Howard Johnson's Timeless Elegance has won her last two starts but a 14lb rise for the latest of those successes at Ayr looks harsh so she may have to settle for minor honours in a race taken to go to EMERALD GIRL, who gets the vote with Breathless Kiss rated the best of the rest. The selection represents the bang in-form stable of Richard Fahey and looks worth siding with having been given a chance by the handicapper, who has dropped him 1lb since his most recent start when a close third behind Bated Breath in a better race than this at Pontefract earlier this month. David Lanigan's Copper Penny won her maiden well enough at Beverley last month but she is likely to find this tougher stepping into a handicap for the first time. Ed McMahon's Shaluca is lightly raced and could be of interest, while Richard Hannon's Tarita will need to run much better than at Newbury recently if he is to play a part in the finish. Kevin Ryan's Breathless Kiss showed improved form at Ayr last time and has every chance racing off the same mark today but marginal preference is for Emerald Girl, who can open her account for the season.
Breathless Kiss (USA) 13-2 (8-13) Towards rear, ridden and headway over 2f out, chased winner over 1f out, kept on, 2nd of 6, 2 1/4l behind Glen Shiel (8-8) at Ayr 6f 3yo hcp 0-85 (4) gf in May.
Timeless Elegance (IRE) 1-2fav (9-8) Made all, shaken up to go clear entering final furlong, easily, won at Ayr 6f 3yo hcp 0-60 (6) gf in May beating Amoureuse (7-13) by 4 1/2l, 13 ran.
Copper Penny 4-5fav (8-10) Held up mid-division, headway on outer over 2f out, ridden to lead over 1f out, ran on well, won at Beverley 7f 3yo fll stks (5) gf in May beating Shaluca (8-10) by 4l, 10 ran.
Tarita (IRE) 3-1 (9-4) Chased leaders, pushed along and weakened over 1f out, 12th of 13, 11l behind Ken's Girl (9-0) at Newbury 7f flls hcp 0-75 (5) gf in May.
Emerald Girl (IRE) 16-1 (8-2) Mid-division, pushed along over 3f out, ridden over 1f out, kept on final furlong, 3rd of 9, 5l behind Bated Breath (9-7) at Pontefract 6f 3yo hcp 0-90 (3) gf.
Shaluca 6-1 (8-10) Slowly into stride, keen and soon tracked leader, every chance 2f out, soon chased winner, no impression, 2nd of 10, 4l behind Copper Penny (8-10) at Beverley 7f 3yo fll stks (5) gf in May.
Tartufo Dolce (IRE) 25-1 (9-7) Mid-division, outpaced when not much room 2f out, weakened over 1f out, last of 13, 16l behind Perfect Blossom (8-7) at Nottingham 5f 3yo hcp 0-70 (5) gf.
Wood Fair 33-1 (8-2) Took keen hold early, tracked leader, led narrowly over 3f out, edged left and headed over 2f out, weakened over 1f out, 6th of 7, 21l behind Path Of Peace (8-10) at Newcastle 1m 3yo fll hcp 0-75 (5) gd in May.