Muthmera had proved difficult to win with until the combination of cheekpieces and hood were tried at Chester and Roger Varian's filly duly dotted up on a first foray into handicaps. She isn't easy to oppose off a 4lb higher mark but we'll take a chance about PARTY LINE being able to do so. Any Mark Johnston runner at Ascot is worth more than a cursory glance and while outclassed in the Northumberland Plate, the four-year-old has gone well at Ascot previously and is back to a winning mark. Kikonga and Miss Cap Estel were behind a useful filly at Pontefract last month although Andrew Balding's filly reopposes off better terms today. Lady Rosamunde hasn't given a great deal of encouragement this season but the grey has shown plenty of aptitude for fast ground in the past and the booking of Hayley Turner appears a positive under the circumstances.
Saint Hilary 50-1 (8-12) Tracked leader, ridden over 1f out, kept on inside final furlong, 4th of 8, 2 3/4l behind La Arenosa (8-12) at Warwick 1m 3f fll lst stks (1) gd in Jun.
Party Line 25-1 (8-10) Mid-division, outpaced over 2f out, soon ridden, never on terms, 13th of 18, 9l behind Tominator (9-10) at Newcastle 2m hcp (2) gs in Jun.
Lady Rosamunde 7-1 (9-2) Mid-division, headway 3f out, ridden and short of room over 2f out, no impression after, 7th of 10, 7l behind Cool Sky (9-3) at Sandown 1m 6f hcp 0-85 (4) gs in Jun.
Miss Cap Estel 85-40 (9-4) In touch, effort to chase winner 2f out, no extra towards finish, 4th of 5, 1 3/4l behind Lady Macduff (8-13) at Chester 1m 2f flls hcp 0-130 (3) gs in Jun.
Saint Helena (IRE) 2-1fav (9-2) Behind, under pressure over 3f out, headway over 1f out, never on terms, 4th of 8, 6l behind Standpoint (9-0) at Lingfield 1m 4f hcp 0-75 (5) pol in Jun.
Kikonga 11-10fav (9-1) Steadied start, took keen hold and held up in 4th, headway on inside over 2f out, squeezed through and chased winner well over 1f out, driven and stayed on same pace over 1f out, 2nd of 6, 1 1/2l behind Huffoof (8-5) at Pontefract 1m 2f flls hcp 0-85 (4) gd in Jun.
Emman Bee (IRE) 25-1 (9-2) Held up in 5th, pushed along and outpaced over 3f out, headway to 4th and driven over 1f out, no chance with leading trio, 4th of 6, 3l behind Evangelist (8-9) at Windsor 1m 2f hcp 0-85 (4) gf.
Muthmera (USA) 2-1fav (9-3) Made all, ridden over 1f out, clear final furlong, stayed on strongly, unchallenged, won at Chester 1m 4f 3yo hcp 0-85 (4) gs in Jun beating Dali's Lover (8-10) by 2 1/2l, 5 ran.
Poetic Verse 12-1 (8-10) Tracked leading pair, ridden to challenge over 1f out, 3rd and one pace inside final furlong, 3rd of 6, 2 1/2l behind Cafe Society (8-9) at Salisbury 1m 4f 3yo hcp 0-95 (3) gf in Jun.