Nicky Henderson has seven runners entered on today’s card. Bond's Lover is the first and worth a market check making her debut under Rules given she’s a half-sister to a Flat and hurdles winner. Urban Artist can probably be forgiven her early departure at Wincanton given she’d won a Listed bumper previously at Cheltenham. Crossgalesfamegame won easily at Market Rasen in November but was almost 13 lengths behind AIMEE DE SIVOLA in a handicap at Sandown next time. Nick Williams’ mare has been finding life tough in handicaps since winning her maiden at Warwick so it’s no surprise to see her reverting to novice company. Getaway Totherock was very impressive at Ludlow and any improvement on that would make her a big danger so she’s preferred to Fontwell winner Martha Brae.
Aimee De Sivola (FR) 10-3 (11-10) With leader to 3rd, in touch, driven before 2 out, ridden before last, went and kept on flat, no impression with front pair, 3rd of 13, 3 1/2l behind Oriental Cross (11-1) at Sandown 2m 4f hcp (3) hvy in Dec.
Crossgalesfamegame (IRE) 7-2 (11-11) Tracked leaders, effort before 2 out, soon ridden, no impression before last, weakened flat, 6th of 13, 16 1/4l behind Oriental Cross (11-1) at Sandown 2m 4f hcp (3) hvy in Dec.
Getaway Totherock (IRE) 20-1 (10-10) Chased leader, led before 3 out, clear and jumped left final 3 hurdles, comfortably, won at Ludlow 2m 5f (4) sft in Dec beating Subway Surf (10-10) by 10l, 13 ran.
Martha Brae 20-1 (10-10) Tracked leader until approaching 3rd, remained handy, led 3 out, headed 2 out, rallied gamely run-in to lead final strides, won at Fontwell 2m 3f (4) sft in Dec beating Mystic Dreamer (10-10) by nk, 11 ran.
Bond's Lover (IRE) 7-1 (11-11) Ww rr, 9th frm 7th, prog 3out, cl 6th bef 2out, prog in 5th bef last, sow flat, nrst at fin, 4th of 11, 12l behind Forthegreatergood (11-11) at Liscarroll 3m mdn gs in Mar.
Fforbidden Love 33-1 (10-12) Close up, ridden and weakened 3 out, 8th of 9, dist behind Waterproof (10-7) at Fakenham 2m mdn (4) gs in Jan.
Just Henny 40-1 (10-5) Always towards rear, never on terms, 12th of 14, dist behind Republican (10-12) at Taunton 2m 3f (4) sft in Dec.
Scarlett of Tara 12-1 (10-12) Held up towards rear, pushed along 8f out, well beaten final 4f, 8th of 12, 25 1/4l behind Midnightreferendum (10-12) at Warwick 2m (5) gs in Feb.
Thats The Truth (IRE) 4-1 (11-11) Tr ldrs, 4th 1/2way, 4th 2out, ko to go 3rd cl hm, 2nd of 8, 3l behind Tokyo Getaway (11-11) at Oldcastle 3m mdn sft in Apr.
Urban Artist 9-1 (10-10) Mid-division when jumped big and unseated rider 1st, at Wincanton 1m 7f (4) hvy in Dec.
Arans Choice (IRE) 33-1 (10-12) Pulled hard, chased leaders on inside, weakened quickly after 7th, tailed off and pulled up before 2 out, at Warwick 2m 5f (4) sft in Dec.
Who What When 9-1 (10-12) Mid-division, weakened 2 out, no chance when went badly left last, 7th of 17, 15 1/4l behind Mister Coffey (11-5) at Newbury 2m (4) sft in Dec.