This looks a very competitive mares’ maiden as several should go on to better things. A mistake at the second last at Cheltenham knocked the stuffing out of Getariver but she still ran well and will know more today. Stacey Sue has won two bumpers and a point so should make a hurdler. Belatrix Lestrange also had useful bumper form, as did Felicidad, but the vote goes to French import FEUILLE DE CHENE. Second in a Grade 3 bumper in between a couple of victories last year, the JP McManus acquisition is a half-sister to five winners and from sound jumping stock.
Belatrix Lestrange 7-2 (10-11) Held up towards rear, headway 3f out, chased winner over 2f out, strong challenge from over 1f out until inside final furlong, no impression towards finish, 2nd of 8, 2 1/4l behind Crystal Gazing (10-11) at Worcester 2m (5) gd in Aug.
Eleanor Bob 25-1 (10-7) Keen, tracked leaders, joined leader before halfway, lost place over 4f out, tailed off, 12th of 13, dist behind The Milan Girl (10-12) at Bangor-on-Dee 2m 1f (5) gd in Apr.
Felicidad (FR) 5-4fav (10-0) Always well placed, pushed along 3f out, ridden and weakened over 1f out, 3rd of 9, 7 3/4l behind Only Money (11-0) at Fontwell 1m 6f (5) gd in Mar.
Feuille De Chene (FR) (10-1) won at Angers 1m 7f stks in Nov beating Friandise Girl (10-1) by 1 1/2l, 9 ran.
Getariver (IRE) 4-1 (10-7) Raced keenly, held up towards rear, headway 4 out, driven to chase leaders after 2 out, one pace before last, no impression in 4th flat, 4th of 11, 6 1/2l behind Heaven Help Us (10-7) at Cheltenham 2m mdn (3) gs in Oct.
Mick Mona (FR) 12-1 (11-5) Held up in rear, headway on outside after 3 out, ridden after next, kept on same pace, never troubled leaders, 5th of 13, 12l behind Nikap (11-5) at Uttoxeter 2m mdn (5) sft in Nov.
Ruby Tiger (IRE) 16-1 (10-10) Chased leaders, ridden before 3 out, no extra from next, 6th of 8, 17 1/4l behind Legends Gold (11-8) at Ludlow 2m 5f (4) gd in Oct.
Stacey Sue (IRE) 25-1 (11-0) Prominent until weakened quickly 5f out, 13th of 14, 36 1/4l behind The Glancing Queen (11-0) at Cheltenham 2m lst (1) gd in Nov.
Zoutoise (FR) 14-1 (10-11) Held up towards rear, took keen hold, closed on inside 3rd, went 2nd after 3 out until 2 out, soon hung left and beaten, one pace, 3rd of 9, 9 1/2l behind Nordican Bleue (10-11) at Southwell 2m (4) gs in Jun.