HORA is the selection with Lanmanver Homerun and Theatre Diva likely to give her most to do. Nicky Henderson's mare was a tad disappointing last time but with the stable enjoying a purple patch ever since, were she to run up to her BHA figure, she would set a very stiff standard on balance. Lanmanver Homerun understandably switches from novice chasing to hurdling with plenty of money in the prize purse. On a strict interpretation of her hurdling form, she does have a bit to do. Theatre Diva won easily at Exeter having lost her way over fences. The caliber of opposition is far different on this occasion. Aimigayle should have few issues in relation to going or trip. She is arguably best when allowed to dominate upfront. Vale Of Avocia is an interesting raider from Ireland. Well beaten by Punchestowns when last seen out at Cheltenham, that form has been put into perspective since. Topflight Wildbird has disappointed this season. Magical Legend has gone well fresh in the past but this is a tough ask. Hora is the call.
Hora 15-8fav (10-12) Not always fluent, tracked leaders, ridden after 9th, outpaced after 3 out, stayed on again from last, 4th of 7, 11l behind One Gulp (11-2) at Kempton 3m mrs lst nov hdl (1) gd in Nov.
Vale Of Avocia (IRE) 20-1 (11-3) Held up in rear, pushed along before 7th, stayed on approaching last, never nearer, 7th of 19, 18l behind Punchestowns (11-12) at Cheltenham 2m 5f hcp hdl 0-140 (3) sft in Nov.
Magical Legend 12-1 (11-4) Chased leader to approaching 2 out, weakened before last, 13th of 17, 25l behind Mous Of Men (10-12) at Sandown 2m 3f hcp hdl 0-140 (2) gd in Apr.
Theatre Diva (IRE) 9-1 (11-3) Held up, headway after 3 out, led next, drifted right flat, ridden out, won at Taunton 2m 3f hcp hdl 0-135 (3) sft beating Archie Gunn (10-2) by 3l, 7 ran.
Lamanver Homerun 10-3 (10-12) Held up, headway after 7th, led 4 out, clear 2 out, easily, won at Exeter 2m 3f mrs nov chs (4) sft beating Arctic Magic (10-12) by 6l, 8 ran.
Aimigayle 11-4 (11-6) Led and not fluent 2nd, ridden and headed 2 out, not fluent last, stayed on same pace flat, 2nd of 8, 2 1/2l behind Shatabdi (10-7) at Huntingdon 2m 4f mrs nov chs (4) gs.
Topflight Wildbird 16-1 (11-4) Chased leaders, ridden 4 out, soon driven and beaten, 6th of 13, 33l behind Oldrik (10-8) at Huntingdon 2m hcp hdl 0-125 (3) gs.
Miss Skippy 20-1 (10-9) Held up, blundered badly when unseated rider at the 6th in race won by Midas Way (11-5) at Kempton 3m hcp hdl 0-120 (3) gd in Nov, 10 ran.
Just Beware 20-1 (10-5) In rear, some headway 3 out, 7th of 15, 16l behind Forty Five (10-7) at Ludlow 2m ldy hcp hdl (4) gs.