CERTIFY's presence adds lustre to this Group 2 though the fact that she's returning from a lengthy ban is an obvious concern. The one-time 1000 Guineas favourite hasn't been seen since her victory in the Fillies' Mile in September 2012 due to her stable ban and that form worked out poorly though her earlier victory over the brilliant Sky Lantern in the Sweet Solera could hardly have been bettered. Shuruq also represents Godolphin and has the advantage of a recent winning run and last year's UAE Oaks heroine has to be regarded as a major threat. Flotilla gained the second of her Group 1 victories in the French 1000 Guineas but her two subsequent efforts, both at the highest level, were disappointing. Mensoora landed a couple of minor races at Scottsville before failing in a Group 1 at Greyville while L'Amour De Ma Vie has done her winning on Fibresand at Deauville. Pearl Of Africa has progressed from handicaps and landed a Listed contest on Polytrack at Dundalk in November.
Mensoora (SAF) 9-1 (9-3) Mouth injury, 6th of 18, 3 1/2l behind For The Lads (9-2) at Greyville(SAF) 7f 2yo fll in Jul.
L'amour De Ma Vie (USA) 9-2fav (8-11) won at Deauville(FR) 7f 3yo Listed stks (1) in Dec beating Vaunoise (8-11) by 1/2l, 16 ran.
Shuruq (USA) 11-2 (8-9) won at Meydan(UAE) 1m Group 2 sks (1) beating Empire Storm (9-0) by 3/4l, 10 ran.
Flotilla (FR) 5-1 (8-8) 6th of 7, 7l behind Maxios (9-2) at Longchamp(FR) 1m Grp 1 (1) sft in Sep.
Certify (USA) 4-6fav (8-12) Keen early held up in touch, headway to lead 2f out, ridden and quickened clear over 1f out, soon edged left, ran on, impressive, won at Newmarket 1m 2yo fll Grp 1 (1) gd in Sep '12 beating Roz (8-12) by 4 1/2l, 6 ran.
Pearl Of Africa (IRE) 3-1 (9-0) Mid-division on inner, closer in 5th and short of room 2f out, soon switched right to challenge, led 1f out, stayed on well final furlong, all out, won at Dundalk 1m flls lst stks (1) pol in Nov beating Daymooma (9-0) by hd, 14 ran.