Ireland has captured the last two renewals and have a couple of strong contenders in Alive Alive Oh and Just Pretending. The former beat a Ballydoyle-trained filly in a Navan Listed event last month so Aidan O'Brien will have a good line on the chances of Just Pretending, third in the Irish 1000 Guineas and expected to stay this longer trip. Oaks form is represented by The Lark, who ran a terrific race at Epsom and would have finished closer to the winner with a clear run. Connections be hoping the forecast rains arrive, however, and she had earlier found WINSILI too good at Newbury. John Gosden's filly returned the impressive winner of the Swettenham on that occasion and her powder has been kept dry for this. She gets the vote with her more exposed stablemate Gertrude Versed in danger of being superseded by one or more of a lightly-raced contingent made up of Elik, Waila, Fersah and Riposte.
Alive Alive Oh 11-10fav (9-0) Held up behind leaders, travelling well in 4th 2f out, ridden to lead 1 1/2f out, stayed on strongly and quickened smartly final furlong, impressive, won at Navan 1m 2f 3yo lst fll (1) in May beating Magical Dream (9-3) by 6l, 7 ran.
Cocktail Queen (IRE) 33-1 (8-13) 17th of 20, 18l behind Flotilla (8-13) at Longchamp(FR) 1m 3yo Fll Grp 1 (1) hvy in May.
Elik (IRE) 3-1 (9-0) Slowly into stride, pushed along and soon in mid-division on inside, headway on outside 3f out, chased leaders 2f out, went 2nd and edged right well over 1f out, upsides
Fersah (USA) 11-10fav (8-10) Made all, ridden 2f out, edged left and driven out near finish, won at Leicester 1m 4f 3yo fll stks (5) gf in May beating Okavango (8-10) by 1/2l, 10 ran.
Gertrude Versed 25-1 (9-0) Tracked leaders, ridden 3f out, weakened over 1f out, 8th of 11, 16l behind Talent (9-0) at Epsom Downs 1m 4f 3yo Fll Grp 1 (1) gs in May.
Hollowina 14-1 (8-12) Tracked leader until over 2f out, ridden and kept on one pace, 5th of 6, 8l behind Liber Nauticus (8-12) at York 1m 2f 3yo fll Grp 3 (1) gs in May.
Indigo Lady 8-1 (8-12) Keen tracked leaders, ridden 3f out, kept on one pace, 4th of 6, 7l behind Liber Nauticus (8-12) at York 1m 2f 3yo fll Grp 3 (1) gs in May.
Just Pretending (USA) 14-1 (9-0) Always prominent, tracked leader and led soon after halfway, strongly pressed over 1f out, headed 150 yards out and no impression on winner, lost 2nd on line, 3rd of 15, 1 3/4l behind Just The Judge (9-0) at Curragh 1m 3yo Fll Grp 1 (1) gf in May.
Riposte 10-11fav (9-0) In touch, headway 5f out, led over 2f out, ran on, comfortable, won at Newmarket 1m 4f mdn fll stks (5) gd in May beating Auld Alliance (9-0) by 2l, 8 ran.
The Lark 16-1 (9-0) Towards rear, headway over 2f out, not clear run and switched left over 1f out, driven and stayed on to go 3rd post, 3rd of 11, 4 1/2l behind Talent (9-0) at Epsom Downs 1m 4f 3yo Fll Grp 1 (1) gs in May.
Waila 8-1 (9-0) In touch on outside, headway 3f out, led over 1f out, soon ridden and edged right, stayed on well final furlong, won at Sandown 1m 2f mdn fll stks (4) gd in Apr beating Riposte (9-0) by 1 1/2l, 8 ran.
Winsili 2-1fav (8-12) Tracked leader, challenged over 2f out, led over 1f out, clear inside final furlong, comfortably, won at Newbury 1m 2f 3yo lst fll (1) gf in May beating Cruck Realta (8-12) by 2 1/4l, 6 ran.