Crying Lightening bounced back to form in a conditions race in Dubai last month but is likely to find this considerably tougher. Aidan O'Brien's Sing Softly has already won twice at the Curragh this season and is sure to be popular while October's C&D winner Qushchi is open to further improvement this year. Ladies Are Forever is probably best watched on her first try at this longer trip but Barefoot Lady's breeding suggests she'll appreciate the extra and Show Rainbow will have no problem lasting home. Lily Again won a Listed contest over this trip at Sandown last summer but had her limitations exposed subsequently so the one to beat here may be MAQAASID. From the same family as 1000 Guineas winner Ghanaati, John Gosden's Green Desert filly did well to win the Queen Mary Stakes over 5f as a two-year-old and didn't enjoy much luck in running when third in the Cheveley Park Stakes here on her final start of 2010. She's fancied to make a winning reappearance in this.
Maqaasid 8-1 (8-12) In rear, headway when not clear run briefly over 1f out, kept on one pace final furlong, 3rd of 11, 6l behind Hooray (8-12) at Newmarket 6f 2yo fll Grp 1 (1) gs in Oct.
Barefoot Lady (IRE) 11-4fav (8-9) Chased leaders, ridden and effort over 2f out, soon beaten, 2nd of 7, 6l behind Katla (8-10) at York 6f 2yo lst stk (1) sft in Oct.
Crying Lightening (IRE) 14-1 (8-2) won at Meydan(UAE) 7f con stks gd in Mar beating Chocolicious (8-13) by 3/4l, 12 ran.
Elshabakiya (IRE) 5-1 (8-10) Pulled hard and prominent, ridden to lead entering final furlong, soon headed, stayed on well, 2nd of 6, hd behind Dubawi Gold (9-1) at Lingfield 7f 3yo Listed stks (1) pol in Mar.
Ladies Are Forever 3-1fav (7-12) Chased leaders, led well over 1f out, soon hung left, held on well, won at Redcar 6f Lstd auc stks (1) gs in Oct beating Codemaster (8-6) by 1 1/4l, 22 ran.
Lily Again 20-1 (9-1) Raced far side in touch, ridden and weakened over 1f out, 10th of 14, 12l behind Zoowraa (8-12) at Newbury 7f 2yo fll Listed stks (1) gs in Oct.
Qushchi 11-1 (9-0) Tracked leaders, ridden and effort over 1f out, stayed on inside final furlong to lead towards finish, won at Newmarket 7f 2yo fll mdn (4) gs in Oct beating Choral (9-0) by 1l, 18 ran.
Show Rainbow 2-1fav (9-0) Close up, led over 2f out, ridden clear approaching final furlong, pushed out, won at Leicester 6f 2yo flls mdn auc stks (6) hvy in Oct beating Swimsuit (9-0) by 4l, 12 ran.
Sing Softly (USA) 7-2 (8-12) Always prominent, disputed lead before halfway, led well over 1f out, driven out and kept on well final furlong, won at Curragh 7f 3yo lst stk (1) sft beating Defining Year (9-1) by 1l, 6 ran.
Strictly Pink (IRE) 9-1 (8-4) Dwelt in rear, headway to squeeze between horses 1f out, driven and ran on to lead post, won at Pontefract 6f 3yo hcp 0-95 (3) gf beating Lexi's Hero (9-1) by nk, 11 ran.
Sweet Cecily (IRE) 5-1 (8-12) Broke well, led early, tracked leaders, ridden and effort 2f out, led inside final furlong, kept on, won at Newmarket 6f 2yo fll Listed stks (1) gs in Oct beating Question Times (8-12) by 1/2l, 8 ran.