Teochew has her first start for Warren Greatrex having won a Cork maiden hurdle for Edmond Kent in April. She may be capable of better but looks too close in the weights to JEAN FLEMING, who did well in her first season over hurdles and definitely has scope for further improvement. The top weight is another who hasn't run since the spring but none of her rivals have had a recent run either and her class should shine through. Midnight Belle was well beaten off today's mark at Huntingdon on her final start last season while Just Spot looks very one-paced. The others have a bit to prove on these terms.
Jean Fleming (IRE) 2-1 (11-5) Led, joined 3 out, headed soon after and ridden, 1 length down 2 out, stayed on same pace under pressure flat, 2nd of 12, 2l behind Definite Ruby (10-12) at Fontwell 2m 2f mrs nov hdl (4) gs in Apr.
Teochew (IRE) 7-1 (11-2) Soon mid-division, closer order from before 4 out, 4th into straight, challenged and on terms from before 2 out, led and stayed on well from before last, won at Cork 2m 4f mdn hdl hvy in Apr beating Get Off The Stage (11-7) by 4 1/2l, 20 ran.
Midnight Belle 11-4fav (11-9) Held up in last pair, pushed along and effort after 7th, never on terms, no extra before 2 out, 5th of 8, 25l behind Orangeaday (11-7) at Huntingdon 2m 5f hcp hdl 0-110 (4) gs in Apr.
Combustible Lady (IRE) 9-1 (10-12) Blundered 1st, held up in rear, pulled up quickly after 8th, in a race won by Valmari (10-11) at Ludlow 2m 4f mrs nov chs (5yo+) (4) sft in Jan, 10 ran.
Miss Saffron 11-2 (11-8) Held up in rear, not fluent 1st, jumped right and not fluent next, mistake 15th, not fluent 16th, headway before 4 out, ridden 3 out, weakened before last, 6th of 11, 31l behind That's Rhythm (11-8) at Stratford 3m 4f Ladies Hunter Chase (5yo+) (4) gd in Jun.
Just Spot 13-8fav (10-7) Tracked leaders, pressing for 2nd from after 5th, chased winner after 3 out until last, no impression, one pace, 3rd of 8, 9l behind Iron Butterfly (10-6) at Fontwell 2m 2f mdn hdl (4) hvy in Mar.
Wychwoods Mist 12-1 (10-13) Mid-division, outpaced 4 out, never on terms, 10th of 14, well behind Wings Of Smoke (11-7) at Exeter 2m 3f hcp hdl 0-115 (4) gs in Oct '12.