KERADA, a winner three times over hurdles last season, made a satisfactory reappearance in a mares' race at Wincanton in November. She should strip fitter here and has the build of a chaser so will have no excuses if she fails to make a winning start over the larger obstacles. The seven-year-old gets 8lb from Sway, who won at Ludlow and Exeter at the back end of last year but had her limitations exposed in better company at Cheltenham on New Year's Day. Asturienne is badly handicapped over hurdles so it's no surprise Alan King is switching her attention to fences but she is rated 7lb below the selection over timber.
Sway (FR) 11-2 (10-2) Held up towards rear, headway 8th, 6th and ridden when pecked 3 out, soon weakened, 6th of 13, 40l behind Hell's Bay (11-4) at Cheltenham 2m 5f nov chs G2 (1) gs.
Asturienne 11-2fav (11-12) In touch in mid-division, hampered 3rd, headway next, hit 6th, weakened approaching 2 out, 7th of 17, 31l behind Grafite (11-1) at Towcester 2m 3f hcp hdl 0-120 (3) sft in Dec.
Fillyofthevalley 200-1 (10-10) Held up in rear, outpaced after 4 out, soon weakened, tailed off, 5th of 7, well behind Sparky May (11-3) at Newbury 2m 5f mares NH nov hdl (3) gs in Nov.
Kerada (FR) 7-4fav (10-5) Held up in last trio, hit 1st, steady headway 7th, pushed along in 5th after 3 out, stayed on same pace from next, left 4th slightly hampered and hit last, 4th of 8, 17l behind Santera (10-0) at Wincanton 2m 6f mrs hcp hdl (2) gd in Nov.