MAKHFAR was well beaten at odds-on at Nottingham last August after a highly promising Ascot debut and his subsequent absence indicates a problem occurred at the Midlands venue. He's obviously useful and couldn't be in better hands but after 300 days off he could just finds things tough against AMBER ISLE. The Juddmonte filly shaped well on her Newbury debut last summer and went just as pleasingly after eleven months off when runner-up at Kempton last month. Headgear is now the order of the day and the daughter of First Defence can go one better and make her fitness advantage tell. Lady Sparkler looks a possible improver for Roger Varian.
Madrinas Prince (IRE) 100-1 (9-8) Raced wide in touch, ridden over 4f out, weakened over 2f out, last of 9, well behind Shafrah (8-10) at Lingfield 1m mdn stks (5) pol in Mar.
Staines Massive 25-1 (7-12) Towards rear far side and outpaced, 8th of 10, 16l behind Refuse Colette (8-2) at Yarmouth 1m mdn hcp 0-65 (6) gf.
Loot 66-1 (8-13) With leader, ridden over 1f out, weakened inside final furlong, 5th of 10, 8l behind Polybius (9-4) at Windsor 6f mdn stks (5) gd.
Makhfar (IRE) 1-2fav (9-5) Close up, ridden and outpaced over 2f out, kept on final furlong, never a threat, 3rd of 10, 10l behind Gamesome (9-5) at Nottingham 6f 2yo mdn (5) gs in Aug.
Vecheka (IRE) 9-2 (9-3) Very slowly away well in rear, kept on final furlong, nearest finish, 3rd of 9, 15l behind Johara (8-12) at Yarmouth 6f mdn auc stks (6) gs in May.
Amber Isle (USA) 7-2 (8-12) Difficult loading in stalls, led and raced freely, clear with 1 rival, ridden and headed over 1f out, one pace and no chance with winner final furlong, kept on for clear 2nd, 2nd of 14, 3 1/2l behind Knavery (9-3) at Kempton 7f mdn stks (5) pol in May.
Belle Star Royal Applause filly out of Dixie Belle.
Foxtrot Pearl (IRE) 5-1 (8-11) Chased leaders, ridden over 2f out, weakened final furlong, 7th of 9, 15l behind Black Rodded (9-0) at Bath 6f 2yo mdn (5) sft in Oct.
Lady Sparkler (IRE) 33-1 (9-0) Dwelt, chased leaders, every chance over 1f out, faded final furlong, 8th of 18, 3 1/2l behind Lilyfire (9-0) at Ascot 7f mdn (4) gd in Jul.
Phantom Spirit 14-1 (9-0) Slowly into stride, off the pace towards rear, pushed along 3f out, soon struggling, tailed off, last of 13, 42l behind Backstage Gossip (9-0) at Salisbury 6f fll mdn stks (5) sft in May.
Sterling Kate 25-1 (9-0) Slowly into stride and went right start, towards rear pushed along and struggling over 3f out, never a factor, 11th of 13, 19l behind Backstage Gossip (9-0) at Salisbury 6f fll mdn stks (5) sft in May.