This race has traditionally been won by a decent type and CASUAL SMILE appears capable of continuing that trend. Andrew Balding's filly was sent off as a hot favourite for the Lingfield Oaks trial but she got upset in the preliminaries and never ran any sort of a race. The handler's decision to give her a month off seems sensible under the circumstances. Almashooqa took part in a hot Newbury maiden in April though she now has something to prove having been readily outpointed at Ripon since. Dianora didn't find a great deal on her reappearance at Newbury despite substantial market confidence but Tearless is a fascinating debutant for Godolphin. Things clearly haven't gone to plan for the half-sister to an American Grade 2 winner but she's been kept in training so must have some ability.
Tearless Street Cry filly out of Playful Act.
Almashooqa (USA) 9-4 (9-0) Took keen hold tracking leader, pushed along 3f out, ridden 2f out, led over 1f out, strongly pressed and kept on inside final furlong, headed close home, rallied, just failed, 2nd of 8, shd behind Art Of War (9-5) at Ripon 1m 1f 3yo mdn (5) gd in May.
Bella Varenna (IRE) 25-1 (9-0) Mid-division, headway over 2f out, soon chasing leaders, weakened over 1f out, 7th of 12, 8l behind Flippant (9-0) at Haydock 1m mdn (5) gd in Sep.
Casual Smile 11-4fav (9-0) Keen close up, headway over 2f out, soon ridden and unable to quicken, weakened final furlong, 7th of 10, 5l behind Honor Bound (9-0) at Lingfield 1m 3f 3yo lst fll (1) gd in May.
Dianora 11-4 (9-0) Mid-division, driven over 2f out, kept on same pace final furlong, never on terms, 7th of 14, 4l behind Skaters Waltz (9-5) at Newbury 7f 3yo mdn (4) gf in May.
Exclusive Contract (IRE) 33-1 (8-7) Tracked leaders, lost place and ridden 3f out, weakened 2f out, 7th of 8, 19l behind Gold Approach (8-6) at Lingfield 1m 3f mdn stks (5) gf in May.
Highland Stardust 100-1 (9-0) Always behind, 9th of 11, 12l behind Rosehill Artist (9-0) at Salisbury 7f mdn (3) gf in Sep.
Pink Diamond 16-1 (8-8) In touch, ridden over 1f out, kept on inside final furlong, 5th of 12, 9l behind Cape Caster (9-4) at Windsor 1m 2f 3yo mdn aut (5) gd.
Sixties Love 16-1 (8-7) Tracked leaders, driven over 3f out, ridden and one pace final 2f, lost modest 4th inside final furlong, 5th of 8, 14l behind Gold Approach (8-6) at Lingfield 1m 3f mdn stks (5) gf in May.