Soft ground won't be a problem for the three-year-old Ironically but it's easy to pick holes in the form of her win at Leicester last month. BUXOM is still a maiden over hurdles but was only beaten a short-head at Taunton last time and the winner has gone on to complete her hat-trick. Despite a 6lb rise in the weights, Jamie Snowden's mare won't be far away and gets the nod being much preferred to Matrow's Lady, down in trip after being pulled up over 3m1f at Taunton. Beyeh is interesting, however, as she ran well over 2m6f at Ascot after winning on heavy ground on the Flat at Yarmouth while Zefooha also has claims. She was well beaten when falling at the last here last time but that was over 3m1f. Tim Walford's mare doesn't stay that far but is very effective over shorter, though may prefer a quicker surface.
Buxom (IRE) 11-2 (11-2) In touch, headway to 3rd after 3 out, ridden to chase winner 2 out, hit next, driven to join winner run-in, just held, 2nd of 8, shd behind Queens Grove (10-9) at Taunton 2m 1f Mares Handicap Hurdle (0-120) (3yo+) (4) sft in Nov.
Beyeh (IRE) 16-1 (11-1) Mid-division, outpaced after 3 out, kept on same pace under pressure from next, no impression, 6th of 15, 11l behind Tweedledrum (9-10) at Ascot 2m 6f mares hcp hdl 0-125 (3) sft in Nov.
Zefooha (FR) 12-1 (11-2) Tracked leaders, blundered 4th, led before 3 out, jumped left 2 out and soon headed, in 4th and weakening when fell last, in a race won by Victor Hewgo (11-11) at Doncaster 3m hcp hdl 0-120 (4) sft in Nov, 8 ran.
Matrow's Lady (IRE) 8-1 (11-1) Mid-division, ridden and losing place when hit 4 out, pulled up before next, in a race won by Cinevator (11-7) at Taunton 3m hcp hdl 0-115 (4) gd in Oct, 16 ran.
Ironically (IRE) 8-1 (10-12) Tracked leader until 2nd, beaten when hit 3 out, weakened before next, tailed off, 4th of 9, well behind L'unique (10-12) at Aintree 2m 1f Listed hdl 3yo (1) sft.