TARA ROSE isn't very big so her double penalty is a concern but she showed a nice turn of foot to quicken clear in a valuable mares' novices' handicap at Cheltenham last week and may have the class to complete her hat-trick. Bumper winner Old Dreams may do better now tackling the larger obstacles but Smiling Lady is probably best watched having become disappointing over hurdles. Queen Of Mantua also has a bit to prove having unseated her rider when favourite at Wetherby 11 days ago, though makes more appeal than Entertain Me.
Tara Rose 9-4fav (10-10) Held up, headway 13th, challenged 2 out, not fluent last, driven and edged right flat, led towards finish, won at Cheltenham 2m 5f Mares Novice Handicap Chase (Listed) (5yo+) (1) gs beating Valmari (11-1) by 3/4l, 7 ran.
Entertain Me 16-1 (11-4) Tracked leaders, not fluent 5th, lost place before next, not fluent 8th, jumped slowly and behind next, pulled up before 5 out, in a race won by Bendant (10-9) at Chepstow 2m 3f nov hcp chs 0-120 (4) gs, 7 ran.
Kevin Fancy (IRE) 150-1 (10-2) Led to 6th, tracked leader, weakened before 10th, tailed off, 4th of 7, well behind Sydney Paget (11-0) at Towcester 3m beg chase (4) hvy in Jan.
Old Dreams (IRE) 12-1 (10-5) Chased leaders, ridden after 2 out, no extra when hit last, 5th of 13, 5l behind Minella Special (11-8) at Plumpton 2m 5f hcp hdl 0-120 (4) gd.
Queen Of Mantua (IRE) 11-4fav (11-0) Towards rear, blundered and unseated rider 1st, in a race won by Kykate (11-7) at Wetherby 2m 4f Mares Handicap Chase (0-120) (5yo+) (4) gs, 6 ran.
She Will Rock You (IRE) 14-1 (11-9) Chased leaders, pushed along 5th, behind from 4 out, tailed off, finished 14th placed 13th, 13th of 14, well behind Mrs Eff (11-2) at Newcastle 3m nov hcp hdl 0-95 (5) gs.
Smiling Lady (IRE) 6-1 (10-3) Held up in mid-division, hampered 4th, headway approaching 4th, edged left flat, never able to get on terms, 4th of 15, 11l behind Descaro (10-10) at Ludlow 2m nov clm hdl (4) gd.
Wheelavher 14-1 (10-13) Led narrowly, headed approaching 2 out, soon weakened, 9th of 11, 25l behind Zelos Diktator (10-8) at Stratford 2m 6f hcp hdl 0-95 (5) gs.