LILY WAUGH went close to adding to her point-to-point and bumper wins when third at Fontwell on her hurdling bow. She looks up to landing this with a similar effort. Born To Benefit had an outing over fences last time but had earlier found only one too good over timber at Towcester. She can figure and is just preferred to Playhara, having her first start over timber having gone close in a bumper last month. Graylyn Amber has the past form to figure while A Shade Of Bay is better than her latest modest effort at Wincanton would suggest.
A Shade Of Bay 16-1 (10-5) In touch to 3 out soon beaten, 6th of 12, 28l behind Bobble Boru (10-10) at Wincanton 2m mrs nov hdl (4) hvy in Dec.
Born To Benefit (IRE) 11-4 (10-5) Took keen hold tracking leading trio, no chance from 4 out, blundered last, eased, 4th of 5, 21l behind Midnight Lira (10-2) at Exeter 2m 3f mares nov hcp chs 0-125 (3) sft in Dec.
Frangipani Lady 10-1 (10-8) Keen tracked leaders early, in touch, headway 3f out, hampered 2f out, kept on same pace, 8th of 15, 38l behind Down Ace (11-5) at Bangor 2m 1f mares n h flat (6) gd in May.
Graylyn Amber 25-1 (10-13) Took keen hold, led, mistake 2nd, headed next, lost place before 5th, behind 7th, tailed off when pulled up before 3 out, in a race won by Classic Case (11-0) at Towcester 2m 3f nov hcp chs 0-100 (5) gs in Nov, 9 ran.
Lady Boru (IRE) 50-1 (10-12) Mid-division, blundered 3 out, soon weakened, 9th of 15, 50l behind Legacy Gold (10-12) at Uttoxeter 2m mdn hdl (5) gs in Dec.
Lily Waugh (IRE) 10-11fav (10-10) Chased leaders, led after 3 out, headed last, soon rallied, no extra close home, 3rd of 13, 2 1/4l behind My Miss Lucy (10-10) at Fontwell 2m 4f mrs nov hdl (4) gs in Dec.
Playhara (IRE) 3-1 (10-4) Tracked winner, driven over 3f out, ridden over 1f out, stayed on well under pressure inside final furlong, just failed, 2nd of 7, shd behind Dog Or Divorce (10-7) at Lingfield 2m mdn nh flat (6) std in Dec.