Following a promising debut at Hereford, Varkala couldn't justify favouritism at Towcester next time and may need a less testing track to reproduce her best. Miss Milborne has to go on the short-list, however, after a solid effort on her introduction at Warwick and Bathwick Junior only found one too good at Ffos Las last month. Clyffe Top hinted at ability at Newbury and newcomer Well Chilled has a jumping pedigree but Emma Lavelle boasts a 50 per cent strike rate with her bumper horses here and one can expect her QUEEN'S FOREST, a half-sister to winning hurdler/chaser King's Forest, to have learned plenty from her debut at Kempton last April and be more prominent here - she gets the vote.
Bach To Front (IRE) Bach mare out of Celtic Leader.
Charlotte's Ball (IRE) 66-1 (10-7) Led, edged left and headed over 3f out, weakened over 2f out, 9th of 15, 33l behind Young Victoria (10-12) at Towcester 2m N H flat (5) sft in Dec.
Keara Kayf Tara mare out of Lavender Lady.
Madame Allsorts 33-1 (11-2) In rear, ran green, never in contention, 11th of 18, 20l behind Hurricane Milly (10-6) at Huntingdon 2m mrs N H flat (5) sft in Feb.
Miss Milborne 12-1 (10-7) In touch, outpaced 6f out, ridden to chase leaders over 1f out, kept on same pace under pressure, never on terms, 6th of 17, 5l behind Shuil Royale (11-0) at Warwick 2m NH flat (6) sft in Dec.
Queen's Forest (IRE) 20-1 (10-11) In rear, never a factor, 9th of 15, 28l behind Poppy Come Running (10-11) at Kempton 2m mdn NH flat (6) gd in Apr.
Tinabianca (FR) 7-1 (10-6) Rear of mid-division, short of room and hit rail early, no extra approaching straight, 18th of 20, well behind Divine Rhapsody (10-4) at Punchestown 2m nhf gd in Apr.
Varkala (IRE) 9-4fav (10-12) Held up in rear, headway on outside 5f out, no impression over 2f out, 5th of 15, 10l behind Young Victoria (10-12) at Towcester 2m N H flat (5) sft in Dec.
Well Chilled Nikos mare out of Cool Spring.
Bathwick Junior 11-1 (10-6) Tracked leaders, pushed along over 5f out, ridden to challenge over 3f out, led over 2f out, headed approaching final furlong, kept on same pace, 2nd of 5, 2 1/2l behind Genstone Trail (11-5) at Ffos Las 2m Mares Nat Hunt Flat (3-5yo) (6) sft in Dec.
Clyffe Top 50-1 (10-9) Mid-division, pushed along over 3f out, stayed on from over 2f out, never on terms, 5th of 13, 7l behind Who's Afraid (10-12) at Newbury 1m 4f 3yo flls NH flat (5) gd in Dec.
Dance Til Midnight 20-1 (10-5) Chased leaders, ridden 3f out, weakened over 2f out, 8th of 10, 32l behind Cinders And Ashes (10-9) at Fontwell 1m 6f 3yo nhf (6) gs in Oct.