Kells Belle probably ran up to her mark behind Quevega here last month and is by no means out of this on her earlier win in the grade at Sandown, though there is very little between her and Ixora on the form book. Both, however, appear to have the beating of Tempest River. The penny has finally dropped with TANTE SISSI, who stayed on in determined fashion to land the spoils over a similar trip at Newbury last month. She gave the impression there was a bit more in the locker that day and it's difficult to see third Lady Karabaya, or the unplaced A Little Swifter and Sapphire Rouge, reversing the form here. The danger may be Tara Rose, who was trying to give weight to subsequent winner Themilanhorse at Ludlow last time, with Francesca having more on her plate than when successful at Huntingdon 10 days ago.
Kells Belle (IRE) 33-1 (11-5) Prominent, challenged 3 out, led after next, ridden and headed approaching last, weakened final 100 yards, 8th of 19, 6l behind Quevega (11-5) at Cheltenham 2m 4f hdl G2 (1) gd in Mar.
Ixora (IRE) 50-1 (11-0) Prominent, challenged 2 out, stayed on same pace flat, 7th of 19, 6l behind Quevega (11-5) at Cheltenham 2m 4f hdl G2 (1) gd in Mar.
Silver Gypsy (IRE) 28-1 (11-1) Held up towards rear, not fluent 8th, stayed on approaching 2 out, went 4th flat, never near leaders, 4th of 14, 14l behind Big Easy (10-9) at Bangor 2m 4f hcp hdl 0-145 (2) gd in Feb.
Tante Sissi (FR) 9-2fav (10-9) Held up in rear, headway 7th, challenged 2 out, soon led, edged right flat, driven out, won at Newbury 2m 5f mares nov hcp hdl Listed (1) gd in Mar beating Heather Royal (11-4) by 1/2l, 14 ran.
Tara Rose 12-1 (11-11) Held up in rear, headway before 3 out, ridden before last, chased winner flat, kept on towards finish, 2nd of 7, 1 1/2l behind Themilanhorse (11-5) at Ludlow 2m 5f Novice Handicap Hurdle (0-130) (4yo+) (3) gd in Mar.
Lady Karabaya 12-1 (10-8) Tracked leaders, challenged 7th, led 2 out, soon headed, stayed on flat, 3rd of 14, 1 1/2l behind Tante Sissi (10-9) at Newbury 2m 5f mares nov hcp hdl Listed (1) gd in Mar.
Tempest River (IRE) 100-1 (11-0) Tracked leaders, lost place 3 out, 13th of 19, 11l behind Quevega (11-5) at Cheltenham 2m 4f hdl G2 (1) gd in Mar.
Cinderella Rose 14-1 (11-4) Tracked leaders, lost place 3rd, ridden 6th, jumped slowly next, well beaten when jumped right 3 out, tailed off, 12th of 14, well behind Benbens (11-1) at Newbury 3m hcp hdl 0-130 (3) gs in Mar.
Semi Colon (FR) 5-1 (10-12) Chased leader, led 3rd, mistake and headed 5th, chased leaders, weakened soon after 3 out, tailed off when pulled up before next, in a race won by Hildisvini (11-8) at Sandown 2m 6f hcp hdl 0-135 (3) gs in Mar, 10 ran.
A Little Swifter (IRE) 16-1 (10-8) Tracked leaders, close up 3 out, weakened approaching last, 7th of 14, 14l behind Tante Sissi (10-9) at Newbury 2m 5f mares nov hcp hdl Listed (1) gd in Mar.
Kykate 7-1 (11-7) Mid-division, headway 5th, tracked leaders 3 out, effort on outside approaching next, soon outpaced, 4th and held when hit last, weakened flat, 9th of 16, 20l behind Justazippy (11-4) at Market Rasen 2m 1f hcp hdl 0-115 (4) gs in Jan.
Thedeboftheyear 5-1 (10-10) Tracked leaders, driven and every chance approaching 3 out, led before next, soon headed, rallied after last, stayed on gamely to lead close home, won at Taunton 3m hcp hdl 0-120 (4) gf in Mar beating Gambo (11-4) by 1 1/2l, 6 ran.
Francesa 16-1 (11-12) Mid-division, headway 4th, challenged after 7th, led 3 out, jumped left last 2, ridden clear, won at Huntingdon 2m 5f hcp hdl 0-110 (4) gs beating Henry Hook (11-12) by 7l, 14 ran.
Sapphire Rouge (IRE) 40-1 (10-1) Always towards rear, 10th of 14, 31l behind Tante Sissi (10-9) at Newbury 2m 5f mares nov hcp hdl Listed (1) gd in Mar.
Young Mags (IRE) 8-11fav (11-5) Held up in touch in 5th, took keen hold, closed from 7th, ridden and hanging left before 3 out, soon switched left, went close 2nd 2 out, upsides when hit last, stayed on, held towards finish, 2nd of 6, 3/4l behind Blowing A Hoolie (10-4) at Ludlow 2m 5f mrs nov hdl (4) gd in Mar.