It's not difficult to put question marks against all four in a riddle of a race. AULD ALLIANCE has some useful form with Ribblesdale Stakes winner Riposte but has not progressed in the manner of the Cecil filly. She seemed to struggle over this trip last time at Sandown with the firmish ground also posited as a possible reason for that modest effort. However, her master trainer clearly feels otherwise and the Montjeu filly is afforded another chance. Da Do Run Run only landed an ordinary Nottingham maiden before tailing off in the Queens Vase and is hard to assess on that limited evidence whilst Ambleside tackles the trip for the first time and only has a Class 5 Beverley handicap win to his name. Hawk High has been harshly put up 3lb for finishing third here last time but with stamina assured looks the prime threat to the Stoute filly.
Auld Alliance (IRE) 9-4fav (8-11) Tracked clear leading pair, driven and no progress 2f out, weakened and lost 3rd over 1f out, dropped to 5th inside final furlong, 5th of 10, 8l behind Good Evans (8-0) at Sandown 1m 6f hcp 0-85 (4) gf.
Da Do Run Run 66-1 (9-1) Tracked leaders, pushed along and weakened over 5f out, soon tailed off, 14th of 15, well behind Leading Light (9-4) at Royal Ascot 2m 3yo Grp 3 (1) gf in Jun.
Hawk High (IRE) 12-1 (8-7) Held up in rear, headway over 2f out, led over 1f out, soon headed, no extra towards finish, 3rd of 9, 1 3/4l behind Great Hall (9-7) at Haydock 1m 6f 3yo hcp 0-100 (2) gf.
Ambleside 11-10fav (9-7) Slowly away, led after about 3f, ridden over 2f out, headed over 1f out, rallied and every chance inside final furlong, no extra close home, 2nd of 3, 1/2l behind Duke Of Yorkshire (8-11) at Ripon 1m 4f 3yo hcp 0-80 (4) gf.