This is usually won by a three-year-old and there was a lot to like about the victory of WATER HOLE at Doncaster earlier this month. That was her first run of the year and there should be plenty more to come from John Gosden's filly. Hiking could also make a bold bid on the back of a win at Salisbury and is preferred to the likes of Saltwater Creek and Hot Coffee but one of the handicap debutants could prove a bigger threat. Principle Equation, Patterned and Palerma won maiden races in good style last time and all are worth a second glance in the betting for any strong support.
Agent Allison 33-1 (8-9) 8th of 13, 7l behind Tasaday (9-0) at Meydan(UAE) 1m 2f Listed stks gd in Feb.
Auction (IRE) 22-1 (9-5) Held up towards rear, closed over 2f out, ridden over 1f out, plugged on inside final furlong, never on terms, 4th of 7, 10l behind Regardez (8-7) at Newcastle 1m 2f fll lst stks (1) gf in Jun.
Running Deer (IRE) 7-2 (9-9) Led, ridden and headed well over 1f out, chased winner until over 1f out, weakened inside final furlong, 5th of 8, 9l behind Tearless (9-13) at Salisbury 1m 2f flls hcp 0-95 (3) gf.
Uchenna (IRE) 50-1 (8-4) Raced wide held up, ridden when weakened over 1f out, 12th of 14, 43l behind Noble Protector (9-2) at Newmarket 1m 4f fll lst stks (1) gf.
Water Hole (IRE) 4-1 (9-1) Tracked leaders, headway on outside over 2f out, led well over 1f out, shaken up and clear final furlong, stayed on well, won at Doncaster 1m flls hcp 0-85 (4) gd beating History Book (9-10) by 2l, 10 ran.
Hot Coffee (IRE) 3-1fav (9-2) Tracked leaders on outside, pushed along 3f out, ridden and weakened over 1f out, 5th of 7, 5l behind Nakuti (8-10) at Newmarket 7f 3yo fll hcp 0-100 (2) sft.
Magique (IRE) 8-1 (8-12) Held up in rear, headway over 1f out, never nearer, 5th of 8, 10l behind Midnite Angel (8-13) at Newmarket 1m flls hcp 0-95 (3) sft in Jun.
Hiking (USA) 9-4 (9-5) Held up in last pair, headway on outside 3f out, chased leaders 2f out, went 2nd and edged right inside final furlong, stayed on to lead close home, bit in hand, won at Salisbury 1m 3yo hcp 0-85 (4) gf beating Solo Hunter (8-8) by nk, 7 ran.
Lady Tiana 3-1 (9-4) Tracked leaders, effort travelling well 2f out, soon every chance, soon ridden and stayed on same pace inside final furlong, 4th of 6, 6l behind Temptress (9-1) at Ascot 1m flls hcp 0-130 (3) gf.
Principle Equation (IRE) 8-13fav (9-0) Tracked leader, led on rail 2f out, shaken up inside final furlong, stayed on well, won at Windsor 1m mdn flls stks (5) gd in Jun beating Alys Love (9-0) by 1 3/4l, 10 ran.
Sandra's Diamond (IRE) 2-1 (9-13) Tracked winner, driven over 2f out, no impression final furlong, 2nd of 6, 3 1/2l behind In Focus (8-11) at Catterick 7f 3yo hcp 0-75 (5) gf.
Patterned 11-8fav (9-0) Tracked leader, ridden 2f out, driven to lead inside final furlong, stayed on well and on top towards finish, won at Windsor 1m mdn flls stks (5) gs beating Swiss Kiss (9-0) by 1 1/2l, 10 ran.
Palerma 7-2 (8-11) Slowly into stride, held up off the pace in 5th, headway on outside over 2f out, went 2nd over 1f out, ridden to lead inside final furlong, stayed on well, won at Salisbury 1m mdn fll stks (5) gf in Jun beating Blue Waltz (9-0) by 1 1/4l, 9 ran.
Saltwater Creek (IRE) 7-1 (8-7) Soon led, pushed along over 2f out, ridden and headed over 1f out, chased winner, no chance when lost 2nd close home, 3rd of 6, 5l behind Temptress (9-1) at Ascot 1m flls hcp 0-130 (3) gf.
Alquimia (IRE) 5-1 (9-7) Held up mid-division, headway 2f out, soon ridden, kept on to take 2nd place inside final furlong, 2nd of 9, 1 1/4l behind Green Zone (8-11) at Thirsk 1m 3yo hcp 0-75 (5) gf.
Hedge End (IRE) 7-1 (9-2) In touch in mid-division, effort over 2f out, stayed on inside final furlong, 3rd of 12, 2 1/4l behind Rekdhat (9-5) at Windsor 1m flls hcp 0-80 (4) gf.