With the Gosden yard in such good form, EASTERN BELLE gets the vote to make a winning reappearance. She was placed in both starts over track and trip at the end of last season and may well improve racing on fast ground for the first time. Wedding Wish should also be winning this year and makes more appeal than Venus Grace and Sotise. Roger Varian runs a couple of interesting newcomers in Dorraar and Hadaatha with Paul Hanagan choosing the latter ahead of Etaab. Solar Moon, Ramshackle and stablemate Executrix are others to keep an eye on, along with 310,000gns purchase Margaret's Mission.
Dorraar (IRE) Shamardal filly out of Dorrati.
Eastern Belle 2-1fav (9-0) Led, ridden and headed narrowly over 1f out, rallied to lead again inside final furlong, headed final strides, 2nd of 11, shd behind Miss Lillie (9-0) at Newmarket 7f 2yo stks (4) sft in Nov.
Emporium 66-1 (9-0) Dwelt always in rear, last of 12, 16l behind Sweet Acclaim (9-0) at Yarmouth 6f 2yo stks (5) gd in Aug.
Ermine Ruby 4-1 (8-5) Towards rear, ridden and headway on inner over 1f out, stayed on towards finish, 4th of 10, 1l behind Chantrea (8-5) at Lingfield 7f mdn stks (5) pol in Feb.
Etaab (USA) Street Cry filly out of Ethaara.
Executrix Oasis Dream filly out of Exclusive.
Hadaatha (IRE) Sea The Stars filly out of Hathrah.
Lady Horatia 7-2 (8-10) Keen tracked leaders, ridden over 2f out, kept on same pace, 3rd of 8, 8l behind Encore Encore (8-7) at Wolverhampton 1m 1f 2yo mdn auc stks (6) pol in Nov.
Margaret's Mission (IRE) Shamardal filly out of Wimple.
Perfect Light (IRE) Galileo filly out of Beauty Bright.
Popping Candy 7-1 (9-0) Chased leaders, pushed along over 4f out, ridden over 1f out, weakened inside final furlong, 8th of 12, 5l behind Muteela (9-0) at Lingfield 7f 2yo mdn fll (5) pol in Oct.
Ramshackle Dansili filly out of Purissima.
Red Velour Pivotal filly out of Regal Velvet.
Sighora (IRE) 25-1 (9-0) Held up mid-division, headway over 2f out, ridden over 1f out, kept on to take 4th towards finish, 4th of 13, 10l behind That Is The Spirit (9-5) at Doncaster 7f 3yo mdn (5) sft in Mar.
Solar Magic Pivotal filly out of Moon Goddess.
Solar Moon Pivotal filly out of Dubai Sunrise.
Sotise (IRE) 6-4fav (9-0) Prominent, driven to challenge over 2f out, stayed on same pace final furlong, 4th of 9, 1 3/4l behind Gay Marriage (9-0) at Lingfield 1m 2yo mdn fll (5) pol in Dec.
Spring Fling 6-1 (9-0) Held up towards rear, kept on inside final furlong, never a factor, 6th of 11, 7l behind Glorious Empire (9-5) at Kempton 6f 2yo mdn stks (5) pol in Nov.
Venus Grace 11-10fav (9-0) Tracked leaders on inside, ridden and not quicken over 1f out, stayed on to 2nd final strides, no chance with winner, 2nd of 9, 1 3/4l behind Alzanti (9-0) at Kempton 7f 2yo mdn fll (5) pol in Nov.
Wedding Wish (IRE) 12-1 (9-0) Raced wide early held up, headway and prominent 3f out, ridden 2f out, kept on one pace, 5th of 13, 2 3/4l behind Wedding Ring (9-0) at Newmarket 7f 2yo flls auc (2) gf in Oct.