Cool Baranca has cut little ice in handicaps of late though this looks an easier assignment. The Flaming Matron has failed to figure in a couple of outings since landing a maiden hurdle but Nautical Twilight ran well on her penultimate start and is worth a second glance if the betting speaks in her favour. Hi Candy won a juvenile event at Carlisle in August but it all went wrong at Market Rasen last time where she was pulled up. CHASSE EN MER's dam is a half-sister to Gold Cup hero Long Run and she won over timber in France before joining Caroline Bailey. After going close at Fakenham in October, she gets the vote in this.
Overpriced 28-1 (11-0) In touch in 4th, unseated rider 2nd, in a race won by Upswing (11-4) at Carlisle 2m 1f hcp hdl 0-125 (3) gs in Oct, 7 ran.
Cool Baranca (GER) 33-1 (11-6) Held up towards rear, never on terms, 6th of 13, 17l behind Bogside (11-0) at Kelso 2m hcp hdl 0-120 (4) gs.
The Flaming Matron (IRE) 10-1 (11-3) Led, ridden and headed 3 out, weakened last, 5th of 7, 13l behind Tonvadosa (10-10) at Kelso 2m 6f nh nov hdl (4) gs.
Chasse En Mer (FR) 7-2 (11-8) Tracked leader, hit 5th, ridden 3 out, led between last two, driven and headed towards finish, 2nd of 6, 1 1/2l behind Nellie Forbush (10-12) at Fakenham 2m (3) gd in Oct.
Sparkling Hand 25-1 (11-2) Always in rear, lost touch and struggling before 6th, tailed off, 8th of 9, well behind Smadynium (11-6) at Catterick 2m 3f con hcp hdl 0-110 (4) gd.
Nautical Twilight 25-1 (10-5) Prominent, not always fluent, one pace and beaten when left 3rd last, weakened, 3rd of 6, 20l behind Magic Skyline (10-5) at Sedgefield 2m 1f 3yo hdl (4) sft in Nov.
Hi Candy (IRE) 12-1 (10-10) Mistake 1st, made most to 4th, lost place 3 out, soon weakened and pulled up, in a race won by Royal Irish Hussar (10-12) at Market Rasen 2m 1f 3yo hdl (2) gd in Sep, 10 ran.
Flogarose (FR) 5-1 (9-8) Tracked leaders in 3rd, soon went 2nd, weakened after 3 out, soon pulled up, in a race won by Turtle Watch (10-3) at Kelso 2m hcp hdl 0-115 (4) gs in Oct, 12 ran.