TIMEPIECE is the proven class-act in the field so she is fancied to see off the potential class-act Ceilidh House and Dyna Waltz. Henry Cecil knows what it takes to win this race having saddled Double Crossed to win this race in 2001 and Midday last year. The last-named went on to be second in the Oaks itself so this well-thought-of Zamindar filly looks the obvious place to start. She was disappointing behind Rumoush on her reappearance but this longer trip looks likely to suit and with that run for fitness under her belt she can carry her Listed race penalty (gained as a two-year-old) to victory. Bebopalula trounced a poor field at Windsor last time when racing off a mark of 68. She has the potential to improve but will have to live up to her nice pedigree in order to feature here. Perhaps a more realistic danger could be Ceilidh House who impressed with the manner of her victory last October. She looks sure to improve further this year over this sort of trip and connections won the Oaks with Look Here in 2008. Blast Furnace shaped with promise at Newbury last month but this is a big ask, whilst Dyna Waltz should be happier now stepped up in trip. She was poor in the Nell Gwyn but remains a filly of interest. Golden Waters completes the field but she has not suggested in two runs that she is up to this class and so we are happy to return to Timepiece as the likeliest winner.
Timepiece 2-1fav (8-11) Held up tracking leaders, headway over 3f out, not clear run 2f out, ridden and staying on same pace when no room inside final furlong, not persevered with after, 4th of 9, 4 1/2l behind Rumoush (8-8) at Newmarket 1m 1f 3yo Listed stks (1) gd in Apr.
Bebopalula (IRE) 5-6fav (9-4) Led after 1f, made rest, ridden and pressed from 2f out, asserted inside final furlong, eased close home, won at Windsor 1m 4f 3yo hcp 0-70 (5) gd in Apr beating Captain Cool (8-12) by 5l, 11 ran.
Blast Furnace (IRE) 13-2 (9-0) Soon led, pushed along and headed over 3f out, stayed well there until weakened final furlong, 5th of 11, 7l behind Pink Symphony (9-0) at Newbury 1m 2f 3yo fll mdn (4) gd in Apr.
Ceilidh House 11-4 (8-12) Slowly into stride, ran green in rear, rapid headway on outer from 3f out, led 2f out, clear final furlong, impressive, won at Nottingham 1m 2yo mdn (5) gs in Oct beating Life And Soul (9-3) by 4l, 11 ran.
Dyna Waltz 10-1 (8-12) Chased leaders, pushed along halfway weakened over 2f out, 9th of 11, 15l behind Music Show (9-1) at Newmarket 7f 3yo fll Grp 3 (1) gd in Apr.
Golden Waters 10-1 (9-0) Tracked leaders, ridden and swished tail from over 2f out, kept on same pace from over 1f out, 5th of 11, 7l behind Fatanah (9-0) at Sandown 1m 2f 3yo mdn fll stks (4) gd in Apr.