MISTRAL REINE and Crookstown can fight out the finish of this novices' handicap with the vote just going to Lucy Wadham's mare. She's been well beaten in two starts since scoring over track and trip in December but is more likely to act on this tight course than Ben Case's charge, who finished tailed off at Uttoxeter after winning over a shorter distance at Market Rasen. Itoldyou stays well but is much better over fences and Zafaraban has gone backwards since a couple of good runs last summer. Curtain Razer is probably also best watched at present.
Curtain Razer (IRE) 33-1 (11-12) Led until 2nd, chased leader, led again 6th until next, chased leader until pushed along before 2 out, weakened to poor 4th and pulled up approaching 2 out, in a race won by Virginia Ash (11-2) at Plumpton 3m 1f hcp hdl 0-115 (4) hvy in Jan, 12 ran.
Mistral Reine 9-1 (10-6) Tracked leaders, outpaced 3 out, soon weakened, 4th of 5, 30l behind Kris Spin (11-12) at Warwick 3m 1f hcp hdl 0-130 (3) sft in Jan.
Itoldyou (IRE) 8-1 (10-2) Held up in rear, jumped slowly 2nd, steady headway after 5th, went modest 4th approaching last, 4th of 7, 29l behind No Buts (10-12) at Plumpton 2m 4f nov hcp chs (0-125) (3) hvy in Jan.
Crookstown (IRE) 2-1fav (12-5) Held up in rear, headway approaching 6th, went 2nd brielfy before 3 out, no impression, weakened before next, 3rd of 8, well behind Over My Head (9-13) at Uttoxeter 3m hcp hdl 0-100 (5) hvy in Dec.
Zafaraban (IRE) 20-1 (10-9) Always towards rear, well tailed off, 11th of 14, well behind Josies Orders (11-6) at Ascot 3m nov hcp hdl 0-120 (4) sft in Dec.