Three-year-olds have won six of the last nine renewals. Irish-trained runners have a good record and Tony Martin will be hoping for a big run from Dark Crusader, who won the Melrose Handicap here a year ago and finished runner-up in a Group 3 at Cork last time. Dermot Weld's STARLET had little to beat at Leopardstown but did it in the style of a Pattern Race performer. A daughter of Sea The Stars, she has the potential to do much better and is taken to take the step-up in grade in her stride. Arabian Comet stepped into Group company at Goodwood and did well to finish runner-up to Missunited with Waila just behind. The latter has a chance of turning the tables over this shorter trip and at the revised weights and is suggested as the main threat. Momentus, mid-division in the Oaks at Epsom, made all for an easy maiden success at Nottingham and is progressing well enough to get involved.
Noble Protector 12-1 (9-2) Keen tracked leaders, not clear run over 2f out, switched left and headway to lead approaching final furlong, ridden clear, won at Newmarket 1m 4f fll lst stks (1) gf in Jul beating Criteria (8-4) by 5l, 14 ran.
Dark Crusader (IRE) 9-1 (9-9) Held up towards rear, 11th over 5f out, pushed along and closed into 3rd over 2f out, ridden 1 1/2f out, kept on well for 2nd without reaching winner, 2nd of 12, 3 1/2l behind Edelmira (8-12) at Cork 1m 4f flls Group 3 stks (1).
Quiz Mistress 7-1 (9-4) Held up in touch, headway on inside 3f out, soon tracking leaders, ridden over 1f out, keeping on disputing 3rd and going for run on rails when badly hampered 100 yards out, no chance after, 5th of 9, 3 1/2l behind Silk Sari (9-4) at Newbury 1m 4f fll lst stks (1) gd.
Waila 6-1 (9-6) Took keen hold, tracked leading trio, went 2nd over 2f out, challenged and every chance throughout final furlong, just held when carried left and lost 2nd final strides, 3rd of 10, 3/4l behind Missunited (9-6) at Goodwood 1m 6f flls Group 3 stks (1) gf in Jul.
Arabian Comet (IRE) 7-1 (8-6) Held up in last pair, headway over 2f out, chased leaders over 1f out, strong run inside final furlong, went 2nd final strides, not quite reach winner, 2nd of 10, 1/2l behind Missunited (9-6) at Goodwood 1m 6f flls Group 3 stks (1) gf in Jul.
Island Remede 100-1 (9-0) Held up in last pair, pushed along 3f out, ridden and making no progress when hung badly left over 2f out, 11th of 17, 19l behind Taghrooda (9-0) at Epsom Downs 1m 4f 3yo Fll Grp 1 (1) gd in Jun.
Momentus (IRE) 1-2fav (9-0) Made all, shaken up briefly and went clear from over 2f out, eased final 75 yards, won at Nottingham 1m 2f mdn fll stks (5) gf in Jul beating Allegation (9-0) by 4 1/2l, 7 ran.
Queen Of Ice 9-1 (8-4) Keen led after 3f, ridden and headed over 1f out, kept on same pace, 4th of 14, 15l behind Noble Protector (9-2) at Newmarket 1m 4f fll lst stks (1) gf in Jul.
Starlet (IRE) 4-7fav (9-0) Raced mainly in 5th, took closer order from 3f out, improved to dispute on outer over 2f out, ridden to lead 1 1/2f out, soon stretched clear, easily, won at Leopardstown 1m 4f fll mdn stks sft in Jul beating Ode To Psyche (9-0) by 5l, 7 ran.
Stella Bellissima (IRE) 4-1 (8-6) Awkwardly away, took keen hold and soon in mid-division, pushed along edging right and headway on outside tracking leaders 3f out, soon hung right and ridden, weakened well over 1f out, 6th of 10, 9l behind Missunited (9-6) at Goodwood 1m 6f flls Group 3 stks (1) gf in Jul.