Arnold Lane's defection has depleted further what was already a disappointing turnout for a race that often proves informative. Betty Fontaine was also engaged at Windsor yesterday which means that Mick Channon, responsible for three of the four entries, must be confident of the chances of PRINCESS BANU. She is more exposed than Alan McCabe's Sans Loi but has been keeping decent company and her latest fifth in the Woodcote Stakes at Epsom was another sound effort.
Arnold Lane (IRE) 7-2 (9-2) Chased leaders, ridden over 1f out, every chance inside final furlong, one pace, 4th of 5, 1 1/2l behind Gabrial (9-2) at Beverley 5f 2yo stks (2) gf in May.
Sans Loi (IRE) 14-1 (9-1) Raced towards far side, soon chased leaders, ridden 2f out, weakened entering final furlong, 13th of 15, 13l behind Bapak Chinta (9-1) at Royal Ascot 5f 2yo Grp 2 (1) gs.
Betty Fontaine (IRE) 7-2 (8-8) Bumped start, chased leaders, headway over 1f out, led inside final furlong, hung left under pressure, ridden out, won at Bath 5f 2yo juv stk (4) gd beating Cape Moss (8-11) by 1 1/2l, 6 ran.
Princess Banu 16-1 (8-9) Raced in 5th on inside and off the pace, went modest 4th inside final 3f, ridden and weakened over 1f out, dropped to 5th last strides, 5th of 8, 4l behind Fulbright (9-0) at Epsom Downs 6f Listed stks 2yo (1) gf.