steadied start, held up in last pair, 8th straight, steady headway on outside over 2f out, soon edging left on camber, strong challenge approaching final furlong, soon hung back the left, no extra and eased towards finish
We've been waiting for a long time to see SPACIOUS again but we think it will be worth the delay as she's preferred in this top contest to Eva's Request and Red Dune. We last saw the pick struggling a bit for stamina over a 10 furlong trip in a Listed race at Newmarket in October. That run was the closing gambit of an impressive season in which this filly was second in the 1000 Guineas and that is the stand out form in this contest. Fitness is unlikely to be an issue with conditions and trip suiting this filly. Eva's Request has already had three runs this term and a couple of solid efforts culminated in a superb display last time out when she landed a Listed event at Goodwood in similar conditions. Her overall form is not quite up to the standard of the pick's but she is race sharp and going well. Red Dune is another reappearing after a break with her last run an encouraging effort in a Listed race in October. That was after a decent effort in Group company and though she is entitled to go well she looks to have a bit to find on the selection. Alnadana makes a raid from France after placing in a Group Three at Longchamp at the end of last season so needs to be respected but it is the form of Spacious that seems to set the standard.
Alnadana (IRE) (8-8) 5th of 7, 8l behind Vertigineux (8-11) at Saint-cloud(FR) 1m Grp 2 in May.
Eva's Request (IRE) 10-1 (9-9) Held up, headway when not clear run 2f out, quickened up well when gap appeared 1f out, soon led, pushed out, won at Goodwood 1m Listed stks (1) gd in May beating Lady Francesca (8-7) by 2 1/4l, 8 ran.
Red Dune (IRE) 5-1 (8-12) Prominent, ridden over 2f out, one pace final furlong, 4th of 14, 3 1/2l behind Ethaara (8-12) at Newmarket 6f fll lst stks (1) gd in Oct.
Spacious 11-4fav (8-11) Dwelt, held up, good headway over 1f out, soon ridden, kept on, not pace to challenge, 4th of 11, 4l behind Barshiba (9-2) at Newmarket 1m 2f fll lst stks (1) gd in Oct.
Al Sabaheya 12-1 (9-5) Led, ridden and pressed over 1f out, stayed on under pressure, no extra when headed final 75 yards, 2nd of 11, 1/2l behind Mirrored (9-6) at Sandown 1m 3yo hcp 0-85 (4) gd in May.
Badiat Alzaman (IRE) 6-4fav (8-12) Held up, raced keenly, headway over 2f out, led over 1f out, pushed clear when hung right inside final furlong, eased close home, won at Warwick 1m fll mdn auc (5) gf in May beating Storming Sioux (8-12) by 5l, 10 ran.
Baileys Cacao (IRE) 11-2 (8-13) Chased leaders, effort over 2f out, soon one pace, 5th of 7, 7l behind Alyarf (9-0) at Newmarket 7f 3yo lst stks (1) gf in May.
Infamous Angel 10-1 (8-5) Towards rear, some late headway, 6th of 10, 1 1/2l behind San Sicharia (9-3) at Lingfield 7f fll stks Group 3 (1) gf in May.