A cracking contest where it may just be worth giving another chance to PRINCIPAL ROLE although it would appear that she has her quirks. Hymnsheet rates an obvious danger along with Myplacelater. Pollenator should have her work cut out under the conditions of this race whilst this is a big step up from a Nottingham maiden for Desert Sage who showed a deal of promise on that occasion where there was cut in the ground. Fatanah won easily at Sandown but she was allowed an easy time of things out in front and Issabella Gem (who was held up well in rear before making striking late headway) may well ask more questions of her this time around. The depth of Hymnsheet's maiden win hasn't been tested but she's bred to be smart and is in the right hands whilst Wedding March finished a close fourth in the Marcel Boussac for Andre Fabre which is respectable enough but this regally bred filly may well prove an even better proposition this year. Myplacelater got the better of Derby Trial winner Bullet Train on her penultimate start before finishing close up in the Cheshire Oaks where she would have appreciated a stronger pace. It's debateable whether she'll get that here but the return to this venue will suit. The lack of a decent gallop counted against Principal Role at Newmarket where the quirky filly pulled too hard through the opening stages of the race. She has something to prove and there'll be no hiding place here but Principal Role may yet be able to step into the limelight.
Pollenator (IRE) 8-1 (9-0) Raced centre, tracked leader, led that group halfway, ridden and headed over 2f out, weakened over 1f out, 11th of 17, 21l behind Jacqueline Quest (9-0) at Newmarket 1m 3yo Fll Grp 1 (1) gs.
Desert Sage 22-1 (8-12) Slowly into stride, in rear, headway on outer from 2f out, ridden and every chance inside final furlong, ran on, improved, 2nd of 12, 1/2l behind Anhar (9-3) at Nottingham 1m 2yo mdn (5) gs in Oct.
Fatanah (IRE) 15-8fav (9-0) Made virtually all, pushed along and quickened 2f out, ridden over 1f out, ran on well, readily, won at Sandown 1m 2f 3yo mdn fll stks (4) gd in Apr beating Issabella Gem (9-0) by 4l, 11 ran.
Hymnsheet 10-3fav (9-0) Held up, headway over 2f out, went 2nd over 1f out, pushed along, ran on well to lead final 100 yards comfortably, won at Yarmouth 1m 2yo stks (5) gf in Oct beating Thousandkissesdeep (9-0) by 1l, 14 ran.
Issabella Gem (IRE) 12-1 (9-0) Held up towards rear, pulled to outside and headway well over 1f out, ran on and edged right inside final furlong, no chance with winner, 2nd of 11, 4l behind Fatanah (9-0) at Sandown 1m 2f 3yo mdn fll stks (4) gd in Apr.
Myplacelater 4-1 (8-12) Held up in touch, driven and outpaced 2f out, soon ridden, switched inside and ran on inside final furlong, finished well, not reached leaders, 4th of 7, 1l behind Gertrude Bell (8-12) at Chester 1m 3f 3yo lst fll (1) gd.
Principal Role (USA) 11-8fav (8-12) Took keen hold, tracked leaders, ridden 2f out, no impression and lost 3rd inside final furlong, 4th of 8, 1 3/4l behind Marie De Medici (8-12) at Newmarket 1m 2f 3yo lst fll (1) gs.
Wedding March (IRE) 3-1 (8-11) 2nd of 11, 2 1/4l behind Rosanara (8-11) at Longchamp(FR) 1m 2yo fll Grp 1 gd in Oct.