DUSKY QUEEN has twice finished ahead of Lilac Lace since finishing fifth to Tim Easterby's keen-going sort on heavy going at Newbury in October. She wasn't beaten far on her reappearance at Thirsk and looks the one to beat in this, though Beautiful View also has a chance at the weights and Tight Fit won three times over this trip last season. Patrona Ciana looks a bigger threat on her victory at Ayr, however, and is preferred to Brighton scorer Alice's Dancer and Broughtons Charm. Misplaced Fortune is well treated on past form but isn't getting any younger.
Tight Fit 5-1 (9-5) In touch, headway to press winner from 2f out, ran on, just held, 2nd of 13, nk behind Mutafaakir (8-11) at Leicester 6f hcp 0-85 (4) gd in Apr.
Misplaced Fortune 25-1 (7-11) Always behind stands side, 14th of 16, 12l behind Fast Shot (8-2) at Ripon 6f hcp 0-105 (2) gd in Apr.
Dusky Queen (IRE) 10-1 (8-7) Mid-division, headway over 1f out, never nearer, 5th of 15, 3l behind Farlow (8-12) at Thirsk 7f hcp 0-95 (3) gs in Apr.
Beautiful View 5-1 (9-4) Raced freely, tracked leader, under pressure over 2f out, eased over 1f out, eased approaching final furlong, modest 4th, last of 4, 23l behind Trixie Malone (8-1) at Windsor 1m flls hcp 0-90 (3) gs.
Audacia (IRE) 12-1 (9-0) Tracked leader in 2nd, ridden to lead briefly early straight, headed and dropped to 5th 2f out, no extra and weakened final furlong, 10th of 12, 10l behind Wannabe Better (9-3) at Naas 1m fll lst stks (1) sft in Oct.
Lilac Lace (IRE) 16-1 (9-12) Raced keenly, led, ridden and headed over 1f out, weakened inside final furlong, 6th of 7, 8l behind Pelerin (8-6) at Thirsk 1m flls hcp 0-85 (4) gd.
Patrona Ciana (FR) 15-8fav (9-6) Tracked leaders, went 2nd over 1f out, led 1f out, kept on well, won at Ayr 7f hcp 0-75 (5) gf in Apr beating Thorntoun Lady (8-13) by 1 1/4l, 6 ran.
Alice's Dancer (IRE) 3-1fav (9-3) Always prominent, took keen hold, led over 2f out, stayed on well, won at Brighton 7f hcp 0-75 (5) gd in Apr beating Great Expectations (9-6) by 3 1/2l, 6 ran.
Subtle Knife 7-1 (9-7) Always towards rear, 8th of 9, 17l behind High Time Too (9-4) at Kempton 1m hcp 0-80 (4) pol in Apr.
Broughtons Charm (IRE) 10-1 (10-0) Led early, pressed leader, led again over 2f out, ridden and headed over 1f out, stayed on, held close home, 3rd of 7, 1l behind Ixelles Diamond (8-9) at Warwick 7f flls hcp 0-75 (5) gd.
Coincidently 16-1 (8-6) Tracked leader, challenged over 1f out, ridden and one pace inside final furlong, 4th of 7, 3 1/2l behind Baraweez (8-12) at Ayr 1m hcp 0-85 (4) gf in Apr.