Queenie's Star finished just ahead of Fonterutoli when runner-up here last week. That pair are hard to separate in this while Matraash has to come into the reckoning on his recent placed efforts at Wolverhampton. ANGELENA BALLERINA won at the same track in March and went very close again off today's mark last time. Sean Curran's mare gets the tentative vote in a tight handicap. The veteran Lytham ran below par last time but is still capable of making his presence felt at this level.
Matraash (USA) 8-1 (9-7) Chased leaders, headway on inside to 3rd going well 2f out, every chance inside final furlong, stayed on, 3rd of 10, 1 1/2l behind Final Delivery (9-5) at Wolverhampton 1m 1f hcp 0-60 (6) pol in Apr.
Frosty Secret 25-1 (9-2) Held up mid-division, ridden well over 1f out, one pace and no impression, 10th of 12, 6l behind Royal Etiquette (9-7) at Kempton 1m 2f hcp (0-65) (6) pol in Oct.
Fonterutoli (IRE) 7-2 (9-4) Slowly into stride, soon pushed along in rear, headway on outside over 1f out, stayed on inside final furlong, went 3rd towards finish, never nearer, 3rd of 10, 1/2l behind Minority Interest (9-5) at Lingfield 1m 2f hcp 0-60 (6) pol in Apr.
Lytham (IRE) 13-2 (8-12) Mid-division, ridden and weakened 2f out, 10th of 12, 7l behind Chella Thriller (9-7) at Kempton 1m 2f hcp 0-60 (6) pol in Apr.
Angelena Ballerina (IRE) 9-2 (9-5) Held up towards rear, headway over 1f out, ran on well, went 2nd final 100 yards, not quite get to winner, 2nd of 11, nk behind Downtown Boy (9-5) at Wolverhampton 1m 1f app hcp (0-55) (6) pol in Apr.
Queenie's Star (IRE) 20-1 (8-9) In touch, headway on inside to 3rd over 2f out, stayed on to 2nd final 110 yards, kept on, 2nd of 10, nk behind Minority Interest (9-5) at Lingfield 1m 2f hcp 0-60 (6) pol in Apr.
Dolly Colman (IRE) 12-1 (8-7) Mid-division, chased leaders 2f out, ridden 1f out, kept on same pace in 4th final furlong, no impression, 4th of 9, 2 1/4l behind Salient (8-10) at Lingfield 1m 2f hcp 0-60 (6) pol in Apr.
Major Buckley (IRE) 33-1 (10-0) In rear, pushed along in rear, ridden halfway, never a factor, 6th of 8, 22l behind Burgoyne (8-11) at Southwell 1m mdn auc stks (6) fbs in Mar.