Florafern is much better than she showed when favourite at Ludlow on her latest start in December but it's a bit of a worry that she hasn't been seen since. Wishes And Stars ran her best race so far when second at Wincanton last month and has the beating of Withy Mills on earlier Taunton running, while a market move for the returning Tulia De Gravelle would have to be taken seriously. But SAPPHIRE ROUGE had some decent form in the autumn and, dropping back in distance, is fancied to defy her penalty.
Sapphire Rouge (IRE) 5-1 (10-13) In rear, well behind when hit 3 out, stayed on well past beaten horses from last, almost snatched 4th, nearest finish, 5th of 9, 18l behind Storm Survivor (10-13) at Plumpton 3m 1f cond hcp hdl 0-1115 (4) gs in Jan.
Anomalous 14-1 (11-7) in a race won by Tara Tavey (11-7) at Buckfastleigh 3m ptp gs in Feb, 18 ran.
Dimpsy Time 9-2 (11-2) Tracked leaders, ridden 3f out, stayed on same pace over 1f out, 4th of 13, 7l behind The Wee Lass (11-2) at Taunton 2m 1f mrs N H flat (5) gs in Jan.
Florafern 6-5fav (10-10) Towards rear, ridden and effort after 8th, weakened approaching 3 out, tailed off, 9th of 10, well behind Lady Kathleen (10-10) at Ludlow 2m 5f mares NH nov hdl (4) gs in Dec.
Just Kates Girl 66-1 (10-12) In rear, well behind 7th, pulled up after, in a race won by Night Rose (10-12) at Huntingdon 2m 5f mrs nov hdl (4) gs in Feb, 16 ran.
Tulia De Gravelle (FR) (9-13) 2nd of 10, 6l behind Toscan Des Brosses (9-13) at Corlay(FR) 1m 3f n h flat 3yo sft in Jul '10.
Wishes And Stars (IRE) 7-1 (11-12) Held up in rear, headway after 8th, led and jumped left 2 out, ridden and headed approaching last, no impression, stayed on one pace, 2nd of 11, 8l behind Cocacobana (11-1) at Wincanton 2m 6f hcp hdl 0-105 (4) gs in Feb.
Withy Mills 100-1 (10-2) Prominent, mistake 3rd, outaced 6th, stayed on from 2 out, left 3rd last, closing on 2nd towards finish, 3rd of 13, 14l behind Valmari (10-9) at Wincanton 2m nh nov hdl (4) gs in Feb.
Kabira 66-1 (10-5) Took keen hold, held up in touch, outpaced 5f out soon lost place, tailed off, 7th of 8, 34l behind Umadachar (10-5) at Folkestone 2m 1f mrs NH flat (4-7yo) (6) sft in Jan.