A race that shouldn't take much winning and the tentative vote goes to MISS SAFFRON ahead of Etruscan and The Bonus Ball. Susan Gardner's mare put in her best effort at Wincanton last time when second to Cat Six. She has gone up 2lbs in the weights for that but she seemed to click with Jack Doyle who retains the ride and the pairing should run well. Sequel is unexposed but so far her jumping performances have matched her modest flat ability, Jerry Lee ran well when last seen at Towcester but has been off for 669 days since, whilst The Bonus Ball needs a market check as he drops in grade and trip. Head To Kerry is back to a winnable mark, however the bigger danger may be Etruscan. This Selkirk gelding has shaped with promise in three outings but is now fitted with cheek-pieces on this first run in handicap company. Son Of Karinga is considered, but the vote goes to the in-form Miss Saffron.
Head To Kerry (IRE) 33-1 (11-10) Mid-division, behind 4 out, tailed off, 15th of 17, well behind Lady Bling Bling (11-2) at Kempton 2m 5f nov hcp hdl 0-105 (4) gs in Feb.
The Bonus Ball (IRE) 14-1 (10-9) In touch, mistake 6th, soon pushed along and lost place, behind when pulled up before 9th, in a race won by Canni Thinkaar (10-11) at Folkestone 2m 6f hcp hdl 0-110 (4) hvy, 9 ran.
Etruscan (IRE) 100-1 (11-2) Tracked leaders, raced keenly, weakened after 3 out, 10th of 13, 32l behind Like A Hurricane (11-2) at Fontwell 2m 2f mdn hdl (5) gd.
Seaquel 100-1 (10-10) Held up, jumped slow early, never a factor, 6th of 10, 26l behind Halling Gal (10-10) at Taunton 2m 1f Fillies Juvenile Novice Hurdle (4yo) (4) gf.
Miss Saffron 15-2 (10-12) Held up towards rear, headway 3 out, chased winner 2 out, no impression, 2nd of 11, 11l behind Cat Six (10-9) at Wincanton 2m 4f hcp hdl 0-90 (5) gd.
Jerry Lee (IRE) 10-1 (10-9) Soon steadied into mid-division, headway 5th, went 3rd approaching 2 out, stayed on same pace, 3rd of 10, 9l behind Crouch End Flyer (9-13) at Towcester 2m hcp hdl 0-105 (4) gs in May '08.
Son of Karinga 66-1 (11-1) In touch, ridden and struggling when hit 2 out, tailed off, 8th of 12, 42l behind You're So Vain (11-1) at Folkestone 2m 1f mdn hdl (4) hvy.
Tanktastic 9-2 (10-2) Held up towards rear, headway 6th, weakened from 2 out, 6th of 15, 35l behind Fleur De Vassy (11-7) at Fontwell 2m 6f cnd hcp hdl 0-85 (5) gs.