Since getting off the mark over fences at Southwell in January, HOLLO LADIES has been campaigned without success in Graded company, so a return to this level will come as a relief. Ferdy Murphy has a good strike rate at this track and his six-year-old chaser is just preferred to Film Festival. The latter cut little ice in the Grand Annual at Cheltenham last month but got the better of previous winner Sir Tantallus Hawk at Doncaster before that and looks to have every chance. Benny Be Good has won over these fences and is not out of this, while Flying Doctor has place claims judged on his best form.
Film Festival (USA) 33-1 (10-7) Mid-division in touch, driven and outpaced after 4 out, no impression when mistake next, soon weakened, 15th of 23, 41l behind Oiseau de Nuit (10-13) at Cheltenham 2m hcp chs G3 (1) gd in Mar.
Benny Be Good 9-4 (11-9) Tracked leader until 4 out, pushed along and weakened before 3 out, last of 4, 26l behind Best Prospect (11-12) at Newcastle 2m hcp hdl 0-130 (3) sft in Mar.
Flying Doctor 9-1 (11-2) Chased leaders, blundered 4 out, soon under pressure and behind, rallied to go remote 2nd after last, no chance with winner, 2nd of 5, 25l behind Soft Spoken Guy (10-12) at Kelso 3m 1f nov chs (4) gs.
Hollo Ladies (IRE) 33-1 (11-4) In rear and not fluent, reminders and struggling from 8th, 5th of 7, well behind Wishfull Thinking (11-4) at Aintree 2m 4f nov chs G2 (1) gs.
Currahee 14-1 (10-3) Chased leaders, led 3 out, headed last, soon weakened, 5th of 15, 7l behind Moon Indigo (11-4) at Kelso 2m 6f hcp hdl 0-130 (3) gs.
Pontop (IRE) 9-2 (11-11) Held up towards rear, weakened and tailed off when pulled up before 3 out, in a race won by Solway Bay (9-13) at Kelso 2m 6f hcp hdl 0-130 (3) gf in May, 8 ran.
Sadler's Cove (FR) 50-1 (10-7) Held up towards rear, weakened after 3 out, 13th of 14, well behind Sea Cliff (11-11) at Sedgefield 2m 4f hcp hdl 0-90 (5) gs in Jan.
Frosty Spring 100-1 (10-5) Pushed along and reminders in mid-division, in rear from 6th, tailed off when pulled up after 3 out, in a race won by Abstract Art (10-13) at Southwell 2m 4f clm hdl (5) gd in Mar, 9 ran.