Richard Fahey won this with the subsequently smart Listed winner Barefoot Lady in 2010. The yard runs AVEC ROSE today and she looks the one to beat on the evidence of her latest second at Thirsk to Middle Park entry Fire Eyes. This should prove easier and she's preferred to Newmarket raider March, a decent third at Kempton last time with a subsequent winner behind. Dark Opal had an off day at York last month but had shown some ability before that but Blue Clumber's length defeat in the Hilary Needler over C&D in May now looks like a fluke as she's been well beaten in all three starts since. Equinox, a half-sister to dual winner Delft, makes most appeal of the newcomers.
Avec Rose 9-4fav (8-12) Raced stands' side, chased leader, led that group over 1f out, kept on well, no chance with far side, 2nd of 18, 2 1/4l behind Fire Eyes (9-0) at Thirsk 5f 2yo mdn (5) gf in Jul.
Blue Clumber 11-1 (8-13) Led, ridden and headed over 2f out, weakened over 1f out, soon eased, last of 7, 14l behind Dream Maker (8-9) at Chester 6f 2yo hcp 0-85 (4) gf.
Dark Opal (IRE) 14-1 (8-12) Behind, outpaced 2f out, weakened over 1f out, 8th of 9, 19l behind Burning Blaze (9-3) at York 6f 2yo mdn aut (4) gf in Jul.
Elusive Shadow 100-1 (8-12) Chased leaders 2f, well beaten over 1f out, last of 7, 38l behind The Sixties (9-3) at Newcastle 6f 2yo mdn aut (6) gd.
Equinox Medicean filly out of Plucky.
Hit The Note Indesatchel filly out of Musical Day.
March 5-2 (9-0) Led, ridden and joined 2f out, headed over 1f out, stayed on same pace inside final furlong, lost 2nd final 50 yards, 3rd of 9, 2 1/2l behind Hoodna (9-0) at Kempton 6f 2yo mdn fll (5) pol in Jul.
St Mary De Castro Sleeping Indian filly out of Bow Bridge.