GLORIOUS TWELFTH won a Cheltenham bumper last April but jumped stickily on her hurdling debut at Newbury in November and didn't get the hang of things until too late. She put that experience to good use in a Huntingdon maiden last month and begins her handicap career on a fair mark. She's handed the vote despite taking on more experienced rivals including All Annalena, who has been performing with credit in better class events and has to be of interest having been dropped a few pounds in the weights. Mickie won a novices' event over the track and trip in December and though beaten a long way in a Grade 2 at Warwick subsequently was by no means disgraced. Silver Gypsy is a decent performer at this level though may be a few pounds high and Prima Porta may prove more of a threat as she was returning from a long break when an excellent runner-up to Miss Milborne at Wincanton in November.
Silver Gypsy (IRE) 16-1 (11-6) Held up in rear, headway 3 out, ridden before next, went 2nd flat, stayed on, 2nd of 9, 3/4l behind Tweedledrum (9-7) at Kempton 3m mrs hcp hdl (2) hvy in Dec.
Mickie 14-1 (10-11) Held up, headway 6th, went 2nd next until not fluent 8th, soon driven, went 2nd again 2 out, no chance with winner, blundered last, 2nd of 7, 16l behind The New One (11-7) at Warwick 2m 5f nov hdl Grade 2 (1) sft in Jan.
Highland Retreat 13-2 (11-0) Led, ridden and headed last, edged left and stayed on same pace flat, 2nd of 13, 5l behind Master Of The Sea (11-3) at Wincanton 2m 6f hcp hdl 0-125 (3) sft in Jan.
Prima Porta 16-1 (10-9) Held up in rear, headway after 3 out, went 2nd before last, stayed on, unable to challenge winner, 2nd of 10, 2l behind Miss Milborne (11-6) at Wincanton 2m 6f mrs hcp hdl (2) gs in Nov.
Mavalenta (IRE) 9-1 (11-12) In touch, ridden and outpaced before 3 out, no chance after, 6th of 9, 36l behind Bunglasha Lady (11-4) at Plumpton 3m 1f hcp hdl 0-125 (3) sft in Dec.
Glorious Twelfth (IRE) 4-9fav (11-0) Tracked leaders, went 2nd 3rd, led 6th, clear when hit 2 out, easily, won at Huntingdon 2m 5f mdn hdl (5) sft in Jan beating As I Am (11-0) by 8l, 13 ran.
Miss Overdrive 8-1 (10-8) With leader, led 2nd, headed approaching last, no extra flat, 5th of 13, 7l behind Ixora (11-1) at Cheltenham 2m 5f hcp hdl 0-140 (3) gf in Oct '11.
All Annalena (IRE) 9-1 (10-9) Led, blundered 5th, headed 2 out, weakened last, 4th of 10, 8l behind Kentford Grey Lady (11-12) at Sandown 2m 4f Mares Handicap Hurdle (0-135) (4yo+) (3) sft in Dec.
Russie With Love 12-1 (11-9) Raced wide, chased leaders, ridden after 6th, weakened approaching 2 out where mistake, 6th of 12, 19l behind Xaarcet (10-3) at Exeter 2m 3f hcp hdl 0-115 (4) hvy in Jan.
Big Time Billy (IRE) 9-1 (11-0) Chased leader, lost 2nd 7th, soon lost place and behind, lost touch 3 out, tailed off, 12th of 13, well behind Merehead (11-7) at Ascot 2m 3f nov hcp hdl 0-120 (4) gd in Oct '11.