DIVALI PRINCESS proved herself a smart sort in bumper company last season culminating in a fine second behind Carole's Legacy in the valuable mares bumper at the Aintree Grand National meeting. The apparent stable second string in that contest, it looked a strong renewal in April and while the winner Carole's Legacy disappointed at this venue on Sunday, if she takes to hurdles she should have too much class for these. Ready To Crown, a three year old bumper winner at this venue, was moderate on the flat with a rating in the 50s. Ashley Petale was the centre of controversy on debut when catching the eye of the stewards. She fulfilled the promise she had shown in her first two starts to run out a ready winner at Fontwell in February. The fact she was so green throughout made the victory even more impressive while the third has franked the form by finishing third in what looked a decent Cheltenham bumper in April. Serengetti Sunset hails from a stout jumping family but has showed little in her two outings while Tom George and Paddy Brennan have an impressive strike rate when teaming up. Je Ne Sais Plus is their representative and this French recruit has winning form in soft ground over 12 furlongs in his native land. He raced keenly at Southwell on his UK debut. It is hard to see any of the remainder getting involved and Divali Princess is taken to land it on her hurdling debut.
Ashleys Petale (IRE) 14-1 (10-4) Led, soon clear advantage, ridden and headed over 3f out, left in lead inside final furlong, ridden out, won at Fontwell 1m 6f mdn nhf (6) gd in Feb beating Bahia Blanca (10-2) by 1 1/2l, 13 ran.
Circus Rose 66-1 (10-2) Mid-division, weakened from 3 out, 9th of 15, 40l behind Southern Regent (10-12) at Market Rasen 2m 1f nov hdl (4) gd in Jun.
Coco L'Escargot 25-1 (10-0) Tracked leader, led 6f out, headed over 4f out, weakened 2f out, 6th of 13, 27l behind Ravello Bay (10-9) at Fakenham 2m mrs nhf (4) gd in Feb.
Court Princess 33-1 (11-2) Towards rear, brief effort 7f out, 9th of 16, 16l behind Flowing On (10-13) at Ludlow 2m mrs nhf (5) gd in Feb.
Divali Princess 40-1 (10-5) Held up in rear, headway when not much room briefly over 3f out, stayed on to take 2nd near finish, 2nd of 20, 1/2l behind Carole's Legacy (10-12) at Aintree 2m 1f mrs lst nhf (1) gd in Apr.
Je Ne Sais Plus (FR) 16-1 (10-10) Held up towards rear, raced keenly, headway after 3 out, eased just before 2 out, 7th of 12, 39l behind Over Sixty (10-10) at Southwell 2m mrs nov hdl (4) gd in Oct.
Line Artic (FR) 100-1 (10-6) Held up, mistake 2nd, headway approaching 3 out, never threatened leaders, 6th of 15, 12l behind Atomic Winner (10-13) at Ludlow 2m nov hdl (5) gd in Apr.
Ready To Crown (USA) 16-1 (10-5) Mid-division, headway 3 out, stayed on to chase winner approaching last, always held, 2nd of 15, 7l behind Tchico Polos (10-12) at Chepstow 2m nov hdl (4) gd in Oct.
Serengeti Sunset (IRE) 40-1 (10-12) Tracked leaders, lost place 4th, lost touch 12th, tailed off, 5th of 6, well behind Blaeberry (11-4) at Ludlow 2m 4f mrs nov chs (3) gd in Feb.
Southern Exit 66-1 (11-0) Held up in touch, led over 4f out, headed over 2f out, weakened over 1f out, 15th of 20, 31l behind Carole's Legacy (10-12) at Aintree 2m 1f mrs lst nhf (1) gd in Apr.
Storm Haven 14-1 (10-10) Held up towards rear, not fluent 5th, never on terms, 8th of 16, 27l behind Heart Springs (10-11) at Worcester 2m 4f mrs mdn hdl (5) gf in Jun '07.