MICKIE has to concede weight all round but she's already beaten the consistent Floral Spinner comfortably over this course and distance and her second to The New One in a Grade 2 at Warwick has been well advertised - she's impossible to oppose. Floral Spinner is probably the one for forecast-backers, though there is probably more to come from Wincanton third K Island. Polly Hopper is likely to be the pick of the two newcomers while Shine In Time has hinted at ability and looks best of the rest.
Mickie 3-1 (11-8) Held up, headway 7th, not fluent 8th, led 3 out, not fluent 2 out, headed soon after last, stayed on same pace, 2nd of 9, 7l behind Prima Porta (11-0) at Ludlow 2m 5f Mares Handicap Hurdle (0-135) (4yo+) (3) sft in Feb.
All Hope 18-1 (10-12) Led and keen, headed before and not fluent 3 out, soon weakened, 7th of 8, 13l behind Flora Lea (10-9) at Chepstow 2m mrs nov hdl (4) hvy in Mar.
Betty Thunder Silver Patriarch mare out of Lady Prunella.
Dancing Emily (IRE) 50-1 (10-5) Held up, headway on outside after 2nd, not fluent and lost place 6th, tailed off when pulled up before 3 out, in a race won by Broadbackbob (11-5) at Newbury 2m 3f NH nov hdl 4-6yo (4) sft in Dec '11, 14 ran.
Floral Spinner 9-2 (11-2) Tracked leaders, went 2nd 6th until after 4 out, weakened approaching 3 out, 6th of 7, well behind Grassfinch (11-7) at Ludlow 3m Conditional Mares Handicap Hurdle (0-125) (4yo+) (3) gs in Feb.
In By Midnight 9-1 (11-0) Held up, headway 8f out, edged left and outpaced over 5f out, no impression, 5th of 6, 34l behind Tamarina Bay (10-7) at Bangor 2m 1f mrs N H flat (6) hvy in Feb.
K Island (IRE) 22-1 (10-10) Tracked leader until 3rd and again from 5th until 6th, outpaced by front pair before 2 out, one pace, 3rd of 6, 8l behind Oscar Amy (10-10) at Wincanton 2m 6f nov hdl (4) gs in Feb.
Miss Beattie 25-1 (10-10) Tracked winner, lost place over 4f out, soon weakened, 5th of 6, well behind Tonvadosa (11-10) at Chepstow 2m mares n h flat (6) hvy in Mar.
Mistyboreen (IRE) 66-1 (10-5) Always towards rear, 9th of 11, well behind Morning Royalty (11-5) at Carlisle 2m 1f nh nov hdl (4) hvy in Dec.
Patna 100-1 (10-12) Held up in touch, tracked leaders 3 out, driven next, soon no impression, 4th of 7, 18l behind Call Me A Star (11-5) at Doncaster 2m 3f mdn hdl (4) gd in Mar.
Polly Hopper Generous mare out of Brambly Hedge.
Shine In Time (IRE) 6-1 (10-5) With leader, weakened after 3 out, 5th of 6, 12l behind Henryville (11-1) at Plumpton 2m 5f nh nov hdl (4) gs in Mar.
Une Des Bieffes (FR) 25-1 (10-7) Held up in rear, not fluent, headway after 3 out, went 4th before next, no impression, one pace, 4th of 6, 12l behind Oscar Amy (10-10) at Wincanton 2m 6f nov hdl (4) gs in Feb.
Tantalized 8-1 (10-5) Tracked leaders in 3rd, pushed along before 3 out, soon weakened, 6th of 8, 13l behind Flora Lea (10-9) at Chepstow 2m mrs nov hdl (4) hvy in Mar.