Just five runners head to post for the feature and ETAAB appears the type that can progress to better things. William Haggas' filly was a ready winner on her handicap debut at Yarmouth and she can defy a 6lb rise for that success. Doraar was behind our selection when they met in a Lingfield maiden and Roger Varian's charge confirmed that positive impression with a subsequent victory at Salisbury. Dusky Hero was a beaten favourite at York last time though Richard Fahey's filly had been in fair form prior to that reverse, and she comes into this race as the only course and distance winner in the field. Our Queenie and Tight Fit have been largely ignored in the betting on their most recent starts and they look to have it all to do here.
Dusky Queen (IRE) 6-1fav (9-4) Held up in mid-division, shaken up and well beaten final 3f, 16th of 18, 16l behind Bronze Angel (9-8) at York 1m hcp 105 (2) gf.
Tight Fit 16-1 (9-13) Soon held up and off the pace in rear, pushed along on outside 2f out, some headway under pressure on outside when edged left over 1f out, keeping on same pace and no impression when bumped inside final furlong, 6th of 10, 5l behind Stepping Out (9-4) at Pontefract 6f flls hcp 0-130 (3) gd in Jun.
Our Queenie (IRE) 11-1 (9-0) Tracked leader, led narrowly 3f out, ridden and headed over 1f out, weakened inside final furlong, 4th of 7, 3 1/2l behind Nakuti (8-10) at Newmarket 7f 3yo fll hcp 0-100 (2) sft.
Etaab (USA) 7-4fav (9-7) Held up in rear, good headway to lead 2f out, ridden and ran on, readily, won at Yarmouth 1m 3yo hcp 0-80 (4) gf in Jun beating Halation (8-11) by 1/2l, 8 ran.
Dorraar (IRE) 4-5fav (9-10) Sweating, took keen hold, held up tracking leaders towards outside, led halfway, ridden and headed 2f out, chased winner until over 1f out, 3rd and one pace final furlong, 3rd of 5, 8l behind Fever Few (8-12) at Lingfield 7f flls hcp 0-75 (5) gd in Jun.