The Govaness, fourth in a Grade 2 at Cheltenham in November, was the only one backed to make a race of it with hot favourite Tara Point in a Listed race at Taunton last month but she could only finish fourth, more than two lengths behind DUSKY LEGEND. Alan King's mare was just beaten over 2m here on her hurdling debut and looks the one to beat today if she stays the extra. Altesse De Guye disappointed at Exeter at the start of the month but still has time on her side and looks the pick of the remainder.
Altesse De Guye (FR) 9-1 (10-0) Led, joined 6th, headed on long run to 3 out, weakened into 4th before 3 out, 4th of 11, well behind War Sound (10-5) at Exeter 2m 3f nov hdl (4) sft.
Betty Borgia 3-1 (11-7) Led til hdd 15; wknd qckly 4 out; to & pu last, in a race won by Pollyanna Steele (11-7) at South Notts 3m ptp gf in Apr, 5 ran.
Bufflers Holt (IRE) 10-1 (10-12) Tracked leaders, lost place 5f out, well beaten final 3f, last of 7, 34l behind Bengali (11-5) at Ludlow 2m mares n h flat (5) gs in Nov.
Call Me Kate 10-1 (10-10) Held up, headway before 2 out, plugging on in 7th but no impression when mistake last, 7th of 17, 18l behind Queen Of The Stage (10-9) at Exeter 2m 3f mrs nov hdl (4) sft in Dec.
Catkin Copse 80-1 (10-12) Mid-division, weakening when mistake 3 out, tailed off, 6th of 14, 43l behind Vago Collonges (11-5) at Taunton 2m 3f nov hdl (4) sft.
Dusky Legend 16-1 (11-2) Mid-division, headway chasing leaders after omitted 3 out, 2nd before next, kept on same pace, 2nd of 12, 4l behind Tara Point (11-2) at Taunton 2m 1f Listed nov hdle (1) sft in Dec.
Exit To Nora (IRE) 20-1 (10-12) Led, pushed along over 3f out, ridden and headed over 1f out, weakened inside final furlong, 5th of 8, 7l behind Storming Strumpet (10-12) at Fontwell 1m 6f mares n h flat (6) gs in Oct.
Glenarm 14-1 (10-9) Held up towards rear, went remote 5th from 7th, tailed off, 5th of 11, well behind Hel Tara (10-13) at Huntingdon 2m 5f mdn hdl (4) sft.
Hope's Wishes 50-1 (9-0) Tracked leaders, ridden over 2f out, weakened inside final furlong, 9th of 13, 22l behind Okavango (9-0) at Kempton 1m 4f mdn stks (5) pol in Oct '13 (flat).
Lightning Glance 100-1 (10-13) Held up towards rear, last and well behind 3 out, last of 10, well behind Lough Derg Walk (11-6) at Bangor 2m 4f mdn hdl (5) sft.
Main Reason (IRE) 66-1 (10-2) Held up 4th and last, struggling 4 out, tailed off before next, last of 4, well behind Rock Gone (11-0) at Uttoxeter 2m 4f cond mdn hdl (5) hvy in Dec.
Singininthevalleys 66-1 (11-0) Mid-division, mistake 3rd, headway 5th, lost place 7th, well beaten when mistake 3 out, pulled up before next, in a race won by Morello Royale (11-0) at Warwick 2m 5f mares NH nov hdl (4) sft, 14 ran.
Snippetydoodah 25-1 (10-9) Mid-division, weakened 6f out, tailed off, 6th of 11, well behind Weststreet (11-2) at Fontwell 2m 2f NH flat (6) hvy in Nov.
The Govaness 5-1 (11-2) Held up in rear, mistake 2nd, headway after omitted 3 out, 4th before next, kept on flat and almost snatched 3rd, 4th of 12, 7l behind Tara Point (11-2) at Taunton 2m 1f Listed nov hdle (1) sft in Dec.
When In Roam (IRE) 8-1 (10-3) Always last, well outpaced and lost touch on long run to 3 out, tailed off, last of 4, 49l behind Spirit Oscar (11-3) at Fontwell 2m 4f mrs nov hdl (4) hvy in Dec '13.
Overdo 20-1 (9-12) Held up towards rear, effort over 2f out, never dangerous, 8th of 9, 11l behind Prince Of Poets (10-12) at Lingfield 1m 5f 3yo NH flat (AWT) (6) std in Nov.