Very smart hunter chaser My Flora makes her debut over hurdles but this looks like a pipe-opener ahead of a return to fences and this trip is surely too sharp. The shorter distance may also be a problem dual winning pointer Jacalou so SCHOLASTICA looks the one to be on. Tom Symonds' mare has won a couple of bumpers and wasn't beaten far behind Hidden Identity on soft ground at Lingfield on her hurdling debut. Bernard Llewellyn runs Arch Event and Lisselan Pleasure but both have to improve on their first run over timber to figure.
Arch Event 66-1 (10-2) Held up, not fluent and bumped 1st, jumped right and mistake 3rd, not fluent 5th, headway approaching 3 out, no impression, well beaten by leaders 2 out, 7th of 15, 23l behind Karazhan (11-0) at Ludlow 2m mdn hdl (5) gd.
Jacalou 10-1 (10-12) Held up, went 2nd 4th until 4 out, one pace from 3 out, 3rd of 6, 9l behind Alasi (11-4) at Ludlow 2m 4f mrs nov chs (5yo+) (4) gs in Jan.
Lisselan Pleasure (USA) 50-1 (10-10) Mid-division, losing place and towards rear when mistake 4th, tailed off, 7th of 15, well behind Hidden Identity (11-3) at Lingfield 2m mrs nov hdl (4) sft.
Little Curtsey 33-1 (10-5) Held up towards rear, weakened 5th, tailed off, pulled up, in a race won by Porgy (11-5) at Market Rasen 2m 1f nh nov hdl (4) gd in Sep, 10 ran.
My Flora 10-3 (11-7) Towards rear, plugged on from 2 out, never involved, 5th of 14, 32l behind Salsify (12-0) at Stratford 3m 4f hts chs (2) gd in Jun.
Orpen Bid (IRE) 25-1 (10-0) Refused to race, in a race won by Speedy Directa (11-3) at Towcester 2m 5f hcp hdl 0-90 (5) gf in Apr '11, 12 ran.
Scholastica 3-1 (10-10) Led until after 2nd, led again next, hit 3 out, driven and joined soon after 2 out, headed between last 2, no extra flat, lost 2nd final 100 yards, 3rd of 15, 3 1/2l behind Hidden Identity (11-3) at Lingfield 2m mrs nov hdl (4) sft.