SANDRA'S DIAMOND had her first start over this trip at Carlisle on Saturday and duly obliged with a hard-fought victory. A 6lb penalty shouldn't be too much of a problem as she scored on this track from just 1lb lower last summer and a quick follow-up looks likely. Alpine Flower has been looking one-paced over shorter so this trip could be the answer while Miaplacidus has a course and distance victory to her credit. Romantic Bliss looks better on Polytrack and gained his first success on the surface in April while Miss Acclaimed has been well beaten in this grade previously.
Sandra's Diamond (IRE) 7-2 (9-6) Led, headed over 2f out, ridden over 1f out, rallied to regain lead towards finish, won at Carlisle 7f flls hcp 0-75 (5) gf beating Les Gar Gan (9-0) by 3/4l, 6 ran.
Alpine Flower (IRE) 9-2 (9-0) Held up behind, headway over 3f out, ridden inside final furlong, kept on to take 3rd close home, 3rd of 9, 3l behind Sleeping Apache (9-9) at Redcar 6f mdn auc stks (5) gf in Jun.
In Focus (IRE) 16-1 (8-9) Made all, ridden over 1f out, soon edged left, kept on, won at Beverley 7f 3yo hcp 0-70 (5) gd beating Jacbequick (9-5) by 2l, 13 ran.
Miaplacidus (IRE) 9-2 (7-13) Chased leaders, outpaced and lost place halfway, rallied over 1f out, not clear run and switched right inside final furlong, one pace, 4th of 9, 4l behind Kosika (10-0) at Carlisle 7f flls hcp 0-80 (4) gf in Jun.
Romantic Bliss (IRE) 4-7fav (8-0) Led, headed over 5f out, led over 2f out, clear over 1f out, kept on well, won at Wolverhampton 7f stks 0-55 (6) pol in Apr beating Al Enbess (9-6) by 2 1/4l, 4 ran.
Miss Acclaimed 20-1 (9-2) Dropped out start, in rear, effort 3f out, no impression from 2f out, weakened inside final furlong, 6th of 7, 9l behind Bahamian C (9-1) at Musselburgh 1m 3yo hcp 0-65 (6) gf in Jun.