Miss You Too held her own in decent company last season but is pretty much exposed. Northern Star was well beaten in a Listed race at Deauville last August and may also be worth opposing but Secret Gesture looked a nice prospect when winning a Newbury maiden on heavy ground in October and Alta Lilea has already won this season over the trip, landing a four-runner race at Catterick with the minimum of fuss. HEROINE REQUIRED has entries in the Oaks and the Ribblesdale Stakes and will appreciate the step up in distance after just losing out over 1m2f at Ripon on her reappearance. She gets the nod, though Enaitch and Whippy Cream also have scope for improvement.
Alta Lilea (IRE) 2-7fav (8-13) Tracked leader, took keen hold, led 3f out, shaken and clear over 1f out, eased close home, won at Catterick 1m 4f 3yo stk (3) gf in Apr beating Gabrial The Master (8-12) by 3l, 4 ran.
Enaitch (IRE) 5-1 (8-7) Steadied rear, pushed along and outpaced 3f out, headway on inside over 1f out, stayed on to 3rd inside final furlong, 3rd of 5, 4l behind Flashheart (8-12) at Chepstow 1m 2f mdn stks (5) gf.
Heroine Required (FR) 13-8 (9-0) Led, headed narrowly over 2f out, kept on inside final, held towards finish, 2nd of 7, 3/4l behind Havana Cooler (9-5) at Ripon 1m 2f 3yo mdn (5) gd in Apr.
Miss You Too (8-10) 3rd of 8, 10l behind Morandi (8-13) at Saint-Cloud(FR) 1m 2f 2yo Grp 1 (1) hvy in Nov.
Northern Star (IRE) 3-1 (9-0) Tracked leader, led over 2f out, headed inside final furlong, kept on same pace, 2nd of 6, 2 1/4l behind Hollowina (9-0) at Haydock 1m 2yo stks (5) hvy in Sep.
Secret Gesture 11-8fav (9-0) Tracked leaders, led over over 1f out, ran on, comfortable, won at Newbury 1m 2yo stks (4) hvy in Oct beating I Say (9-0) by 2 3/4l, 14 ran.
Whippy Cream (IRE) 33-1 (9-0) Slowly away headway and in touch 8f out, ridden and every chance over 2f out, kept on one pace final furlong, 4th of 16, 2 3/4l behind Banoffee (9-0) at Newbury 1m 2f mdn fll stks (4) gs in Apr.