Richard Fahey won this last year with Barefoot Lady and LADYS FIRST can follow suit. She came up against an above average performer in Gifted Girl at Pontefract and earlier efforts behind Duntle at Royal Ascot and a defeat of Dank at Haydock suggest she's up to this. Stablemate Romantic Settings is one of the three-year-old brigade on show but she finished behind tonight's rivals Spicy Dal and Lady Nouf in a Listed contest at Newbury last time and there doesn't seem any reason for a form reversal. Albasharah didn't quite last out 1m4f in the Lancashire Oaks and she'll be difficult to keep out of the frame.
Albasharah (USA) 5-4fav (9-5) Prominent, took keen hold, switched right 3f out, ridden to lead over 1f out, headed final 100 yards, held close home, 3rd of 8, 1l behind Emirates Queen (9-5) at Haydock 1m 4f Grp 2 flls (1) gf.
Hippy Hippy Shake 9-2 (8-12) Dwelt in touch, pushed along over 2f out, headway over 1f out, kept on one pace, 4th of 9, 4 1/2l behind Gifted Girl (8-12) at Pontefract 1m fll lst stks (1) gf.
Ladys First 4-1 (8-12) Close up, ridden over 2f out, led approaching final furlong, headed inside final furlong, stayed on, 2nd of 9, 2l behind Gifted Girl (8-12) at Pontefract 1m fll lst stks (1) gf.
Reckoning (IRE) 9-2 (9-5) Soon handy, went 2nd over 8f out, led 2f out, pressed from over 1f out, headed close home, 2nd of 8, shd behind Making Eyes (9-5) at Newcastle 1m 2f fll lst stks (1) gs in Jun.
Cushion 9-2 (9-0) Took keen hold, held up in touch in mid-division, steady headway over 3f out, went 3rd over 2f out, ridden to lead well over 1f out, stayed on strongly, won at Newbury 1m 2f mdn fll stks (4) gd in Jun beating Bantam (9-0) by 3l, 13 ran.
Lady Nouf 2-1fav (8-12) Led, ridden inside final 2f, edged left and headed approaching final furlong, lost 2nd final 120 yards, just held on for 3rd, 3rd of 9, 4l behind Cruck Realta (8-12) at Newbury 1m 2f 3yo lst fll (1) gd in Jun.
Private Alexander (IRE) 6-1 (9-6) Held up mid-division, hampered over 1f out, soon weakened, 6th of 7, 16l behind Morpheus (9-1) at Ascot 1m 3yo hcp 0-90 (3) gf.
Romantic Settings 4-1 (8-12) Chased leaders, driven along and kept on same pace final 2f, 5th of 9, 6l behind Cruck Realta (8-12) at Newbury 1m 2f 3yo lst fll (1) gd in Jun.
Spicy Dal 22-1 (8-12) Held up towards rear, steady headway on inside 4f out, chased leaders over 2f out, went 3rd over 1f out, stayed on to 2nd final 120 yards, no chance with winner, 2nd of 9, 2 3/4l behind Cruck Realta (8-12) at Newbury 1m 2f 3yo lst fll (1) gd in Jun.