ALWAYS THE LADY was returning from a three month lay-off when a close-up third at Goodwood. The runner-up has subsequently won and Clive Cox' filly can open her account with further improvement likely. Paoletta has found one too good on both starts to date and steps up in trip on her return from an absence. She's shown more than stablemate Hairpin, while there should be more to come from both Balandra and Appeal. Newcomer Sky Crystal is worth noting as her dam is related to middle-distance Group winners Dubai Success and State Crystal.
Always The Lady 3-1 (8-12) Led early, prominent, challenged over 2f out, every chance inside final furlong until bumped towards finish, 3rd of 7, 1/2l behind Late Telegraph (9-3) at Goodwood 1m 2f 3yo mdn (5) gd in Aug.
Appeal (IRE) 12-1 (9-0) Slowly away, in rear, not clear run over 2f out, stayed on from over 1f out, never nearer, 5th of 11, 10l behind Fabulouslyspirited (9-0) at Kempton 1m sks (5) pol.
Balandra 50-1 (8-12) Mid-division, pushed along 3f out, headway 2f out, kept on same pace and lost 4th near finish, 5th of 8, 7l behind Floral Beauty (8-12) at Chester 1m 2f fll mdn stks (5) gd.
Brunston Keys 20-1 (8-11) Slowly into stride, towards rear, ridden and struggling over 3f out, last of 10, 32l behind Word Power (8-11) at Windsor 1m 2f fll mdn stks (5) gf in Aug.
Hairpin (USA) 11-2 (9-0) In rear, ran green, headway 2f out, never on terms, 6th of 11, 12l behind Fabulouslyspirited (9-0) at Kempton 1m sks (5) pol.
Millennium Star (IRE) 7-2 (8-12) Took keen hold in mid-division, shuffled back and lost place over 4f out, stayed on again from 2f out, modest 4th and hung left inside final furlong, 4th of 12, 12l behind Satwa Dream (9-10) at Lingfield 1m 2f mdn auc stks (6) pol.
No Refraction (IRE) 22-1 (8-2) Chased leaders, ridden over 3f out, weakened 2f out, last of 9, 31l behind May Be Some Time (9-5) at Leicester 1m 2f 3yo hcp 0-65 (6) gd in May.
Paoletta (USA) 2-5fav (9-0) Dwelt, took keen hold in touch, headway on outer to lead over 2f out, headed close home, 2nd of 9, shd behind Thistle Bird (9-0) at Nottingham 1m mdn fll stks (5) gf in May.
Reluctant Heroine (USA) 20-1 (8-12) Tracked leader after 1f, ridden halfway, weakened over 2f out, last of 8, 40l behind Floral Beauty (8-12) at Chester 1m 2f fll mdn stks (5) gd.
Sky Crystal (GER) Galileo filly out of Snow Crystal.
Tetbury Lass 50-1 (9-0) Soon chasing leaders, ridden and lost place over 3f out, weakened over 2f out, 9th of 11, 18l behind Fabulouslyspirited (9-0) at Kempton 1m sks (5) pol.