Demora ended last season with a double and went close on her only start at this track earlier. Silken Express also finished runner-up here on her debut but MATA HARI BLUE has the more recent form. The latter sluiced up by six lengths over track and trip last month and Mike Appleby's mare is worth sticking with in that sort of form despite an 8lb rise. Six Wives and Wicked Wench are both course and distance winners tumbling down the handicap and any support in the betting would indicate a return to form is expected.
Royal Award 11-2fav (9-4) Chased clear leader under stand side rail, ridden 2f out, weakened final furlong, 11th of 13, 8l behind Rusty Rocket (8-8) at Nottingham 5f 3yo hcp 0-85 (4) gs in Apr '12.
Demora 10-1 (8-4) Made all, ridden over 1f out, soon edged left and clear, eased towards finish, won at Nottingham 5f 3yo hcp 0-85 (4) sft in Oct beating El Mcglynn (8-4) by 3 1/2l, 12 ran.
Mata Hari Blue 8-11fav (9-7) Made all, clear over 1f out, eased final furlong, comfortably, won at Southwell 5f hcp 0-70 (5) fbs in Apr beating Climaxfortackle (9-5) by 6l, 5 ran.
Silken Express (IRE) 10-3 (8-10) Mid-division, ridden and headway over 1f out, every chance inside final furlong, kept on, 2nd of 11, 1l behind Whozthecat (9-2) at Wolverhampton 5f hcp 0-85 (4) pol in Sep.
Elusive Bonus (IRE) 9-1 (9-3) Chased leaders, ridden 2f out, weakened final furlong, 7th of 14, 7l behind Another Citizen (8-6) at Ripon 5f app hcp 0-80 (4) gd in Apr.
Wild Sauce 25-1 (8-13) In touch, ridden 2f out, weakened 1f out, 14th of 15, 9l behind Love Island (8-12) at Doncaster 5f hcp 0-85 (4) gf in Apr.
Song Of Parkes 16-1 (8-7) In rear, ridden and ran on final furlong, not reach leaders, 3rd of 7, 1l behind Monumental Man (8-9) at Lingfield 5f hcp 0-85 (4) pol.
Six Wives 11-2 (8-4) Led, ridden and headed over 1f out, weakened final furlong, 12th of 15, 8l behind Love Island (8-12) at Doncaster 5f hcp 0-85 (4) gf in Apr.
El Mcglynn (IRE) 14-1 (9-4) Chased leaders until ridden over 1f out, 13th of 14, 13l behind Another Citizen (8-6) at Ripon 5f app hcp 0-80 (4) gd in Apr.
Wicked Wench 13-2 (9-0) Mid-division, ridden and effort over 2f out, no impression from over 1f out, 8th of 9, 6l behind Cincinnati Kit (8-8) at Wolverhampton 5f hacp 0-70 (5) pol in Mar.