ARCTIC MAGIC is the highest rated horse in the field but there are a few marks against her; Marsh Court is the only danger on all known form. Ruby Dante failed to recapture her 2007 hurdling form on her two runs before the turn of the year, Memories Of Gold is exposed as moderate and Kentford Mist has to improve out of all recognition. Marsh Court did just that on her first start over fences when running out a ready winner of a handicap at Taunton. Her mark was raised by 10lbs which leaves her on a rating 18lbs below that of Arctic Magic and she has to give 7lbs to her rival. Marsh Court has the potential to prove better than that mark and Timmy Murphy saw enough to take the ride again and holes can be picked in Arctic Magic. The obvious query is whether the last flight fall when challenging at Taunton has dented her confidence but she was also very disappointing at Newbury on her penultimate start. Those runs were in better races than this though and this does represent Arctic Magic with her best opportunity to date to get off the mark over fences.
Marsh Court 25-1 (11-2) Held up towards rear, headway after 8th, tracking leaders when went left 4 out, led next, kept on well, pushed out, won at Taunton 2m 3f hcp chs 0-105 (4) sft in Feb beating Magot De Grugy (11-7) by 6l, 12 ran.
Arctic Magic (IRE) 7-2 (10-7) Held up behind leading trio, went close 3rd after 5th, ridden after 4 out, challenged 2 out, half length down when fell at the last in race won by Super Formen (10-13) at Taunton 2m beg chs (4) sft in Feb, 4 ran.
Kentford Mist 50-1 (10-12) Always rear, lost touch 11th, tailed off, 6th of 9, well behind Jaunty Flight (10-5) at Newbury 2m 4f mrs nov chs (4) sft in Jan.
Ruby Dante (IRE) 50-1 (10-9) Prominent, joined leader after 7th, weakened approaching 11th, 6th of 8, well behind Lamanver Homerun (10-12) at Exeter 2m 3f mrs nov chs (4) sft in Dec.
Memories of Gold (IRE) 66-1 (11-7) Chased leader to 10th, mistake 13th, weakened next, well behind when pulled up at the 15th in race won by Robbers Glen (12-0) at Stratford 3m 4f hts chs (2) gd in May, 14 ran.