QUSHCHI has got her act together in the second half of the season and won a handicap at Newmarket in fine style last month when beating Quiz Mistress and Twin Soul. There should be more to come and the only one with a higher rating in this contest is Cill Rialaig. Hughie Morrison's mare has claims at this level, though she doesn't win often enough to be a confident choice and Highest makes more appeal on her return from a lay-off having gone close in Listed company back in May. Western Pearl is better than her latest run at the Curragh would suggest, while Bolivia is interesting on only her second start for Lucy Wadham as she's been placed in pattern races in Germany.
Bolivia (GER) 25-1 (8-6) Pulled hard, tracked leading pair, pushed along on outside 3f out, outpaced final 2f, weakened to moderate 5th closing stages, last of 5, 7l behind Dubai Prince (8-6) at Newbury 1m 1f cond Stakes (3) gs in Sep.
Cill Rialaig 33-1 (9-3) Dwelt in rear, ridden 2f out, ran on final furlong, not reached leaders, 6th of 10, 6l behind Dancing Rain (8-10) at Ascot 1m 4f Grp 2 flls (1) gd.
Roxy Flyer (IRE) 13-2 (9-3) Held up in 6th pushed along over 4f out, went 4th over 2f out, stayed on same pace final 2f, 4th of 8, 10l behind Mohedian Lady (8-9) at Newmarket 1m 4f fll lst stks (1) gf in Sep.
Western Pearl 16-1 (9-4) Chased clear leader, closer in 2nd halfway, driven along and no extra entering straight, weakened, 12th of 13, 48l behind Sapphire (8-11) at Curragh 1m 4f Listed stks (1) sft.
Charleston Lady 10-1 (8-11) Tracked leaders, effort 2f out, ridden and kept on one pace, 4th of 7, 5l behind Principal Role (9-5) at Newmarket 1m 2f fll lst stks (1) gf.
Highest 9-1 (8-12) Raced wide, chased leaders, pushed along halfway, ridden over 3f out, soon weakened, tailed off, 7th of 12, 42l behind Banimpire (8-12) at Royal Ascot 1m 4f 3yo fll Grp 2 (1) gs in Jun.
Quiz Mistress 4-1 (9-3) Slowly into stride, took keen hold, headway to lead 10f out, clear 7f out until ridden over 2f out, headed inside final 2f, weakened to 3rd over 1f out, 3rd of 4, 7l behind Franciscan (9-6) at Leicester 1m 4f 3yo hcp 0-85 (4) gf.
Qushchi 5-1fav (9-3) Prominent, ridden over 2f out, led 1f out, stayed on well, won at Newmarket 1m 4f flls hcp 0-95 (3) gf in Sep beating Quiz Mistress (8-1) by 1 1/4l, 11 ran.
Sharp Relief (IRE) 4-1fav (9-5) Keen close up, effort to challenge when pushed right 2f out, no extra inside final furlong, 5th of 10, 6l behind Knightly Escapade (9-5) at Goodwood 1m 4f 3yo hcp 0-75 (5) gd.
Twin Soul (IRE) 33-1 (8-9) Held up in touch, ridden over 2f out, no impression, 5th of 6, 8l behind Barbican (9-0) at Ascot 1m 6f Listed stks 3yo (1) gd in Sep.
Zafarana 11-2 (8-8) Held up in touch, lost place over 4f out, well beaten final 2f, 6th of 7, 45l behind Classic Vintage (9-9) at Ffos Las 1m 4f hcp 0-95 (3) gs in Sep.