AMANDA CARTER is an interesting recruit to hurdling and is fancied to see off Just For Jean and Annie May in an open contest. The selection is rated 85 on the flat and she has won six times in her career. She stays well so this trip should be well within in her reach and she can put her flat speed to good use on this track that favours speed horses. Annie May is rated 115 after a series of consistent efforts at this level in Ireland. She is an obvious player travelling across for this winnable race. Itstooearly ran well at Kelso last month and rates a player if repeating that form now dropped to maiden company, Just For Jean represents a yard in good form and needs respect on her hurdling bow with the ground likely to suit, whilst Watercolours hasn't been seen since an Ayr fourth in January. The winner of that race Lie Forrit has really franked the form since and this daughter of Derby winner High Chaparral must be considered a major player. The market will help in this opening race but preference is for Amanda Carter.
Amanda Carter 16-1 (8-11) Mid-division, headway over 3f out, weakened over 1f out, 5th of 15, 9l behind Hunterview (8-7) at Doncaster 1m 4f hcp 0-95 (3) gs in Oct (flat).
Annie May (IRE) 7-1 (11-1) Always prominent, disputed lead from 5th, led 5 out, headed after 3 out, 3rd after next, 4th and no extra run-in, 4th of 16, 7l behind Printing Copper (11-2) at Wexford 2m 4f hdl sft in Oct.
Benny The Jinnett (IRE) 6-1 (12-0) Rcd 6th when ur 3rd, in a race won by Light Mist (12-0) at Ballydarragh 3m ire ptp, 16 ran.
Be Smart (IRE) 16-1 (10-5) Mid-division, lost place 4 out, soon weakened, behind when pulled up before 2 out, in a race won by Bivouac (10-12) at Kelso 2m hcp chs 0-105 (5) gs, 13 ran.
Itstooearly 16-1 (10-5) Held up towards rear, headway over 2f out, kept on to go 2nd towards finish, 2nd of 10, 2 1/4l behind Nocturnal Knight (10-12) at Kelso 2m nh nov hdl (4) gd in Oct.
Just For Jean (IRE) 11-2 (10-12) Held up, headway 3f out, stayed on to take 2nd near finish, no chance with winner, 2nd of 11, 12l behind Sure Josie Sure (10-12) at Haydock 2m N H flat (5) hvy.
Just Maddie 200-1 (10-2) Always behind, tailed off 2 out, 12th of 13, well behind Mcmurrough (10-12) at Kelso 2m 6f nh nov hdl (4) gs.
Princess Tahoe 16-1 (10-10) Chased leader to 5th, soon struggling, behind when pulled up before 3 out, in a race won by Candle (11-0) at Wetherby 2m mrs nov hdl (4) sft, 8 ran.
Tempo Sound 250-1 (10-9) Always towards rear, struggling from 5th, last of 12, well behind I'm Delilah (10-12) at Catterick 2m mrs nov hdl (4) gd in Mar.
Vallani (IRE) 28-1 (10-7) Held up towards rear, pushed along approaching 4 out, weakened next, 8th of 11, 16l behind Cast Iron Casey (11-12) at Kelso 2m hcp hdl 0-115 (4) gd in Oct.
Watercolours (IRE) 33-1 (9-11) Held up mid-divison, headway approaching 3 out, ridden and kept on same pace from next, 4th of 11, 6l behind Lie Forrit (11-1) at Ayr 2m 4f nh nov hdl (4) sft in Jan.