Most of these mares look closely matched at the weights but Matrow's Lady has to go on the short-list as she won over 2m4f at Doncaster before only finding Sparkling Hand too good at Sedgefield. The four-year-old Annaluna handles heavy ground and has improved for the step up in distance but Wilde Ruby may struggle to recapture the winning thread off her current mark and it's impossible to have much faith in Dun See Dee. DIRTY DEAL's return to winning ways at Uttoxeter was unexpected and the handicapper has raised her 10lb since. But she's clearly in good heart, which you can't say about most of her rivals. Tony Carroll's nine-year-old gets the vote to follow up.
Wilde Ruby (IRE) 6-1 (11-11) Raced wide, held up, headway to chase leaders 5th, weakened 3 out, 4th of 6, 16l behind Queens Grove (11-13) at Fontwell 2m 4f Mares Handicap Hurdle (0-120) (3yo+) (4) hvy in Dec.
Dirty Deal 12-1 (10-13) Made all, clear until 4th, clear again when not fluent last, unchallenged, won at Uttoxeter 2m mrs hcp hdl 0-120 (4) hvy beating Scholastica (11-12) by 5l, 7 ran.
Matrow's Lady (IRE) 7-4fav (11-2) Tracked leaders, chased winner from 2 out, kep ton and held towards finish, 2nd of 6, 2 3/4l behind Sparkling Hand (11-4) at Sedgefield 2m 4f mrs hcp hdl 0-120 (4) hvy in Jan.
Dun See Dee (IRE) 18-1 (11-12) Chased leaders, weakened 5th, behind when pulled up 4 out, in a race won by Xaarcet (11-0) at Taunton 2m 3f hcp hdl 0-110 (4) hvy, 16 ran.
Miss Kalifa (IRE) 40-1 (10-12) Led until 12th, chased winner, every chance 4 out and next, soon driven, dropped to 3rd before 2 out, no chance with leading duo when mistake last, weakened flat, 5th of 10, 13l behind Valmari (10-11) at Ludlow 2m 4f mrs nov chs (5yo+) (4) sft in Jan.
Am I Blue 18-1 (10-7) Led, ridden and headed after 5th, soon lost place, tailed off, 6th of 12, well behind Queens Grove (11-2) at Hereford 2m 4f Mares Handicap Hurdle (0-120) (3yo+) (4) hvy in Dec.
Annaluna (IRE) 11-4fav (10-13) Held up towards rear, steady headway 6th, went 3rd 3 out until went right and hit next, well held in 4th when went right again last, 4th of 11, 17l behind Midnight Belle (10-6) at Ludlow 2m 5f mrs hcp hdl (0-105) (4) sft in Jan.
Al Shababiya (IRE) 11-1 (10-12) With leaders, lost place from 4 out, weakened before next, last of 5, well behind Stormion (11-2) at Newcastle 2m 6f hcp hdl 0-105 (4) hvy in Jan.