MASSANNIE is the most likely winner of this opener if reproducing the form of her 10-length win at Uttoxeter, though Polly Hopper is entitled to respect having finished second in her last two starts. Sula Two has won six times on the Flat so could also figure if her jumping is up to scratch but none of the others make much appeal on what they've shown so far.
Massannie (IRE) 3-1 (11-0) Held up, mistake 3rd, headway next, went 2nd before 3 out, led approaching next, clear last, easily, won at Uttoxeter 2m 4f mdn hdl (5) gf in May beating My Lucky Flame (11-0) by 10l, 9 ran.
Cannon Fodder 8-1 (10-7) Mistake 1st, mid-division, pushed along after 5th, 6th and no impression when blundered 2 out, 5th of 13, 37l behind Breaking Bits (11-0) at Fontwell 2m 2f NH mdn hdl (4) gd in May.
Lucys Girl (IRE) 6-4 (12-0) Mostly 2nd, ld on landing 3out, hdd bef 2out & still ev ch in 2nd until no ex at last, 3rd flat, 3rd of 8, 6l behind Owenbeg Lass (11-4) at Ballybunion 3m ire ptp gd in May '12.
Oh Dear Oh Dear 20-1 (11-11) Mid-division, ridden and lost place after 3 out, 7th of 11, 38l behind Church Field (11-2) at Newton Abbot 2m 1f nov hcp hdl 0-95 (5) gf in May.
Pinnacle Ofpassion (IRE) 100-1 (10-5) Held up in rear, jumped badly right 1st, tailed off 3 out, 6th of 9, well behind Experimentalist (10-12) at Fontwell 2m 4f nh nov hdl (4) gs.
Podium Dancer 200-1 (10-12) Led until 6f out, chased leaders, weakened over 3f out, last of 13, 31l behind Pepelina (10-12) at Lingfield 2m Mares Nat Hunt Flat (4-6yo) (AW) (6) sft in Nov.
Polly Hopper 4-9fav (11-0) Tracked leaders on inside, soon started hanging right, went 2nd close 2nd 2 out, ran wide on home bend, stayed on, no impression final 150 yards, 2nd of 6, 1 1/4l behind The Flaming Matron (11-0) at Cartmel 2m 6f mdn hdl (5) sft in May.
Sula Two 25-1 (9-2) Slowly into stride, always behind, 8th of 12, 26l behind Jupiter Storm (9-3) at Windsor 1m 4f hcp 0-80 (4) gf (flat).
Terntheothercheek 33-1 (10-5) Prominent, pushed along over 5f out, lost place over 2f out, weakened over 1f out, 11th of 12, 11l behind Lurcher (10-12) at Lingfield 1m 5f 4yo n h flat (6) std in Jan.