This is all about LUCKY ROYALE as she attempts a four-timer and it looks very much on the cards. She won a shade cosily over 7f here a fortnight ago when giving the impression today's extra furlong should suit and Jeremy Gask's filly gets the vote ahead of Sweet Secret and Russian Ice. The latter pair have both been well beaten off higher marks since scoring at Kempton in November, while Shared Moment looks in the handicapper's grip. The lightly-raced Athenian Garden has a recent run under her belt and may surprise a few back on the Polytrack.
Sweet Secret 20-1 (8-12) Raced wide until led over 5f out, clear over 2f out, ridden and headed 1f out, weakened near finish, 6th of 11, 5l behind Aerodynamic (9-5) at Wolverhampton 1m 1f hcp 0-75 (5) pol in Dec.
Russian Ice 9-2 (9-0) In rear, ridden over 2f out, headway over 1f out, one pace, 3rd of 7, 7l behind Perfect Cracker (9-7) at Kempton 1m 3yo hcp 0-75 (5) pol in Dec.
Ryedale Dancer (IRE) 9-1 (9-0) Tracked leaders, ridden 2f out, every chance over 1f out, weakened inside final furlong, 9th of 13, 6l behind Viking Rose (8-9) at Newcastle 7f fll hcp (5) gd in Sep.
Favorite Girl (GER) 10-3 (8-13) Held up 4th and last in touch, came stands side 3f out, chased winner over 2f out, soon ridden, no chance with winner when lost 2nd inside final furlong, 3rd of 4, 16l behind Neumark (8-13) at Epsom Downs 1m 2f fll mdn stks (5) sft in Jul.
Athenian Garden (USA) 22-1 (8-11) Chased leaders in 4th, lost place over 4f out, weakened 2f out, last of 5, 43l behind Fakhuur (9-4) at Southwell 1m fll hcp (0-75) (3yo+) (5) fbs in Dec.
Shared Moment (IRE) 16-1 (8-12) Dwelt, held up mid-division, ridden over 1f out, kept on same pace, 5th of 13, 5l behind Hip Hip Hooray (9-0) at Kempton 1m hacp 0-70 (5) pol.
Lucky Royale 7-2 (8-9) Held up in touch, headway over 1f out, stayed on strongly to lead well inside final furlong, ridden out, won at Lingfield 7f hcp (6) pol in Dec beating Resplendent Alpha (8-12) by 1l, 9 ran.
Renoir's Lady 33-1 (8-8) Always behind, ridden and struggling over 3f out, last of 11, 26l behind Silken Thoughts (8-12) at Newbury 1m 2f 3yo fll hcp 0-75 (5) gf in Jul.
Abigails Angel 11-2 (8-12) Led after about 1f, soon headed, took keen hold, faded inside final furlong, 5th of 8, 4l behind Hierarch (9-0) at Kempton 1m app hcp 0-65 (6) pol in Dec.