This looks a good opportunity for ELMAAM to get off the mark. A tardy start and trouble in-running spoilt her chance at Chester on her recent return to action, but she still managed to finish runner-up and this looks easier. Eljowzah improved to take third at Lingfield on her reappearance and she looks the biggest danger given Alkhawarah ran as though something was amiss at Pontefract last month. Better is expected from Maharanee, who finished a respectable third here on her debut, while Zennor will strip fitter for his recent return from an 18 month absence.
American Lover (FR) 50-1 (9-9) Dwelt, in rear, ridden over 2f out, weakened over 1f out, 8th of 9, 27l behind Honest Deal (9-1) at Hamilton 1m mdn stks (5) gd.
Can Can Dancer 20-1 (8-8) Always towards rear, 12th of 13, 31l behind Yes Eighteen (9-5) at Great Leighs 1m 2f 3yo app hcp (6) pol in Oct '08.
Lambrini Belle 100-1 (10-11) Took keen hold, soon tracking leaders, lost place 8f out, well behind 6f out, tailed off, 12th of 13, well behind Sizing India (11-4) at Ludlow 2m NH flat (5) gd in Mar.
Lemon Queen (IRE) 15-2 (9-7) Always in rear, 7th of 8, 11l behind Dazeen (9-12) at Catterick 7f mdn stks (5) gf.
Zennor 5-2fav (9-8) Led 1f, tracked leaders, ridden 3f out, kept on one pace from over 1f out, 5th of 10, 6l behind William Haigh (9-0) at Southwell 1m mdn auc stks (6) fbs.
Alkhawarah (USA) 5-1 (8-9) Chased leaders, lost place quickly 3f out, eased over 1f out, last of 12, well behind Chiefdom Prince (9-11) at Pontefract 6f mdn stks (5) gf in Apr.
Eljowzah (IRE) 6-1 (8-9) Tracked winner, ridden over 1f out, stayed on same pace final furlong, 3rd of 6, 1 3/4l behind Lucky Meadows (8-9) at Lingfield 7f mdn fll (5) pol in Mar.
Elmaam 5-2fav (9-0) Slowly into stride, held up towards rear, troubled passage on inside from halfway, good headway over 1f out, ran on strongly inside final furlong, went 2nd post, possibly unlucky, 2nd of 12, 1 3/4l behind Layla Jamil (9-0) at Chester 7f mdn fll stks (4) gf.
Maharanee (USA) 8-1 (8-12) Soon tracked leaders, ridden over 1f out, no extra inside final furlong, 4th of 6, 4l behind Taqaat (9-3) at Beverley 7f 3yo mdn (5) gf.