Longhousesignora scored impressively over fences in first-time blinkers at Hereford earlier this month and is hard to look beyond here on her return to hurdles. She was well backed last time out and showed much improved form to record her first victory over the larger obstacles, drawing clear from three out before running out a commanding 15-length winner.
She is back up to her old hurdles mark of 113 here, but a repeat of her previous performance should see her outrun that assessment and make it back-to-back victories for the in-form Venetia Williams yard.
First Lord de Cuet confirmed the promise of his Taunton debut when defying some market weakness to run out a most convincing winner on just his second start in a Plumpton bumper in March. He offered plenty of encouragement on his hurdling debut at Wincanton last month in what has subsequently proven to be a strong race, and again built on that performance with an all-the-way success in a Southwell maiden at the start of December.
He is very much the type to go on improving and looks capable of successfully shouldering a penalty to gain his second win in this sphere.
Prince of Rome is developing a good record on the all-weather, including two successes in the last year. He was up in grade at Lingfield earlier this month and again ran well, going with zest before being produced to lead a furlong from home, only to be headed in the final 100 yards.
The handicapper looks to have taken a bit of a chance dropping Richard Hughes’s charge for that runner-up finish and, with claimer Tyler Heard taking a further 7 lb off his back, he looks to have a good opportunity to add to his two wins on artificial surfaces.