Mick Channon has won four of the last nine renewals of this but his Hairspray looks held by a few of these, none more so than LADY OF THE DESERT who gets the confident vote to beat Habaayib and Misheer. Brian Meehan's filly won three of her five starts as a juvenile and one of her defeats came behind the general 1000 Guineas favourite Special Duty. She won first time out too which bodes well for her return and providing she stays this seventh furlong she's going to take a whole lot of beating. Habaayib won last season's Albany Stakes at Royal Ascot, at which point she looked set to be a potential star. However, she then went on to finish behind Misheer in the Cherry Hinton before finishing behind her and our selection at Newmarket, so clearly the filly has plenty to prove. However, Ed Dunlop has started the season well and our inclination is to forgive her those displays and earmark her for the forecast. Misheer has to enter caculations on that Newmarket race, the Cheveley Park Stakes, where she was just ahead of our pick. That said she's bred to be speedy and this trip should serve the aforementioned pair better. Puff was fourth in that contest and is rated the equal of Habaayib but is another for whom sprinting will surely prove ideal, whilst Deirdre needs to improve a bundle but represents top connections. Lady Of The Desert looks the filly most likely to improve for this step up in trip and can confirm that suspicion by taking this.
Bahati (IRE) 7-1 (9-2) Slowly into stride, chasing leaders halfway, one pace final furlong, 6th of 16, 4 1/2l behind In The Slips (8-7) at Doncaster 6f 2yo fll hcp (2) gf in Sep.
Deirdre 9-4 (9-0) Made all, kept on well, pushed out, won at Newcastle 1m 2yo stks (5) gs in Oct beating Anaya (9-0) by 3 1/2l, 10 ran.
Habaayib 14-1 (8-12) Slowly into stride, held up, weakened over 2f out, last of 8, 31l behind Special Duty (8-12) at Newmarket 6f 2yo fll Grp 1 (1) gf in Oct.
Hairspray 100-1 (8-11) Slowly into stride, always behind, 10th of 17, 9l behind Our Jonathan (9-0) at Ascot 5f 2yo Grp 3 (1) gs in Oct.
Lady Of The Desert (USA) 11-8fav (8-12) Tracked leaders, joined winner 2f out, ridden over 1f out, no extra well inside final furlong, edged left, lost 2nd last stride, 3rd of 8, 3l behind Special Duty (8-12) at Newmarket 6f 2yo fll Grp 1 (1) gf in Oct.
Misheer 9-1 (8-12) Raced keenly, led 1f, prominent, edged right 1f out, stayed on to take 2nd last stride, 2nd of 8, 2 3/4l behind Special Duty (8-12) at Newmarket 6f 2yo fll Grp 1 (1) gf in Oct.
Mistic Magic (IRE) 20-1 (8-12) In touch, led after 2f, headed over 2f out, soon ridden and weakened, 10th of 14, 20l behind Electric Feel (8-12) at Newbury 7f 2yo lst fll (1) sft in Oct.
Puff (IRE) 13-8fav (8-12) Chased leaders, headway to join winner and every chance from over 1f out, driven and no extra final strides, 2nd of 12, 1l behind Queen's Grace (8-12) at Newmarket 6f 2yo lst fll (1) gd in Oct.