Tara Rose has already won at Worcester and Plumpton and several of today's rivals look capable of getting off the mark in the near future. Florafern had decent form in bumpers last season and found only Hit The Headlines too good over this trip at Huntingdon 13 days ago. Nicky Henderson trains the latter and is also responsible for BRAVE ALLIANCE. This is the Presenting filly's first run over hurdles but she's certainly bred for the job being a full sister to the top-class Voy Por Ustedes and, as she was no slouch in bumpers, can come out on top here. Lady Kathleen had Definite Lady behind when third over 2m at Lingfield and will appreciate the longer distance. She may have more scope than Irish import Mabel Tasman while Dushy Lady, Fly Town and Zahirah Moon may need more time.
Tara Rose 10-3fav (11-3) Tracked leader until 3rd and again from 6th, led 8th, clear approaching 2 out, mistake last, easily, won at Plumpton 2m 5f mrs nov hdl (4) gd in Oct beating Sapphire Rouge (11-0) by 13l, 9 ran.
Brave Alliance (IRE) 2-1fav (11-0) Tracked leaders, led over 3f out, headed over 1f out, soon rallied, kept on same pace closing stages, 2nd of 8, 1 1/2l behind Scholastica (11-3) at Bangor 2m 1f mares n h flat (6) gs in Nov.
Definite Lady (IRE) 12-1 (10-10) Mid-division in 5th, pushed along and lost place from 6th, 6th of 8, well behind Nanna Maura (10-10) at Sedgefield 2m 4f mares NH nov hdl (4) gs.
Dushy Lady (IRE) 9-1 (10-10) Held up towards rear, headway 3 out, no impression next, 4th of 9, 16l behind Cross The Flags (10-10) at Towcester 2m 5f nh nov hdl (4) gd in Nov.
Florafern 12-1 (10-5) Behind, headway before 3 out, chased leaders under pressure next, went 2nd last, ridden and kept on flat, not reach winner, 2nd of 16, 1l behind Hit The Headlines (10-12) at Huntingdon 2m 4f nh nov hdl (4) gs.
Fly Town (IRE) 5-1 (10-10) Held up in touch in mid-division, lost place 7th, blundered next, soon ridden and beaten, tailed off before 3 out and pulled up, in a race won by Tara Rose (11-3) at Plumpton 2m 5f mrs nov hdl (4) gd in Oct, 9 ran.
Lady Kathleen 12-1 (10-10) Took keen hold, chased leaders, stayed on same pace from 2 out, 3rd of 16, 23l behind Elegant Touch (10-10) at Lingfield 2m mrs nov hdl (4) gs in Nov.
Mabel Tasman 6-1 (11-10) Mid-division, ridden after 5th, weakened approaching next, tailed off when pulled up before 8th, in a race won by Native Gallery (11-10) at Aintree 2m 4f nov hcp hdl 0-120 (4) hvy, 13 ran.
Silver Wren 20-1 (10-7) Prominent, ridden after 9th, no extra flat, 6th of 17, 7l behind Themilanhorse (11-0) at Warwick 2m 5f mdn hdl (4) gd.
Top Rose 200-1 (10-0) Prominent until ridden and weakened approaching 9th, 12th of 17, 39l behind Themilanhorse (11-0) at Warwick 2m 5f mdn hdl (4) gd.
Zahirah Moon 12-1 (10-0) In rear, headway approaching 5 out, hampered and unseated rider 3 out, in a race won by Peckhamecho (10-13) at Bangor 2m 1f nov hdl (3) gs in Nov, 8 ran.