PAQUERETTZA appeals to hold sound claims in an open race where Miss Beat and Bombina are others to bear in mind. The majority of the field have to either prove their racefitness or whether they have trained on or both and the market, as is ever thus, should be checked. There are no concerns on either score for the selection though and she battled on gamely to get the better of a subsequent scorer and could be up to defying the rise in the weights. Miss Beat is not as good as her debut second to Apple Charlotte suggests but she is realistically handicapped and should be competitive in contests of this nature. Bombina has plenty of ability but has her share of temperament; after winning her maiden she failed to figure in a strong Listed race and a watching brief may be best for her return with a jockey who has a modest strike rate for the yard on board. Novastasia and Luckier could get involved if translating their all-weather form to turf whilst Chantilly Pearl won a modest maiden in good fashion and needs a check as does Breach Of Peace with those around her at Windsor running respectably since. A number to consider but Paquerettza ticks the right boxes so gets the nod.
Hermione's Magic 28-1 (8-12) Slowly into stride, held up rear, gradually pulled right, headway well over 1f out, edged left under pressure soon after, ran on to lead close home, won at Wolverhampton 6f 2yo mdn auc stks (5) pol in Oct beating Forward Feline (8-12) by hd, 11 ran.
Slant (IRE) 8-1 (8-7) Raced keenly, chased leaders, ridden and effort over 2f out, not quicken over 1f out, weakened final furlong, 7th of 13, 9l behind Crown Choice (9-12) at Kempton 7f mdn stks (5) pol in Apr.
Luckier (IRE) 5-1 (9-2) Tracked leaders, ridden 2f out, every chance 1f out, kept on same pace, 4th of 5, 2 1/4l behind Good Again (9-6) at Lingfield 1m fll hcp (4) pol in Apr.
Paquerettza (FR) 18-1 (8-12) Tracked leaders, led over 1f out, driven out, won at Redcar 1m 3yo hcp 0-75 (5) gf in Apr beating Rising Kheleyf (8-9) by 1/2l, 7 ran.
Victoria Sponge (IRE) 12-1 (8-11) Chased leaders, lost place 3f out, no impression after, 7th of 11, 9l behind Suruor (8-13) at Warwick 7f hcp 0-80 (4) gf.
Miss Beat (IRE) 6-1 (9-0) Tracked leader and keen, ridden over 1f out, every chance inside final furlong, no extra, 3rd of 10, 1l behind Stagecoach Jade (9-1) at Wolverhampton 1m 1f fll hcp (5) pol in Apr.
Granny McPhee 10-1 (8-12) Towards rear, pushed along halfway, weakened over 2f out, 7th of 10, 16l behind Leahurst (9-3) at Wolverhampton 7f 3yo mdn stks (5) pol in Apr.
Chantilly Pearl (USA) 28-1 (9-0) Slowly into stride, soon mid-division, headway over 1f out, soon switched right, ridden to lead well inside final furlong, won at Great Leighs 6f 2yo mdn fll (4) pol in Dec beating Twenty Score (9-0) by 1 1/4l, 11 ran.
Bombina 9-1 (8-12) Prominent, raced keenly, ridden over 2f out, soon weakened, last of 13, 29l behind Enticement (8-12) at Newmarket 1m 2yo fll lst stks (1) gs in Nov.
Breach of Peace (USA) 16-1 (9-0) Chased leaders, ridden and weakened 2f out, 6th of 13, 5l behind Cartoon (9-0) at Windsor 1m 3yo fll mdn (5) gf in Apr.
Via Mia 8-1 (8-12) Held up towards rear, pushed along 3f out, headway over 1f out, stayed on inside final furlong, took 3rd final 50 yards, closed on front pair, 3rd of 9, 3/4l behind Taste Of Honey (8-4) at Lingfield 7f 3yo clm stks (6) pol in Apr.
Night Lily (IRE) 8-1 (9-1) Behind, headway on outside over 1f out, kept on inside final furlong, never going pace to reach leaders, 7th of 17, 3 1/2l behind Lighthearted (8-12) at Lingfield 7f 3yo hcp 0-70 (5).
Abu Dubai (IRE) 11-2 (9-2) Mid-division, lost place and behind 5f out, headway on outside over 1f out, stayed on inside final furlong, not trouble leaders, 5th of 11, 3 1/2l behind Full Of Love (9-4) at Wolverhampton 1m 1f fll hcp (5) std in Apr.
Surprise Party 9-1 (8-12) Keen, held up, hung left over 6f out, forced wide over 5f out, ridden over 3f out, weakened 2f out, 5th of 6, 9l behind Wunder Strike (8-4) at Leicester 1m 3yo hcp (5) gf in Apr.
Novastasia (IRE) 6-1 (8-11) Chased leaders, ridden 2f out, stayed on same pace final furlong, 4th of 13, 2l behind Volochkova (9-4) at Lingfield 7f fll hcp (5) pol in Apr.