Nellie Forbush won a juvenile event at Fakenham in October and will find this tougher. Dewala returned to hurdling with a decent effort at Market Rasen and can figure along with Taggia, but Fairyinthewind has been struggling off her current mark of late. QUEEN OLIVIA posted her best effort so far over hurdles when runner-up to Edmaaj over track and trip last week. She can race off the same mark today and gets the nod to open her account with further progress expected.
Fairyinthewind (IRE) 10-1 (10-11) Tracked leaders and keen, ridden 2 out, weakened run-in, 4th of 5, 22l behind Pass The Time (10-2) at Taunton 2m 1f mares hcp hdl 0-135 (3) gd in Nov.
Dewala 3-1 (11-4) Took keen hold, jumped left at times, led until mistake 4th, led before 8th, headed 2 out, hampered last, no impression on winner flat, stayed on same pace, 2nd of 5, 6l behind Emerald Rose (11-12) at Market Rasen 3m mares hcp hdl 0-110 (4) gd in Mar.
Taggia (FR) 100-1 (10-7) Held up in mid-division on inside, pushed along in 4th after 3 out, left modest 3rd and hampered 2 out, one pace and well held when edged right flat, 3rd of 10, 14l behind Gun Shy (11-0) at Fontwell 2m 4f nh nov hdl (4) gd.
Nellie Forbush 5-1 (10-12) Tracked leader until 5th, outpaced next, headway between last two, driven to lead towards finish, won at Fakenham 2m (3) gd in Oct beating Chasse En Mer (11-8) by 1 1/2l, 6 ran.
Queen Olivia 20-1 (10-9) Held up towards rear, headway before 2 out, led after 2 out, headed last, kept on, 2nd of 14, 1l behind Edmaaj (10-7) at Southwell 2m hcp hdl 0-115 (4) gd.
Banreenahreenkah (IRE) 8-1 (10-8) Held up in rear, not fluent 2nd, awkward next, some headway from 3 out, never on terms, 6th of 13, 17l behind Doyenne Dream (10-7) at Towcester 2m mdn hdl (5) gd.