CLOSE AT HAND has revealed distinct promise on all three starts in useful maiden company and things did not pan out for her at Nottingham last time so the Gosden filly can be marked up for her close third to Odeliz. The second home has won since and she should be too good for these rivals. First Secretary appeals as the sort to improve when sent handicapping whilst Cloudwalker has shown enough in maiden company to play a role, notably when a fair fifth to Broadway Dancer at Newbury last time. The interesting one is the 300,000 euros purchase Alegra, a daughter of Galileo. She has presumably had her problems coming to the track for the first time at this stage of her career but she's certainly bred to be useful for the combination of Sir Robert Ogden and Lady Cecil that tasted triumph and disaster in a matter of moments with the ill-fated Thomas Chippendale at Royal Ascot.
Howlin Moon Zamindar mare out of Steppin Out.
Roxy Lane 100-1 (9-6) Slowly away, in rear, headway over 2f out, weakened over 1f out, 10th of 14, 23l behind Morpheus (9-0) at Nottingham 1m mdn stks (5) sft.
Alegra Galileo filly out of Altitude.
Calling 66-1 (9-0) Always behind, 12th of 13, 27l behind Rosaceous (9-0) at Newbury 1m 2f mdn fll stks (4) gf.
Close At Hand 3-1fav (9-0) Raced wide held up, headway on outer over 2f out, soon edged left, ridden and stayed on towards finish, 3rd of 12, 1l behind Odeliz (9-0) at Nottingham 1m 3yo fll mdn (5) gf.
Cloudwalker (USA) 8-1 (9-0) Tracked leaders, ridden over 2f out, kept on same pace inside final furlong, 5th of 15, 4l behind Broadway Duchess (9-0) at Newmarket 7f mdn fll stks (5) gf.
First Secretary 12-1 (9-0) Held up, ridden and headway over 2f out, kept on same pace, 4th of 8, 9l behind Anna's Pearl (9-5) at Goodwood 1m 3yo mdn (5) gd.
My Peggy Sue Cockney Rebel filly out of Groom Landing.
Timeless 16-1 (9-0) Slowly into stride, always towards rear, 8th of 13, 17l behind Plover (9-0) at Kempton 7f mdn fll (5) pol.
Wedding Speech (IRE) 9-1 (9-0) Soon tracking leaders, ridden over 2f out, weakened inside final furlong, 8th of 14, 9l behind Discernable (9-0) at Kempton 7f 2yo mdn fll (5) pol in Jun '12.