Midnight Walk had a subsequent winner behind when second to Fair Frank at Southwell in October but she’s struggled on going this soft in the past. LOCHNELL beat stablemate Spring Over by 12 lengths on identical terms over hurdles at Ayr in March. The ground was heavy that day so she’ll have no problems with the surface and she’s jumped well enough in her three starts over fences to date. Course and distance winner Sultana Belle has only run once over fences in 18 months and was well beaten while Nelly La Rue is 16lb out of the handicap.
Midnight Walk (IRE) 9-2 (11-12) Chased leaders, 2nd 3 out, held from 2 out, kept on same pace, no chance with winner, 2nd of 6, 3 1/2l behind Fair Frank (11-1) at Southwell 2m hcp (4) gd in Oct.
Lochnell (IRE) 9-2 (10-7) Held up in touch, pushed along in 4th before 4 out, weakened 2 out, 4th of 6, 10 1/4l behind Lough Derg Jewel (11-8) at Ayr 2m 4f hcp (4) hvy in Nov.
Spring Over (IRE) 18-1 (10-4) Mid-division, reminder after 7th, soon behind, pulled up before 2 out, at Perth 3m hcp (4) gd in Apr.
Sultana Belle (IRE) 7-2fav (10-0) In touch, outpaced after 2 out, rallied before last, kept on and no impression, 4th of 12, 13 1/4l behind Global Thrill (11-12) at Stratford 2m hcp (5) gs in Oct.
Nelly La Rue (IRE) 125-1 (10-0) Soon held up in mid-division, losing place before 6th, well behind 13th, tailed off, 5th of 8, dist behind Vinnie Lewis (11-11) at Sedgefield 3m 2f hcp (4) sft in Nov.