This opener could prove to be a penalty kick for Heltornic with Miss Merenda and Amber Straight posing as the biggest dangers. A faller at the eighth when clear at Uttoxeter when last seen out Heltornic can and should if standing up make amends for that disaster. He has already proved himself good enough with a win at Fakenham last season and with improvement still very much on the cards this unexposed individual will be winning more races. Miss Merenda won a little race at Fontwell earlier on in the year but looks exposed on what it has achieved since. Amber Straight is the only other horse in the race with any worth while form but it is limited and with fitness a doubt is probably best avoided. This is such a poor contest and with ground conditions very testing it could throw an odd result but on all given form Heltornic should win.
Miss Merenda 11-2 (10-11) Prominent, ridden approaching 3 out, one pace, 4th of 9, 28l behind Denman (10-11) at Wincanton 2m 6f nov hdl (E) gd in Oct.
Amber Starlight 50-1 (10-4) Always towards rear, lost touch 7th and pulled up 4 out in race won by Penneyrose Bay (10-4) at Newbury 2m 5f mrs lst nov hdl (A) gs in Apr, 15 ran.
Heltornic (IRE) 2-1fav (10-5) Led and not fluent, 3 lengths clear when fell 5 out in race won by Black Jack Ketchum (10-12) at Uttoxeter 2m 6f nh nov hdl (E) gd in Oct, 11 ran.
Izzy Gets Busy (IRE) 100-1 (10-12) Soon in rear, tailed off 4th and pulled up 4 out in race won by Refinement (11-4) at Towcester 2m mrs nov hdl (D) gd in Oct, 11 ran.
Lets Get Busy (IRE) 9-1 (10-9) Mid-division, ridden and weakened 5th, 6th of 10, 24l behind Emmasflora (10-5) at Towcester 2m mrs nov hdl (D) gd in Oct.
Logies Lass 40-1 (11-0) Mid-division, ridden over 7f out, soon weakened, 10th of 15, well behind Bonchester Bridge (11-0) at Bangor 2m 1f mrs nhf (H) gs in Oct.