Mavalenta didn't take to fences at Fakenham but is on a career-high mark over hurdles and probably worth opposing here. MADAME JASMINE was scoring for the third time over track and trip six weeks ago when edging out Twin Bud. Suzy Smith's mare is only a pound worse off and can confirm the form with the bottom weight and continue her love affair with the course by winning again. The longer distance could be a problem for Marie Deja La on her return from a break but Thedeboftheyear is back on a winning mark and was third at Taunton last time while Love of Tara often takes on stronger opposition than she'll encounter today. Bunglasha Lady could also figure if a recent run has blown away a few cobwebs.
Mavalenta (IRE) 9-1 (10-9) In touch in rear when mistake and fell 2nd, in a race won by First Fandango (10-11) at Fakenham 3m Beginners Chase (0-140) (4yo+) (3) gs in Nov, 5 ran.
Bunglasha Lady (IRE) 11-2fav (11-10) Mid-division on outside, lost place 4 out, behind when pulled up before 2 out, in a race won by Tweedledrum (9-10) at Ascot 2m 6f mares hcp hdl 0-125 (3) sft in Nov, 15 ran.
Madame Jasmine 13-2 (10-8) Chased leaders, led 9th, ridden approaching 2 out, kept on well, won at Plumpton 3m 1f hcp hdl 0-120 (4) sft in Oct beating Twin Bud (10-1) by 1/2l, 11 ran.
Love of Tara 16-1 (11-7) Chased leaders, slow and lost place 6th, soon in rear, tailed off and pulled up before 2 out, in a race won by Pocket Too (10-8) at Chepstow 3m hcp hdl 0-125 (3) sft in Nov, 8 ran.
Madam Noso 8-1 (10-8) Held up in touch, headway 4 out, went 2nd well before next, led 3 out, narrowly headed 2 out, led again narrowly last, hung left flat, headed and no extra final 100 yards, 2nd of 9, 2 1/4l behind Themilanhorse (11-5) at Exeter 2m 7f nh nov hdl (4) gd in Apr.
Thedeboftheyear 14-1 (11-10) Chased leaders, went 2nd after 8th until ridden 2 out, stayed on same pace in 3rd after, mistake last, 3rd of 16, 15l behind Cinevator (11-7) at Taunton 3m hcp hdl 0-115 (4) gd in Oct.
Sapphire Rouge (IRE) 12-1 (10-13) Tracked leaders, pushed along 10th, lost touch when jumped right 5 out, pulled up before next, in a race won by Pete The Feat (11-7) at Lingfield 3m hcp chs 0-115 (4) hvy in Nov, 5 ran.
Marie Deja La (FR) 33-1 (11-12) Tracked leaders, outpaced before 2 out, soon weakened, tailed off, 7th of 15, 41l behind Bobowen (11-2) at Stratford 2m 3f hcp hdl 0-105 (4) gd in Jul.
Twin Bud 33-1 (10-1) Tracked leaders, driven to challenge after 4 out, not fluent 3 out, stayed on under pressure, 2nd of 11, 1/2l behind Madame Jasmine (10-8) at Plumpton 3m 1f hcp hdl 0-120 (4) sft in Oct.