It's no surprise that Richard Hughes is sticking with Royal Connection as she finished ahead of stablemate Djinni when second at Salisbury earlier this month. But the Bahamian Bounty filly is taking a long time to open her account and may again find one too good. Tides Reach may have need last month's run at Newbury but we still prefer the four-year-old SONNETATION. She knows where the winning post is, will enjoy the ground and has only been raised 3lb since battling bravely to hold off Two In The Pink on the Polytrack nine days ago. Lady Bayside was only beaten a neck at Chepstow last time but reserves her best for the Welsh track.
Lady Bayside 15-2 (9-3) Chased leaders, pushed along 3f out, went 2nd over 1f out, ridden to challenge and every chance inside final furlong, held towards finish, 2nd of 6, nk behind Tenbridge (8-7) at Chepstow 1m fll hcp (0-75) (5) gd.
Sweet Martoni 9-2 (9-4) Tracked leaders, ridden and lost place over 2f out, weakened over 1f out, 6th of 9, 9l behind Secret Success (9-1) at Lingfield 1m hacp 0-70 (5) pol.
Flamborough Breeze 16-1 (9-7) Steadied start, held up towards rear, some progress inside final furlong, 9th of 11, 5l behind High Time Too (9-7) at Kempton 1m hcp 0-75 (5) pol in Mar.
Sonnetation (IRE) 5-4fav (9-7) Always prominent, led over 2f out, hung right when headed inside final furlong, soon rallied, stayed on under pressure to lead again post, won at Lingfield 1m hcp 0-70 (5) pol beating Two In The Pink (9-5) by shd, 8 ran.
It's Taboo 9-1 (9-6) Steadied start, held up in last pair, ridden and beaten over 2f out, last of 7, 6l behind Dorraar (9-1) at Salisbury 7f flls hcp 0-75 (5) gf.
Alderley 12-1 (8-9) Always behind, 9th of 11, 5l behind Mersad (8-12) at Lingfield 7f 2yo hco 0-75 (5) pol in Dec.
Royal Connection 5-2fav (8-13) Steadied start, held up in rear, pushed along when switched left and headway 2f out, stayed on into never dangerous 2nd inside final furlong, 2nd of 7, 2 1/4l behind Dorraar (9-1) at Salisbury 7f flls hcp 0-75 (5) gf.
Djinni (IRE) 10-1 (9-1) Took keen hold, led for 100 yards, settled in 3rd over 5f out, pushed along 2f out, outpaced over 1f out, soon switched left, kept on under pressure inside final furlong, 3rd of 7, 3l behind Dorraar (9-1) at Salisbury 7f flls hcp 0-75 (5) gf.
Tides Reach (IRE) 16-1 (8-5) Towards rear centre, driven over 2f out, never on terms, weakend final furlong, 10th of 13, 12l behind Aertex (9-4) at Newbury 7f 3yo fll hcp 0-85 (4) gf in May.
Rocksee (IRE) 14-1 (9-5) Mid-division, driven over 1f out, ridden and stayed on same pace inside final furlong, never reached leaders, 5th of 12, 7l behind Craftsmanship (9-5) at Nottingham 1m 3yo hcp 0-70 (5) gs.