In the hope that whatever was ailing her last time is now cleared up we will give another chance here to VALLEYOFTHEDOLLS, while Present Gesture, Shenanigan and Caoba are all considered. The selection is proven in today's conditions and over a similar trip, and has won two of her four career starts. Perhaps the testing ground was too much for her last time, when she emptied very quickly, but she is worth persevering with against her own sex. Present Gesture is another who goes well on fast ground, and although she has been out of sorts throughout this season, the booking of Tony McCoy is perhaps significant, and she may do much better now the ground has dried up. Shenanigan needs to prove that she handles this going but she certainly stays this trip and has some very good form in context to bring to the contest, so she should not be far away. Caoba was a fortunate winner last time but did at least prove that she goes on fast ground. She is a consistent performer who stays well, though on balance her form does not look strong enough to win this. Southern Exit looks to have frame claims especially if the cheek pieces work, but we are happy to side with Valleyofthedolls.
Caoba 13-8fav (10-7) Chased leaders, led afater 3 out, ridden and headed next, 2nd but held when left well clear last, won at N Abbot 2m 3f mrs nov hdl (4) gf in May beating Party Palace (10-2) by 17l, 9 ran.
Shenanigan 10-1 (11-12) Chased leaders, not fluent 4th, reminders before 6th, soon lost place, rallied and switched left approaching 3 out, weakened flat, 3rd of 11, 8l behind Quarl Ego (11-2) at Ludlow 2m 5f hcp hdl 0-120 (3) gd.
Valleyofthedolls 11-8fav (11-6) Mid-division, headway 5th, effort after 6th, weakened quickly and pulled up 3 out in race won by Cool Friend (10-11) at Exeter 2m 3f mrs nov hdl (4) gd, 14 ran.
Allperksonice 100-1 (10-13) Mid-division, ridden and weakened halfway, 11th of 13, well behind Gilwen Glory (10-13) at Taunton 2m 1f mrs nhf (5) gs in Jan.
Callerlilly 66-1 (10-13) Raced keenly, soon led, headed approaching 2 out, weakened quickly, 7th of 15, 16l behind Templer (11-6) at Chepstow 2m 4f hcp hdl 0-120 (3) gd.
Mangonel 200-1 (10-9) Held up, not fluent 1st and 2nd, never dangerous, 12th of 15, well behind Izita Star (11-5) at Chepstow 2m mrs nov hdl (4) gd.
Play With Fire 66-1 (10-12) Always towards rear, tailed off, 8th of 13, 50l behind Lavender Track (10-12) at Taunton 2m 3f mrs nov hdl (4) gs.
Present Gesture (IRE) 12-1 (11-0) Mid-division, 8th halfway, ridden into moderate 7th 3 out, under pressure in 6th before last, kept on one pace to 4th close home, 4th of 12, 15l behind Itsallaracket (11-1) at Downpatrick 2m 2f mrs nov hdl gs in Feb.
Sandy Denny (IRE) 50-1 (10-2) Tracked leader, led 6th, soon headed, disputing close 3rd when blundered badly and unseated rider 3 out in race won by Marsh Court (10-5) at Fontwell 2m 4f nov hdl (4) gd in Oct, 11 ran.
Somerset Rose 16-1 (11-0) Led until 3rd, tracked leader, weakened after 6th, tailed off when pulled up 3 out in race won by Cool Friend (10-11) at Exeter 2m 3f mrs nov hdl (4) gd, 14 ran.
Southern Exit 18-1 (10-11) Led, headed after 1st, left in lead 4 out, ridden 2 out, soon headed and weakened last, 4th of 10, 20l behind Call Me A Legend (10-9) at Huntingdon 2m mrs mdn hdl (4) gd.
Sleeping 100-1 (10-4) Held up towards rear, some headway after 6th, ridden when hit 3 out, soon weakened, 7th of 13, 30l behind Lavender Track (10-12) at Taunton 2m 3f mrs nov hdl (4) gs.