Bold Fire is preferred to Harringay and Treaty Flyer. Bold Fire is in receipt of the four-year-old's allowance and having scored off a mark of 129 over hurdles on her latest start, if she can handle the switch to the bigger obstacles, she looks the one to be on. Harringay is no mug and should not be discounted despite a disappointment last time out. Henrietta Knight has plenty of time for this mare and if the selection is unable to do herself justice, she is more than capable of taking advantage. Treaty Flyer would not want any overnight rain as her better efforts have obtained on softer ground. Horcott Bay was well beaten by the smart Labelthou at Towcester over hurdles and more is required here. Front-running Marjina would be of interest were to be any positive vibes in the market beforehand. An interesting affair in which Bold Fire is the percentage call.
Island of Memories (IRE) 4-1 (11-6) Held up, tracked winner from 8th, ridden 3 out, ran on flat, not reach winner, 2nd of 6, 2 1/2l behind Brave Villa (12-2) at Chepstow 2m nov hcp chs 0-100 (4) sft in Nov.
Biscay Wind (IRE) 14-1 (10-3) Held up, ridden and struggling 10th, tailed off when pulled up 2 out in race won by Alderbrook Girl (10-4) at Plumpton 3m 1f nov hcp hdl 0-90 (5) gs in Nov, 11 ran.
Harringay 6-4 (11-4) Held up in touch, chased leader 2nd, led 11th, headed approaching 3 out, kept on from 2 out, eased flat, 2nd of 5, 12l behind Senorita Rumbalita (11-4) at Wincanton 2m 5f mrs nov chs (4) gd in Nov.
Horcott Bay 8-1 (10-10) Never better than mid-division, 7th of 16, well behind Labelthou (11-3) at Towcester 2m 5f mrs nov hdl (4) sft in Nov.
Marjina Evensfav (11-11) Not fluent, tracked leaders, hit 5th, went 2nd before next, ridden and lost 2nd soon after 2 out, no chance when mistake last, 4th of 7, 15l behind Lady of Fortune (11-0) at Folkestone 2m 4f mrs hcp hdl (D) gs in Nov '05.
Marsh Run 8-1 (11-12) Led, ridden and headed approaching 4 out, not fluent 2 out, in 2nd and well held when fell at the last in race won by Extra Smooth (11-2) at Wetherby 2m 4f nov hcp chs 0-115 (3) sft in Oct, 5 ran.
Treaty Flyer (IRE) 33-1 (11-6) Held up towards rear, headway approaching 6th, not fluent 7th, weakened approaching 2 out, 12th of 20, 35l behind After Midnight (9-13) at Cheltenham 2m 5f cnd hcp hdl 0-120 (3) gd in Nov.
Bold Fire 9-2 (10-10) Held up in mid-division, good headway from 3 out, led on bit 2 out, soon ridden, clear last, driven out, readily, won at Wincanton 2m 6f mrs hcp hdl (2) gd in Nov beating United (11-1) by 5l, 6 ran.