Master Macho will be tough to peg back, but preference in the opener is for the potentially more progressive IMPERIALISTIC DIVA, while Tilliemint can also improve to take a closer hand. The last-named is a stablemate of our pick and she has not come on quite as much as the promise of her debut run suggested. She returns to 5f for the first time since that day and is also back on good ground, so there are possibilities for her. Eric Alston's Cerejeira should learn plenty for her Haydock debut, when she was last of four, and with the yard continuing in form then she can step up on that effort. Master Macho has racked up a string of seconds, but there is no questioning his attitude. There was nothing wrong with his effort at Sandown last week when he was just nailed on the line and he can go close once more. With the newcomers not appearing any great shakes on pedigree, we prefer to side with Imperialistic Diva. Tim Easterby's filly has shown plenty of promise in her two runs to date, in the context of today's race. Pedigree suggests that she will handle any slowing of the ground if the rains come, and the drop to the minimum trip should not be a concern, so with more scope we will side with her.
Assertion Proclamation colt out of Cantina.
Goodmanyourself Dubawi colt out of Frazzled.
Master Macho (IRE) 8-1 (8-9) Broke smartly, led, ridden over 1f out, caught post, 2nd of 13, shd behind Eucharist (8-8) at Sandown 5f 2yo mdn aut (5) gf.
Mayson Invincible Spirit colt out of Mayleaf.
Cerejeira (IRE) 5-1 (9-0) Tracked leading pair on rail, switched left to outside 2f out, soon ridden, weakened soon after, last of 4, 12l behind Fork Handles (9-0) at Haydock 6f 2yo fll mdn (5) gf in May.
Close To The Edge (IRE) Iffraaj filly out of Iktidar.
Da'quonde (IRE) Pivotal filly out of Bobcat Greeley.
Imperialistic Diva (IRE) 7-1 (8-12) Slowly into stride, in and outpaced, pushed along 3f out, not much room over 2f out, headway and switched left when not much room again over 1f out, kept on inside final furlong, 4th of 8, 2 1/2l behind Where's Romeo (9-3) at Ayr 5f 2yo mdn (4) gf in May.
Miss Mediator (USA) Consolidator filly out of Gender Dance.
Tilliemint (IRE) 7-2 (8-4) Tracked leaders, chased winner over 2f out, ridden well over 1f out, not pace to challenge, 2nd of 6, 5l behind Shoshoni Wind (8-12) at Newcastle 6f 2yo mdn aut (5) gf.