Mangonel bounced back from a poor run at Uttoxeter to win easily on heavy ground at Folkestone earlier this month. Jim Best's mare has been a reformed character this season but the penalty may be difficult to overcome in this more competitive affair. Pampelonne's close second to Share Option at Bangor last month was boosted when the winner followed up over fences at Leicester earlier this week, but Flora's Pride still looks too high in the weights and is now blinkered while White Diamond has been well beaten since scoring at Fakenham on her reappearance. Galloping Queen couldn't justify favouritism in an ordinary novice event at Leicester last time, while Dane Cottage is struggling to get her head in front over timber. DREAMBROOK LADY is also still a maiden but she looked to be getting of things when fourth at Hereford last month and could be well treated here on that showing - she gets the vote.
Pampelonne (IRE) 7-2 (11-1) Tracked leaders, led before 2 out, clear before and not fluent last, kept on and headed towards finish, 2nd of 10, nk behind Share Option (11-2) at Bangor 2m 1f hcp hdl (5) gs in Dec.
Mangonel 5-2 (11-4) Led until 2nd, chased leader, led again 2 out, drew clear on long run to last, eased closing stages, won at Folkestone 2m 1f mares nov hcp hdl 0-100 (4) hvy beating Matrow's Lady (11-2) by 14l, 4 ran.
White Diamond 7-1 (11-4) Tracked leaders, lost place 5th, soon behind, 6th of 8, well behind Black Dragon (9-13) at Fakenham 2m hcp hdl 0-105 (4) gd in Dec.
Flora's Pride 9-1 (11-2) Held up on outside, outpaced from 5th, stayed on flat, no impression, 5th of 7, 11l behind Sustainability (11-3) at Uttoxeter 2m hcp hdl 0-100 (5) hvy in Dec.
Truckers Princess (IRE) 16-1 (10-13) Tracked leader, led approaching 2 out, jumped left next, headed flat, rallied to lead again near finish, won at Market Rasen 2m 1f sll hcp hdl 0-95 (5) sft in Dec beating Carlitos Spirit (11-6) by 2 1/2l, 11 ran.
Galloping Queen (IRE) 1-2fav (10-2) Led, pecked 1st, ridden and headed last, no extra, 2nd of 4, 4 1/2l behind Malanos (10-9) at Leicester 2m 3yo hdl (4) gd in Nov.
Lil Ella (IRE) 100-1 (11-11) Led until 3rd, pressed leader until ridden approaching 3 out, weakened before next, 10th of 14, 40l behind Funky Munky (11-2) at Sedgefield 2m 1f hcp hdl 0-95 (5) gd in Nov.
Dreambrook Lady (IRE) 14-1 (10-12) Towards rear, headway before 4th, chased leadrs 3 out, every chance next, weakened before last, went left and stumbled last, 4th of 16, 23l behind Tempest River (10-12) at Hereford 2m 1f mrs nov hdl (4) sft in Dec.
Lilac Belle 5-1 (11-2) Toward rear, hit 5th, ridden 3 out, weakened next, pulled up before last, in a race won by Catawollow (10-12) at Leicester 2m Mares Handicap Hurdle (0-100) (4yo+) (5) gd in Nov, 9 ran.
Dane Cottage 3-1fav (11-0) Led, ridden and headed approaching 2 out, kept on one pace, 3rd of 11, 10l behind Truckers Princess (10-13) at Market Rasen 2m 1f sll hcp hdl 0-95 (5) sft in Dec.
Night Reveller (IRE) 12-1 (10-0) Held up in touch, headway halfway, soon chasing leaders, weakened approaching 4 out, left in remote 3rd at last, 3rd of 6, 45l behind Fly Town (10-2) at Fakenham 2m mdn chs (5) sft.