EMMA'S GIFT was really beginning to get the hang of things at the business end at Newmarket last time and is taken to get off the mark here, while Master Macho and Belle Royale are others short-listed. The selection was not particularly fancied on its debut at the Craven meeting, taking her time to get into the contest, but then running on strongly to claim fourth place. The filly is related to plenty of winners, including over sprint trips and at this age, and we hope that she can step up to the mark this time. Belle Royale is from moderate stock, but is at least related to minor success and showed up well on debut at Thirsk when also unfancied in claiming company. This will probably be a little tougher than that contest, but she does at least have a positive in the form book to bring here and is respected. Master Macho has had three chances and was possibly a little unlucky when in the process of running his best race so far at Leicester last time. Conditions should suit and he is likely to give the selection most to do. Of the newcomers, Comrade Bond could be nicely tuned up and looks to have the pedigree that suggests he can get involved, though Child Bride appears to be the pick on bloodlines and would be interesting if backed. Emma's Gift gets the nod.
Reginald Claude 33-1 (9-3) Chased leaders, ridden and hung left well over 1f out, weakened over 1f out, 4th of 7, 5l behind Bilko Pak (9-3) at Windsor 5f 2yo mdn (5) gf.
Rowan Spirit (IRE) 16-1 (9-3) Led, ridden and headed over 1f out, weakened final furlong, 7th of 11, 11l behind My Son Max (9-3) at Nottingham 5f 2yo mdn (5) gf.
Blade Pirate Needwood Blade colt out of Cc Canova.
Comrade Bond Monsieur Bond colt out of Eurolink Cafe.
Emma's Gift (IRE) 11-1 (9-0) Slowly into stride, in touch after 1f towards centre, effort and edged left 1f out, kept on same pace, 4th of 12, 2 1/2l behind Penny's Pearl (9-0) at Newmarket 5f 2yo stks (4) gf.
Master Macho (IRE) 8-1 (9-3) Held up in touch, under pressure halfway, soon weakened, 3rd of 13, 1 1/2l behind Drawing Board (9-3) at Leicester 5f 2yo mdn aut (5) gf.
Battenberg Iceman filly out of Cragreen.
Child Bride Invincible Spirit filly out of Cultured Pearl.
Belle Royale (IRE) 25-1 (8-6) Chased leaders, switched left and headway well over 1f out, soon ridden, hung left and stayed on to go 2nd well inside final furlong, 2nd of 8, 1 1/2l behind Lady Brookie (8-3) at Thirsk 5f 2yo clm (4) gd.
Little Hazel Green Desert filly out of Show Trial.