Caroline Keevil trained last year's winner but La Madonnina appears very modest and hasn't raced since July last year. Niki Royal's recent efforts don't inspire much confidence but Rising Teal would have a chance if reproducing her best form and Bebinn has gone close at Towcester and Huntingdon in her last two starts while Marie Deja La is likely to be warming up for a spring campaign having not raced for three months. OSCAR'S PET races in her first handicap but isn't highly tried. She has more scope than most of these so gets the nod.
Rising Teal 13-8fav (11-3) Tracked leaders, hampered 1st, led 3rd, mistake and headed 2 out, one pace when mistake last, 3rd of 10, 10l behind Rosa Fleet (11-3) at Market Rasen 2m 1f mdn hdl (4) sft.
Bebinn (IRE) 13-2 (11-2) Led, pushed along after 9th, ridden and edged left before being headed 2 out, stayed on under pressure but held after, 2nd of 6, 1 3/4l behind Mudita Moment (11-12) at Huntingdon 3m 2f hcp hdl 0-110 (4) sft.
Marie Deja La (FR) 14-1 (9-6) Last trio, headway approaching 3 out, went 4th before 2 oput, stayed on to 3rd approaching last, kept on same pace flat, 3rd of 9, 3 1/2l behind Dreamsoftheatre (11-9) at Kempton 3m hcp hdl 0-120 (4) gd in Nov.
Oscar's Pet (IRE) 8-1 (10-11) Held up in touch, struggling 4 out, soon lost touch, tailed off, 5th of 6, well behind Ampleforth (11-4) at Ludlow 2m 5f mdn hdl (4) hvy.
Niki Royal (FR) 9-1 (10-1) Behind, reminders before 6 out, kept on from 2 out, no impression, 4th of 8, 10l behind Glen Countess (10-13) at Bangor 2m 4f (4) gs in Dec.
Barton Rose 40-1 (10-8) Held up towards rear, kept on from before 2 out, no impression, 4th of 8, 27l behind Vieux Lion Rouge (11-4) at Wincanton 2m nov hdl (4) hvy in Jan.
La Madonnina (IRE) 12-1 (11-4) Chased leaders, went 2nd 3rd, led 4th until 6th, led again 9th, headed 3 out, under pressure and lost 2nd soon after, weakened before next, tailed off, 5th of 13, well behind Carmela Maria (11-0) at Southwell 3m hcp hdl 0-95 (5) gd in Jul.
Free Falling 6-1 (10-6) Led after 1st, headed after 3 out, one pace from next, 3rd of 9, 6l behind Alaccordion (10-7) at Southwell 2m 4f hcp hdl 0-100 (5) hvy.
Be Kind 40-1 (9-7) Held up in touch, mistake 1st, weakened after 12th, mistake next, tailed off when pulled up after 14th, in a race won by Days Of Pleasure (10-8) at Worcester 2m 7f hcp chs 0-95 (5) sft in Oct, 7 ran.