There was little between fourth-placed Astonishing and Khione in the John Porter at Newbury back in April. But neither have improved on that form in subsequent starts so CRITERIA rates the selection. She was beaten less than a length by Bracelet in the Ribblesdale at Ascot last month and has to go close with a similar effort. She shares ownership with the Haggas fillies Rock Choir and Queen Of Ice with the latter preferred of that pair after finishing ahead of Groovejet and Uchenna in a Listed contest at Newbury. The less exposed fillies to look out for as they step up in class include the Irish raider Dame Lucy, Listed winner Speckled and Kallisha.
Special Meaning 16-1 (9-0) Led until 3f out, stayed on same pace from over 1f out, no impression on leaders inside final furlong, 5th of 11, 4 1/2l behind Sultanina (9-0) at Haydock 1m 4f flls Grp 3 (1) gs in May.
Astonishing 14-1 (9-5) In touch, ridden over 2f out, weakened final furlong, 7th of 9, 9l behind Pomology (9-5) at Haydock 1m 4f Grp 2 flls (1) gs.
Dame Lucy (IRE) 7-1 (8-9) Tracked leaders and 5th halfway, headway into 3rd early straight, soon ridden and no impression inside final furlong, kept on same pace, 3rd of 11, 1 1/4l behind Teocht (8-7) at Leopardstown 1m 4f hcp sft in Oct.
Flemish School 20-1 (9-0) In rear, pushed along over 2f out, soon weakened, last of 6, 24l behind Windhoek (9-5) at Sandown 1m 2f Listed stks (1) gf.
Khione 9-1 (9-0) Mid-division, pushed along over 4f out, lost place over 3f out, 9th of 11, 11l behind Sultanina (9-0) at Haydock 1m 4f flls Grp 3 (1) gs in May.
Noble Protector 14-1 (9-0) Chased leaders, ridden and every chance over 1f out, kept on and held towards finish, 2nd of 9, 1l behind Special Meaning (9-0) at Goodwood 1m 4f fll lst stks (1) gs in May.
Rock Choir 12-1 (9-0) In touch, ridden over 2f out, rider dropped whip over 1f out, effort entering final furlong, no impression towards finish, 5th of 9, 2 1/2l behind Secret Gesture (9-0) at Nottingham 1m 2f fll lst stks (1) gf in Jun.
Speckled (USA) 10-1 (8-8) Tracked leader, led after 2f, ridden clear over 1f out, kept on strongly, won at Lingfield 1m 5f flls lst stks (1) pol in Oct beating Livia's Dream (9-2) by 1 3/4l, 13 ran.
Anipa 33-1 (9-0) Tracked leaders on outside, pushed along over 3f out, weakened well over 2f out, 15th of 17, 35l behind Taghrooda (9-0) at Epsom Downs 1m 4f 3yo Fll Grp 1 (1) gd in Jun.
Criteria (IRE) 20-1 (9-0) Raced in mid-division on outside, quick move on outside to chase leaders 4f out, ridden disputing 3rd 2f out, chased winner approaching final furlong, stayed on inside final furlong but lost 2nd final strides, 3rd of 12, 3/4l behind Bracelet (9-0) at Royal Ascot 1m 4f 3yo fll Grp 2 (1) gf in Jun.
Groovejet 66-1 (9-0) Prominent, edged right over 4f out, pushed along over 3f out, stayed on same pace, no impression from over 1f out, 5th of 9, 4 1/2l behind Eastern Belle (9-0) at Newbury 1m 2f 3yo lst fll (1) gf in Jun.
Kallisha 8-1 (9-0) Held up in mid-division, pushed along 3f out, headway over 1f out, stayed on, not trouble leaders, 4th of 10, 2 1/4l behind Honor Bound (9-0) at Lingfield 1m 3f 3yo lst fll (1) gd in May.
Queen Of Ice 5-1 (9-0) Prominent on outside, led after 1f, ridden and headed over 1f out, stayed on same pace inside final furlong, lost 2nd towards finish, 3rd of 9, 1 1/2l behind Eastern Belle (9-0) at Newbury 1m 2f 3yo lst fll (1) gf in Jun.
Uchenna (IRE) 16-1 (9-0) In touch, pushed along and effort from over 2f out, no extra inside final furlong, 6th of 9, 4 1/2l behind Eastern Belle (9-0) at Newbury 1m 2f 3yo lst fll (1) gf in Jun.