A Listed winner on the Flat in France, TERRE DU VENT has been aimed high in both starts over hurdles for Tom George. Well beaten in a couple of Grade 2 races earlier this year, she should be good enough to land this. As I Am went close in a maiden hurdle last month and that looks stronger form than Cevaro's recent win at Hereford though the latter had earlier finished ahead of Clover Nova and My Nosy Rosy. Mischievous Milly has decent claims on her form in bumpers and Fork Handles makes her debut over timber having won twice on the Flat.
As I Am (IRE) 5-1 (11-0) Took keen hold, chased leaders, went 2nd 3 out, every chance when went right next, still chance when went right again last, lost 2nd and one pace final 75 yards, 3rd of 14, 1 1/2l behind Valrene (11-0) at Towcester 2m mdn hdl (5) gs in Nov.
Cevaro (IRE) 7-2 (10-7) Mid-division, headway 7f out, led over 2f out, ran on well, won at Hereford 2m 1f mrs NH flat (4-7yo) (6) gs in Nov beating Une Dame D'or (10-7) by 2l, 14 ran.
Clover Nova 16-1 (10-9) Held up, always towards rear, 9th of 11, 31l behind Pure Style (10-11) at Stratford 2m NH flat (6) gs in Sep.
Enchanting Smile (FR) 20-1 (10-5) Held up towards rear, headway before 3 out, chased winner before next, kept on and no impression, 2nd of 12, 7l behind Look For Love (10-9) at Exeter 2m 1f nh nov hdl (4) hvy in Oct.
Favorite Girl (GER) 12-1 (10-2) Held up mid-division on outer, one pace and no impression from 2 out, 5th of 12, 19l behind God's Own (10-12) at Doncaster 2m nh nov hdl (4) sft in Nov.
Fork Handles 40-1 (9-9) Held up towards rear, headway over 2f out, soon hung left and no impression, 6th of 16, 10l behind Daneking (9-0) at Doncaster 1m 7f hcp 0-85 (4) sft in Oct (flat).
Majuba Lady (IRE) 50-1 (10-7) Held up in rear in touch, struggling before 3 out, soon lost touch, tailed off, last of 6, well behind Alder Mairi (10-10) at Lingfield 2m mrs nov hdl (4) hvy in Nov.
Mischievous Milly (IRE) 15-8fav (10-12) Held up towards rear, headway over 2f out, stayed on well, just failed, 2nd of 11, shd behind Venceremos (11-2) at Warwick 2m mares n h flat (6) sft in Nov.
My Nosy Rosy 12-1 (10-7) Led, wandered into 1st, jumped left and not fluent 5th, headed 2 out, 3rd and beaten when hit last, no extra flat, 4th of 11, 11l behind Weather Babe (11-0) at Towcester 2m Mares NH Novice Hurdle (3yo+) (4) sft.
Rum Ginney 28-1 (10-4) Tracked leaders, driven and outpaced over 3f out, kept on same pace, no impression final 2f, 5th of 10, 17l behind Spartan Angel (10-9) at Southwell 2m NH flat (6) gd in Jun.
Terre Du Vent (FR) 20-1 (11-0) Held up in rear, took keen hold, mistake 5th, hampered on bend before 7th, no headway, 17th of 19, 32l behind Quevega (11-5) at Cheltenham 2m 4f hdl G2 (1) gd in Mar.