Normandy Maid is bred to be a decent sprinter but in the absence of a market guide to assess her chance we'll side with ORCHID STREET. Anne Duffield's filly shaped well on her debut at Thirsk before finishing down the field in Beverley's Hilary Needler. The form of the latter contest hasn't worked out particularly well but Orchid Street seemed to have continued her progression when just denied over course and distance, two places ahead of a subsequent scorer, and that experience makes her the one to beat. That said she's clearly no superstar so money for Normandy Maid should be taken seriously. She's the first foal of a very speedily bred dam, who is from the family of high-class Cape Of Good Hope, so conditions should be ideal ahead of her debut. With the yard firing in juvenile winners this term it'd be foolish to ignore confidence in the market. Lady Kildare may be next best as she's only got half a length to find with Orchid Street on their meeting here last time and she's arguably open to more improvement. However, unlike last time she's drawn outside our pick today and may once again finish behind her. Miserere finished behind Orchid Street in the Hilary Needler and needs to find plenty of improvement on her first start since, Empress Royal attracted support but showed little on her debut and needs to do better whilst Misscomplacent looks the second-string. Perhaps not the strongest of maidens then, but a good opportunity for Orchid Street to score.
Empress Royal 4-1 (9-0) Slowly into stride, tracked leaders, ridden 2f out, not quicken 1f out, no extra, 5th of 9, 6l behind Inagh River (9-0) at Nottingham 5f 2yo mdn fll aut (5) gf in May.
Holy Arrangement (IRE) Holy Roman Emperor filly out of Queen Of Palms.
Immacolata (IRE) 33-1 (8-8) Slowly away, in rear and pushed along, struggling from halfway, last of 6, 30l behind Molly Mylenis (8-12) at Musselburgh 5f 2yo mdn (4) gf in May.
Lady Kildare (IRE) 10-1 (8-12) Tracked leader, ridden to lead over 1f out, headed towards finish, 3rd of 12, 3/4l behind Clipthorne (8-9) at Catterick 5f 2yo mdn (5) gf.
Miserere (IRE) 16-1 (8-12) Slowly into stride, raced keen and soon disputed lead with winner, pushed along and weakened quickly over 1f out, 10th of 11, 10l behind Geesala (8-12) at Beverley 5f 2yo fll Listed stks (1) gf in May.
Misscomplacent 8-1 (8-6) Tracked leaders, ridden over 1f out, one pace, 4th of 12, 6l behind Bold Bidder (8-6) at Carlisle 5f 2yo mdn aut (5) gf.
Normandy Maid American Post filly out of Arculinge.
Orchid Street (USA) 10-11fav (8-12) Chased leaders, ridden over 1f out, every chance and disputed lead towards finish, just held close home, 2nd of 12, hd behind Clipthorne (8-9) at Catterick 5f 2yo mdn (5) gf.
Royal Hush 11-4 (9-0) Chased leaders, driven and outpaced 2f out, no impression final furlong, 7th of 11, 10l behind Dolly Parton (9-0) at Thirsk 5f 2yo stks (4) gf in May.
Tancred Spirit 20-1 (8-12) Tracked leader, ridden over 1f out, no extra well inside final furlong, 5th of 9, 3 1/2l behind Snow Bear (8-12) at Catterick 5f 2yo mdn (5) gf in May.