The consistent Overyou beat 2011 winner More Equity by just over two lengths in this last year but the runner-up is a massive 19lb better off now and must be fancied to turn the tables under Grand National hero Ryan Mania, despite some indifferent recent form. But this may be a good opportunity for the formerly useful hunter chaser MY FLORA to prove she is no back number. Donald McCain's mare has been struggling for pace over hurdles this term but here fifth to Salsify over the larger obstacles at Stratford last June is good form in the context of a race like this. Bollin Fiona still needs to find more to figure in this while Tipsy Dara has lost her way and is probably best watched for now.
My Flora 9-2 (11-9) Held up, headway approaching 6th, weakened under pressure after next, tailed off when pulled up before 2 out, in a race won by Umadachar (11-8) at Sedgefield 2m 4f mrs hcp hdl 0-120 (4) gs in Feb, 9 ran.
Streamtown (IRE) 11-1 (11-2) Mid-division, hwadway 4 out, soon weakened, 5th of 8, 44l behind Twin Plan (9-11) at Ayr 2m 5f Mares Handicap Hurdle (0-130) (4yo+) (3) sft in Mar.
Overyou 9-4fav (11-2) Led, blundered and headed 5 out, led 3 out, pressed last, kept on and headed last 50 yards, 2nd of 7, nk behind Soudain (11-5) at Sedgefield 3m 3f hcp ch 0-110 (4) hvy in Mar.
Tipsy Dara (IRE) 7-1 (10-10) Led, pecked 5th, headed 6th, led 7th, tracked leader, headed 8th, weakened from 11th, tailed off, pulled up, in a race won by Dusky Bob (10-10) at Carlisle 3m 2f hcp chs 0-130 (3) hvy in Mar, 7 ran.
More Equity 28-1 (9-12) Mid-division, outpaced 4 out, rallied 2 out, stayed on well, never nearer, 4th of 8, 27l behind Twin Plan (9-11) at Ayr 2m 5f Mares Handicap Hurdle (0-130) (4yo+) (3) sft in Mar.
Bollin Fiona 14-1 (10-7) Tracked leaders, jumped slow 2nd and next soon behind, left 2nd and hampered 5th, headway to close on winner next, ridden 2 out, kept on one pace, 2nd of 4, 9l behind Micro Mission (10-5) at Carlisle 2m 4f mrs nov chs (5yo+) (4) hvy in Feb.
Overlady 10-1 (10-9) Held up in touch, headway to join leader 8th, lost place 12th, behind from 5 out, tailed off when pulled up before 2 out, in a race won by My Friend George (10-6) at Newcastle 3m hcp chs 0-105 (4) gs, 9 ran.