My Flora had a simple task at Stratford last month and won with the minimum of fuss. But she faces no easy task here giving 24lb to LADY OF VERONA, if taking Craig Nichol's claim into account. Lucinda Russell's mare was always going well when scoring at Hexham last month and was value for much further than the seven-length winning margin. The Flaming Matron was pulled up on her chasing bow while Maggie Blue was well behind the selection last time. Harrys Whim is racing from 32lb out of the handicap.
My Flora 5-4fav (11-12) Tracked leader, challenged going well after 2 out, led before last, ridden out, won at Stratford 2m 4f (4) gd in Mar beating Carhue Princess (10-2) by 2 1/4l, 4 ran.
The Flaming Matron (IRE) 13-2 (11-8) With leader, lost place before 4 out, pulled up before last, in a race won by Legendary Hop (11-2) at Wetherby 2m 6f Mares Novice Handicap Chase (0-110) (5yo+) (4) hvy in Feb, 8 ran.
Lady Of Verona (IRE) 9-4fav (10-2) Made all, clear from 4th, kept on strongly from last, won at Hexham 3m 1f nov hcp chs 0-115 (4) sft in Mar beating Solis (10-11) by 7l, 6 ran.
Maggie Blue (IRE) 17-2 (10-13) Tracked leaders in 3rd, soon lost place, tracked leaders before 10th, pushed along before 4 out, never dangerous, 5th of 6, well behind Lady Of Verona (10-2) at Hexham 3m 1f nov hcp chs 0-115 (4) sft in Mar.
Harrys Whim 80-1 (10-0) Led and clear, unseated rider 4th, in a race won by Tiny Dancer (11-0) at Ayr 2m 5f nov chs (4) hvy in Feb, 5 ran.