led, ridden and headed 3 out, no impression on winner after, kept on
tracked leaders, jumped right 2nd, unseated rider 9th
chased leaders, left 3rd 9th, not fluent and went 2nd from 5 out, led going well 3 out, allowed to drift right last, pushed out and idling flat
pressed leader, hit 7th, lost 2nd 5 out, well beaten 3rd from next
behind, awkward landing 6th (water), went wrong and pulled up
Drinks Interval has been on the go for a while and has been racing over further. She had a hard race at Newbury 10 days ago and could be vulnerable here to some with more natural speed. LADY BUTTONS is probably the star of Philip Kirby’s jumping yard having won 10 of her 24 career starts. She won in this grade over hurdles last month before making a winning return to chasing at Newbury and should take all the beating. Rene's Girl was second in a Grade 1 at Aintree last season and has been highly tried in two starts this campaign but there will be plenty of competition for the lead in this with Atlanta Ablaze, who has won three of her last four, also a front-runner. Sister Sibyl and Got Away face a stiff task at the weights.
Rene's Girl (IRE) 12-1 (10-11) Chased leaders, driven 3 out, weakened before next, 7th of 9, 23 3/4l behind Charbel (11-0) at Huntingdon 2m 4f (1) gs in Dec.
Atlanta Ablaze 5-1 (11-0) Tracked leaders, led 10th, clear from 3 out, easily, won at Warwick 2m 4f lst (1) gs in Dec beating Jester Jet (11-0) by 19l, 7 ran.
Lady Buttons 5-2fav (11-3) Tracked leading pair, 2nd going well 9th, led on bit 3 out, in no danger after, allowed to run down the last, won at Newbury 2m hcp (2) sft in Dec beating Shear Rock (10-4) by 2 1/4l, 10 ran.
Drinks Interval 2-1fav (10-12) Raced keenly, tracked leader after 2nd, led 5th, not fluent 8th (water), joined 4 out, headed approaching next, chased winner after but no extra, 2nd of 5, 14l behind Magic Of Light (11-2) at Newbury 2m 7f lst (1) sft in Dec.
Sister Sibyl (IRE) 7-2 (11-6) Last pair, blundered and almost unseated rider 6th, rallied before 3 out, 3rd before next, ridden between last 2, weakened last, 4th of 8, 13 1/4l behind Deauville Dancer (11-4) at Kempton 2m 4f hcp (3) gd in Nov.
Got Away (FR) 5-1 (11-4) Disputed 2nd, pushed along and outpaced in 3rd after 5 out, soon beaten, tired jump 3 out, tailed off when pulled up before next, at Carlisle 2m 4f lst (1) hvy in Dec.