Rated 78, Rideson sets the standard but has now returned a losing favourite in all four outings after coming up short again over a longer trip at Wolverhampton. MANAABIT is preferred as she showed major improvement at Kempton last time and the Haggas yard has an impressive strike at this venue. Betushka and Zere are likely to finish closer today and Red Dragoness has placed in a bumper over 1m4f while the newcomer Defence Girl is a full-sister to maiden winner Aegeus, who co-incidentally runs earlier on the card.
Red Dragoness (IRE) 6-1 (10-0) Held up mid-division, progress 3f out, ridden 2f out, stayed on to take 2nd well inside final furlong, no chance with winner, 2nd of 12, 6l behind Alpha Carinae (10-12) at Newcastle 2m (5) pol in Jan.
Betushka (IRE) 40-1 (9-0) Dwelt in rear, pushed along 2f out, late headway, never nearer, 6th of 10, 5l behind London Arch (9-5) at Newcastle 1m stks (4) pol in Jan.
Chenille (IRE) Nathaniel filly out of Camlet.
Defence Girl (USA) First Defence filly out of Supposition.
Lady Latte (IRE) 20-1 (9-0) Prominent, ridden over 1f out, no extra inside final furlong, 7th of 14, 10 3/4l behind Strawman (9-5) at Carlisle 1m mdn stks (4) gs in Sep.
Manaabit (IRE) 40-1 (9-0) Led 1f, settled tracking leaders, 5th and one pace inside final furlong, 5th of 12, 2 1/4l behind Group One Power (9-5) at Kempton 1m mdn stks (5) pol in Jan.
Quiet Night (IRE) 66-1 (8-11) Held up, always behind, 10th of 13, 14 1/2l behind Dulas (9-2) at Newcastle 6f stks (5) pol in Dec.
Rideson 15-8jfav (8-6) Keen tracked leader, ridden and every chance over 1f out, kept on one pace, 2nd of 11, 1 1/2l behind Endless Echoes (8-6) at Wolverhampton 1m 1f fll stks (5) pol in Jan.
Stand Free 200-1 (9-0) Always towards rear, never on terms, 8th of 11, 11 3/4l behind Waliyak (9-0) at Wolverhampton 1m 1f fll stks (5) pol in Nov.
Tele Coed Telescope filly out of Discoed.
Zere 14-1 (9-0) Tracked leaders, ridden over 2f out, weakened final furlong, 6th of 11, 11 3/4l behind Tiempo Vuela (9-0) at Newcastle 1m fll stks (5) pol in Oct.