Ex-pointers Grimley Girl, Niki Royal, Vinnieslittle Lamb and Vintage Vixon all have to go on the short-list in this, the latter having been well backed for her debut under Rules in a Warwick bumper in November. Splendid Blue was second in a bumper here on Boxing Day and MISS MAYFAIR also has placed form in that sphere. Admittedly, she finished last on the Polytrack at Kempton last week but that race featured some nice prospects and the switch to hurdles should benefit Lawney Hill's stoutly-bred mare. The remainder have little to recommend them.
Arch Event 66-1 (10-2) Held up towards rear, pushed along before 2 out, plugged on to modest 5th last, 5th of 14, 26l behind Midnight Prayer (11-0) at Hereford 2m 4f mdn hdl (5) hvy in Dec.
Brukirk Lass 40-1 (10-11) Prominent on inside, reminder after 8th, soon lost place, tailed off when pulled up after 3 out, in a race won by Jupiter Rex (10-10) at Taunton 3m hcp hdl 0-95 (5) hvy in Dec, 14 ran.
Come On Annie 28-1 (10-2) Took keen hold towards rear, mistake 3rd, tailed off when went left 2 out, soon pulled up, in a race won by Not Til Monday (10-12) at Hereford 2m 1f cnd/am sll hdl (5) hvy in Dec, 9 ran.
Grimley Girl 33-1 (10-10) Led to after 6th, tracked leader, effort and every chance 3 out to before next, no impression when lost 2nd before last, 3rd of 12, 22l behind Mickie (10-10) at Ludlow 2m 5f mares NH nov hdl (4) sft in Dec.
Miss Mayfair (IRE) 33-1 (10-11) Held up towards rear, ridden over 2f out, never dangerous, last of 15, 17l behind Ericht (11-4) at Kempton 2m n h flat (4) std.
Niki Royal (FR) 12-1 (10-12) Prominent and led from 2nd, jumped left, joined after 6th, headed 4 out, no extra in 5th after 2 out, 6th of 12, 26l behind Amber Knight (9-7) at Down Royal 3m hcp chs 0-116 hvy in Feb.
Scheherazadesdream 150-1 (10-5) Mistake 1st, always in rear, tailed off, 15th of 20, well behind Red Devil Boys (10-12) at Doncaster 2m 3f nov hdl (4) sft in Dec.
Smiley Miley (IRE) 200-1 (10-7) Took keen hold, prominent, led over 14f out, headed 13f out, weakened over 8f out, tailed off, last of 11, well behind Henri Parry Morgan (10-11) at Worcester 2m NH flat (6) gd in Aug.
Splendid Blue (IRE) 40-1 (10-7) Led 6f, close up, went 2nd 1f out, stayed on, not able to trouble winner, 2nd of 8, 1 1/2l behind Glacial Rock (10-7) at Towcester 2m NH flat (6) hvy in Dec.
Upbeat Cobbler (FR) 100-1 (10-9) In touch, pushed along in 6th when fell 3 out, in a race won by Valrene (11-0) at Towcester 2m mdn hdl (5) gs in Nov, 14 ran.
Vinnieslittle Lamb (IRE) 9-2 (11-7) Chsd ldrs, 5th gng well 6out, cl 4th 4out & prog in 2nd aftr 3out, ld aftr 2out, sl adv last, sow, won at Boulta 3m ire ptp hvy in Nov beating Three Oscars (11-7) by 2 1/2l, 13 ran.
Vintage Vixon (IRE) 3-1 (10-12) Tracked leader, ridden over 2f out, weakened over 1f out, 8th of 11, 9l behind Venceremos (11-2) at Warwick 2m mares n h flat (6) sft in Nov.
Whatagoa (IRE) 25-1 (10-9) Chased leader, pushed along and lost 2nd 3f out, soon weakened, tailed off, 5th of 6, 40l behind The Informant (11-2) at Fontwell 1m 6f NH flat (6) hvy in Dec.