An absence of a year wasn't enough to stop Bassara from continuing to progress and Chris Wall's filly showed that seasonal reappearance to be no fluke when defying some seasoned handicappers at Doncaster last month. With just a 4lb rise for that victory, she has every chance of realising a fourth win on the bounce. Henry The Aviator ran too badly too be true at Leicester and is surely capable of better but FILS ANGES looks the better bet in what could turn out to be a tactical race. Formerly tried as a sprinter, she may be too quick for them if there is no early pace. Azma landed a huge gamble last month and Conrad Allen's filly is entitled to go close off a 6lb higher mark. Lord Of the Shadows fully deserves to win a race but his supporters have witnessed 17 races since he last did so.
Common Touch (IRE) 20-1 (9-8) Tracked leaders, outpaced 2f out, weakened final furlong, 6th of 7, 5l behind The Confessor (9-7) at Newmarket 7f hcp 0-95 (3) gf in Jun.
Lord Ofthe Shadows (IRE) 7-1 (9-3) Steadied start, held up towards rear on rails, pushed along 3f out, headway 2f out, not clear run on rails and switched left over 1f out, stayed on to 3rd final 50 yards, not quite going pace to challenge, 3rd of 11, 1l behind Asatir (9-9) at Salisbury 1m hcp 0-100 (2) gf in Jun.
Basseterre (IRE) 15-8fav (9-7) Dwelt in rear, ridden over 2f out, headway over 1f out, ran on towards finish, not reach leaders, 3rd of 7, 3/4l behind Postscript (9-7) at Haydock 1m hcp 0-85 (4) gd in Jun.
Bassara (IRE) 7-4fav (9-4) Held up in rear, switched right and headway over 1f out, soon ridden, kept on to lead post, won at Doncaster 1m hcp 0-85 (4) gf in Jun beating Kiwi Bay (8-12) by ns, 8 ran.
Albaqaa 20-1 (9-10) Behind, headway inside final 2f, ridden to chase winner and every chance inside final furlong, held towards finish, 2nd of 13, 3/4l behind Dark Castle (9-5) at Doncaster 6f hcp 0-85 (4) gd in Jun.
Fils Anges (IRE) 7-1 (9-6) Held up mid-division, headway over 1f out, soon chased winner, ridden inside final furlong, kept on towards finish, 2nd of 8, 1/2l behind Glen Moss (9-13) at Doncaster 7f hcp 0-90 (3) gf.
Henry The Aviator (USA) 4-7fav (9-2) Keen tracked leader, ridden to challenge over 2f out, kept on same pace from over 1f out, 3rd of 4, 4l behind Gworn (9-2) at Leicester 1m hcp 0-85 (4) gd in Jun.
Azma (USA) 11-2 (8-10) Dwelt, led center, led overall over 1f out, soon ridden, kept on well, won at Newmarket 1m hcp 0-75 (5) gd in Jun beating Aussie Reigns (9-9) by 1/2l, 11 ran.
Exotic Guest 9-1 (8-10) Led, ridden and headed over 1f out, no extra inside final furlong, 5th of 6, 6l behind Time And Place (8-10) at Yarmouth 6f 3yo hcp 0-85 (4) gd in Apr.