Golden Firebird unseated Robert Thornton at the first on her hurdling debut at Bangor in the race in which Queen Of Mantua eventually finished second. That contest was run in a very slow time, however, and the form may not amount to much. The nine-year-old Valmari sprang a surprise when making a winning start to her hurdles career at Wincanton last month but is liable to find life tougher under a penalty and may lack the scope of MISS TIQUE. It's taken a while for Venetia Williams' French import to acclimatise but she ran her best race so far in this country at Warwick last month and this stiffer test will be in her favour - she gets the nod.
Valmari (IRE) 40-1 (10-9) Led until 3rd, hit next, led 6th, clear from 2 out, hit last, ridden out, won at Wincanton 2m nh nov hdl (4) gs in Feb beating Notarfbad (11-2) by 13l, 13 ran.
Commerce 14-1 (10-6) Held up in mid-division, jumped left, headway approaching 6th, challenging when mistake 3 out, stayed on same pace flat, 3rd of 11, 2l behind Aviso (11-1) at Ludlow 2m sll hdl (4-8yo) (5) gs in Jan.
Frolic Along (IRE) 20-1 (10-6) Took keen hold, in touch, ridden and one pace in modest 5th after 3 out, went 4th approaching next, 4th of 10, 37l behind Montbazon (11-4) at Plumpton 2m mdn hdl (5) gs in Jan.
Golden Firebird (IRE) 5-2 (10-12) Held up, hampered and unseated rider 1st, in a race won by Definite Memories (10-12) at Bangor 2m 1f mares NH nov hdl (4) gd in Feb, 12 ran.
Just Kates Girl 100-1 (11-0) In rear, behind 5th, tailed off, 8th of 9, well behind Florafern (11-0) at Exeter 2m 3f mares NH nov hdl (4) gd.
Kaduna 50-1 (10-3) Behind, struggling 5th, mistake 4 out, tailed off and pulled up before 2 out, in a race won by Definite Memories (11-3) at Towcester 2m 5f nov hdl (4) gs, 10 ran.
Miss Powderkeg 150-1 (10-11) Close up, weakened over 4f out, 13th of 18, well behind Taradrewe (10-9) at Warwick 2m mrs N H flat (6) gd in Feb.
Miss Tique (FR) 20-1 (10-12) Chased leaders, chased winner from 4th, challenged 3 out, pushed along before 2 out, ridden and one pace from last, 2nd of 12, 8l behind One Lucky Lady (10-12) at Warwick 2m 4yo hdl (4) gd in Feb.
Mysula 9-2 (10-9) Held up in touch, ridden and headway over 2f out, weakened over 1f out, 5th of 9, 10l behind Ron (10-8) at Doncaster 2m NH flat (6) gd.
Now What 50-1 (10-9) Held up and always towards rear, never involved, tailed off, 9th of 13, 48l behind Duaiseoir (11-2) at Plumpton 2m mdn hdl (5) gs in Feb.
Queen Of Mantua (IRE) 12-1 (10-12) Held up, hampered 1st, headway after 3rd, went 2nd when jumped left 2 out, stayed on same pace, no impression, 2nd of 12, 4 1/2l behind Definite Memories (10-12) at Bangor 2m 1f mares NH nov hdl (4) gd in Feb.
Timeforagin 50-1 (10-7) Close up, weakened over 5f out, 9th of 11, well behind Buxom (11-5) at Ludlow 2m mares n h flat (5) gs in Dec.
Rileys Legend 150-1 (10-3) In rear, behind 5th, pulled up after, in a race won by Definite Memories (10-12) at Bangor 2m 1f mares NH nov hdl (4) gd in Feb, 12 ran.
Tihui Sept 40-1 (9-12) Held up, headway 10f out, weakened 4f out, tailed off, 7th of 12, well behind My Miss Lucy (10-11) at Hereford 2m 1f mares n h flat (6) sft in Jan.