As I Am has already won three times this season over similar trips, including one victory over course and distance. But she could find the concession of 14lb to POLLY HOPPER beyond her, even though the latter's only victory so far came in a seller. The remainder appear to be playing for places with bumper winner Nurse Ratched having shown little so far over hurdles. Just Got Lucky makes her debut over timber but has looked nothing special so far.
As I Am (IRE) 40-85fav (11-10) Tracked leader, jumped left and bumped 1st and 6th, led 7th, not fluent 3 out, clear from next, stayed on well, won at Bangor 2m 4f mrs nov hdl (4) gd beating Hopstrings (10-10) by 6l, 6 ran.
Polly Hopper 7-2 (10-5) Tracked leader, went 2nd before 3 out, led 3 out, clear before 2 out, easily, won at Uttoxeter 2m 4f sll hdl (5) sft in Jul beating Kayfton Pete (11-8) by 23l, 8 ran.
Just Got Lucky 17-2 (10-7) Chased leaders, pushed along and weakened over 3f out, 9th of 13, 24l behind Monita Bonita (10-10) at Southwell 2m mares n h flat (6) gd in Jul.
Lulu's Gift (IRE) 50-1 (9-7) Prominent, not fluent 5th, ridden and lost place next, well beaten 3 out, 9th of 13, well behind My Lord (11-6) at Uttoxeter 2m hcp hdl 0-100 (5) gf in Jul.
Possibly Flora 14-1 (11-7) 4th of 16, 19l behind Noble Aran (12-0) at Larkhill 3m ptp in Jan '12.
Presenting Ruby (IRE) 7-4fav (10-13) Towards rear, jumped left and struggling 4th, moderate 10th approaching 3 out, soon no impression, 10th of 13, 50l behind Riltree (10-13) at Sligo 2m mares mdn hdl gf in May '11.
Share The Dosh 14-1 (10-5) Tracked leaders, took keen hold, not fluent, ridden and outpaced 3 out, mistake and weakened next, 3rd of 5, 49l behind Portofino Wasp (10-10) at Stratford 2m nov hdl (4) gf in Jul.
Sun Dream 50-1 (8-12) Chased leaders on outside, ridden well over 2f out, weakened soon after, tailed off, last of 10, 26l behind Flamborough Breeze (9-7) at Kempton 1m hcp (0-55) (6) pol in Feb (flat).
Treelara 28-1 (10-12) Led, headed 6f out, soon weakened, tailed off, 5th of 7, well behind Miss Sassypants (10-3) at Stratford 2m mares n h flat (6) gf in Jul.
Nurse Ratched (IRE) 8-1 (10-3) Prominent, took keen hold, lost place after next, 7th of 11, 36l behind Crazy (10-10) at Worcester 2m mdn hdl (5) gf in Jul.