BRAVE ALLIANCE is the obvious one here even though the £82,000 foal, who is closely related to top-class chaser Voy Por Ustedes, failed to land the odds in a four-runner race at Towcester in April. Nicky Henderson also saddles the unraced Miss Ballantyne, while Lulu's Gift has hinted at ability. Never Be Cross can only improve on her fourth at Huntingdon but former pointers Gioiello and Western Kate may do better when tackling hurdles.
Brave Alliance (IRE) 4-9fav (10-5) Tracked leader, led 2f out, ridden and headed over 1f out, unable to quicken, 2nd of 4, 1 1/4l behind Hindon Road (10-12) at Towcester 2m NH flat (5) gf in Apr.
Crying Game (IRE) Akbar mare out of Broken Spirit.
Flame Of Dixie (IRE) Beneficial mare out of Deenish.
Gioiello 3-1 (11-7) 2nd of 6, 1l behind Himalayan Express (12-0) at Dunthrop 2m 4f ptp gs in Jan.
Lulu's Gift (IRE) 18-1 (10-2) Tracked leader, took keen hold, led over 4f out, headed over 3f out, soon weakened, 4th of 10, 42l behind Magnifique Etoile (10-4) at Market Rasen 2m 1f cond & am NH flat (6) gd in Sep.
Miss Ballantyne Definite Article filly out of Gardana.
Never Be Cross 14-1 (10-1) In touch towards rear and niggled along, ridden 9f out, behind 6f out, went remote 4th close home, tailed off, 4th of 8, well behind Cydonia (11-0) at Huntingdon 2m NH flat (6) gf in Oct.
Shantou Breeze (IRE) 66-1 (10-9) Pulled hard in rear, pushed along in modest 5th over 4f out, plugged on, 4th of 7, 14l behind Buxom (10-12) at Fontwell 1m 6f mares n h flat (6) gd in Oct.
Top Rose 50-1 (10-9) Led until over 3f out, soon lost place, 8th of 12, 18l behind Blase Chevalier (11-2) at Southwell 2m mares n h flat (6) gd in Jun.
Western Kate (IRE) 3-1 (11-7) Rcd 4th to 5out, prog to disp next, not pace of wnr, held from 2out, 3rd of 6, 7l behind Presented (11-7) at Lingstown 3m ire ptp gd in Mar.