Godolphin often target this prize and having seen ALBASHARAH spectacularly unseat her rider at the start of last year's renewal, there would be poetic justice for those backers were she able to land this race on her seasonal reappearance. The boys in blue also give Tasaday a first British start having acquired the filly out of the Andre Fabre stable last term. A winner of a Listed race at Meydan on her second start for Saeed Bin Suroor, she has to carry a 3lb penalty for those labours. Regardez failed to show her form in the Oaks though she appreciated the drop in grade to land the Hoppings Stakes at Newcastle and could still be open to further improvement. Wall Of Sound attempts to graduate out of handicaps while Tahira was well held in the John Smith's Cup and has more to do here.
Tasaday (USA) 16-1 (8-9) 9th of 13, 22l behind Just A Way (9-0) at Meydan(UAE) 1m 1f Grp 1 (1) gd in Mar.
Albasharah (USA) 4-5fav (9-4) Unruly and rider unable to remove hood when stalls opened, left start, took no part, in a race won by Hippy Hippy Shake (9-4) at York 1m 2f fll lst stks (1) gf in Jul '13, 6 ran.
Raskova (USA) 5-1 (9-10) Tracked leader until 6f out, tracked leaders on inside, effort on inside 2f out, soon driven, stayed on inside final furlong, went 2nd close home, not reach winner, 2nd of 11, 3/4l behind Charles Camoin (9-11) at Ascot 1m 2f hcp 0-90 (3) gf.
Regal Hawk 11-1 (9-5) Tracked leaders, ridden to chase winner from over 1f out, no impression, stayed on same pace, 2nd of 7, 6l behind Regardez (8-7) at Newcastle 1m 2f fll lst stks (1) gf in Jun.
Tahira (GER) 9-1 (8-13) Tracked leaders, outpaced over 2f out, weakened over 1f out, 12th of 16, 13l behind Farraaj (9-11) at York 1m 2f hcp (2) gf.
Wall Of Sound 10-1 (9-0) Led 2f, tracked leader, ridden 2f out, led well inside final furlong, headed near finish, 2nd of 9, 1/2l behind Secret Gesture (9-0) at Nottingham 1m 2f fll lst stks (1) gf in Jun.
Regardez 7-1 (8-7) Led early, chased leader, led over 2f out, clear over 1f out, in no danger after, easily, won at Newcastle 1m 2f fll lst stks (1) gf in Jun beating Regal Hawk (9-5) by 6l, 7 ran.
Flycatcher Evensfav (9-4) Tracked leader, ridden over 1f out, kept on to take 2nd towards finish, 2nd of 7, 2 3/4l behind Mu'ajiza (9-10) at Hamilton 1m flls hcp 0-80 (4) gd in Jun.