This is a very competitive mares' handicap for the time of year and a number arrive in form including bottom weight Dark Spirit, who carries a penalty for winning a seller at Chepstow. My Lucky Flame rattled up a hat-trick before finishing fourth at Worcester while Emily's Flyer won twice at Perth last month. Va Vite and Emerald Rose also know where the winning post is and the returning Mickie and Grassfinch both kept good company last season but CORONEA LILLY has really come into her own over 3m and certainly wasn't winning out of turn last time. This is tougher off a 9lb higher mark but McCoy will bring out the best in Neil Mulholland's charge and she can follow up.
Mickie 9-2 (11-6) Chased leaders, went 2nd 3rd, pushed along and lost 2nd approaching 3 out, weakened rapidly, tailed off and pulled up before next, in a race won by Polly Peachum (10-4) at Kempton 2m 5f mares nov hcp hdl Listed (1) gs in Apr, 11 ran.
Va'vite (IRE) 6-1 (10-9) In rear, lost place before 5th, never dangerous, 5th of 6, 30l behind Man Of Leisure (10-13) at Market Rasen 2m 5f hcp hdl 0-150 (2) gd in Jul.
Grassfinch 9-1 (11-7) Made all, hit 3 out, clear 2 out, ridden and edged left after last, stayed on, pushed out towards finish, won at Ludlow 3m Conditional Mares Handicap Hurdle (0-125) (4yo+) (3) gs in Feb beating Big Time Billy (10-0) by 3l, 7 ran.
Coronea Lilly (IRE) 2-1fav (11-12) Tracked leaders, went 2nd before 6th, led approaching 8th, clear on bend before 2 out, stayed on, won at Market Rasen 3m hcp hdl 0-115 (4) gd in Aug beating Minella For Steak (11-5) by 15l, 5 ran.
My Lucky Flame (IRE) 10-3 (11-2) Tracked leaders, went 2nd from 2nd until 4th, ridden before 3 out, no extra from next, 4th of 5, 13l behind Lost Legend (10-12) at Worcester 2m 7f nh nov hdl (4) gf in Aug.
Emily's Flyer (IRE) 6-1 (11-0) Made all, kicked on from 9th, not fluent 2 out, 8 lengths clear when jumped right last, always going to last home, game effort, won at Perth 3m hcp hdl 0-125 (3) gs in Sep beating Bescot Springs (11-0) by 3/4l, 12 ran.
Emerald Rose 8-1 (11-12) Tracked leaders in 4th, took closer order 4 out, ridden and went 2nd before 2 out, in 3rd and pecked last, one pace, 3rd of 8, 3l behind Cannon Fodder (11-4) at Fontwell 2m 6f mrs hcp hdl 0-115 (4) gs in Sep.
Gulf Punch 10-3 (10-3) Tracked leaders in 3rd, headway before 3 out, went 3rd 2 out, ridden to lead before last, headed run-in, kept on towards finish, 2nd of 5, nk behind My Lucky Flame (11-2) at Bangor 3m mrs hcp hdl 0-120 (4) gf in Jul.
Dark Spirit (IRE) 3-1 (10-2) Mid-division, headway after 7th, went 2nd 4 out, 3 lengths down when leader made error 2 out, led before last, stayed on, won at Chepstow 2m 4f sll hdl (5) gd beating Bombadero (10-12) by 4l, 8 ran.