Newcomer Riposte doesn't boast any fancy entries but is a half-sister to the high-class Powerscourt among others and the Cecil yard is bidding for it's third straight win in this contest. Fellow debutant, Filia Regina, is out of Ouija Board and is entered in the Oaks along with CUSHION. The latter could make her experience tell here after a couple of placed efforts over a mile last year and she gets the tentative vote. Ryan Moore rides Auld Alliance and she may prove better than stablemate Waila. The latter has a bit to find with Muthmera on running at Nottingham last season while Regal Silk is another in the Oaks, but she'll need a big improvement on her recent second at Lingfield to figure. Near Time is another newcomer to keep an eye on in the betting.
Auld Alliance (IRE) 14-1 (9-0) Held up towards rear, headway over 2f out, went 2nd inside final furlong, kept on, 2nd of 12, 1 1/2l behind Al Jamal (9-0) at Kempton 1m 2yo mdn fll (5) pol in Nov.
Cushion 6-4fav (9-0) Took keen hold in touch, headway to chase winner over 1f out, ridden and no impression final furlong, 2nd of 14, 1 1/2l behind Cocktail Queen (9-0) at Nottingham 1m 2yo stks (5) gs in Oct.
Filia Regina Galileo filly out of Ouija Board.
Muthmera (USA) 7-2 (9-0) Tracked leaders, ridden over 2f out, switched right approaching final furlong, ran on to go 2nd close home, 2nd of 15, 3/4l behind Lady Pimpernel (9-0) at Nottingham 1m 2yo stks (5) gs in Oct.
Near Time New Approach filly out of Time Away.
Penang Power 33-1 (9-0) Always towards rear, 10th of 14, 9l behind Coincidently (9-0) at Kempton 7f 2yo mdn fll (5) pol in Oct.
Regal Silk 4-6fav (8-7) Led 1f, tracked leaders, ridden to chase winner over 1f out, challenged inside final furlong, gaining towards finish, just held, 2nd of 7, shd behind Opera Box (9-12) at Lingfield 1m 2f mdn fll (5) pol.
Riposte Dansili filly out of Rainbow Lake.
Skating Over (USA) 33-1 (9-0) Went right start, chased leaders, lost place halfway, soon beaten, 10th of 12, 16l behind Alta Lilea (9-0) at Leicester 7f 2yo stks (4) gs in Oct.
Waila 12-1 (9-0) Mid-division, headway on outer to press leaders 3f out, weakened inside final furlong, 7th of 15, 5l behind Lady Pimpernel (9-0) at Nottingham 1m 2yo stks (5) gs in Oct.