Maureen beat Agent Allison in the Fred Darling at Newbury but finished behind Winning Express in the Cheveley Park here last year and stable jockey Richard Hughes prefers last year's Moyglare Stud Stakes winner Sky Lantern. Along with Winning Express, she was no match for the unbeaten HOT SNAP in the Nell Gwynn, however, and the daughter of Pivotal can land yet another classic for Sir Henry Cecil with that run under her belt. She has more scope than recent Maisons-Lafitte winner What A Name, though the French filly deserves respect on her second to Olympic Glory in the Grand Criterium in October. The Ballydoyle pair, Moth and Snow Queen, both have a bit to find but fellow Irish raider Rasmeyaa should improve and may be worth following this year. She's preferred to Just The Judge and Fillies' Mile second Roz.
Agent Allison 7-1 (9-0) Steadied and bumped leaving stalls, held up last, plenty to do when switched right to stand's rail inside final 2f, quickened to challenge over 1f out, went 2nd inside final furlong, stayed on but never quite going pace of winner, 2nd of 10, 3/4l behind Maureen (9-0) at Newbury 7f 3yo fll Grp 3 (1) gs in Apr.
Celtic Filly (IRE) (9-3) 5th of 9, 4l behind Bayargal (9-3) at Saint-Cloud(FR) 1m 3yo stk in Apr.
Diaminda (IRE) 17-2 (8-12) Towards rear, good headway on outside over 1f out, strong run inside final furlong, finished well, not reached leaders, 4th of 12, 1 3/4l behind Winning Express (8-12) at Salisbury 6f 2yo fll Listed stks (1) gd in Sep.
Hot Snap 10-1 (8-12) Held up well in rear, good headway on inner over 1f out, led entering final furlong, ran on, still green, will improve, won at Newmarket 7f 3yo fll Grp 3 (1) gd in Apr beating Sky Lantern (9-1) by 2 1/4l, 14 ran.
Just The Judge (IRE) 6-1 (8-12) In touch, headway 2f out, ridden to lead over 1f out, ran on, won at Newmarket 7f 2yo fll Grp 2 (1) gs in Oct beating Nargys (8-12) by 1 3/4l, 11 ran.
Masarah (IRE) 8-1 (8-12) Made most, ridden over 1f out, ran on, won at Ascot 1m 3yo fll stks (3) gd beating Pearl Sea (8-12) by 1l, 5 ran.
Maureen (IRE) 7-2 (9-0) Held up in last trio, smooth headway between horses 2f out, quickened to challenge over 1f out, led approaching final furlong, stayed on well, readily, won at Newbury 7f 3yo fll Grp 3 (1) gs in Apr beating Agent Allison (9-0) by 3/4l, 10 ran.
Moth (IRE) 11-8fav (9-1) Settled towards rear, switched right over 1f out and quickened up well to soon lead, stretched clear inside final furlong, easily, won at Curragh 7f 3yo fll stks in Apr beating Wannabe Better (9-0) by 4 1/2l, 7 ran.
Ollie Olga (USA) 7-2 (8-12) Keen close up, ridden and outpaced 2f out, last of 6, 7l behind Certify (8-12) at Newmarket 1m 2yo fll Grp 1 (1) gd in Sep.
Rasmeyaa (IRE) 11-8fav (9-0) Always prominent chasing leaders, closer order 3f out and led from early straight, pushed clear approaching final furlong, stayed on well, easily, won at Leopardstown 7f 2yo fll mdn sft in Oct beating Kerisa (9-0) by 6l, 15 ran.
Roz 8-1 (8-12) Went left start tracked leader, ridden to chase winner 2f out, kept on one pace, 2nd of 6, 4 1/2l behind Certify (8-12) at Newmarket 1m 2yo fll Grp 1 (1) gd in Sep.
Sky Lantern (IRE) 11-4fav (9-1) Held up towards rear, headway entering final 3f, ridden and every chance entering final furlong, kept on not pace of winner, 2nd of 14, 2 1/4l behind Hot Snap (8-12) at Newmarket 7f 3yo fll Grp 3 (1) gd in Apr.
Snow Queen (IRE) 9-2 (9-0) Held up towards rear, 7th halfway, pushed along in 6th 1 1/2f out, ridden into 3rd inside final furlong, kept on closing stages, 3rd of 8, 1 1/2l behind Rawaaq (9-0) at Leopardstown 7f 3yo fll Grp 3 (1) sft in Apr.
What A Name (IRE) (8-13) won at Maisons-Laffitte(FR) 7f 3yo Grp 3 gs in Apr beating Holy Dazzle (8-13) by nk, 11 ran.
Winning Express (IRE) 11-1 (8-12) In touch, headway over 2f out, ridden when bumped over 1f out, edged left inside final furlong, ran on towards finish, 3rd of 14, 5l behind Hot Snap (8-12) at Newmarket 7f 3yo fll Grp 3 (1) gd in Apr.