Emaara can come back with a bang over the likes of Express Wish, Expensive Art and newcomer Western Point. Like the majority of John Dunlop's inmates, Emaara will probably have improved a great deal from two to three, and it would be no surprise if she opened her account. Certainly her placed efforts last year entitle her to respect, although she was a beaten odds-on favourite on each of her last two starts. Sure to have strengthened up over the winter, she can justify the trainer's decision to keep her over the minimum trip. Express Wish was a bit too keen on his reappearance at Lingfield but was only just beaten over six furlongs. He will need to settle better here but has the ability to go close. So does Expensive Art who has been pulled out of quite a few engagements already this term. She would probably prefer a stiffer test though, while the market is the only way of knowing whether Western Point is expected to take a hand today. Emaara owes her supporters, and can repay them here.
Batchworth Blaise 100-1 (9-12) Chased leaders, ridden over 2f out, soon weakened, 7th of 15, 13l behind Pusey Street Lady (8-11) at Windsor 6f mdn aut stk (5) gd.
Madam Patti 40-1 (8-12) Towards rear, ridden over 2f out, came wide straight, never dangerous, 8th of 11, 5l behind Bobering (8-7) at W'hampton 1m 1f banded stk (7) pol in Dec.
Express Wish 11-10fav (9-3) Pulled hard, led narrowly, ridden over 1f out, no extra and headed inside final furlong, 2nd of 10, nk behind Rasaman (9-3) at Lingfield 6f 3yo mdn (5) pol in Apr.
Iron Ruler (IRE) Invincible Spirit gelding out of a moderate racemare.
Spiffing (IRE) 8-1 (9-0) Led, ridden and headed over 2f out, weakened final furlong, 5th of 9, 6l behind Kyle (9-0) at Salisbury 6f mdn stk (4) gf.
Western Point (IRE) Pivotal gelding, half-brother to 7f winner Lucky Date and winning miler Namroc.
Emaara 10-11fav (8-12) Chased leaders, ridden over 1f out, staying on inside final furlong when not much room towards finish, 2nd of 9, 1/2l behind The Nifty Fox (9-3) at Catterick 5f 2yo mdn (5) gd in Oct.
Expensive Art (IRE) 10-1 (8-12) Behind, ridden and headway halfway, kept on final furlong, 3rd of 13, 6l behind Tombi (9-3) at Nottingham 6f 3yo mdn (5) gf.