Mavalenta has been in fair form lately and the mare has been eased a couple of pounds since finishing third to Cinderella Rose at Plumpton. She should be thereabouts again while Kala Patthar stepped up on previous efforts when chasing home hot favourite Speed Master at Towcester on Boxing Day and could be capable of better. Shilpa is starting to slip down the weights again but would prefer a faster surface and Glassawine was tailed off on his comeback run and doesn't look the easiest of rides. DOUBLE HANDFUL found 3m too far at Hereford in November but had been in good form on the Flat prior to that run. Lawney Hill's six-year-old gets the vote back over a more suitable distance with David Bass' claim an added bonus.
Furrows 20-1 (10-3) Raced keenly, held up towards rear, outpaced after 3 out, some headway into mid-division before next, 6th and beaten when fell last, in a race won by Ubi Ace (11-5) at Sandown 2m lst hcp hdl (0-150) (1) gs in Dec, 12 ran.
Is It Me (USA) 40-1 (11-9) Mid-division, lost place after 4th, soon behind, tailed off when blundered and almost unseated rider 4 out, pulled up before next, in a race won by Drumshambo (11-11) at Taunton 2m 1f hcp hdl 0-120 (4) gs in Dec, 15 ran.
Kala Patthar 33-1 (10-5) Held up towards rear, headway before 4 out, chased winner before 2 out, kept on and always held, 2nd of 11, 4l behind Speed Master (11-5) at Towcester 2m NH nov hdl 4-6yo (4) gs in Dec.
Mavalenta (IRE) 11-1 (11-2) Held up in touch, headway 4 out, chased leaders 2 out, stayed on well, never able to challenge, 3rd of 10, 9l behind Cinderella Rose (11-3) at Plumpton 2m 5f mares hcp hdl 0-125 (3) sft in Dec.
Glassawine 28-1 (11-0) Mid-division, outpaced 4 out, weakened before next, tailed off, 13th of 14, well behind Close House (11-0) at Towcester 2m mdn hdl (5) gs in Dec.
Double Handful (GER) 7-1 (10-11) Held up in touch, ridden 3 out, weakened 2 out, tailed off, 5th of 11, 50l behind Oscar Prairie (10-11) at Hereford 2m 6f hcp hdl 0-115 (4) gd in Nov.
Cnoc Moy (IRE) 50-1 (10-5) Held up towards rear, ridden after 5th, weakened after 3 out, 8th of 11, 39l behind Dereks (11-12) at Newton Abbot 2m 1f hcp hdl 0-115 (4) gf in Jul.
Behtarini (IRE) 16-1 (10-10) Mid-division on outside, lost place after 4th, tailed off 3 out, 13th of 15, well behind Drumshambo (11-11) at Taunton 2m 1f hcp hdl 0-120 (4) gs in Dec.
Shilpa (IRE) 14-1 (11-6) Tracked leaders, ridden 8th, soon beaten, weakened 2 out, 5th of 11, 22l behind Pumboo (10-7) at Uttoxeter 2m hcp 0-100 (4) gf in Sep.
Don't Panic (IRE) 33-1 (10-8) Behind, headway into mid-division 5th, no further progress, weakened 2 out, 8th of 15, 17l behind Drumshambo (11-11) at Taunton 2m 1f hcp hdl 0-120 (4) gs in Dec.
Rolanta (FR) 8-1 (11-8) Behind, plugged on from 2 out, never going pace to reach leaders, 6th of 15, 17l behind Sustainability (11-3) at Hereford 2m 1f hcp hdl 0-95 (5) gs in Nov.