All three of Massannie's victories over hurdles have come on fast ground. But she will have needed her run behind Toubeera at Plumpton in January and did win her bumper on soft going. Toubeera's trainer Venetia Williams runs Bobble Boru and she'll be aiming to bounce back from a poor run at Fakenham having won earlier at Wincanton. BUCKBORU makes her debut over timber but showed progressive form in bumpers and has a jumper's pedigree. She will have no problem with ground or trip so could be the value bet and is much preferred to fellow hurdlers newcomer Molly Maid.
Massannie (IRE) 2-1 (11-12) Reluctant and led in start, started slowly and lost 12 lengths, headway to press winner 2nd, led and disputed after until headed after 3 out, ridden and no extra before next, hit last, 2nd of 5, 9l behind Toubeera (11-12) at Plumpton 2m 5f mares NH nov hdl (4) hvy in Jan.
Bobble Boru (IRE) 4-1 (11-1) Keen tracked leaders, hit 6th, lost place 8th, ridden and weakened next, pulled up last, in a race won by Doctor Harper (11-12) at Fakenham 2m 4f NH nov hdl (4-7yo) (3) hvy in Feb, 5 ran.
Buckboru (IRE) 7-4 (11-1) Close up in rear, headway over 2f out, ridden and kept on to go 2nd near finish, no chance with winner, 2nd of 6, 9l behind Georgian Firebird (10-5) at Catterick 2m mares n h flat (5) hvy in Feb.
Delineate (IRE) 66-1 (10-7) Mid-division in touch, driven over 4f out, ridden over 2f out, stayed on to take modest 4th inside final furlong, no chance with leaders, 4th of 10, 13l behind Ballyhollow (10-12) at Towcester 2m mares n h flat (6) sft in Dec.
Molly Maid (IRE) 12-1 (11-2) Held up in rear, closed from 10f out, outpaced 3f out, weakened over 2f out, 3rd of 6, 33l behind Avispa (11-2) at Huntingdon 2m mrs N H flat (6) sft in Feb.
Party Girls (FR) 50-1 (11-0) Restrained in rear, closer order into 5th and mistake 6th, pushed along and no progress when fell 3 out, in a race won by Tagrita (11-6) at Wincanton 2m 6f nov hdl (4) sft in Jan, 6 ran.