It's a surprise to see VENUS DE MILO running in this grade after her brilliant effort in the Irish oaks where she stayed on very strongly to take second behind Chicquita. She's entered in the Group 1 Yorkshire Oaks in a couple of weeks time and this should be a nice warm-up. Midnight Soprano landed a Group 3 over the course and distance in June when the ground was soft and found fast going against her in the Lancashire Oaks. She looks the main threat as Bunairgead ran poorly in a Leopardstown handicap after landing a Listed event at Roscommon.
Midnight Soprano (IRE) 8-1 (9-5) Prominent, ridden over 2f out, every chance over 1f out, no extra inside final furlong, 6th of 8, 4 1/2l behind Emirates Queen (9-5) at Haydock 1m 4f Grp 2 flls (1) gf in Jul.
Beach Of Falesa (IRE) 8-1 (11-11) Slowly into stride and held up in rear, headway into mid-division 4f out, ridden in 9th 2f out, went 2nd over 1f out, led inside final furlong, stayed on well close home, won at Curragh 1m 4f ldy hcp gf in Jun beating Eighteen Summers (10-4) by 2l, 16 ran.
Bunairgead (IRE) 4-1fav (9-2) Tracked leaders on outer and 6th halfway, ridden in 4th entering straight but soon no impression, no extra inside final furlong, 9th of 16, 13l behind Tandem (9-3) at Leopardstown 1m 2f hcp gf in Jul.
Kiss Goodnight (IRE) 7-1 (8-7) Held up, 7th halfway, headway in 5th 3f out, ridden in 3rd 2f out, kept on final furlong, held in close 3rd close home, 3rd of 9, 3/4l behind Khothry (9-6) at Killarney 1m 3f fll hcp gf in Jul.
Sleeping Beauty (IRE) 16-1 (9-0) Tracked leaders in 5th, 3rd and ridden 2f out, no impression on principals in 4th from 1f out and dropped to 5th near line, 5th of 11, 6l behind Venus de Milo (9-0) at Naas 1m 2f 3yo lst fll (1) gf in Jun.
Venus de Milo (IRE) 6-1 (9-0) Waited with at ordinary pace, 6th approaching straight, progress to challenge and switched inside drifting winner under 1f out, stayed on well into 2nd near line, 2nd of 7, 1/2l behind Chicquita (9-0) at Curragh 1m 4f 3yo Fll Grp 1 (1) gf in Jul.