Terre Du Vent twice won Listed races on the Flat in France and her first two runs over hurdles were in Grade 2 events. However, she was a huge disappointment when odds-on at Fakenham in December and has a bit to prove now. Cracking Lass was another decent sort on the level and won as recently as October while Call Me A Star was a useful sort in bumpers and has already won over timber at Uttoxeter - she has tackled Listed company since. But Alan King's mare has to give 6lb to UTOPIE DES BORDES who won four times over fences at Cagnes-sur-mer and Auteuil. She beat recent Newbury winner Fago in a Grade 1 in November and, clearly very talented, can get off the mark over the smaller obstacles here.
Call Me A Star 3-1 (11-2) Raced keenly, held up in last pair in touch, headway 3 out, ridden to chase leaders before next, soon beaten, 4th of 6, 19l behind Mischievous Milly (11-2) at Taunton 2m 1f Mares Novice Hurdle (Listed) (3yo+) (1) hvy in Dec.
Arrowmint 100-1 (10-2) Held up towards rear, weakened before 3 out, 10th of 11, well behind Moscow Presents (11-0) at Towcester 2m mdn hdl (5) sft in Dec.
Cracking Lass (IRE) 5-1 (8-11) Steadied start, held up in 4th place, headway over 3f out, went 2nd 2f out, ridden to lead entering final furlong, stayed on gamely, won at Leicester 1m 4f cond Stakes (3) sft in Oct beating Mijhaar (9-2) by nk, 5 ran (flat).
Dubaianswer 100-1 (10-9) Always towards rear, 7th of 16, 37l behind Only Orsenfoolsies (10-0) at Catterick 2m nh nov hdl (4) sft in Jan.
Emily's Flyer (IRE) 9-2 (11-0) Raced wide, held up, headway over 6f out, weakened over 4f out, 7th of 13, 40l behind Molly's A Diva (11-3) at Ffos Las 2m mrs N H flat (6) hvy in Jan.
Grethel (IRE) 20-1 (10-8) Behind, outpaced 2 out (usual 3 out), some headway into mid-division on long run from last, never on terms, 7th of 10, 10l behind First Morning (11-7) at Cartmel 2m 1f cnd hcp hdl 0-95 (5) sft in Aug.
I'm So Special (IRE) 50-1 (10-7) Slight lead at steady pace until headed 4th, chased leaders, weakened before 6th, tailed off, 7th of 12, 38l behind Valdez (11-11) at Plumpton 2m nh nov hdl (4) sft in Jan.
September Blaze 50-1 (10-10) Held up in rear, short lived effort on outside after 4 out, soon ridden and weakened, tailed off, 9th of 12, well behind Mickie (10-10) at Ludlow 2m 5f mares NH nov hdl (4) sft in Dec.
Terre Du Vent (FR) 8-11fav (10-10) Towards rear, mistake 4th, headway after next, every chance 3 out, soon ridden, pulled up between last 2, in a race won by Mischievous Milly (10-10) at Fakenham 2m mrs nov hdl (4) sft in Dec, 9 ran.
Tinkwood (IRE) 4-1 (10-13) Led, pushed along and about a length up when fell 2 out, in a race won by Madam Lilibet (9-10) at Newcastle 2m 4f mrs nov hdl (4) hvy in Jan, 4 ran.
Utopie Des Bordes (FR) 9-1 (10-3) won at Auteuil(FR) 2m 6f 4yo chs Grd 1 (1) hvy in Nov beating Fago (10-7) by 6l, 13 ran.