Mark Rimell's MISTRESS TO NO ONE was good value for her success at Exeter last month and, despite a 9lb rise for that success, she looks the one they all have to beat and gets the vote over Ruby Crown and Snake Skin. The last mentioned was well held at Towcester last time but is less exposed than most of her rivals and has to be considered. Craughwell Suas should appreciate the better ground today and represents the in-form yard of Lucy Wadham so cannot be discounted. Shipboard Romance remains a maiden after five starts over hurdles and 10 on the flat but she has shown enough to suggest that she cannot be completely discounted, while Ruby Crown looks to be going the right way and rates the main threat to the selection, Mistress To No One.
Mistress To No One 4-1 (11-5) In touch, took closer order 4th, led 3 out, ran on strongly from last, driven out, won at Exeter 2m 3f cnd nov hcp hdl (4) sft in Dec beating Free To Air (11-11) by 13l, 8 ran.
Pomander (IRE) 25-1 (10-9) Always in last pair, ridden and weakened 2 out, 7th of 9, 22l behind Spring Dream (10-10) at Folkestone 2m 1f mrs hcp hdl (3) sft in Nov.
Bailey France 150-1 (10-12) Held up last, weakened 3 out, tailed off, last of 7, well behind One Gulp (11-2) at Kempton 3m mrs lst nov hdl (1) gd in Nov.
Craughwell Suas (IRE) 14-1 (11-3) Always towards rear, ridden and struggling 3 out, 10th of 14, 20l behind Rosoff (10-9) at Plumpton 2m hcp hdl 0-105 (4) hvy in Dec.
Reasontobecheerful 100-1 (10-5) Prominent, raced keenly, weakened from 7th, 13th of 16, well behind Bakbenscher (11-5) at Newbury 2m 3f nh nov hdl (4) sft in Dec.
Snake Skin 66-1 (11-1) With leader, jumped right 1st, mistake 5th, weakened 3 out, 5th of 12, 37l behind Charmaine Wood (11-7) at Towcester 2m mrs nov hdl (4) sft in Nov.
Shipboard Romance (IRE) 10-1 (10-5) Held up towards rear, stumbled 7th, headway after 3 out, weakened approaching last, 4th of 15, 16l behind Parlesotho (11-9) at Leicester 2m 4f mrs hcp hdl (4) gd in Nov.
Harveys Spirit (IRE) 10-1 (10-5) Held up towards rear, ridden and headway after 3 out, one pace from next, 3rd of 11, 26l behind Art Exhibition (10-12) at Fontwell 2m 2f 3yo nov hdl (4) gs in Dec.
Ruby Crown 7-4fav (11-9) Held up behind, pushed along and headway from 6th, challenged 2 out, ridden and every chance last, no extra, 2nd of 17, 1/2l behind Tarkesar (11-4) at Fontwell 2m 2f hcp hdl (5) sft in Dec.
Definitely It 40-1 (10-10) Tracked leaders, ridden and weakened after 3 out, 6th of 13, well behind Silver Spinner (10-7) at Towcester 2m 5f mrs nov hdl (4) sft in Nov.
Poppy Gregg 100-1 (10-0) In touch, hampered 1st, outpaced 6th, never a factor after, 6th of 11, 31l behind Art Exhibition (10-12) at Fontwell 2m 2f 3yo nov hdl (4) gs in Dec.
Monkhair (IRE) 18-1 (10-8) Led, mistake and headed 2 out, soon weakened, 4th of 13, 13l behind Purely By Chance (10-8) at Leicester 2m 3yo nov hdl (3) hvy in Dec.
Rinnwood Lass (IRE) 10-1 (10-4) Blundered 4th, always in rear, tailed off, 12th of 15, well behind Parlesotho (11-9) at Leicester 2m 4f mrs hcp hdl (4) gd in Nov.
Tyrana (GER) 28-1 (11-2) Towards rear, mistake 2nd, soon behind, 12th of 21, 43l behind Fair Dual (10-10) at Lingfield 2m hcp hdl (5) gd in Mar.
Red 100-1 (10-5) Mid-division until after 7th, 9th of 13, well behind Mont Present (10-6) at Fontwell 2m 4f cnd nov hdl (4) gd in Nov.
Romney Marsh 40-1 (10-12) Jumped right 1st, mid-division, effort 3 out, weakened quickly and pulled up 2 out in race won by Lets Get Busy (10-5) at N Abbot 2m 6f mrs nov hdl (4) gd in Jul, 14 ran.