SNOWFALL should have the measure of these. A respectable sixth given the heavy going in the Arc earlier in the month, the Ballydoyle filly rattled-up three Group 1 wins in fine style earlier in the year including at York when beating both Albaflora and a below par Eshaada. Much better is expected from the latter on her earlier second in the Ribblesdale here and she’s preferred to Andrew Balding’s duo Invite and Tribal Craft though stablemate Lady Hayes could also go well having finished runner-up in Lancashire Oaks at Haydock in July when ahead of Mystery Angel. La Joconde will ensure a decent pace for the selection.
Albaflora 16-1 (9-7) In rear, pushed along 3f out, ridden and headway 2f out, chased clear winner over 1f out, kept on one pace, 2nd of 7, 4l behind Snowfall (8-12) at York 1m 4f Grp 1 fll (1) gd in Aug.
Tribal Craft 14-1 (9-5) Steadied start, held up last, headway towards inside chasing leaders over 2f out, 3rd and one pace over 1f out, weakened into 5th close home, 5th of 8, 9 3/4l behind Free Wind (8-9) at Doncaster 1m 7f Grp 2 fll stks (1) gf in Sep.
Eshaada 18-1 (8-12) Keen early, in touch, pushed along 4f out, weakened over 2f out, last of 7, 36 3/4l behind Snowfall (8-12) at York 1m 4f Grp 1 fll (1) gd in Aug.
Invite (IRE) 5-1 (8-4) Held up, headway 2f out, switched wide entering final furlong, led inside final furlong, ran on, won at Chester 1m 4f lst stks (1) gs in Sep beating Alounak (9-3) by 2l, 9 ran.
Lady Hayes (IRE) 10-3 (8-8) Mid-division, nudged along over 2f out, ridden over 1f out, no extra final 100yds, 5th of 7, 6 1/4l behind Lilac Road (8-8) at Salisbury 1m 2f lst fll stks (1) gd in Aug.
La Joconde (IRE) 12-1 (8-13) Slowly into stride, held up, pushed along over 2f out, never on terms, 10th of 15, 9 1/2l behind Ville De Grace (8-13) at Newmarket 1m 2f Grp 3 fll stks (1) gs in Oct.
Mystery Angel (IRE) 8-1 (8-10) Led, ridden and headed 2f out, kept on same pace, 4th of 8, 6 1/4l behind Forbearance (9-3) at Newmarket 1m 4f Grp 3 fll stks (1) gf in Sep.
Snowfall (JPN) 4-1 (8-9) Mid-division, hampered making headway 2f out, stayed on one pace, 6th of 15, 4 1/2l behind Torquator Tasso (9-5) at ParisLongchamp 1m 4f Grp 1 (1) hvy in Oct.