ALASI has 8lb more to carry than when winning this 12 months ago and ended last season over fences. But she obviously goes well fresh and this year's renewal doesn't look nearly as competitive - a follow-up is on the cards. Une Artiste looked a progressive hurdler last term, winning the Fred Winter at Cheltenham and landing a Listed contest at the same track in April. She may have had enough for the season when refusing to race in a Grade 3 at Punchestown shortly after, when Baby Shine finished unplaced, and looks the danger to the selection. She Ranks Me has been in good form but would need a career-best effort to trouble the principals on these terms, though is still preferred to Countess Comet and the outclassed Hopeand.
Alasi 16-1 (10-11) Pulled hard, in touch in rear, hit 6th, losing ground on leaders before 9th, jumped right and behind from next, tailed off, last of 5, well behind Menorah (11-4) at Aintree 2m 4f nov chs G1 (1) gs in Apr.
Une Artiste (FR) 15-8fav (10-9) Refused to race, in a race won by Mae's Choice (11-2) at Punchestown 2m 2f hdl G3 (1) hvy in Apr, 15 ran.
Baby Shine (IRE) 5-1 (10-12) Soon chased leaders, 5th before straight, soon no impression and kept on same pace, 9th of 15, 16l behind Mae's Choice (11-2) at Punchestown 2m 2f hdl G3 (1) hvy in Apr.
Countess Comet (IRE) 16-1 (10-8) Towards rear, ridden after 4 out, headway from 3 out, went 4th before last, no impression, 4th of 10, 21l behind Knight In Purple (11-2) at Wetherby 2m hcp hdl 0-140 (3) gd in May.
Hopeand 25-1 (11-7) Mid-division, short lived effort on outside after 3 out, ridden and weakened next, 12th of 15, 31l behind Jawhary (11-2) at Towcester 2m hcp hdl 0-100 (5) gf in Oct.
She Ranks Me (IRE) 2-1fav (11-10) With leaders, pushed along before 3 out, ridden to chase winner before 2 out, kept on and no impression, 2nd of 6, 4l behind Hidden Identity (10-10) at Bangor 2m 4f mrs nov hdl (4) gd in Oct.