Say has leading claims on her earlier second to subsequent Group 1 winner Dank but has since found the older Along Came Casey too good in a Listed contest at Gowran. Songbird was expected to remain unbeaten when sent off favourite at Newbury but came up just short and is closely matched with Cushion on that form. Coquet has been nowhere near her best so far this year while Star Lahib is progressive but facing much tougher opposition having won three times in handicaps this season. Lady Nouf was beaten a length in similar company here last month while stablemate OUR OBSESSION won over 1m2f at this track a day later. With today's longer trip likely to suit, the latter gets a speculative vote to find the necessary improvement in a tricky renewal.
Bite Of The Cherry 10-1 (9-3) Led, raced wide of pack until over 6f out, headed over 2f out, soon weakened and eased, last of 9, 23l behind Seal Of Approval (9-3) at Newbury 1m 4f fll lst stks (1) gd.
Coquet 16-1 (9-5) Tracked leaders, ridden over 2f out, soon beaten, last of 8, 7l behind Emirates Queen (9-5) at Haydock 1m 4f Grp 2 flls (1) gf in Jul.
Eastern Destiny 16-1 (9-3) Soon pushed along in rear, never on terms, 12th of 13, 12l behind Ribbons (8-10) at Goodwood 1m 1f flls hcp 0-95 (3) gs in Jul.
Rio's Rosanna (IRE) 7-1 (9-7) Awkwardly away keen held up, headway and switched right over 1f out, ridden to lead briefly inside final furlong, 2nd of 8, 3/4l behind Kiama Bay (9-1) at Pontefract 1m 4f hcp 0-95 (3) gd.
Songbird (IRE) 15-8fav (9-3) Mid-division, headway over 1f out, every chance inside final furlong, no extra close home, 2nd of 9, nk behind Seal Of Approval (9-3) at Newbury 1m 4f fll lst stks (1) gd.
Star Lahib (IRE) 5-1 (9-11) Held up in 7th, headway on inside over 2f out, chased leaders 2f out, led over 1f out, came clear final furlong, stayed on strongly, won at Ascot 1m 4f hcp 0-95 (3) gd beating Sadler's Risk (9-12) by 4 1/2l, 10 ran.
Bohemian Dance (IRE) 7-4fav (8-13) Close up, ridden over 2f out, kept on to go 3rd inside final furlong, not pace to challenge, 3rd of 11, 4 1/2l behind Zipp (8-13) at Windsor 1m 2f 3yo & 4yo mdn (5) sft.
Cushion 10-1 (8-6) Held up in rear, headway over 1f out, every chance inside final furlong, kept on, 3rd of 9, 1/2l behind Seal Of Approval (9-3) at Newbury 1m 4f fll lst stks (1) gd.
Jathabah (IRE) 16-1 (8-6) In touch in 4th, went 3rd over 6f out, headway over 2f out, ridden and weakened over 1f out, 5th of 8, 9l behind Wild Coco (9-5) at Goodwood 1m 6f flls Group 3 stks (1) gd.
Lady Nouf 7-1 (8-8) Held up in 4th, tracked leading pair 4f out, challenged over 2f out, driven to lead over 1f out, ridden and headed inside final furlong, kept on, held towards finish, 2nd of 6, 1l behind Hippy Hippy Shake (9-4) at York 1m 2f fll lst stks (1) gf in Jul.
Our Obsession (IRE) 11-4fav (9-3) Took keen hold, in touch, headway over 2f out, led over 1f out, edged left inside final furlong, ran on well, won at York 1m 2f flls hcp 0-130 (3) gf in Jul beating Tuscania (9-10) by 3 1/2l, 8 ran.
Say (IRE) 5-2 (9-0) Settled mid-division, 6th halfway, ridden in 4th 2f out, no impression over 1f out, kept on final furlong, just held for 2nd, 3rd of 11, 3 1/2l behind Along Came Casey (9-11) at Gowran Park 1m 1f fll lst stks (1) gd.