Emma Lavelle's yard is struggling for winners and her Kindly Note has disappointed since finishing second at Worcester in the autumn. My Flora needs a return to fences while Zefooha is probably a few pounds too high at present but Umadachar has to go on the short-list if getting back to the form she showed when winning at Folkestone in November and recent Catterick scorer Vinetta is on an upward curve. SPARKLING HAND came good over track and trip last month, beating Matrow's Lady with Wheyaye a distant fourth. The runner-up won in a canter at Ffos Las on Sunday so the form holds up and Peter Atkinson's mare can follow up today as Phase Shift has become expensive to follow.
Kindly Note 20-1 (11-10) Behind, pushed along from 3rd, struggling 7th, tailed off when pulled up before 2 out, in a race won by Tweedledrum (9-10) at Ascot 2m 6f mares hcp hdl 0-125 (3) sft in Nov, 15 ran.
My Flora 10-1 (10-5) Mid-division on inside, headway after 8th, ridde 3 out, soon one pace, no impression, 5th of 9, 25l behind O'faolains Boy (10-11) at Bangor 3m nov hdl (3) hvy.
Umadachar (FR) 2-1fav (11-3) Chased leaders, not fluent 1st, ridden and weakened after 3 out, went modest 3rd approaching 2 out, no chance when mistake last, 3rd of 10, 34l behind Too Generous (10-3) at Fontwell 2m 4f mrs nov hdl (4) hvy in Dec.
Zefooha (FR) 8-1 (11-6) Led, clear until 4th, came stands side 3 out, headed when hit next, no extra flat, 3rd of 5, 12l behind Matrow's Lady (10-2) at Doncaster 2m 3f Mares Handicap Hurdle (0-120) (3yo+) (4) sft in Dec.
Vinetta 5-1 (10-6) Held up in mid-division, ridden after 3 out, headway 2 out, ran on well flat, led close home, won at Catterick 2m 3f hcp hdl 0-115 (4) sft beating Alta Rock (11-5) by 1l, 13 ran.
Leith Walk (IRE) 11-2 (10-7) In touch, ridden before 7th, weakened approaching 3 out, 5th of 6, well behind Pas Trop Tard (11-12) at Ayr 2m 4f hcp hdl 0-135 (3) hvy in Jan.
Sparkling Hand 9-1 (11-4) Made all, ridden before 2 out, kept on gamely, won at Sedgefield 2m 4f mrs hcp hdl 0-120 (4) hvy in Jan beating Matrow's Lady (11-2) by 2 3/4l, 6 ran.
Wheyaye 8-1 (11-11) Tracked leader and raced wide, lost place 3 out, plugged on to take remote 4th before last, 4th of 6, 25l behind Sparkling Hand (11-4) at Sedgefield 2m 4f mrs hcp hdl 0-120 (4) hvy in Jan.
Phase Shift 7-2 (10-12) Held up towards rear, headway approaching 3 out, soon outpaced, no impression after, 5th of 7, 14l behind Dirty Deal (10-13) at Uttoxeter 2m mrs hcp hdl 0-120 (4) hvy.