Kahsabelle finished a long way behind Bathwick Quest last time and it may be worth overlooking the pair in favour of HERE'S THE KEY. Paul Webber's mare shaped with some promise in a Ludlow bumper but, as a half-sister to Exit To Wave, can be expected to improve for the switch to obstacles and this stiffer test. Kahsabelle has struggled to build on a promising start to her career and has something to prove following a lacklustre run at Exeter where she was no match for Brendan Powell's runner. Bathwick Quest made a welcome return to form that day after some disappointing runs and has claims if she can build on that but there has to be some doubt about that given her profile. Moonlight Ruby didn't show an awful lot in bumpers but may fare better now hurdling but a bigger danger may be Munlochy Bay who was in the process of running a big race when falling four from home at Chepstow in a race won by Manyriverstocross. Princess Rainbow and Xtravaganza were fair handicappers on the Flat who need a market check but preference is for Here's The Key.
Bathwick Quest (IRE) 11-1 (10-10) Prominent, raced keenly, led 3rd, soon headed, led 5th, clear before 3 out, jinked left final 3 hurdles, headed towards finish, 2nd of 11, 1 1/4l behind Gilwen Glory (10-10) at Exeter 2m 3f mrs nov hdl (4) sft.
Floraline (IRE) 16-1 (10-9) Tracked winner, lost place over 4f out, soon ridden and beaten, 7th of 15, 23l behind Banjaxed Girl (10-12) at Warwick 2m N H flat (5) gd.
Here's The Key (FR) 15-2 (11-2) Tracked leaders, ridden well over 2f out, soon edged right, one pace final furlong, 4th of 16, 8l behind Peveril Pandora (10-9) at Ludlow 2m N H flat (4) gs in Feb.
Jolly Cooper 50-1 (10-5) In rear, behind from 8th, 11th of 12, well behind Palos Conti (10-10) at Fakenham 2m 4f nov hcp hdl 0-105 (4) gd in Apr.
Kahsabelle (FR) 7-4fav (10-10) Prominent, led after 3rd, headed approaching next, weakened before 3 out, 5th of 11, 49l behind Gilwen Glory (10-10) at Exeter 2m 3f mrs nov hdl (4) sft.
Lady Londra 40-1 (8-9) Always in rear division, 12th of 13, 12l behind Shadow Jumper (9-0) at Southwell 6f hcp 0-60 (6) fbs in Jan '06 (flat).
Moonlight Ruby (IRE) 12-1 (11-0) Led to over 6f out, soon weakened, eased, tailed off, 12th of 16, well behind Bringewood Belle (10-11) at Hereford 2m 1f mrs NH flat (4-7yo) (6) gs.
Munlochy Bay 50-1 (10-7) Chased leaders when fell 4 out, in a race won by Manyriverstocross (11-0) at Chepstow 2m mdn hdl (4) sft, 15 ran.
Princess Rainbow (FR) 10-1 (10-0) Led, ridden 3f out, headed over 1f out, no extra, 2nd of 11, 1 1/4l behind Promise Maker (9-6) at Catterick 2m hcp 0-70 (5) sft in Sep (flat).
Xtravaganza (IRE) 9-1 (9-1) Slowly into stride, behind, detached 5f out, 7th of 8, 19l behind Spring Secret (9-0) at Chepstow 1m hcp 0-65 (6) gs in Sep (flat).