The daughter of Cape Cross tracked the pace set by the winner Secret Gesture and settled into a lovely rhythm.

William Buick, aboard Talmada, served it up to Secret Gesture but the winner had too much up her sleeve. Talmada went down by just a length and a quarter.

Roger said: "Talmada had plenty to find on figures but her work prior to this had been good and we felt that she deserved to take her chance.

"She has done particularly well over the winter and hopefully she is set for a good season. The main aim is to make her a Stakes winner."

Talmada in action on Bury Hills