It's hard to be overly confident about any of these but EXCLUSIVE DANCER has been taking on slightly better opposition of late and gets a tentative vote after running well for a long way at Wetherby. Texas Rose has been placed in five of her 15 hurdles starts but may need further than this, though Tony Kelly's claim will help her cause. The Flaming Matron did win at Cartmel in May but hasn't shown much since and Retrieve The Stick is looking very one-paced.
The Flaming Matron (IRE) 9-2 (10-7) Tracked leader, pushed along 4th, lost place and ridden after 4 out, kept on under pressure approaching last, went 4th flat, no impression, 4th of 8, 13l behind Sparkling Hand (10-6) at Newcastle 2m (4) sft.
Exclusive Dancer 33-1 (10-10) Led, headed 3 out, ridden before 2 out, weakened before last, 4th of 12, 13l behind Run Ructions Run (10-10) at Wetherby 2m mrs nov hdl (4) gs in Nov.
High Fair 66-1 (10-7) Held up in touch, went 3rd before 4 out, chased easy winner after 3 out to before last, soon weakened, 3rd of 6, well behind Little Glenshee (11-2) at Kelso 2m mrs nov hdl (4) hvy in Dec '12.
Innocent Girl (IRE) 16-1 (10-7) Towards rear, outpaced 4 out, kept on to go 4th last, no impression, 4th of 7, 18l behind Population (11-0) at Musselburgh 2m mdn hdl (4) gd.
Retrieve The Stick 8-1 (10-10) Chased leaders, ridden and weakened 2 out, 5th of 10, 19l behind Bonnet's Vino (10-7) at Catterick 2m 3f mrs nov hdl (4) gd.
Texas Rose (IRE) 5-2 (10-7) Held up mid-division, headway before 3 out, soon chased winner, kept on and no impression, 2nd of 10, 5l behind Rev Up Ruby (10-5) at Newcastle 2m 4f mdn hdl (5) gd in Nov.