Not a particularly strong race on paper and MARIA MONTEZ might just be good enough to win this on her seasonal reappearance. Barry Hills' filly proved particularly consistent last summer and was a winner over course and distance. There has clearly been a reason for her absence but she cannot be ruled out if genuinely fast ground remains. Vallarta has yet to add to his Newbury maiden success from 2012 and he has continued to infuriate his followers ever since. The visor is reinstated in an effort to persuade him into an overdue victory. Lady Phill has been dropping significantly down the weights this term and Michael Appleby's filly is now racing off a mark 20lb lower than the figure she was campaigned off some 12 months ago. Italian Tom holds a series of engagements this weekend and needs to leave a modest run at Windsor behind.
Vallarta (IRE) 6-4fav (9-5) Close up, ridden 2f out, unable to quicken inside final furlong, 4th of 6, 1l behind Decision By One (8-2) at Ffos Las 6f hcp 0-80 (4) gd in Jun.
Italian Tom (IRE) 14-1 (8-6) Chased leaders, pushed along over 2f out, hung left over 1f out, soon weakened, 10th of 12, 6l behind Amadeus Wolfe Tone (9-4) at Windsor 6f hcp 0-85 (4) gd in Jun.
Maria Montez 10-1 (9-5) In touch, ridden and headway to chase winner over 1f out, kept on one pace, 3rd of 15, 4 1/2l behind Generalyse (9-7) at Leicester 6f hcp 0-70 (5) gf in Oct.
Smart Salute 9-1 (9-2) Dwelt, behind, ridden over 1f out, never dangerous, last of 10, 10l behind Quiet Warrior (9-7) at Leicester 6f 3yo hcp 0-80 (4) gd in Jun.
Exceeding Power 16-1 (9-5) Chased leaders on inside, ridden over 1f out, kept on same pace inside ifnal furlong, 3rd of 10, 3 1/2l behind Johara (9-7) at Kempton 6f 3yo hcp 0-75 (5) pol in Jun.
Annes Rocket (IRE) 20-1 (9-4) Steadied start, held up off the pace in rear, modest 4th inside final furlong, never involved, 4th of 5, 11l behind Who's That Chick (9-2) at Brighton 1m hcp 0-70 (5) fm.
Lady Phill 8-1 (9-4) Chased winner until halfway, weakened over 2f out, soon behind, last of 8, 11l behind Intomist (9-5) at Windsor 6f app hcp 0-70 (5) gs in Jun.
Volito 12-1 (8-2) Last to break, soon behind, stayed on inside final furlong, never a threat, 5th of 6, 7l behind Powerful Wind (9-9) at Brighton 5f hcp 0-80 (4) gf in Jun.