with leader, led 2nd until approaching 3rd, ridden after 5th, weakened under pressure after 3 out
mid-division, reminder after 3rd, behind approaching 5th, tailed off
held up, smooth headway 3 out, led approaching 2 out, clear when hit last, comfortably
held up in rear, reminders 5th, headway approaching 3 out, weakened 2 out
in touch, not fluent 5th, soon lost place, headway after 3 out, one pace approaching 2 out
mid-division, headway after 5th, led after 3 out, ridden and headed approaching 2 out, hit last, weakened towards finish
in rear, mistake 4th, soon struggling, tailed off when pulled up before 2 out
held up, losing touch before 3 out, tailed off when pulled up before 2 out
led to 2nd, remained prominent, led 3 out, soon ridden and headed, weakened 2 out, hit last
prominent, led approaching 3rd, mistake and headed 3 out, soon eased, tailed off when pulled up before 2 out
soon in touch, ridden approaching 2 out, chased winner last, no impression
held up in touch, not fluent 5th, soon ridden, weakened 3 out, tailed off when pulled up before 2 out
held up in touch, reminders after 4th, soon weakened, tailed off when pulled up before 2 out
Overbranch, Arctic Magic and Felinious form our short-list in this competitive heat with Overbranch preferred. Malcolm Jefferson's charge contested the prestigious mares' final at Newbury on her latest start but patently failed to handle the testing conditions and was pulled up before two out. She'd been in good form prior to that when faced with this sort of test and remains feasibly handicapped. Felinious has to be feared as she appears to be the type that the handicapper could struggle to collar as she only does enough. Fitness is unlikely to be an issue for this progressive mare and she has to be feared. Arctic Magic finished fourth in the mare's race at Newbury which was a thoroughly respectable effort but it remains to be seen how much that race took out of her. She did run well over this course and distance on her penultimate start though and should be involved if at her best. One or two others merit consideration but these three make most appeal to our eye and Overbranch gets the vote.
Overbranch 10-1 (10-7) Chased leader, ridden after 7th, weakened next, tailed off when pulled up 2 out in race won by Jaunty Flight (11-3) at Newbury 2m 5f mrs hcp hdl (1) sft in Mar, 17 ran.
First Feerie (FR) 15-2 (11-10) Chased leaders, hit 5th, slightly outpaced after 3 out, stayed on again approaching last, 2nd of 8, 2l behind Spider Boy (9-7) at Fontwell 2m 2f hcp hdl 0-115 (4) sft in Mar.
Arctic Magic (IRE) 9-1 (10-4) In touch, hit 5th, ridden 3 out, kept on same pace from next, 4th of 17, 18l behind Jaunty Flight (11-3) at Newbury 2m 5f mrs hcp hdl (1) sft in Mar.
Kanonkop 14-1 (10-3) Held up mid-division, jumped slowly 2nd, rider lost irons 4th, soon beaten, 9th of 10, 29l behind Buster Hyvonen (11-3) at Fakenham 2m hcp hdl 0-125 (3) gd in Mar.
Heavenly Chorus 3-1fav (10-6) Held up in touch, led 5th, clear approaching last, won at Doncaster 2m mrs hcp hdl (3) gd in Feb beating Chip N Pin (10-1) by 2 1/2l, 6 ran.
Iron Maid 10-1 (11-4) In touch, mistake and rider lost irons 4th, led briefly 3 out, weakened from 2 out, 4th of 13, 12l behind Galient (11-4) at Fontwell 2m 6f nov hdl (4) gd in Feb.
Felinious 2-1fav (11-6) Pulled early in touch, chased leader 6th, ridden and led 3 out, jumped left 2 out, mistake and headed last, rallied flat, led close home, won at Exeter 2m 3f hcp hdl 0-115 (4) gf in Oct beating Thenameescapesme (11-2) by a nk, 11 ran.
Thehonourablelady 33-1 (10-1) Mid-division, headway 7th, soon ridden, weakened next, tailed off when pulled up 2 out in race won by Jaunty Flight (11-3) at Newbury 2m 5f mrs hcp hdl (1) sft in Mar, 17 ran.