There are some interesting entries in the line up with AKTIA our preferred option ahead of Al Dafa and On Her Way. Our option in this contest kept on really well last time over ten furlongs to hold off the attentions of The Caped Crusader. The filly is trained by Luca Cumani who is having a really good year in terms of his percentage of winners. For a seasonal reappearance her last run was very good and considering she is likely to come on for that run she can get back-to-back wins. Al Dafa trained by Michael Bell has run decently so far this year including a win at Nottingham in May. He had one pace come the finish last time out at Windsor but has every chance of striking gold again here and remains the main danger. On Her Way lost her maiden tag in some style when last seen at this course but was a bit underwhelming at Salisbury subsequently and we avoid her today. We prefer the attentions of Aktia to score.
On Her Way 9-1 (9-9) Tracked leader, weakening when not much room over 1f out, 8th of 9, 23l behind Sea Of Heartbreak (9-12) at Salisbury 1m 2f flls hcp 0-85 (4) gd in Jun.
Al Dafa (USA) 13-8fav (9-4) Held up towards rear, ridden and headway when hung left over 2f out, kept on final furlong, 4th of 12, 4 1/2l behind Onyx Of Arabia (8-13) at Windsor 1m 2f 3yo hcp 0-75 (5) gd in Jun.
Aktia (IRE) 3-1fav (9-4) Raced wide, held up, switched left and headway 3f out to track leaders, ridden to lead 1f out, edged slightly left and stayed on, won at Haydock 1m 2f 3yo hcp 0-70 (5) gd in Jun beating The Caped Crusader (8-12) by 1/2l, 11 ran.
Faith Jicaro (IRE) 16-1 (9-6) In touch, ridden over 2f out, weakened over 1f out, 6th of 12, 5l behind Centime (8-12) at Nottingham 1m 2f 3yo fll hcp 0-75 (5) gs in Jun.
Nelson's Bounty 100-1 (8-13) Switched left start, held up towards rear, switched right well over 1f out, headway over 1f out, stayed on to 4th final 50 yards, 4th of 14, 6l behind Kakatosi (8-13) at Lingfield 7f mdn auc stks (6) pol in Jun.
Granite Girl 4-1 (9-6) Held up, not much room and lost place over 6f out, ridden over 2f out, headway well over 1f out, soon edged left, stayed on same pace inside final furlong, 3rd of 9, 3 1/2l behind Tamtara (9-4) at Wolverhampton 1m 1f 3yo hcp 0-70 (5) pol in Jun.
Edward Whymper 9-4fav (8-12) Held and hampered in running, headway over 1f out, ran on to go 2nd well inside final furlong, always held, 2nd of 9, 1/2l behind New Christmas (9-6) at Lingfield 1m 2yo hco 0-75 (5) pol in Dec.
Mme De Stael 40-1 (8-12) Tracked winner, ridden over 2f out, outpaced from over 1f out, lost 2nd inside final furlong, 3rd of 16, 9l behind Green Lightning (9-3) at Nottingham 1m 2yo mdn (4) sft in Nov.
Black Baccara 50-1 (8-7) Soon led and edged left, ridden over 3f out, headed entering final 2f, soon weakened, last of 11, 34l behind Yabtree (9-1) at Newmarket 1m 3yo hcp 0-75 (5) gf in Jun.
Charpoy Cobra 33-1 (9-0) Close up, ridden and every chance over 2f out, kept on same pace final furlong, 3rd of 11, 5l behind Volatilis (9-0) at Yarmouth 1m 3yo stk 0-65 (6) gd in Jun.
Wavertree Bounty 100-1 (8-12) Raced wide, soon in touch, ridden and every chance over 1f out, weakened quickly final furlong, 9th of 10, 11l behind Centurio (9-3) at Newmarket 1m 2f 3yo mdn (4) gf in Jun.