Dual point-to-point winner BALLINAHOW STAR made a promising start to her hurdles career when second at Exeter and went one better on this track earlier this month. The drop in distance is a slight worry for Jeremy Scott's mare under a penalty but the heavy going will make this more a test of stamina than normal and she should be good enough to defy her penalty. She certainly looks a better bet than stablemate Brockwell Park while the well-bred Fair Bramble hasn't raced since finishing third in a bumper in May of last year. Shady Lane could prove the pick of the remainder.
Ballinahow Star (IRE) 6-4fav (10-12) Held up in rear, smooth headway on outside 3 out, went 2nd going well before 2 out, led last, shaken up and came clear flat, won at Wincanton 2m 6f mdn hdl (4) sft beating Floral Spinner (10-12) by 1 1/4l, 9 ran.
Brockwell Park 25-1 (10-10) Held up in touch in last pair, not fluent 3 out, soon weakened, tailed off, 5th of 6, well behind Dancingtilmidnight (11-2) at Newbury 2m 5f mdn hdl (3) sft in Nov.
Fair Bramble 6-1 (10-12) Held up behind, headway over 4f out, effort over 2f out, ridden and stayed on to chase leading pair inside final furlong, 3rd of 11, 6l behind Western Approaches (10-5) at Bangor 2m 1f mares n h flat (5) gd in May '11.
Miss Marani (IRE) 50-1 (10-10) Disputed lead to 1st, tracked winner, reminders after 3 out, soon lost touch, tailed off, 5th of 6, well behind Alder Mairi (10-10) at Lingfield 2m mrs nov hdl (4) hvy in Nov.
Oscar Jane (IRE) 33-1 (10-5) Held up in rear, headway 3 out, soon chasing leaders, weakened approaching last, 6th of 12, 12l behind Billy Dutton (10-12) at Exeter 2m 1f NH nov hdl 4-6yo (4) hvy.
Shady Lane 10-1 (10-5) Held up behind, never a factor, 4th of 11, 28l behind Minella Definitely (10-12) at Kempton 2m NH nov hdl 4-6yo (4) sft in Nov.
Southway Queen 66-1 (10-2) Held up towards rear, mistake 4 out, never a factor, 12th of 18, well behind Oscatara (10-9) at Bangor 2m 1f nov hdl (4) sft.