Tara Rose and Jackies Solitaire are the best of these over hurdles but both are making their chasing debuts on their first starts since March. KYKATE looks a safer option as she jumped well enough at Carlisle recently on her debut over fences before running out of steam in the latter part of the race. A point-to-point and hurdles winner, A Little Swifter could figure if taking to the larger obstacles while Hopeand finished a bit closer on her fourth outing over fences but remains winless in 25 starts. Gers Benefit is easily overlooked.
A Little Swifter (IRE) 25-1 (11-8) Held up towrds rear, headway 6th, chased leaders under pressure 2 out, kept on same pace, weakened flat, 9th of 15, 17l behind Tweedledrum (9-10) at Ascot 2m 6f mares hcp hdl 0-125 (3) sft in Nov.
Gers Benefit (IRE) 33-1 (11-5) Led, headed 5 out, soon weakened and pulled up before 3 out, in a race won by Changing Times (11-5) at Fairyhouse 2m 4f mdn hdl in Jan, 11 ran.
Hopeand 200-1 (10-12) In rear, weakened before 3 out, last of 6, 48l behind Une Artiste (11-6) at Wetherby 2m mrs lst hdl (1) gs in Nov.
Kykate 20-1 (10-9) Mid-division, ridden before 3 out, outpaced before 2 out, 5th of 6, 15l behind Kruzhlinin (11-2) at Carlisle 2m Beginners Chase (0-125) (4yo+) (3) hvy in Nov.
Tara Rose 12-1 (11-11) Held up in rear, headway before 3 out, ridden before last, chased winner flat, kept on towards finish, 2nd of 7, 1 1/2l behind Themilanhorse (11-5) at Ludlow 2m 5f Novice Handicap Hurdle (0-130) (4yo+) (3) gd in Mar.
Jackies Solitaire 9-4 (11-9) Held up in touch, not fluent 7th, soon led, headed after 3 out, 3rd and no impression when mistake last, weakened flat, 5th of 8, 17l behind Songsmith (11-0) at Newbury 2m 3f hcp ch 0-130 (3) gd in Mar.