Cross The Flags is sure to be popular with the champ on board here. She found only Love Of Tara too good at Hereford last time after winning at Towcester. Lucky Mix is lightly raced but doesn't appear to be improving while Thornton Alice and Derwen Pryde both return from a break. Lady Karinga is interesting, however, back over timber and Calico Rose is better than she showed at Taunton in December. But the vote goes to GILWEN GLORY, who chased home Ben's Folly over 3m here on Boxing Day and was taking on much better opposition when fifth at Haydock subsequently.
Tweedledrum 6-1 (10-10) Held up in rear, headway 4th, chased leaders next, mistake 4 out, soon weakened, moderate 5th, 5th of 7, well behind Miss Milborne (10-10) at Fontwell 2m 4f mrs nov hdl (4) sft in Dec.
Cross The Flags (IRE) 4-1 (11-12) Held up mid-division, headway 6th, left 2nd 2 out, kept on and no impression on winner, 2nd of 12, 7l behind Love of Tara (11-8) at Hereford 2m 4f mares hcp hdl 0-115 (4) sft in Dec.
Gilwen Glory (IRE) 25-1 (10-3) Tracked leaders, driven 8th, lost place 4 out, no impression from next, 5th of 10, 17l behind Reindeer Dippin (11-12) at Haydock 3m hcp hdl 0-135 (3) hvy in Jan.
Lucky Mix 4-7fav (11-12) Tracked winner, led before 2nd, driven and hard pressed before 2 out, headed narrowly approaching last, no extra towards finish, 2nd of 3, 1 3/4l behind Seedless (11-12) at Bangor 3m mrs nov hdl (4) gs in Jan.
Thornton Alice 14-1 (11-1) Held up towards rear, headway approaching 4 out, chased leaders before 2 out, went 3rd flat, closed on tiring winner closing stages, 3rd of 12, 3/4l behind Cresswell Crusader (11-5) at Fontwell 2m 4f hcp hdl 0-115 (4) hvy in Nov.
Calico Rose 5-1 (10-2) Led, ridden and headed after 3 out, weakened flat, 10th of 11, 14l behind Fox Appeal (11-2) at Taunton 3m hcp hdl 0-125 (3) gs in Dec.
Lady Karinga 15-2 (10-7) Held up, hit 1st and mistake next, good headway approaching 11th, went 4th 4 out, stayed on to modest 3rd close home, 3rd of 7, 16l behind Kateal (10-12) at Newbury 2m 4f mrs nov chs (5yo+) (4) gs in Jan.
Al Shababiya (IRE) 11-1 (11-4) Soon in rear, not fluent 5th, ridden and lost touch 7th, tailed off when pulled up before 3 out, in a race won by Pension Plan (10-11) at Ffos Las 3m hcp hdl 0-110 (4) hvy in Jan, 11 ran.
Derwen Pryde 11-4 (10-7) Tracked leaders, hit 5th, not fluent 8th, jumped right and went 2nd 2 out, challenged last, bumped flat, led near finish, won at Uttoxeter 3m hcp hdl 0-100 (5) gs in Nov beating Another Miracle (11-9) by hd, 11 ran.
Me Julie 7-4 (11-3) Tended to jump right, led, narrowly headed approaching 4 out, rallied after last, held closing stages, 2nd of 4, 1/2l behind Paradise Expected (10-3) at Ffos Las 2m 5f hcp chs 0-95 (5) hvy in Dec.