HEADING NORTH was below par at Newbury last time when finishing nearer last than first in a Listed race, although she wasn't beaten that far. Previous efforts though had been full of promise, notably her second to the useful Elik in a Goodwood Listed contest on her penultimate start - she looks well treated here. Princess Caetani looks to have rather too much on her plate giving upwards of 7lb all round so Mama Quila, patiently campaigned by William Haggas, looks a likelier danger with further progress anticipated. Luca Cumani does well in races like this and Abilene also makes the short-list.
Princess Caetani (IRE) 11-4 (9-7) Steaded start, held up in last pair, headway on outside over 1f out, stayed on to 3rd towards finish, 3rd of 7, 3 1/2l behind Star Lahib (9-4) at Chester 1m 4f fll hcp (0-85) (4yo+) (4) gd.
Heading North 5-1 (8-12) Took keen hold, held up towards rear, headway on wide outside over 4f out, soon pushed along, ridden and weakened inside final 2f, 8th of 9, 8l behind Cruck Realta (8-12) at Newbury 1m 2f 3yo lst fll (1) gd.
Mama Quilla (USA) 7-2fav (9-6) Towards rear, ridden and headway over 1f out, stayed on well inside final furlong, went 3rd towards finish, never nearer, 3rd of 14, 2 1/4l behind Looks Like Rain (8-5) at York 1m 4f app hcp 0-80 (4) gf.
Abilene 9-2 (8-13) With leader early, chased leaders, one pace from over 1f out, 3rd of 6, 3 1/2l behind Centred (8-0) at Pontefract 1m 2f flls hcp 0-130 (3) gf in May.
Alta Lilea (IRE) 14-1 (9-5) Tracked leader, ridden 3f out, weakened final furlong, 7th of 9, 12l behind Dashing Star (9-4) at Musselburgh 1m 4f 3yo hcp 0-105 (2) gf.
Pompeia 9-2 (8-11) In touch towards rear, ridden over 2f out, not trouble leaders, 5th of 7, 6l behind Lyric Ballad (8-2) at Salisbury 1m 2f flls hcp 0-85 (4) gd.