Jonjo O'Neill tries the French Flat winner Tigresse Bleu in a visor after her recent reappearance and there's likely to be more to come from the four-year-old. The year younger Annaluna ploughed through the mud to score at Exeter and has to be considered in these conditions despite being a couple of pounds out of the handicap and though QUEEN'S GROVE is up 8lb for her victory at Taunton she found the 2m1f trip too short and her battling qualities can se her complete a hat-trick. Ruby Crown and Lady Kathleen are others to consider in an open contest.
Love of Tara 20-1 (11-2) Took keen hold, chased leaders, ridden and slightly outpaced 3 out, ralled to 3rd before next, challenged and not fluent last, stayed on same pace flat, kept on in closing stages, 3rd of 9, 2l behind Bunglasha Lady (11-4) at Plumpton 3m 1f hcp hdl 0-125 (3) sft.
Queens Grove 11-4fav (10-9) Led, headed soon after 2nd, led again 4 out, ridden 2 out, driven and joined run in, all out and just held on, won at Taunton 2m 1f Mares Handicap Hurdle (0-120) (3yo+) (4) sft in Nov beating Buxom (11-2) by shd, 8 ran.
Lady Kathleen 7-1 (11-5) Mid-division on inside, headway 3 out, chased leaders next, soon ridden, no impression between last 2, 5th of 15, 11l behind Tweedledrum (9-10) at Ascot 2m 6f mares hcp hdl 0-125 (3) sft in Nov.
One More Cookie (IRE) 14-1 (11-9) Tracked leader, ridden after 2 out, one pace and no impression on winner, 2nd of 6, 13l behind Fentara (11-5) at Hexham 2m 4f hcp hdl 0-120 (4) sft in May.
Tigresse Bleue 9-1 (10-5) Chased leaders, went 2nd before 3 out until 3 out, went 2nd again before next, no chance with winner, 2nd of 15, 5l behind Ardkilly Witness (10-12) at Towcester 2m 5f nh nov hdl (4) gs in Nov.
Seren Cwmtudu (IRE) 13-8fav (11-5) Tracked leader, not fluent 1st or 6th, shaken up and 3rd 3 out, soon edged right and beaten, mistake last, no extra flat, 3rd of 13, 19l behind Kaituna (11-5) at Ludlow 2m 5f mrs nov hdl (4) gd in Mar '11.
Egretta Island (IRE) 5-1 (11-4) Tracked leaders, mistakes, went 2nd after 2nd until before 3 out, soon weakened, pulled up before 2 out, in a race won by Grassfinch (11-8) at Uttoxeter 3m mrs hcp hdl 0-120 (4) sft in Nov, 6 ran.
Am I Blue 8-1 (11-2) Led until 7th, every chance 3 out, weakening when mistake last, 5th of 10, 17l behind Sail And Return (11-4) at Uttoxeter 2m 4f hcp hdl 0-110 (4) hvy in Nov.
Ruby Crown 9-2 (10-9) Tracked leaders, pushed along 4th, weakened 3 out, 5th of 6, 49l behind Belle De Fontenay (11-5) at Huntingdon 2m mrs hcp hdl 0-120 (4) sft in Nov.
Accordingtoeileen (IRE) 33-1 (10-0) Close up, pushed along over 4f out, soon weakened, 8th of 9, 37l behind Cousin Khee (11-0) at Kempton 2m n h flat (4) std.
My Viking Bay (IRE) 20-1 (10-11) Mid-division, outpaced after 3 out, soon weakened, tailed off, 8th of 15, 47l behind Bobowen (11-2) at Stratford 2m 3f hcp hdl 0-105 (4) gd in Jul.
Chilworth Screamer 33-1 (10-11) Tracked leader until 3 out, soon outpaced, stayed on same pace before last, went 3rd close home, 3rd of 11, 10l behind Weather Babe (11-0) at Towcester 2m Mares NH Novice Hurdle (3yo+) (4) sft.
Annaluna (IRE) 11-4fav (10-2) In rear, headway when not fluent and rider nearly unseated 6th, headway from 4 out, led 2 out, clear before last, kept on well, won at Exeter 2m 5f nov hcp hdl 0-105 (4) hvy in Oct beating Flying Vic (11-12) by 7l, 7 ran.