A winner over 1m4f on soft ground on the Flat, COCKNEY SPARROW made a very promising start to her hurdles career when second to favourite L'Unique in a Listed contest at Aintree. The front two were a long way clear of the others and John Quinn's filly should go one better here though L'Unique's trainer, Alan King, saddles Our Phylli Vera and she's another proven on the going and likely to be winning soon. Madeira Girl, another useful sort on the level, was third on her hurdling debut for Jonjo O'Neill at Leicester and will have learned plenty from the experience. She should be the pick of the remainder as Scarlett Fever may find the ground too testing.
Cockney Sparrow 5-2 (10-12) Mid-division, mistake 2nd, headway approaching 6th, led 3 out, headed when not fluent last, one pace and no impression flat, 2nd of 9, 12l behind L'unique (10-12) at Aintree 2m 1f Listed hdl 3yo (1) sft.
Emley Moor 66-1 (8-12) Always in rear, weakened over 3f out, 7th of 9, 32l behind Snooky (9-3) at Southwell 1m mdn stks (5) fbs in Nov (flat).
Glaisdale 14-1 (9-3) Mid-division, headway when hampered 2f out, led inside final furlong, ran on, won at Kempton 2m hcp 0-60 (6) pol in Oct beating Tokyo Brown (9-2) by 3/4l, 11 ran (flat).
Madeira Girl (IRE) 3-1 (10-8) Held up, not fluent 1st, headway approaching 5th, went 2nd before 2 out where jumped left and not fluent, every chance when mistake last, no extra towards finish, 3rd of 6, 7l behind Ironically (10-3) at Leicester 2m Fillies Juvenile Hurdle (3yo) (4) sft in Nov.
Our Phylli Vera (IRE) 33-1 (8-4) Behind, headway over 2f out, stayed on inside final furlong, never nearer, 5th of 12, 6l behind Lady Loch (8-6) at Haydock 1m 2f flls hcp 0-130 (3) hvy in Sep (flat).
Scarlett Fever 8-1 (9-2) Started slowly, soon chasing leaders on outside, edged left over 7f out, ridden over 1f out, went 2nd inside final furlong, stayed on, not pace of winner, 2nd of 13, 1/2l behind Tatting (9-2) at Wolverhampton 1m 1f hcp 0-60 (6) pol in Nov (flat).