Bridge Native got off the mark over fences at Tramore on New Year’s Day, scoring on the third attempt as a chaser, and she ran at least as well in defeat on her next start at Clonmel, finding only an in-form rival too strong.
She ran creditably to finish fourth over hurdles on her most recent outing at Down Royal, and she could still have more to offer over fences, bearing in mind her lightly-raced profile in that sphere.
This step-up in trip will also be in her favour. Ask And Answer has been in good form of late, following up a victory at Navan with a good second at Fairyhouse, and he is likely to offer the greatest threat.
Point winner Young Lieutenant struggled in the mud over two and a half miles at Plumpton last time, finishing well beaten behind a useful type, but he had previously shaped with promise at Newbury and Lingfield, and he sets the standard on those efforts.
He may have found a 14-day turnaround counting against him at Plumpton and is well worth another chance.
Diodorus has a superb Flat pedigree – he is by Galileo, out of dual French Classic winner Divine Proportions – and, having shown useful form on the Flat, offered something to work with on his hurdling debut at Carlisle. He needs to improve on the form of that runner-up effort but has the ability to do so. He is the main threat.
Fruits of Glory showed improved form over fences towards the end of 2019, notably landing a competitive handicap chase at Punchestown on his penultimate outing, and he is on a fair mark as he switches to hurdling.
He is rated 16 lb lower in this sphere and can exploit this lenient mark. This is a competitive contest and Knockraha Boss, who finished runner-up last time, is also considered a danger.