It's difficult to fault the consistency of Rivas Rhapsody, who has yet to finish out of the first two in seven starts on Turf and the Polytrack. She only went down by a nose in a blanket finish over 6f at Newmarket last month and the return to 7f won't be a problem. But we just prefer ALBASPINA, who hails from the in-form Sir Mark Prescott yard. She hasn't been seen since winning on her debut at Carlisle last September but has a superb pedigree and connections will be anxious to win a race with her as a three-year-old with a profitable career at stud beckoning. Serene Oasis, already successful at Lingfield and Newmarket this year at this distance, can also play a part.
Close To The Edge (IRE) 14-1 (9-1) Reared start and dwelt, soon in touch, ridden 2f out, weakened final furlong, 8th of 16, 5l behind Orbit The Moon (9-0) at Pontefract 6f hcp 0-90 (3) gf in Jul.
Rivas Rhapsody (IRE) 2-1fav (9-11) Held up, ridden 2f out, headway entering final furlong, ran on well, just failed, 2nd of 11, ns behind Trojan Rocket (9-11) at Newmarket 6f hcp 0-80 (4) sft in Jul.
Albaspina (IRE) 5-4fav (9-0) Slowly into stride, soon pushed along in 6th, headway on outside over 3f out, led entering final 2f, hung right over 1f out, clear and stayed on strongly inside final furlong, eased close home, won at Carlisle 7f 2yo stks (5) sft in Sep beating Aleut (9-0) by 2 3/4l, 10 ran.
Imelda Mayhem 33-1 (9-5) In touch, ridden over 2f oiut, weakened over 1f out, 7th of 12, 9l behind My Sharona (9-5) at Newbury 7f flls hcp 0-80 (4) gs in Jul.
Serene Oasis (IRE) 3-1fav (9-3) Chased leaders on outside, awkward on bend entering straight, chased winner 2f out, stayed on under pressure inside final furlong, always held, 2nd of 11, 1l behind Avonrose (9-8) at Epsom Downs 7f flls hcp 0-75 (5) gd.