TICKLED PINK has clearly made massive strides over the winter as she made all to win the Group 3 Abernant Stakes at Newmarket on her return. She beat Jimmy Styles by two lengths with several more of today's opposition further behind and is just preferred to another progressive filly in Mince. The latter signed off with victory in a Group 3 sprint at Ascot last term and is entered in the top sprints later this season but might just need this. Ladies Are Forever also arrives in fine form having won a couple of Listed sprints on the Polytrack recently while Maarek looked to have an easier opportunity at Longchamp last Sunday but turns up here instead. Last year's winner Tiddliwinks beat The Cheka, Society Rock and Bogart in that order and any one of that quartet could figure along with the high-class Irish raider Gordon Lord Byron.
Gordon Lord Byron (IRE) 5-1 (9-0) 7th of 13, 4l behind Reynaldothewizard (9-0) at Meydan(UAE) 6f fll stks Grp 1 in Mar.
Society Rock (IRE) 7-2fav (9-0) Raced centre, took keen hold and held up in touch, headway 2f out, ridden and chased group leaders inside final furlong, weakened in closing stages, 5th of 15, 2 3/4l behind Maarek (9-0) at Ascot 6f Grp 2 (1) sft in Oct.
Maarek 5-2fav (10-0) Chased leader on far side, edged right to join main group before halfway, ridden to lead over 1f out, soon asserted and kept on well inside final furlong, won at Naas 5f Listed stks (1) sft in Apr beating Scream Blue Murder (8-8) by 1 1/2l, 9 ran.
Bogart 33-1 (9-0) Raced centre, prominent, ridden halfway, weakened over 1f out, last of 17, 15l behind Sole Power (9-0) at Newmarket 5f Grp 3 (1) gf.
Face The Problem (IRE) 9-2 (9-4) Went right start and slowly into stride, behind, headway on inside over 1f out, ran on inside final furlong, pressed for 3rd near finish, never nearer, 4th of 7, 2l behind Ballista (10-0) at Chester 5f cond Stakes (3) gf.
Hawkeyethenoo (IRE) 5-1 (9-6) Mid-division, headway over 1f out, stayed on inside final furlong, 4th of 9, 5l behind Tickled Pink (9-3) at Newmarket 6f Grp 3 (1) gf in Apr.
Jack Dexter 9-2fav (9-10) Mid-division, pushed along halfway, never a factor, 12th of 20, 8l behind Move In Time (8-10) at Doncaster 6f hcp (2) gd in Apr.
Jimmy Styles 20-1 (9-6) Tracked leaders, chased winner over 3f out, ridden over 1f out, kept on and always held, 2nd of 9, 2l behind Tickled Pink (9-3) at Newmarket 6f Grp 3 (1) gf in Apr.
Lethal Force (IRE) 14-1 (8-13) 10th of 12, 21l behind Gordon Lord Byron (9-2) at Longchamp(FR) 7f Grp 1 (1) sft in Oct.
Sirius Prospect (USA) 8-1 (9-2) Prominent 1f, in touch in mid-division, headway 2f out, went 3rd inside final furlong, stayed on, not able to challenge, 3rd of 13, 2 3/4l behind Pearl Mix (9-0) at Kempton 1m Listed stks (1) pol in Nov.
Swiss Spirit 9-1 (9-10) last of 18, 27l behind Wizz Kid (9-7) at Longchamp(FR) 5f Grp 1 (1) gs in Oct.
The Cheka (IRE) 4-1 (9-6) Dwelt, in rear, headway halfway, pushed along over 2f out, weakened entering final furlong, 8th of 9, 12l behind Tickled Pink (9-3) at Newmarket 6f Grp 3 (1) gf in Apr.
Tiddliwinks 12-1 (9-6) Dwelt, towards rear, headway over 1f out, weakened inside final furlong, last of 9, 14l behind Tickled Pink (9-3) at Newmarket 6f Grp 3 (1) gf in Apr.
Angels Will Fall (IRE) 20-1 (8-11) Slowly away raced centre, headway halfway, weakened over 1f out, 15th of 17, 10l behind Sole Power (9-0) at Newmarket 5f Grp 3 (1) gf.
Ladies Are Forever 10-1 (8-12) Tracked leaders, led over 1f out, ridden and ran on final furlong, edged right towards finish, won at Lingfield 5f Listed stks (1) pol in Mar beating Timeless Call (8-9) by 2 1/4l, 10 ran.
Mince 9-4fav (8-11) Led, headed over 1f out, rallied to lead again inside final furlong, all out, just held on, won at Ascot 6f Grp 3 (1) sft in Oct beating Soul (9-5) by hd, 11 ran.
Tickled Pink (IRE) 8-1 (9-3) Made all, ridden inside final furlong, stayed on strongly, won at Newmarket 6f Grp 3 (1) gf in Apr beating Jimmy Styles (9-6) by 2l, 9 ran.
Royal Rascal 3-1 (8-9) Tracked leaders, challenged over 2f out, ridden to lead over 1f out, soon edged left, wandered inside final furlong, driven out, won at York 6f Listed stks 2yo (1) sft in Oct beating Odooj (9-0) by 1 3/4l, 5 ran.