A competitive mares' handicap with the weights headed by Golden Gael, who looked decent a couple of years ago. Dreambrook Lady proved hard to place last season but Phase Shift won at Doncaster and Ludlow last term. Rosie Probert has won four of her five hurdle starts and warrants respect off what is probably a fair mark while Top Totti and Mini Muck are both recent winners. But LOYAUTE's ability to handle the soft surface is a major plus and Chris Down's charge may be good enough to score on her reappearance as she was a progressive sort in the spring.
Golden Gael 7-2 (10-10) Tracked leaders, raced wide in backstraight both times, led 3 out, ridden out, won at Huntingdon 2m 4f Listed nov hdl (1) gs in Feb '12 beating Nagpur (11-3) by 2 1/2l, 5 ran.
Dreambrook Lady (IRE) 12-1 (11-7) Mid-division, ridden 2 out, weakened before last, 6th of 11, 21l behind Tzora (10-9) at Newton Abbot 2m 1f hcp hdl 0-130 (3) gf in May.
Phase Shift 8-15fav (11-8) Held up, headway after 5th, went 2nd before last, 1 1/2 lengths down when left in lead at hurdle, soon driven, headed towards finish, 2nd of 10, 1l behind Binowagh Bay (10-7) at Cartmel 2m 1f mrs nov sll hdl (5) gd in May.
Rosie Probert 2-5fav (11-8) Tracked leader, led 3 out, headed before next, rallied before last, stayed on to regain lead close home, won at Uttoxeter 2m mrs nov hdl (4) gs in Jul beating Bittersweetheart (11-3) by nk, 7 ran.
Faith Jicaro (IRE) 16-1 (11-7) Soon mid-division, outpaced before 2 out, stayed on approaching last, never on terms, 5th of 8, 14l behind Tidal Way (11-9) at Bangor 2m 1f hcp hdl 0-120 (4) gs.
Loyaute (FR) 3-1 (11-9) Disputed lead from 2nd, led narrowly 3 out to next, 3rd and one pace approaching last, no impression flat, 3rd of 5, 12l behind Va'vite (10-13) at Aintree 2m 4f cond hcp hdl 0-120 (4) gd in May.
Definitely Glad (IRE) 3-1 (11-0) Tracked leader, outpaced after 4 out, kept on and no impression, 3rd of 13, 31l behind As I Am (11-0) at Worcester 2m 4f mdn hdl (5) gd in Jun.
Top Totti 5-4fav (11-5) Tracked leaders, headway to 2nd 6th, led 2 out, ridden and stayed on well flat, won at Newton Abbot 2m 3f mrs nov hdl (4) gf in Sep beating Presenting Me (10-5) by 2 1/4l, 7 ran.
Flying Phoenix 12-1 (10-7) Held up in rear, ridden 3 out, weakened next, 6th of 8, 27l behind Thunder Sheik (11-6) at Stratford 2m hcp hdl 0-125 (3) gf in Aug.
Mini Muck 11-1 (10-10) Mid-division, headway to chase leaders 3 out, led before last, driven clear, redily, won at Bangor 2m 4f mrs nov hdl (4) sft beating Me And Ben (11-3) by 8l, 8 ran.
Lindsay's Dream 10-1 (11-5) Held up in rear, headway under pressure 4 out, chased leaders 2 out, soon weakened, 4th of 9, 15l behind Fitandproperjob (9-9) at Market Rasen 2m 1f hcp hdl 0-110 (4) gd in May.