MOST IMPROVED has his first start for Ballydoyle and is the class act in this. He was hard to catch right as a three-year-old but did win the St James's Palace Stakes at Royal Ascot and is likely to have benefited from another winter. Aidan O'Brien also runs Flying The Flag who was sixth in the 2000 Guineas and eighth in the Epsom Derby. He'll expose any chinks in his older stable companion's armour while Aloof won a Group 3 over 1m1f at Gowran last year and shouldn't be ignored. Uleavemebreathless ran in the 1000 Guineas but was well beaten and never figured in a fillies' handicap at Ascot last week.
Most Improved (IRE) 14-1 (9-0) Held up in touch, effort in centre 3f out, ridden over 2f out, soon weakened, eased over 1f out, last of 8, 26l behind Excelebration (9-3) at Ascot 1m Grp 1 (1) sft in Oct.
Aloof (IRE) 14-1 (9-7) Soon chased leaders in 5th, no impression under pressure in 6th under 2f out, kept on same pace, 4th of 10, 8l behind Trading Leather (8-13) at Curragh 1m 2f Listed stks (1) gf.
Flying The Flag (IRE) 2-1fav (8-13) Led and disputed early, chased leader after 2f, 2nd halfway, ridden to lead 2f out, headed 1 1/2f out, no extra in 3rd 1f out, kept on same pace, 3rd of 8, 6l behind Along Came Casey (9-4) at Leopardstown 1m Listed stks (1) gf.
Uleavemebreathless 50-1 (8-10) Raced centre, behind, headway under pressure over 1f out, stayed on inside final furlong and kept on towards finish, no chance with leaders far side, 10th of 26, 7l behind Annecdote (8-7) at Royal Ascot 1m 3yo Listed hcp (1) gf.