Maven usually takes time to find her form but her recent effort suggests she's ready to roll and Rachel Richardson takes off a useful 7lb. It's tempting to go along with the combination but TENDER EMOTION looked a useful prospect last term and this step up to 1m2f looks ideal. The Godolphin team has hit the ground running this time around and she's just preferred to the more battle-hardened Easterby inmate. Lyric Ballad might need this first run of the season and Saltwater Creek takes a major rise in grade so A Star In My Eye is preferred for as she looks to have more to offer entering her four-year-old career with just eight starts under her belt.
Maven 9-2 (8-9) Chased leader, led 2f out, ridden and headed inside final furlong, stayed on same pace, 2nd of 8, 1 1/4l behind Wall Of Sound (9-2) at Ripon 1m 2f hcp 0-95 (3) gd.
A Star In My Eye (IRE) 14-1 (8-7) Soon led, headed after 2f, led again over 3f out, headed over 2f out, soon weakened, 10th of 14, 24l behind Elidor (8-12) at Thirsk 1m 4f hcp 0-100 (2) gs.
Lyric Ballad 7-1 (8-7) Chased leaders on inside, ridden 2f out, weakened inside final furlong, 9th of 14, 7l behind Cashpoint (9-2) at Warwick 1m 3f hcp (3) gf in Oct.
Tender Emotion 5-4fav (9-7) Took keen hold, held up tracking leaders, quick move on outside halfway, led soon after, clear 2f out, stayed on well, ridden out, won at Pontefract 1m 2yo fll hcp 0-85 (4) gd in Sep beating Mutatis Mutandis (9-5) by 3 1/2l, 4 ran.
Conserve (IRE) (8-10) 2nd of 12, 3l behind Samuraj (8-11) at Amiens(FR) 1m 3f 4yo stk sft in Mar.
Saltwater Creek (IRE) 25-1 (8-10) In touch, ridden and headway entering final furlong, led inside final furlong, ran on, won at Wolverhampton 1m 1f mdn fll (5) pol beating Dalmarella Dancer (8-10) by 1 1/4l, 6 ran.
Lady Yeats 9-2 (8-8) Held up in touch in rear, headway over 3f out, led approaching 2f out, ridden and ran on, won at Redcar 1m 2f fll hcp (5) gs beating Rose Kazan (8-7) by 2l, 10 ran.