Some progressive mares line up here and finding the winner won't be easy. Utopie Des Bordes, a Grade 1 winner in France a year ago, heads the weights having run well in strong company last season. Call Me A Star was placed twice in Listed company last term while As I Am is chasing a five-timer, though is now upped in class. Tara Rose has been chasing but Mrs Peachey could figure if handling the better grade and Loyaute caught the eye at Stratford until lack of condition told. She's preferred to Emerald Rose and Blase Chevalier, who are both racing from out of the handicap. HIGHLAND RETREAT lacks a recent run but goes well fresh and wouldn't need to improve much on her form last season to get involved. Harry Fry's six-year-old gets a tentative vote ahead of the more exposed Emily's Flyer and Jean Fleming.
Utopie Des Bordes (FR) 7-4fav (10-13) In rear and in touch, went 2nd 4 out, led 2 out, clear from last, won at Perth 3m nov hdl (2) gs in Apr beating Neltara (11-3) by 5l, 4 ran.
Call Me A Star 13-2 (11-10) Held up in rear, smooth headway approaching 3 out, went 2nd on bit before 2 out, led 2 out, ridden and headed before last, stayed on same pace flat, 2nd of 11, 3/4l behind Polly Peachum (10-4) at Kempton 2m 5f mares nov hcp hdl Listed (1) gs in Apr.
As I Am (IRE) Evensfav (11-12) Made all, clear after last, eased towards finish, won at Worcester 2m 4f mrs hcp hdl 0-120 (4) gd in Aug beating Me And Ben (10-9) by 3 1/2l, 8 ran.
Mickie 8-1 (11-3) Tracked leaders on inside, mistake 3 out, not fluent 2 out, disputing 4th and one pace when mistake and unseated rider last, in a race won by Thomas Crapper (10-9) at Cheltenham 2m 5f hcp hdl 0-140 (3) gs in Oct, 15 ran.
Tara Rose 13-2 (11-0) Held up towards rear, headway before 4 out, every chance when blundered last, stayed to take 2nd place close home, 2nd of 8, 1 1/4l behind Grandads Horse (11-12) at Wetherby 2m 4f hcp chs 0-135 (3) gs in Oct.
Va'vite (IRE) 40-1 (10-7) Mid-division, mistake 1st, ridden 9th, no impression, 11th of 20, 16l behind Trackmate (11-4) at Cheltenham 3m hcp hdl (2) gd in Oct.
Highland Retreat 4-1 (11-9) Held up in touch, mistake th when chased leaders, led 3 out, headed 2 out, lost 2nd after last, no extra, 3rd of 12, 5l behind Billy Dutton (10-11) at Exeter 2m 7f hcp hdl 0-130 (3) sft in Apr.
Mrs Peachey (IRE) 4-1fav (11-8) Towards rear, headway 3 out, led approaching 2 out, clear when jumped right last, ridden out, won at Huntingdon 2m 4f hcp hdl 0-120 (4) gd in Oct beating Priors Gold (10-9) by 8l, 11 ran.
Emily's Flyer (IRE) 9-2 (11-2) Led and soon clear, hit 4th and next, reduced lead 6th, ridden and went left after 3 out, driven and joined last, headed flat, no impression when lost 2nd final 100 yards, 3rd of 7, 5l behind Dark Spirit (9-11) at Ludlow 3m (3) gd in Oct.
Jean Fleming (IRE) 4-1 (11-12) Tracked leaders, not fluent 3rd, went 2nd after 7th, no impression on winner 2 out, soon edging right and one pace, 2nd of 7, 7l behind Midnight Belle (11-1) at Worcester 2m 4f mrs hcp hdl 0-120 (4) sft in Oct.
Kim Tian Road (IRE) 9-1 (11-1) Slowly away, took keen hold, chased clear leading pair after 1st until weakened 3 out, pulled up after, in a race won by Saint Roque (11-8) at Newton Abbot 2m 3f nh nov hdl (3) gf in Jun, 4 ran.
Scholastica 9-1 (10-6) Held up towards rear, not fluent 2nd, mistake 6th, effort after 3 out, weakened after next, 10th of 16, 38l behind Big Time Billy (9-13) at Cheltenham 2m 5f mrs lst hdl (1) gs in Apr.
Loyaute (FR) 7-1 (11-2) Tracked leaders, driven before 2 out, soon ridden and no impression, weakened before last, 5th of 11, 13l behind Rosie Probert (11-5) at Stratford 2m (3) sft in Oct.
Emerald Rose 7-2fav (10-6) Chased leaders, hit 4th, pushed along before 3 out, rallied to 3rd before 2 out, driven and kept on flat, went 2nd final 100 yards, no chance with winner, 2nd of 7, 4l behind Dark Spirit (9-11) at Ludlow 3m (3) gd in Oct.
Blase Chevalier (IRE) 4-1 (10-9) In touch and keen, went 2nd and jumped left 2 out, led after last, kept on towards finish, won at Towcester 2m mares NH nov hdl (4) gf in Oct beating Reves D'amour (10-12) by 1l, 8 ran.