Having won twice over 2m on heavy ground, you would imagine Alder Mairi would have no problem with the extra. However, she's been well beaten on the two occasions she's tackled further and could be vulnerable again here under a double penalty. FAIREY DELTA ran in snatches on her hurdling debut at Huntingdon but her cause wasn't helped by being badly hampered at an early stage. She has the scope to prove much better and, at the likely odds, could be value option in this opener as Wishes And Stars, though often quite highly tried, doesn't really appear to be improving. The ex-Irish Kim Tian Road has some ability but has been off the track for more than two years.
Alder Mairi (IRE) 3-1 (11-1) Prominent, led 4th, clear 2 out, jumped right and not fluent last, stayed on well, won at Wincanton 2m mares NH nov hdl (4) hvy in Feb beating Just Spot (10-5) by 13l, 11 ran.
Briery Vixen 33-1 (11-2) Led, headed before 3 out, weakened before 2 out, 5th of 10, 35l behind Eleven Fifty Nine (11-2) at Doncaster 2m mdn hdl (5) gs in Jan.
Emily's Flyer (IRE) 66-1 (11-0) With leader, jumped slow 2nd, soon lost place, in rear before 4th, tailed off, last of 11, well behind Utopie Des Bordes (11-3) at Doncaster 2m mrs nov hdl (4) gd in Feb.
Fairey Delta 6-1 (10-12) Mid-division, hampered 1st, jumped slowly 3rd, headway next, lost place 6th, headway after next, weakened before 2 out, 4th of 13, 31l behind Miss Ballantyne (10-12) at Huntingdon 2m 5f mrs nov hdl (4) sft in Feb.
I'm So Special (IRE) 50-1 (10-12) Prominent, ridden 5th, soon weakened, tailed off, 8th of 11, well behind Alder Mairi (11-1) at Wincanton 2m mares NH nov hdl (4) hvy in Feb.
Just A Whisper 16-1 (11-3) Took keen hold, chased leaders until pushed along and weakened 4f out, 11th of 13, well behind Molly's A Diva (11-3) at Ffos Las 2m mrs N H flat (6) hvy in Jan.
Just Walking Jack 33-1 (11-0) Pulled hard early, in touch, chasing leaders when hampered 3 out, effort next, soon weakened, 9th of 15, 22l behind Dante's Frolic (11-0) at Catterick 2m mdn hdl (5) gs in Feb.
Kim Tian Road (IRE) 14-1 (10-9) Behind, headway 7th, soon chasing leaders, under pressure before 2 out, kept on under pressure, never able to challenge, 3rd of 12, 28l behind Al Ferof (11-5) at Taunton 2m 3f NH nov hdl (4-7yo) (4) gs in Jan '11.
La Madonnina (IRE) 66-1 (10-10) Jumped poorly in rear, tailed off all the way, pulled up before 2 out, in a race won by Young Victoria (11-2) at Exeter 2m 3f mrs nov hdl (4) gs in Nov, 11 ran.
Tara Tavey (IRE) 40-1 (10-3) Held up, always behind, 9th of 15, well behind Annacotty (11-0) at Chepstow 2m 4f mdn hdl (4) gs in Feb.
The Prime Viper (IRE) 8-1 (10-12) Tracked leader, lost place 3f out, weakened 2f out, 6th of 9, 39l behind Forever Present (10-12) at Market Rasen 2m 1f mares n h flat (6) sft in Apr.
Wishes And Stars (IRE) 28-1 (11-2) Held up in last pair in touch, struggling after 5th, soon lost touch, last of 6, well behind Mischievous Milly (11-2) at Taunton 2m 1f Mares Novice Hurdle (Listed) (3yo+) (1) hvy in Dec.