Six of the nine runners in the field are covered by just 5lbs on official ratings and this looks difficult to call. Baharah just gets the nod. Jamboretta is the lowest-rated filly but that may not have been the case if she hadn't flopped when an odds-on favourite for the Ascot handicap won by the selection. She's better than that but difficult to recommend as a consequence. The selection has been patiently handled by Gerard Butler; that Ascot win was a taking performance and arguably her best yet. Bahia Breeze was beaten just over a length in this race in 2006 and only lost out by three quarters of a length last year. This is likely to have been her target and this renewal may not be as strong. Barshiba's talented but hit and miss, Selinka and Eva's Request will need to be at their best whilst the admirable Lady Gloria looks held by Enforce. Lucy Wadham's in-foal mare readily beat her by two lengths at Goodwood and looks a leading contender as long as there's some juice in the ground. Cicerole has won four of her nine starts, including three Listed races, and she should be in the thick of the action but we're going to stick with the progressive BAHARAH.
Baharah (USA) 12-1 (9-10) Held up, headway 2f out, quickened to lead inside final furlong, eased near finish, comfortably, won at Ascot 1m fll hcp (2) gf in May beating Kasumi (8-1) by 1 1/2l, 7 ran.
Bahia Breeze 16-1 (8-11) Tracked leader, pushed along 3f out, weakened inside final 2f, last of 8, 13l behind Major Cadeaux (9-0) at Sandown 1m Grp 2 (1) gd in Apr.
Barshiba (IRE) 50-1 (8-11) Steadied start, took keen hold in rear, headway 2f out, kept on one pace, 7th of 11, 3 1/2l behind Creachadoir (9-0) at Newbury 1m Grp 1 (1) gd in May.
Cicerole (FR) (8-13) Mid-division, headway to lead 1f out, stayed on well, won at Longchamp 1m 2f stk gs in May beating Athanor (9-2) by 3/4l, 13 ran.
Enforce (USA) 14-1 (9-4) Tracked leaders, led entering final furlong, ran on strongly, won at Goodwood 1m lst fll stk (1) gs in May beating Lady Gloria (9-7) by 2l, 9 ran.
Jamboretta (IRE) 8-11fav (8-12) Held up, driven and no response over 1f out, 5th of 7, 4 1/2l behind Baharah (9-10) at Ascot 1m fll hcp (2) gf in May.
Lady Gloria 13-2 (9-3) Dwelt, towards rear, switched left and ridden over 2f out, stayed on from over 1f out, went 2nd towards finish, no chance with winner, 2nd of 9, 4l behind Bankable (9-5) at Goodwood 1m lst stk (1) sft in May.
Selinka (8-8) Always struggling in the rear, 6th of 7, 14l behind Literato (9-2) at Longchamp 1m 2f Grp 3 (1) gs in Sept.
Eva's Request (IRE) 25-1 (9-0) Mid-division, 8th halfway, headway to 4th 3f out, ridden in 3rd 2f out, soon no extra and weakened, 8th of 13, 14l behind Halfway To Heaven (9-0) at Curragh 1m fll stks Grp 1 frm in May.