Bye Bye Birdie never figured in last week's Queen Mary at Ascot but the return to 6f will suit and Joseph O'Brien prefers her to Bluebell, who beat Pearl Earing over 7f at Limerick. The latter could reverse that form here, however, with a run under her belt. HEART FOCUS beat Bye Bye Birdie at Naas last month and produced another good run at the royal meeting when fourth in the Albany Stakes, reproducing her form at Naas with the smart Sandiva in the process. She's a tough filly and can take this ahead of Dundalk debut winner Gwen Lady Byron.
Bluebell (IRE) 7-2 (9-0) Soon led, headed inside first 2 furlongs, tracked leader after, challenged and almost on terms 1f out, gained marginal lead and stayed on best from 100yds out, won at Limerick 7f 2yo flls mdn auc stks sft beating Pearl Earing (9-0) by 1/2l, 9 ran.
Bye Bye Birdie 12-1 (8-12) Raced near side, off the pace towards rear, headway in group 2f out, kept on same pace and no impression final furlong, 12th of 23, 9l behind Rizeena (8-12) at Royal Ascot 5f 2yo fll Grp 2 (1) gf.
Clenor (IRE) 3-1 (9-0) Settled behind leaders, hampered and stumbled halfway, ridden into 4th 1f out, no impression leaders, kept on same pace, 4th of 8, 2 1/4l behind Bye Bye Birdie (9-0) at Cork 5f 2yo fll mdn sft.
Colour Blue (IRE) 10-1 (9-0) Chased leader, soon moderate 2nd, ridden 2f out, closed 1 1/2f out, led 1f out, kept on final furlong, headed last strides, 3rd of 13, hd behind Wonderfully (9-0) at Fairyhouse 6f 2yo fll mdn gf.
Gwen Lady Byron (IRE) 7-4 (9-0) Tracked leader, 3rd halfway, headway between horses to challenge 1f out, ridden and briefly edged right, kept on well to lead final 100 yards, won at Dundalk 5f 2yo mdn auc stks pol in Apr beating Topman Dandy (9-5) by 1/2l, 4 ran.
Heart Focus (IRE) 14-1 (8-12) Held up towards rear, headway over 1f out, ridden inside final furlong, kept on, 4th of 19, 4l behind Kiyoshi (8-12) at Royal Ascot 6f 2yo fll Grp 3 (1) gf.
Pearl Earing (IRE) 8-1 (9-0) Soon tracked leaders, closer in 3rd travelling well 2f out, challenged and gained marginal lead 1f out, not match winner and kept on same pace from 100yds out, 2nd of 9, 1/2l behind Bluebell (9-0) at Limerick 7f 2yo flls mdn auc stks sft.
Supernatural (IRE) 16-1 (8-11) Dwelt and in rear, pushed along 2f out and kept on one pace into 4th final furlong, 4th of 5, 5l behind Michaelmas (9-2) at Curragh 5f 2yo stks gs in May.