Brave Alliance only had to be pushed out to beat Lulu's Gift at Warwick earlier this month. Nicky Henderson's mare will be fancied to follow up here though Scholastica shouldn't be taken lightly having won at Uttoxeter in April, despite running green. Fortuna Rose needs to improve on her Stratford third to figure here, however, and much more interesting is the newcomer RYDE ALONG. From a long line of useful NH performers, Warren Greatrex's mare can make the most of the 7lb she receives from the two previous winners in the race and make a winning debut.
Brave Alliance (IRE) 13-8fav (10-9) Tracked leaders, went 2nd over 3f out, led over 1f out, ran on well, won at Warwick 2m mares n h flat (6) gf beating Lulu's Gift (10-9) by 4l, 8 ran.
Scholastica 13-2 (10-5) Mid-division, lost place and ran green over 6f out, headway and switched right to outside over 2f out, driven and edged left over 1f out, stayed on under pressure to lead close home, won at Uttoxeter 2m mares n h flat (6) gd in Apr beating Flite (11-4) by 1/2l, 14 ran.
All Hope 125-1 (11-2) Behind and soon outpaced, stayed on into mid-division final 2f, never nearer, 8th of 16, 27l behind Jigsaw Puzzle (11-9) at Bangor 2m 1f nhf (6) gs.
Cashel Rose (IRE) Flemensfirth filly out of Always Present.
Cherry Vine Grape Tree Road mare out of Rachel C.
Fortuna Rose 33-1 (10-9) Held up, pushed along to go 3rd 4f out, no impression on front pair, stayed on same pace, 3rd of 6, 7l behind Wiffy Chatsby (10-12) at Stratford 2m NH flat (5) gf in May.
Queen Of Mantua (IRE) Old Vic mare out of Papoose.
Ryde Along Shantou filly out of Ryde On.