Hardy Blue is unexposed on Turf and should improve on her comeback fourth behind Charlemagne Diva at Thirsk. Royal Guinevere won at Nottingham in April and has been placed in both starts since while Jubilee Dancer sprang a bit of a surprise on her reappearance at Redcar and should go close if the headgear works a second time. Deepest Blue has place claims again but there was plenty to like about SECRET EMPRESS' latest fourth in a Pontefract maiden and she may be improving. Bryan Smart's filly gets the nod.
Hardy Blue (IRE) 12-1 (9-6) Raced stand side tracked leaders, ridden 2f out, kept on same pace, 4th of 12, 4 1/2l behind Charlemagne Diva (8-2) at Thirsk 6f 3yo hcp 0-70 (5) gf.
Royal Guinevere 3-1 (9-6) Raced centre, outpaced in rear, headway under pressure over 1f out, stayed on to 3rd final 100 yards, no impression, 3rd of 6, 3l behind Shirley's Pride (9-0) at Goodwood 5f 3yo hcp 0-70 (5) gd in May.
Deepest Blue 8-1 (8-6) Raced wide, chased leaders, went 2nd well over 1f out until over 1f out, 3rd and well held when wandered under pressure inside final furlong, 3rd of 8, 9l behind Ayasha (8-10) at Pontefract 6f 3yo hcp 0-75 (5) gd.
Jubilee Dancer 12-1 (9-0) Chased leaders, driven to lead narrowly inside final 2f, soon ridden, stayed on when strongly pressed inside final furlong, just held on, won at Redcar 6f 3yo mdn aut (5) gf in May beating Gold Beau (9-5) by shd, 9 ran.
Starbotton 25-1 (9-2) 10th of 11, 23l behind Mushaakis (9-7) at Musselburgh 1m 3yo hcp 0-70 (5) gf.
Charlemagne Diva 20-1 (8-2) Raced stand side made all, ridden and ran on final furlong, won at Thirsk 6f 3yo hcp 0-70 (5) gf beating Dream Scenario (9-4) by 1 1/4l, 12 ran.
Whatwehavewehold 28-1 (9-1) Tracked leaders, lost place halfway, last of 10, 13l behind Sunrise Dance (9-7) at Thirsk 5f hcp 0-65 (6) gf.
Secret Empress 25-1 (9-0) Tracked leaders, ridden 2f out, kept on same pace, 4th of 6, 4l behind Duke Cosimo (9-5) at Pontefract 6f 3yo mdn (5) gd in May.
Ryedale Valley 9-1 (8-5) Led early, tracked leaders, ridden and lost place over 2f out, 7th of 10, 5l behind Zain Spirit (9-6) at Wolverhampton 7f 2yo hcp 0-70 (5) pol in Sep.
Gold Roll (IRE) 25-1 (8-0) 8th of 11, 17l behind Mushaakis (9-7) at Musselburgh 1m 3yo hcp 0-70 (5) gf.