Secret Gesture finished runner-up in the Oaks after winning last year's renewal for Ralph Beckett. But none of the latter's three runners have been entered for this year's Classic as yet with Ribblesdale entry Kallisha preferred to Moonrise Landing and Honor Bound. Kempton winner Criteria has something to find on last year's form with CASUAL SMILE. The latter finished second to a subsequent Listed winner over a mile at Newmarket in September and Andrew Balding trained her dam to win the Oaks. She's just preferred to another Oaks entry in Queen's Prize, who made a winning debut at Kempton over 7f so has some speed to compliment her middle-distance pedigree. Island Remede is one of the more exposed but finished ahead of both Mutatis Mutandis and Stealth Missile at Newmarket in November.
Casual Smile 15-8fav (9-0) Close up, ridden and every chance over 1f out, ran on but always held by winner, 2nd of 14, nk behind Taghrooda (9-0) at Newmarket 1m 2yo stks (4) gd in Sep.
Criteria (IRE) 11-8fav (8-3) Led after 1f and set steady pace, made rest, pushed along over 1f out, readily, won at Kempton 1m 4f mdn stks (5) pol in Apr beating Classic Devotion (8-8) by 1l, 10 ran.
Honor Bound 14-1 (8-6) Reluctant to load and unseated rider behind stalls, held up in last pair, headway over 2f out, chased leaders over 1f out, ridden and closed to lead inside final furlong, stayed on well, won at Windsor 1m 2f mdn stks (5) sft in Apr beating Black Shadow (8-11) by 1l, 10 ran.
Isabella Beeton 25-1 (8-8) Raced wide close up, ridden when weakened over 1f out, 8th of 10, 17l behind Chatez (9-5) at Epsom Downs 1m 3yo hcp 0-80 (4) gs in Apr.
Island Remede 13-2 (8-12) Raced centre, tracked leader, ridden and every chance 2f out, kept on one pace, lost 2nd inside final furlong, 3rd of 14, 3 1/2l behind Majeyda (9-1) at Newmarket 1m 2yo fll Listed stks (1) sft in Nov.
Kallisha 5-1 (9-0) Slowly into stride, driven forward to track leaders, led over 2f out, idled inside final furlong, kept on well closing stages, won at Sandown 1m 2f mdn fll stks (4) sft in Apr beating Nancy From Nairobi (8-11) by 1/2l, 13 ran.
Momentus (IRE) 20-1 (9-0) Slowly into stride and went left start, ran green in rear, headway 3f out, pushed along chasing leaders over 2f out, ridden and still green over 1f out, stayed on to 2nd final 100 yards, no chance with winner, 3rd of 9, 3 1/2l behind Jordan Princess (9-0) at Newcastle 1m 2yo stks (5) sft in Oct.
Moonrise Landing (IRE) 16-1 (9-0) Held up in touch, good headway on outside tracking leading pair over 2f out, went 2nd over 1f out, quickened to lead inside final furlong, kept on strongly, almost certain to do better, won at Lingfield 1m 2f 3yo mdn stks (5) pol in Mar beating El Najmm (9-5) by 1 1/4l, 7 ran.
Mutatis Mutandis (IRE) 10-1 (9-6) Chased leaders, pushed along over 2f out, ridden to chase winner over 1f out until no extra towards finish, 4th of 10, 4l behind Black Schnapps (9-5) at Doncaster 1m 2f 3yo hcp 0-80 (4) sft in Apr.
Queen's Prize 9-1 (9-0) Mid-division, pushed along over 2f out, headway over 1f out, stayed on well inside final furlong, led close home, won at Kempton 7f 2yo mdn fll (5) pol in Sep beating Mia San Triple (9-0) by 1l, 11 ran.
Stealth Missile (IRE) 12-1 (8-12) Raced stands' side tracked leader until over 3f out, weakened 2f out, 11th of 14, 45l behind Majeyda (9-1) at Newmarket 1m 2yo fll Listed stks (1) sft in Nov.