Midnight Ginger made plenty of appeal on paper, a sister to six winners, including Tiqris (2m hurdle winner) and William H Bonney (2m-17f hurdle winner), both of whom are useful, and she looked potentially smart when winning a bumper on debut at Newbury last month. She won with a fair bit in hand on that occasion, too, making smooth headway early in the straight and just shaken up approaching the final furlong to win. There should be plenty more to come from her and she can make her mark at this level before moving on to even better things.
Madera Mist was a maiden over hurdles, but this point winner showed plenty to work on sent chasing at Wetherby on Boxing Day and she looks a big player here with improvement forthcoming. She shaped better than the distance beaten suggests, producing her effort leaving the back straight and around two lengths down when left in front at what is usually three out (though slightly hampered in the process). She idled after and was collared inside the final furlong, but she showed plenty to work on and the handicapper has left her on the same mark.
For one so talented in the bumper sphere, it is fair to say that Strong Glance has been disappointing so far over hurdles. However, there were some positives to take from his debut for Olly Murphy at Fakenham last month, and he looks interesting now sent handicapping. He wasn’t seen to best effect, covering more ground than a winner who admittedly is something of an open book, and he could have even more to offer for his new yard. An opening mark of 121 is a little high on what he has achieved over hurdles, but if returning to anything like his bumper form, then he could potentially blow this race out of the water.