The maiden QUEEN SPUD must have a decent chance in this as she had both In By Midnight and subsequent Market Rasen third Favorite Girl behind when second over a similar trip at Doncaster in December. Gaye Memories was still very green when landing a maiden hurdle over course and distance last time and has plenty of scope but Definite Ruby has something to prove having been pulled up on her latest start at Southwell. The ground may be too soft for Candelita.
Definite Ruby (IRE) 8-1 (11-9) Towards rear, struggling 6th, tailed off when pulled up before 2 out, in a race won by Beyeh (11-4) at Southwell 2m 4f (4) gs in Dec, 9 ran.
In By Midnight 11-2 (11-9) Chased leading pair, went 2nd approaching 3 out until 3 out, chased leading pair and every chance 2 out, driven before last, kept on same pace in 4th flat, rallied to 3rd again final 75 yards, 3rd of 9, 5l behind Iron Butterfly (11-7) at Doncaster 2m 3f (4) gs in Dec.
Candelita 40-1 (11-4) Always in rear, tailed off and eased, 7th of 10, well behind Capellanus (11-5) at Southwell 2m 4f hcp hdl 0-120 (4) gs in Oct.
Favorite Girl (GER) 3-1 (10-11) Tracked leader until after 3rd, stayed prominent, ridden after 3 out, soon outpaced, 3rd and no impression next, 3rd of 6, 15l behind Yorkist (11-2) at Market Rasen 2m 1f hcp hdl 0-120 (4) hvy in Jan.
Gaye Memories 9-2 (10-8) Wandered into many of the hurdles, made all, mistake 2 out, pressed before hitting last, in command flat, stayed on, won at Stratford 2m 3f mdn hdl (5) gd in Mar beating All Riled Up (10-1) by 4 1/2l, 7 ran.
Queen Spud 10-1 (10-0) Chased leaders, pushed along after 3 out, one pace and no impression when went left 2 out, 6th of 10, 25l behind Polly Peachum (11-4) at Warwick 2m 5f mrs hcp hdl 0-120 (4) gd in Mar.
Seas Of Green 16-1 (11-8) Mid-division, headway after 4 out, not much room on inside before next, soon outpaced, weakened 2 out, tailed off, 7th of 13, well behind Silver Dragon (11-9) at Uttoxeter 2m 4f nov hcp hdl 0-100 (5) gs in Mar.
Wymeswold 28-1 (10-4) Mid-division, 6th and pushed along before 2 out, stayed on and went 3rd from last, no chance with front pair, 3rd of 8, 20l behind Vinstar (11-0) at Market Rasen 2m 1f mdn hdl (5) gd in Mar.