Aidan O'Brien is determined to win this and has four entries. Butterflies looks best of the quartet on her overall form though she twice failed at this level in October. Her stable companion Bound does have the advantage of a run this month though she was put in her place by QUEEN ANNE'S LACE at Gowran in September. The winner also has a recent run under her belt and looks the type to go on to better things. Many of her rivals are maiden winners stepping up in class including Angel Island, who gained many admirers on very testing ground at Cork, and Bengala, who overcame greenness to catch Aurora Butterfly at Leopardstown.
Aurora Butterfly (IRE) 12-1 (9-0) Chased leaders in 5th, ridden in close 4th 2f out, improved to lead over 1f out, soon strongly pressed, headed and no extra near line, 2nd of 9, shd behind Bengala (9-0) at Leopardstown 1m 2f mdn fll sft in Apr.
Bengala (FR) 14-1 (9-0) Towards rear, closer in 7th on outer entering straight, ridden and progress into 4th 1f out, went 2nd inside final furlong, stayed on well to lead near line, won at Leopardstown 1m 2f mdn fll sft in Apr beating Aurora Butterfly (9-0) by shd, 9 ran.
Bound (IRE) 13-8fav (9-0) Soon led, ridden 2f out, headed 1 1/2f out, soon weakened, 7th of 9, 10 3/4l behind Bengala (9-0) at Leopardstown 1m 2f mdn fll sft in Apr.
Butterflies (IRE) 10-1 (8-12) Towards rear, headway over 1f out, kept on without threatening, 5th of 11, 2 1/4l behind Dubai Sand (9-3) at Leopardstown 1m 1f lst stks (1) Yielding in Oct.
Key To My Heart (IRE) 11-4 (9-0) Made all, 4 lengths clear 4f out, ridden and reduced advantage under 2f out, kept on well inside final furlong, won at Dundalk 1m 3f mdn fll pol in Apr beating Puppetshow (9-0) by 2 1/2l, 6 ran.
Oh Grace (IRE) 20-1 (9-1) Soon led, raced on inner straight and pushed along, headed over 2f out, weakened, 4th of 5, 23l behind Hansian Prince (8-11) at Cork 1m hvy in Apr.
Pocketfullofdreams (FR) 5-2 (9-0) Led, ridden over 1f out, kept on inside final furlong, edged left and headed close home, 2nd of 8, nk behind Caherdaniel (9-5) at Cork 1m 2f mdn Good - Yielding in Apr.
Queen Anne's Lace (USA) 11-2 (8-9) Chased leaders, 3rd halfway, improved to challenge 2f out, ridden to lead 1 1/2f out, headed over 1f out, no extra inside final furlong, kept on one pace, 4th of 12, 1 3/4l behind Czabo (9-11) at Naas 1m Grp 3 fll stks (1) Soft - Heavy in Mar.
Shes Ranger (IRE) 16-1 (8-9) Held up towards rear, ridden and some progress 2f out, 6th 1 1/2f out, no impression 1f out, kept on same pace final furlong, 6th of 12, 2 1/2l behind Czabo (9-11) at Naas 1m Grp 3 fll stks (1) Soft - Heavy in Mar.
Vociferous Marina (IRE) 8-1 (9-10) Mid-division best, ridden and no impression 3f out, dropped towards rear, kept on one pace from over 1f out, 8th of 12, 12 1/4l behind Gino Severini (8-4) at Naas 7f hcp Soft - Heavy in Mar.
Angel Island (IRE) 10-3 (9-0) Chased leaders, soon 5th, closed travelling smoothly 3f out, pushed along 2f out, challenged over 1f out, soon led and stayed on well, won at Cork 1m mdn fll hvy in Apr beating Dabulena (9-0) by 2l, 11 ran.