Marketing Mix and Zagora head the home contingent with the former preferred having won a Grade 1 over C&D last time. However, both were beaten earlier in the year when coming up against a couple of today's European raiders. I'm A Dreamer beat Marketing Mix in the Beverley D at Arlington in August with Up well behind but couldn't follow-up in the Flower Bowl at Belmont when Nahrain bounced back to form. Roger Varian's filly beat Zagora on that occasion and Frankie was on board when she finished runner-up in this race last year at Churchill Downs. She'll be thereabouts again along with The Fugue whose latest victory in the Nassau Stakes suggests today's distance may well be her optimum trip but the French filly RIDASIYNA makes most appeal. The three-year-old has made rapid strides this year culminating in a three length defeat of good yardstick Izzi Top in the Prix De L'Opera last month and Mikel Delzangles charge may not have finished improving yet.
Star Billing (USA) 10-1 (8-9) 4wd into lane,wkened, 6th of 9, 7l behind Love And Pride (8-12) at Santa Anita(USA) 1m fll stks Grp 1 (1) in Sep.
Zagora (FR) 10-3 (8-9) Inched clr 1/8p,caught, 2nd of 9, 1/2l behind Nahrain (8-9) at Belmont Park(USA) 1m 2f Grp 1 (1) in Sep.
Stormy Lucy (USA) 14-1 (8-4) Came out 1/8,late 3rd, 3rd of 13, 4 1/2l behind Marketing Mix (8-9) at Santa Anita(USA) 1m 2f Grp 1 (1) fm in Sep.
The Fugue 7-4fav (8-11) Held up towards rear, headway to go 2nd over 2f out, ridden to lead entering final furlong, headed towards finish, kept on, 2nd of 6, nk behind Shareta (9-7) at York 1m 4f flls Grp 1 (1) gf in Aug.
Nereid (USA) 15-1 (8-7) 4wd into str,drift in, 2nd of 13, 2 1/4l behind Marketing Mix (8-9) at Santa Anita(USA) 1m 2f Grp 1 (1) fm in Sep.
Lady Of Shamrock (USA) Evensfav (8-10) 6wd into str,led 1/16, won at Del Mar(USA) 1m 1f 3yo Grp 1 (1) fm in Aug beating Stormy Lucy (8-10) by 1/2l, 10 ran.
Up (IRE) 7-1 (8-13) In touch, ridden over 2f out, weakened final furlong, 6th of 8, 5l behind Siyouma (9-3) at Newmarket 1m flls Grp 1 (1) gd in Sep.
Nahrain 5-1 (8-9) 4w upper, gd kick, up, won at Belmont Park(USA) 1m 2f Grp 1 (1) in Sep beating Zagora (8-9) by 1/2l, 9 ran.
Marketing Mix (USA) Evensfav (8-9) 3wd bid,led,cleared, won at Santa Anita(USA) 1m 2f Grp 1 (1) fm in Sep beating Nereid (8-7) by 2 1/4l, 13 ran.
Ridasiyna (FR) 12-1 (8-11) won at Longchamp(FR) 1m 2f flls Grp 1 (1) gs in Oct beating Izzi Top (9-2) by 3 1/2l, 13 ran.
I'm A Dreamer (IRE) 7-2 (8-11) Well rated, gd rally, 4th of 9, 1 1/4l behind Nahrain (8-9) at Belmont Park(USA) 1m 2f Grp 1 (1) in Sep.
In Lingerie (USA) 12-5fav (8-9) Near rail 2nd turn, won at Keeneland(USA) 1m 1f 3yo fll Grp 1 (1) in Oct beating Mystical Star (8-12) by 2l, 13 ran.