SMUGLIN was a shade disappointing when only third at Wetherby earlier this month but her earlier defeat of Hollo Ladies at Market Rasen has worked out well and Donald McCain's mare is fancied to rediscover the winning habit here at the main expense of Evella. The latter appreciated the drop in grade to end a run of poor form at Folkestone 12 days ago and should be thereabouts here if in the same mood. Home She Goes will have needed her comeback run and has a higher rating over hurdles than Here's The Key, who fell on her only previous start over the larger obstacles and may be best watched today.
Evella (IRE) 14-1 (10-4) Led, jumped well throughout, clear 4 out, unchallenged, won at Fakenham 3m beg chase (5) sft beating Snake Charmer (11-0) by 21l, 5 ran.
Smuglin 7-2 (10-11) Led, ridden and headed before 4 out, hit 2 out when weakeneing, 3rd of 5, 11l behind Alvarado (11-4) at Wetherby 2m 4f nov chs (3) sft.
Here's The Key (FR) 13-5 (11-3) Tracked leaders, outpaced 9th, soon struggling, kept on to go moderate 3rd 2 out, never on terms, 3rd of 9, 18l behind Rith Bob (11-3) at Plumpton 2m 5f mares NH nov hdl (4) hvy.
Home She Goes (IRE) 14-1 (11-6) Tracked leaders on inside, effort 3 out, soon ridden and weakened, tailed off, 7th of 8, well behind Smokey George (10-13) at Leicester 2m 4f hcp hdl 0-100 (4) sft.