SPRINGINHERSTEP goes well fresh so a recent break is probably a plus and she can land this if the first-time headgear as the desired effect. Bobble Boru has won two of her three starts over hurdles and won a bumper here in November but she has shown her best form so far with plenty of give in the ground. Loyaute's defeat of Baltimore Rock at Kempton two runs ago has been well advertised but she couldn't follow up off today's mark at Exeter and is another who enjoys a softer surface. Bollin Judith has been well beaten in lesser company of late.
Loyaute (FR) 4-1 (11-7) Disputed lead, led before 3rd until next, chased leader, driven along and no impression after 3 out, weakened and lost poor 3rd 2 out (normal 3 out), 4th of 7, 15l behind Midnight Belle (11-6) at Exeter 2m 3f (3) sft in Feb.
Bobble Boru (IRE) 2-1 (11-6) Chased leader, left in lead 3rd, headed next, led 5th until before 3 out, soon led again, 7 lengths clear last, ridden out, won at Exeter 2m 3f mares NH nov hdl (4) hvy beating Massannie (12-4) by 1 1/4l, 6 ran.
Springinherstep (IRE) 13-2 (11-2) Pulled hard in rear, headway approaching 3 out, soon ridden and no impression, 5th of 10, 20l behind Fergall (11-4) at Huntingdon 2m hcp hdl 0-130 (3) gs in Dec.
Bollin Judith 4-1 (11-5) Held up in rear, went modest 4th 7th, weakened 2 out, tailed off, 6th of 10, well behind Belle De Fontenay (11-5) at Leicester 2m 4f sell (5) gs in Dec.