Kim Bailey has already unleashed a couple of useful bumper horses this season and MERGEELA (NAP) could be another. She’s a full sister to the unbeaten Longhouse Sale and also a half-sister to a hurdles winner in Ireland. Artichoke Heart is the first foal to race of a hurdle and chase winner while Huntingdon fifth Sorbet looks the pick of those with experience ahead of the more-exposed Conchita.
Absolute Jaffa Lucarno filly out of Reverse Swing.
Artichoke Heart Shantou filly out of Seedless.
Conchita (GER) 12-1 (10-5) Mid-division, headway over 3f out, chased leaders over 2f out, stayed on same pace, 6th of 13, 12 1/4l behind Alright Sunshine (10-12) at Carlisle 1m 6f (5) gd in Nov.
Feetronie De Kervi (FR) No Risk At All filly out of Malandra.
Mergeela (IRE) September Storm filly out of Sweetbriar Rose.
Montelimar 50-1 (10-12) Pressed leader, ridden 4f out, lost place over 2f out, weakened over 1f out, 8th of 15, 15 1/2l behind Lunar Baby (10-12) at Warwick 1m 6f (5) gd in Nov.
She's Blorenge Arvico filly out of Lefty's Dollbaby.
Sorbet 25-1 (10-5) Held up towards rear, headway on inner from over 2f out, ridden and kept on same pace from over 1f out, 5th of 16, 6 1/4l behind Cascova (10-12) at Huntingdon 1m 6f (5) gd in Nov.
Villiersdorp 40-1 (10-5) Behind, headway over 2f out, never on terms, 8th of 13, 17l behind Alright Sunshine (10-12) at Carlisle 1m 6f (5) gd in Nov.
What About Barb 33-1 (10-12) Tracked leaders, ridden over 3f out, soon beaten, 9th of 15, 16 1/2l behind Lunar Baby (10-12) at Warwick 1m 6f (5) gd in Nov.