Stuart Kittow has his runners in good form of late and Miss Nightshade should go very well, though she may have to give best to REAL TREASURE, who is potentially open to more improvement. The Kim Bailey-trained selection ran with credit when making the frame in a couple of bumpers before scoring on her debut over hurdles in maiden company. Although not a red-hot race that was still a very good effort in the context of this contest and it was also here, so there is invaluable course form to her name. With the promise of more to come she gets the nod. Miss Nightshade won a Newton Abbot bumper last spring, but she has had a few jumping issues since switching to timber. Even so, she got it right at Bangor last time for a comfortable win and a clear round here makes her very dangerous. Manele Bay has been brought along patiently and has presumably had some problems. Her two bumper runs have shown promise and she could go well on this, her introduction to hurdling. Both Ease And Grace and Time To Think would be interesting if supported, though preference is for Real Treasure.
Miss Nightshade 28-1 (10-9) Held up in rear, took keen hold, headway approaching 5th, went 2nd before 2 out, led last, ran on well, won at Bangor 2m 1f nov hdl (4) gs beating Madame Mado (10-12) by 2 3/4l, 10 ran.
Real Treasure 16-1 (10-10) Held up, in touch, chased leaders after 4 out, 3 lengths down when left in lead and badly hampered 2 out, driven out, won at Exeter 2m 1f mdn hdl (4) gs in Feb beating She's On The Case (10-5) by 3/4l, 14 ran.
Carrigeen Queen (IRE) 100-1 (10-5) Towards rear after 1st, 14th approaching 3 out, pulled up before 2 out, in a race won by Alfie Spinner (10-12) at Exeter 2m 1f NH nov hdl 4-6yo (4) hvy in Dec, 16 ran.
Chit Chat 50-1 (10-12) Towards rear, reminders early, struggling from 5th, never a factor, 5th of 14, well behind Banjaxed Girl (11-5) at Southwell 2m 4f mrs nov hdl (4) gs in Feb.
Dollydo 100-1 (10-9) Chased leaders, weakened soon after 3 out, behind when blundered next, tailed off, 9th of 12, 35l behind Bellvano (11-12) at Newbury 2m nh nov hdl (3) gs in Feb.
Dolly Grey 66-1 (10-6) Held up, towards rear, weakened from 5th, 10th of 16, 46l behind Wishfull Thinking (11-11) at Exeter 2m 3f nov hdl (4) gs in Feb.
Ease And Grace 28-1 (11-0) Led, hit 3 out, headed approaching next, gradually weakened, 5th of 13, 23l behind Kerada (11-12) at Hereford 2m 4f mares NH nov hdl (4) gs in Feb.
Fleet Footed 66-1 (10-9) Mid-division, took keen hold, ridden over 6f out, weakened over 3f out, 15th of 18, 32l behind Hurricane Milly (10-6) at Huntingdon 2m mrs N H flat (5) sft in Feb.
Glamorous Gg 100-1 (10-7) Tracked leaders, reminders approaching 4 out, weakened after next, 8th of 13, 40l behind Kerada (11-12) at Hereford 2m 4f mares NH nov hdl (4) gs in Feb.
Hot Tottie (IRE) 33-1 (11-0) Held up, mid-division, headway approaching 5th, jumped right next, mistake 4 out, soon weakened, 9th of 13, 40l behind Kerada (11-12) at Hereford 2m 4f mares NH nov hdl (4) gs in Feb.
Manele Bay 14-1 (10-10) Raced keenly, tracked leaders, ridden 2f out, every chance over 1f out, not pace of winner inside final furlong, 2nd of 12, 4 1/2l behind Asturienne (10-10) at Huntingdon 2m N H flat (5) gd in Dec '08.
Mangonel 250-1 (10-2) Behind, mistake 4th, pulled up before 6th, in a race won by Voramar Two (10-12) at Taunton 3m nov hdl (4) gs in Feb, 13 ran.
Mist Chances 40-1 (10-12) Always in rear, struggling final 5f, tailed off, last of 13, well behind Deejan (10-12) at Ludlow 2m N H flat (4) sft in Dec.
Time To Think 12-1 (10-10) In touch, lost place 5th, soon struggling, tailed off, 9th of 11, 34l behind Sure Josie Sure (10-7) at Wincanton 2m mrs nov hdl (4) sft in Dec.