SONGBIRD boasts the highest rating of these by virtue of being raised 18lb for a facile victory at Yarmouth. If the handicapper has got it right, the Yorkshire Oaks entry may well prove the one to beat so Lady Cecil's filly gets a tentative vote. Whippy Cream owes her high mark to a third in the Italian Oaks but she was well beaten in a Listed event last time and Bite Of The Cherry has also come up short at this level on more than one occasion. Kikonga steps up to pattern company for the first time having won at Ascot recently and should confirm running with Saint Hilary while Seal Of Approval is another handicap winner trying her luck in a higher grade. Spicy Dal ran well for second over track and trip in June and looks best of the rest.
Bite Of The Cherry 10-1 (8-9) Led and raced keenly, ridden and headed approaching final 2f, soon lost 2nd and hung right, weakened well over 1f out, last of 6, 13l behind Caucus (9-0) at Sandown 2m Listed Stakes (4yo+) (1) gf in Jul.
Saint Hilary 20-1 (10-0) Held up mid-division, headway over 5f out, ridden over 1f out, kept on final furlong, 3rd of 9, 5l behind Kikonga (8-12) at Ascot 1m 4f flls hcp 0-95 (3) gf in Jul.
Seal Of Approval 14-1 (9-2) Took keen hold, held up towards rear, headway and switched to inside well over 1f out, chased leaders over 1f out, ridden to lead inside final furlong, always just doing enough, won at Kempton 1m 4f hcp 0-95 (3) pol in Jul beating Castilo Del Diablo (8-12) by 1/2l, 10 ran.
Songbird (IRE) 2-5fav (9-7) Tracked leader, led 2f over 2f out, shaken up to go clear and edged left over 1f out, ran on well, easily, won at Yarmouth 1m 3f fll hcp (0-85) (4yo+) (4) gf in Jun beating Hepworth (9-3) by 11l, 3 ran.
Cushion 9-2 (9-0) Took keen hold, held up in touch in mid-division, steady headway over 3f out, went 3rd over 2f out, ridden to lead well over 1f out, stayed on strongly, won at Newbury 1m 2f mdn fll stks (4) gd in Jun beating Bantam (9-0) by 3l, 13 ran.
Danat Al Atheer 8-1 (8-11) Keen tracked leaders, ridden and slightly outpaced over 2f out, rallied inside final furlong, 4th of 6, 6l behind Tha'ir (9-7) at Newmarket 1m 2f 3yo hcp 0-100 (2) gf in Jul.
Kikonga 7-2 (8-12) Tracked leaders, went 2nd over 3f out, led over 2f out, clear over 1f out, won at Ascot 1m 4f flls hcp 0-95 (3) gf in Jul beating Miss Cap Estel (9-8) by 4l, 9 ran.
Savanna La Mar (USA) (8-11) 5th of 12, 11l behind Siljan's Saga (8-11) at Vichy(FR) 1m 2f 3yo lst stk gd in Jul.
Spicy Dal 22-1 (8-12) Held up towards rear, steady headway on inside 4f out, chased leaders over 2f out, went 3rd over 1f out, stayed on to 2nd final 120 yards, no chance with winner, 2nd of 9, 2 3/4l behind Cruck Realta (8-12) at Newbury 1m 2f 3yo lst fll (1) gd in Jun.
Whippy Cream (IRE) 11-1 (8-4) Close up, ridden and every chance over 2f out, weakened over 1f out, 5th of 7, 13l behind Waila (8-6) at Newmarket 1m 4f fll lst stks (1) gf in Jul.