EASTER LEGEND will hopefully be an each-way price in a race where Newbury also-rans Banjaxed Girl and Kerada have leading claims. The two novices who filled the places in the mares' final at the Berkshire venue last month merit respect but Banjaxed Girl could find that she's high enough in the weights now whilst Kerada has raced keenly on occasion and been kept to flat tracks but, in fairness, she did well to finish where she did following an early mistake and could fare better if she can brush up her jumping. The handicapper hasn't given the admirably consistent Amber Brook much rope and she's very closely matched with the selection on their running in the David Nicholson at the Festival where Alasi was behind in eighth. However, marginal preference is for Easter Legend as she went close at this meeting last year albeit over three miles. Serpentaria is a fascinating runner and would look fairly well handicapped if back to her best whilst My Petra and Bella Haze are others worthy of mention but the vote's awarded to Easter Legend.
Amber Brook (IRE) 33-1 (11-0) In touch in main group, hit 6th, challenged after 3 out until approaching last, no extra flat, 4th of 17, 9l behind Quevega (11-5) at Cheltenham 2m 4f hdl G2 (1) gs in Mar.
Banjaxed Girl 12-1 (11-3) Always prominent, went 2nd 7th, led after 2 out, hung left and headed flat, no impression final 100 yards, 2nd of 18, 3l behind Ryde Back (10-5) at Newbury 2m 5f mrs nov hcp hdl Listed (1) sft in Mar.
Easter Legend 11-1 (11-0) Held up in mid-division, headway approaching 3 out, close up when mistake 2 out, soon not quicken, stayed on same pace, 5th of 17, 10l behind Quevega (11-5) at Cheltenham 2m 4f hdl G2 (1) gs in Mar.
My Petra 18-1 (10-12) Mid-division, hit 5th, outpaced 3 out, soon weakened, 13th of 24, 50l behind Great Endeavour (10-1) at Cheltenham 2m 5f hcp chs G3 (1) gs in Mar.
Bella Haze 5-4fav (11-3) Made all, ridden 2 out, held on well towards finish, won at Chepstow 2m hcp hdl 0-135 (3) hvy beating Border Castle (11-12) by 1l, 3 ran.
Serpentaria 9-2 (11-2) Mid-division, mistake 4th, headway and in touch next, left in lead approaching 3 out, soon ridden, headed before next, weakened approaching last, 6th of 10, 31l behind Santia (10-12) at Wetherby 2m mrs lst hdl (1) gd in Oct.
Dansimar 33-1 (11-3) Mid-division on inside, hampered 5th, weakened 3 out, 17th of 24, 42l behind Pause And Clause (11-10) at Cheltenham 2m 4f hcp (2) sft in Mar.
Kerada (FR) 4-1fav (11-0) Soon chasing leaders, blundered 5th, challenged 2 out until after last, carrying tail high when no extra final 150 yards, 3rd of 18, 6l behind Ryde Back (10-5) at Newbury 2m 5f mrs nov hcp hdl Listed (1) sft in Mar.
Cool Friend (IRE) 5-4fav (10-5) Tracked leader, led 5th to 7th, remained close up, stayed on to take 2nd flat, 2nd of 7, 1 1/2l behind Awesome George (11-1) at Hereford 2m 3f nov chs (3) sft in Mar.
Alasi 100-1 (11-0) Held up in rear, ridden after 7th, headway approaching 3 out, weakened after 2 out, 8th of 17, 25l behind Quevega (11-5) at Cheltenham 2m 4f hdl G2 (1) gs in Mar.
Magical Legend 50-1 (11-8) Held up mid-division, weakened 3 out, last of 12, well behind Alderluck (11-12) at Kempton 2m 5f hcp hdl 0-130 (3) gd in Mar.
Misstree Dancer 3-1 (10-10) Led, narrowly headed 5th, pressed leader until 9th, led 3 out, ridden before 2 out, strongly pressed from last, stayed on gamely final 100 yards, won at Plumpton 2m 5f nh nov hdl (4) hvy beating Latin America (11-0) by 1/2l, 7 ran.
Diavoleria 8-1 (10-6) Held up towards rear, not fluent 1st or 7th, headway approaching 3 out, weakened next, 9th of 18, 24l behind Ryde Back (10-5) at Newbury 2m 5f mrs nov hcp hdl Listed (1) sft in Mar.
Chilli Rose 7-4fav (10-12) Soon held up in touch, ridden after 7th, struggling in 6th when blundered 3 out, soon weakened, tailed off, 7th of 12, well behind Queen Poline (11-5) at Huntingdon 2m 5f nov hdl (4) sft in Feb.
Miss Overdrive 33-1 (10-4) Mid-division, ridden before 3 out, stayed on well approaching last, went 4th flat, nearest finish, 4th of 18, 8l behind Ryde Back (10-5) at Newbury 2m 5f mrs nov hcp hdl Listed (1) sft in Mar.
Cloudy Spirit 5-2fav (11-5) Held up towards rear, not fluent 5th, headway from next, not fluent and slightly hampered 8th, soon chasing winner, not able to challenge, no impression flat, eased, 2nd of 11, 16l behind Prescelli (10-12) at Ludlow 2m 5f mrs nov hdl (4) gs in Mar.
Cat Six (USA) 11-8fav (10-9) Took keen hold, raced wide, held up towards rear, smooth headway from 3 out, led before 2 out, soon in command, readily, won at Wincanton 2m 4f hcp hdl 0-90 (5) gd in Mar beating Miss Saffron (10-12) by 11l, 11 ran.