Mistral Reine returned an easy winner of a novices' handicap at Fakenham last month but she's been upped 7lb for that success and EMERALD ROSE is preferred. The latter has had a break and never figured in a Class 2 handicap at Wincanton last time but a repeat of her earlier second to Dark Spirit at Ludlow should see her come out best in this company. Maiden hurdle winner Hopstrings has a shout while Definite Lady has been placed on her last couple of outings but is facing a tougher task in this. Dewala has had just the three starts over timber and has more scope than the likes of Buxom, a winner at Huntingdon in November.
Emerald Rose 25-1 (10-0) Mid-division, reminders and lost place after 8th, no danger after, 10th of 13, 35l behind Highland Retreat (11-0) at Wincanton 2m 6f mrs hcp hdl (2) gs in Nov.
Mistral Reine 6-4fav (11-4) Tracked leaders, led soon after 3 out, clear approaching last, eased flat, won at Fakenham 2m 7f nov hcp 0-115 (4) hvy in Feb beating Curtain Razer (11-12) by 18l, 5 ran.
Buxom (IRE) 11-1 (11-0) Led to 5th, ridden before 2 out, soon weakened, 4th of 5, 27l behind Lily Waugh (11-4) at Market Rasen 2m 1f mrs hcp hdl 0-120 (4) gs.
Belle De Fontenay (FR) 9-1 (11-0) Led until before 2nd, hit 4th, weakened 4 out, behind when hampered 2 out, 6th of 9, well behind Scotsbrook Legend (10-4) at Huntingdon 2m hcp hdl 0-115 (4) sft.
Dewala 11-2 (11-2) Took keen hold tracking leaders in 4th, went 3rd appoaching 3 out, one pace and no impression next, 3rd of 12, 20l behind Nesterenko (11-11) at Doncaster 2m nov hcp hdl 0-115 (4) gs in Dec.
Hopstrings 9-2 (11-11) Unseated rider and loose before start, led in start, raced wide chasing leaders, pushed along and lost place before 5th, reminders and struggling soon after, tailed off and pulled up before 8th, in a race won by Cruising Bye (10-6) at Exeter 2m 5f nov hcp hdl 0-105 (4) gf in Oct, 7 ran.
Definite Lady (IRE) 5-1 (11-12) Tracked leaders, challenged before 3 out, kept on and every chance until ridden and no extra flat, 2nd of 6, 4 1/2l behind Millers Reef (11-7) at Wetherby 3m 1f hcp hdl 0-95 (5) sft in Dec.
Dream Mistress 8-1 (11-0) Mid-division, awkward 5th, headway 3 out, soon chasing leaders, stayed on same pace approaching last, 3rd of 9, 7l behind Cloudante (11-6) at Catterick 2m 3f mrs nov hdl (4) gs in Feb.