Cayenne Pepper won this a year ago and has been competing exclusively at Group 1 level subsequently without hitting the same heights. Last year’s dual classic winner LOVE hasn’t quite been at her best in her two recent starts though it wouldn’t be a surprise to see her bounce back and she holds Thundering Nights on a line through Audarya, whom she beat on her reappearance. The latter finished in front of Joseph O’Brien’s filly at Deauville last time. La Petite Coco deservedly takes her chance at the highest level after demolishing her rivals in a Cork Grade 3. However, she takes on high-class opposition for the first time and her recent victories have all come on ground with plenty of give.
Love (IRE) 11-4 (9-3) Tracked leaders, pushed along 3f out, led briefly well over 2f out, ridden and headed over 2f out, stayed on one pace, 3rd of 7, 6 1/2l behind Mishriff (9-6) at York 1m 2f Grp 1 stks (1) gd in Aug.
Thundering Nights (IRE) 3-1 (8-13) Always handy, stayed on from 2f out, not reach leaders, 3rd of 8, 1 1/4l behind Grand Glory (8-13) at Deauville 1m 2f Grp 1 stks gs in Aug.
Amma Grace (IRE) 4-1fav (9-7) Towards rear, ridden 2f out, never near leaders, 7th of 11, 9 1/4l behind Forbearance (9-7) at York 1m 4f lst fll stks (1) gd in Aug.
Cayenne Pepper (IRE) 18-1 (8-13) Held up, effort 2f out, stayed on, 5th of 8, 4 1/4l behind Grand Glory (8-13) at Deauville 1m 2f Grp 1 stks gs in Aug.
Insinuendo (IRE) 25-1 (8-13) Ridden to challenge 2f out, faded final furlong, last of 8, 5 3/4l behind Grand Glory (8-13) at Deauville 1m 2f Grp 1 stks gs in Aug.
La Petite Coco (IRE) 2-1fav (9-1) In touch, 4th halfway, progress over 3f out, closed travelling well 2 1/2f out, soon led, asserted and ridden over 1f out, ran on well, easily, won at Cork 1m 4f Grp 3 fll stks (1) sft in Aug beating Thunder Kiss (10-0) by 5 1/2l, 10 ran.
Oodnadatta (IRE) 9-2 (9-2) Mid-division, ridden 3f out, under pressure in 8th 2f out, kept on well inside final furlong to go 3rd close home, 3rd of 13, 1 1/2l behind Acanella (9-2) at Curragh 1m 1f Grp 3 fll stks (1) gd in Aug.
Woodland Garden (IRE) 11-1 (9-1) Led, ridden 2 1/2f out, headed under 2f out, kept on same pace from over 1f out, 2nd of 9, 2 1/4l behind Haparanda (9-9) at Galway 1m 4f lst fll stks (1) gd in Sep.
Lovely Esteem 14-1 (9-2) Mid-division, ridden to progress on inner 2f out, under pressure in 6th 1f out, kept on same pace final furlong, 7th of 13, 4 1/4l behind Acanella (9-2) at Curragh 1m 1f Grp 3 fll stks (1) gd in Aug.