Three of Choral Festival's six victories have come on this track but she's on a long losing run and still looks a shade high in the weights. If I Were A Boy may also benefit from some leniency from the handicapper while Pixie Cut only won a seller at Leicester, though did it nicely. JUST DARCY followed up her second at Thirsk with a decent run on her handicap at Newbury. She appears to be heading in the right direction and can open her account here, though the longer trip should suit the now-visored Montjess.
Choral Festival 6-1 (11-4) In touch, headway and switched left entering final 2f, chased leaders in 4th and one pace over 1f out, weakened to 5th final 135 yards, 5th of 9, 9l behind Automotive (10-2) at Newbury 1m 2f am hcp (0-70) (4yo+) (5) gd in Jun.
If I Were A Boy (IRE) 8-1 (9-3) Held up last, driven and headway over 1f out, kept on inside final furlong, never going pace to reach leaders, 6th of 12, 4 1/2l behind Easter Diva (9-5) at Windsor 1m 2f fll hcp 0-70 (5) gd in Jun.
Montjess (IRE) 66-1 (8-12) Towards rear, ridden and struggling halfway, hung right under pressure well over 1f out, stayed on inside final furlong, never a threat, 7th of 11, 11l behind Sea Meets Sky (8-12) at Ascot 1m 2f fll mdn stks (4) gf in May.
Just Darcy 8-1 (9-5) Led until 3f out, chased leader until over 1f out, kept on same pace in 5th inside final furlong, 5th of 15, 6l behind Debdebdeb (9-2) at Newbury 1m 4f 3yo hcp 0-70 (5) gd in Jun.
Pixie Cut (IRE) 16-1 (8-12) In touch, pushed along and headway over 2f out, led over 1f out, ridden out, won at Leicester 1m 2f 3yo sll (6) gf in Jun beating Curl (8-12) by 2 1/4l, 6 ran.
Prospera (IRE) 16-1 (8-10) Mid-division, pushed along halfway, weakened over 3f out, last of 11, 27l behind Soul Intent (9-6) at Lingfield 1m 2f 3yo hcp 0-70 (5) pol in Jun.
Janie Runaway (IRE) 16-1 (9-2) Never better than mid-division, weakened 2f out, soon behind and eased, last of 15, 38l behind Debdebdeb (9-2) at Newbury 1m 4f 3yo hcp 0-70 (5) gd in Jun.
Open Letter (IRE) 20-1 (8-5) Fly leapt start in rear, outpaced over 3f out, kept on final furlong, not troubled leaders, 7th of 8, 4l behind Emerging (9-4) at Musselburgh 1m 4f 3yo hcp 0-80 (4) gf in Jun.
Downhill Dancer (IRE) 20-1 (8-6) Ponied to start, mid-division on rails, pushed along 3f out, weakening when not much room over 2f out, 11th of 14, 7l behind Pleasure Bent (9-4) at Newbury 1m 3yo hcp 0-75 (5) gd in Jun.