Valencha is decent on her day but has been struggling to recapture her best this year. Free Verse won at Newmarket before finishing fourth in a Listed contest at Ascot but Richard Hughes appears to have deserted her in favour of Sylvester Kirk's MY SHARONA, who has been in cracking form lately. The grey continues to climb the weights but won a shade cosily at Goodwood last time and won't be inconvenienced by the slightly longer trip. Alice's Dancer beat Elusive Flame at Newmarket last month but there shouldn't be much to choose between the pair on today's revised terms while Baheeja and Dance Company have been thriving in lesser contests and shouldn't be disgraced at this level. Monday's penalised Ffos Las winner Fillionaire may find this too tough, however, while Askaud's best form is over further.
Valencha 33-1 (8-10) Raced far side, held up in last pair, some headway when hung left over 1f out, never on terms, 15th of 23, 12l behind Eton Forever (9-8) at Royal Ascot 7f hcp 105 (2) sft in Jun.
Free Verse 11-2 (8-7) Held up in last trio, pushed along and outpaced over 3f out, rallied on outside over 4f out, went 4th inside final furlong, 4th of 7, 4l behind Thistle Bird (9-5) at Ascot 1m fll lst stks (1) fm in Jul.
Russian Rave 16-1 (9-2) Held up in rear, pushed along on outside 3f out, never a factor, 11th of 14, 11l behind Regal Realm (8-10) at Goodwood 7f flls Group 3 stks (1) gd in Aug.
Deire Na Sli (IRE) 66-1 (7-7) Chased leaders, pushed along 3f out, weakened over 2f out, 23rd of 27, 18l behind Field Of Dream (8-11) at Ascot 7f hcp (2) gd in Jul.
Askaud (IRE) 6-1 (9-6) Tracked leaders, ridden over 2f out, not clear run well over 1f out, unable to quicken inside final furlong, 7th of 20, 3 1/2l behind Uppercut (9-3) at Goodwood 1m hcp 0-90 (3) gd in Jul.
Poetic Dancer 12-1 (9-4) Held up, headway to chase leaders 2f out, weakened final furlong, 11th of 13, 10l behind Bronze Angel (9-2) at Doncaster 1m 3yo hcp 0-95 (3) gd in May.
Elusive Flame 6-4fav (9-0) Led, took keen hold, saddle looked to slip slightly forward halfway, ridden over 1f out, headed inside final stayed on, 2nd of 5, 3/4l behind Alice's Dancer (8-8) at Newmarket 7f flls hcp 0-95 (3) gf in Aug.
My Sharona 6-4fav (8-12) Tracked leaders, went 2nd 2f out, nudged into lead inside final furlong, cosily, won at Goodwood 6f flls hcp 0-95 (3) gs in Aug beating Six Wives (8-12) by 3/4l, 6 ran.
Baheeja 15-8fav (9-4) Tracked leader, led over 1f out, ran on well, comfortably, won at Folkestone 7f 3yo hcp 0-80 (4) gf in Aug beating Fabled City (8-13) by 2l, 6 ran.
Dance Company Evensfav (9-8) Tracked leaders, effort on inside over 1f out, led inside final furlong, ran on, won at Wolverhampton 7f fll hcp (4) pol in Aug beating Al Mayasah (9-4) by 3/4l, 8 ran.
Alice's Dancer (IRE) 8-1 (8-8) Awkward start, held up, took keen hold, switched right over 2f out, headway over 1f out, led inside final furlong, driven out, won at Newmarket 7f flls hcp 0-95 (3) gf in Aug beating Elusive Flame (9-0) by 3/4l, 5 ran.
Fillionaire 11-4fav (9-5) Made all, pushed along over 1f out, ridden and ran on well inside final furlong, won at Ffos Las 6f flls hcp 0-80 (4) sft beating Supreme Spirit (9-5) by 1 1/4l, 9 ran.