out, ridden and every chance last, stayed on, 2nd of 8, 3/4l behind Walter De La Mare (11-10) at Market Rasen 2m 1f sel hcp hdl (0-100) (5) sft in Dec.
Queen Spud 13-2 (10-5) Tended to jump left, chased leader, led before 3 out, ridden and hanging left when joined 2 out, went badly left and mistake last, hung left flat, headed and no extra final 100 yards, 2nd of 9, 1 1/4l behind Iron Butterfly (11-7) at Doncaster 2m 3f (4) gs in Dec.