Kikonga makes a belated seasonal return but is 6lb higher than when scoring at Ascot last term. Phaenomena disappointed at York on her reappearance and Empress Adelaide returned a losing favourite on her seasonal debut at Chester. Rosehill Artist just got the better of Seagull at Salisbury last time and that pair are hard to separate while Bureau is upped in class after scoring at Pontefract. MELROSE ABBEY is also taking on better company but has plenty of scope over this longer trip after going close on her handicap debut. Ralph Beckett's filly gets the speculative vote to come out best.
Kikonga 10-1 (8-8) Held up in 6th in touch, headway under pressure over 1f out, never going pace to reach leaders and lost 2 places towards finish, 6th of 13, 3 1/2l behind Speckled (8-8) at Lingfield 1m 5f flls lst stks (1) pol in Oct.
Phaenomena (IRE) 3-1fav (9-7) Held up mid-division, ridden over 2f out, soon weakened, 13th of 14, 42l behind Totalize (8-10) at York 1m 6f hcp 0-90 (3) gd.
Empress Adelaide 6-5fav (9-7) Tracked leaders, under pressure over 3f out, weakened well over 1f out, 9th of 11, 10l behind Las Verglas Star (9-1) at Chester 1m 2f hcp 0-85 (4) gs in May.
Nullarbor Sky (IRE) 1-2fav (9-3) Made most, joined over 3f out until over 2f out, 2 lengths clear over 1f out, ridden out, won at Yarmouth 1m 3f hcp 0-85 (4) gf beating Ethics Girl (8-2) by 1/2l, 4 ran.
Rosehill Artist (IRE) 8-1 (9-1) Led 1f, tracked leaders, ridden 3f out, chased leader over 1f out, led inside final furlong, won at Salisbury 1m 2f flls hcp 0-85 (4) gf beating Seagull (9-0) by nk, 9 ran.
Seagull (IRE) 11-4fav (9-0) In rear, ridden 3f out, switched left over 1f out, headway soon after, ridden and ran on, not reach winner, 2nd of 9, nk behind Rosehill Artist (9-1) at Salisbury 1m 2f flls hcp 0-85 (4) gf.
Bureau (IRE) 4-1 (8-9) Tracked leader, ridden to lead approaching final furlong, ran on, won at Pontefract 1m 2f flls hcp 0-85 (4) gd beating Ingleby Symphony (9-0) by 1 1/4l, 6 ran.
Melrose Abbey (IRE) 11-4fav (9-2) Held up, pushed along over 5f out, headway on outside over 4f out, led over 2f out, headed towards finish, 2nd of 8, hd behind Crystal Nymph (8-10) at Salisbury 1m 2f 3yo fll hcp 0-85 (4) gs in May.