Nicky Henderson has taken this prize twice in the last four years and SEMI COLON could prove best of his four runners today. She showed improved form on decent ground at Exeter to get off the mark over hurdles and today's conditions should bring further progress. Stable jockey Barry Geraghty has opted for Line Freedom but she'll need to improve her jumping to figure, while Whoops A Daisy faces a tough task carrying top-weight. Kells Belle has a bit to find with Violin Davis on latest running at Wincanton and the latter was beaten in testing ground by Mizzurka back in February. Irish raider Shop DJ was runner-up in a Listed race at Leopardstown last time and looks to have every chance, but Wistow has a tough task having been raised 18lb for winning a handicap at Fakenham on her penultimate start. Emmaslegend and Empress Orchid are progressing well and could make the frame.
Whoops A Daisy 15-8fav (11-0) With leaders, effort 3 out, led next, 3 lengths clear last, driven out and edged left flat, kept on well, won at Towcester 2m nh nov hdl (3) hvy in Feb beating Maggio (10-13) by 4l, 11 ran.
Shop Dj (IRE) 8-1 (11-3) Held up in touch, close 7th 3 out, headway on inner after 2 out, 3rd last, kept on under pressure, 2nd of 9, 3l behind Our Girl Salley (11-3) at Leopardstown 2m 4f mrs lst hdl hvy in Dec.
Line Freedom (FR) 2-1 (11-5) Tracked leaders on outside, led after 6th, headed approaching 2 out, soon ridden, kept on same pace, no impression with winner flat, 2nd of 14, 4l behind Naughty Naughty (11-5) at Huntingdon 2m 5f mrs nov hdl (4) sft in Feb.
Wistow 10-11fav (11-2) Mid-division, headway 6th, led after 9th, easily, won at Warwick 3m 1f nh nov hdl (4) gd beating Areuwitmenow (11-3) by 4l, 10 ran.
Mizzurka 5-6fav (11-0) Prominent and raced on inside, led 5th until next, led after 7th, wandered left last, stayed on well, won at Hereford 2m 4f mares NH nov hdl (4) gs in Feb beating Violin Davis (11-0) by 4 1/2l, 8 ran.
Kells Belle (IRE) 11-8fav (11-3) Held up in touch in rear, not always fluent, closed 7th, slightly outpaced approaching 2 out, rallied before last, kept on same pace flat, 3rd of 7, 2l behind Violin Davis (10-5) at Wincanton 2m 6f nov hdl (4) gf.
Alverstone 10-1 (11-0) Disputed lead until 9th, weakened 4 out, 4th of 8, well behind Sparky May (11-0) at Ascot 3m hdl G2 (1) gs in Jan.
Violin Davis (FR) 7-2 (10-5) Held up in touch, went 2nd approaching 6th, led 2 out, ridden approaching last, stayed on flat, edged right towards finish, won at Wincanton 2m 6f nov hdl (4) gf beating Chilli Rose (10-10) by 1 1/2l, 7 ran.
Malindi Bay 6-1 (11-0) Tracked leaders, every chance when mistake 3 out, weakened approaching 2 out, 8th of 17, 34l behind Grafite (11-1) at Towcester 2m 3f hcp hdl 0-120 (3) sft in Dec.
Emmaslegend Evensfav (11-12) Chased leaders, led 4 out, clear after next, very easily, won at Huntingdon 2m 5f hcp hdl 0-90 (5) gd beating Sambelucky (11-11) by 14l, 9 ran.
Francesa 13-2 (10-3) Held up in touch in 4th, challenged 3 out, soon led, clear from 2 out, won at Towcester 2m 5f nov hdl (4) gs beating Genny Wren (10-10) by 14l, 7 ran.
Empress Orchid 11-8fav (11-12) Led, mistake 3rd, ridden 2 out, headed approaching last, one pace, 2nd of 7, 4 1/2l behind Bellaboosh (10-12) at Bangor 2m 1f nh nov hdl (4) sft.
Semi Colon (FR) 2-1fav (11-0) Close up on inside, headway to lead going well 3 out, came readily clear before last, easily, won at Exeter 2m 3f mares NH nov hdl (4) gs beating Lucky Mix (11-0) by 6l, 13 ran.
Way Back When 10-3fav (11-7) In touch, mistake and pecked 8th, ridden after 3 out, weakened before next, 8th of 9, 21l behind Kasban (10-9) at Kempton 3m hcp hdl 0-115 (4) gd.
Definitley Lovely 10-1 (10-9) With leaders, led after 1st, made rest, ridden before 3 out, kept on well from last, won at Doncaster 2m 3f mares NH nov hdl (4) gd beating Sara's Smile (10-12) by 3 1/2l, 9 ran.
Annimation (IRE) 10-1 (11-7) Behind, headway under pressure before 3 out, went 4th 3 out, went well held 3rd when hit 2 out and unseated rider soon after, in a race won by Black Phantom (10-12) at Exeter 2m 3f hcp hdl 0-115 (4) gs, 12 ran.
Molly Round (IRE) 9-2 (11-1) Wide, held up in last trio, ridden and struggling after 7th, headway before 4 out, went 3rd next, went 6 lengths 2nd soon after 2 out, no chance with winner, held on gamely to keep 2nd, 2nd of 10, 7l behind Henry Hook (11-5) at Taunton 3m nov hcp 0-115 (4) gs.
Aneyeforaneye (IRE) 3-1 (11-2) Led to 1st, took keen hold, tracked leaders, ridden before last, one pace, 3rd of 9, 9l behind Definitley Lovely (10-9) at Doncaster 2m 3f mares NH nov hdl (4) gd.