Three times a winner over hurdles, KERADA is proving even better over the larger obstacles and has now won all three starts, including one over these fences. She's worth sticking with here as she's already beaten Sway, who appears to have lost her way a little, and Asturienne. The latter has since won twice herself and had today's rival Evella well behind when scoring at Plumpton recently. Easter Legend was still in contention when falling at Exeter in December but had won her previous two starts over fences. She could prove the biggest danger to the selection as Huntingdon winner Douryna would prefer more cut in the ground.
Kerada (FR) 2-5fav (11-1) Tracked leader, not much room when not fluent 2nd, led 7th, soon headed, led again 9th, clear from 4 out, easily, won at Ffos Las 2m 5f nov chs (3) sft in Feb beating Princeful (10-12) by 12l, 4 ran.
Easter Legend 5-4fav (11-10) Held up in rear, headway 11th, disputing 2nd and about a length down when fell 2 out, in a race won by Sway (10-12) at Exeter 2m 3f mares nov ch (4) gs in Dec, 7 ran.
Smuglin 5-6fav (11-4) Tracked winner, niggled along at several stages from 3rd, jumped left 7th, reminders after next, ridden after 11th, no impression from 2 out, blundered last, 2nd of 4, 14l behind Evella (11-1) at Uttoxeter 2m 6f mrs nov chs (5yo+) (4) hvy in Jan.
Sway (FR) 50-1 (11-1) Behind, headway into mid-division 12th, chased leaders under pressure 3 out, soon weakened, 13th of 20, 31l behind Divers (11-4) at Cheltenham 2m 4f Listed Novice Handicap Chase (0-140) (5yo+) (1) gd.
Cool Friend (IRE) 2-1 (10-11) Held up in rear, blundered 3rd, never a factor, 4th of 7, 38l behind Dinarius (10-12) at Exeter 2m 3f beg chase (3) sft in Feb.
Asturienne 2-1 (11-4) Tracked leaders, went 2nd at 9th, join leader 3 out, soon led, jumped right and pecked on landing 2 out, clear when jumped right last, comfortably, won at Plumpton 2m 4f mrs nov chs (5yo+) (4) sft in Feb beating Evella (11-7) by 25l, 5 ran.
Evella (IRE) 4-7fav (11-5) Led until 2nd, stayed 2nd until led again approaching 11th, soon well clear, won at Warwick 2m 4f mrs nov chs (5yo+) (4) gd beating Pezula (10-9) by well, 3 ran.
Magical Legend 10-1 (11-4) Held up in mid-division, headway to chase leaders 17th, under pressure 4 out, weakened after next, 5th of 10, 27l behind Fit To Drive (11-9) at Sandown 3m hcp chs 0-125 (3) gd in Nov.
Cobbler's Queen (IRE) 11-2 (10-5) Chased leader until 4th, stayed in 3rd, went 2nd again before 11th, narrow lead approaching 4 out, headed next, staying on and still chance when blundered and stumbled badly 2 out, soon lost 2nd, weakened, left poor 3rd last, 3rd of 12, 24l behind Mr Bennett (10-12) at Exeter 3m nov chs 0-115 (4) gs.
Douryna 8-1 (10-13) Tracked leader, led approaching 9th, jumped right 2 out, ridden clear approaching last, eased towards finish, readily, won at Huntingdon 2m 4f hcp chs 0-105 (4) gs beating Bertenbar (10-8) by 13l, 10 ran.