Don Cantillon has a good record with mares and TRUCKERS DARLING is turning into another success story. She won at Southwell last month before doubling up in better company at Carlisle a couple of weeks ago and a hat-trick beckons here. Fairweather Friend is in her first handicap having hinted at ability in novice events and she makes more appeal than Gulf Punch, pulled up off today's mark when attempting a hat-trick at Southwell last time. Lua De Itapoan has a long absence to overcome but may be worth monitoring for future reference.
Gulf Punch 6-1 (11-12) Led to 2nd, tracked leader, weakened before 4 out, pulled up before 2 out, in a race won by Hopatina (11-1) at Southwell 3m mrs hcp hdl 0-120 (4) hvy in Jan, 5 ran.
Truckers Darling (IRE) 11-10fav (10-13) Held up in touch, went 3rd after 6th, went 2nd before 3 out, led before next, ridden before last, all out, won at Carlisle 2m 3f mares NH nov hdl (4) hvy beating Brijomi Queen (11-6) by nk, 5 ran.
Fairweather Friend 16-1 (10-12) Held up mid-division, headway before last, kept on same pace, 4th of 8, 13l behind Getabuzz (11-11) at Sedgefield 2m 4f nh nov hdl (4) hvy in Jan.
Lua De Itapoan 12-1 (11-8) Held up in touch, weakened after 8th, 8th of 11, well behind Dusky Bob (11-6) at Hexham 2m 4f hcp hdl 0-110 (4) sft in Nov '11.