The last three winners have carried Godolphin's colours and it could be the same story in this year's renewal. IHTIMAL's ability to handle slow ground has to be taken on trust but she was the most impressive of the recent winners when landing the Sweet Solera at Newmarket by a cosy couple of lengths. Saeed Bin Suroor's filly is preferred to Majeyda, who just got the better of Qawaasem at Sandown in July before the latter finished ahead of Halljoy when runner-up in the Prestige Stakes at Goodwood. Lady Lara and Vivere look up against it but Lustrous may well have the ability to get involved at this level having won a maiden race at Sandown on her racecourse debut only last week.
Halljoy (IRE) 25-1 (9-0) Slowly into stride, held up in 5th on inside, ridden and outpaced 2f out, driven on outside and stayed on inside final furlong, went 3rd final 75 yards, no impression, 3rd of 7, 6l behind Amazing Maria (9-0) at Goodwood 7f 2yo fll Grp 3 (1) gd in Aug.
Ihtimal (IRE) 11-4fav (8-12) Tracked leaders, headway to lead over 1f out, quickened clear inside final furlong, won at Newmarket 7f 2yo fll Grp 3 (1) gf in Aug beating Midnite Angel (8-12) by 2 3/4l, 8 ran.
Lady Lara (IRE) 20-1 (8-11) Steadied start, took keen hold and held up in last pair, effort on outside 2f out, one pace into 4th inside final furlong, 4th of 6, 3 1/2l behind Treaty Of Paris (9-0) at York 7f 2yo Grp 3 (1) gf in Aug.
Lustrous 7-1 (9-0) Held up in touch on rails, headway to 3rd 2f out, ridden to lead entering final furlong, stayed on, won at Salisbury 7f 2yo stks (3) gf beating Placidia (9-0) by 2l, 9 ran.
Majeyda (USA) 3-1 (8-12) Tracked leader, led narrowly approaching final 2f, ridden and headed over 1f out, pressed leader, led again narrowly inside final furlong, stayed on gamely, won at Sandown 7f 2yo fll Listed stks (1) gf in Jul beating Qawaasem (8-12) by nk, 7 ran.
Qawaasem (IRE) 4-1 (9-0) Led 1f, chased winner, well held final 2f, kept on for clear 2nd, 2nd of 7, 2 1/2l behind Amazing Maria (9-0) at Goodwood 7f 2yo fll Grp 3 (1) gd in Aug.
Vivere (IRE) 14-1 (9-0) Chased leaders, outpaced and lost place halfway, rallied on outside and stayed on inside final furlong, unable to reach leaders, 3rd of 8, 1 1/4l behind Hala Hala (8-11) at Ayr 7f 2yo stks (4) gd in Aug.