With a decent pace likely this race could be run to suit the improving NOURIYA and Sir Michael Stoute's filly is selected ahead of Les Fazzani and Off Chance. A daughter of Danehill Dancer, the selection has improved with each start and was rewarded with victory last time out at Newbury. The second home has since franked the form by only finding the Irish Oaks third Miss Jean Brodie too strong at Doncaster and with further improvement to come she can chase the likely strong pace and strike on for victory. Les Fazzani is one of the pace options in the race and this classy mare is having a great season. She wasn't at her best in the Lancashire Oaks but the rain that has fallen this week will suit and a bold bid is expected. Off Chance gained some 'Black Type' at Pontefract and this improving filly is not discounted as she steps up in trip, Copperbeech has been off for a while but finished in-front of Les Fazzani at Doncaster in November, whilst Acquainted was outclassed in the Ribblesdale but the drop in grade should suit and on a form line through Gertrude Bell she has a good chance of beating the selection. Mudaaraah has kept some good company this season but the worry is that this trip stretches her, a comment that doesn't apply to Bikini Babe who stays well and this grand filly might be able to dominate this field if getting out in front. An open renewal of this race then and the vote is given to Nouriya.
Off Chance 8-1 (8-12) Ponied to start, slowly into stride, held up in last pair, going well 2f out, headway soon after, not clear run and switched right to outside over 1f out, driven and strong run inside final furlong, led near finish, won going away, won at Pontefract 1m fll lst stks (1) gf beating Please Sing (8-12) by 3/4l, 9 ran.
Copperbeech (IRE) 17-2 (8-10) Tracked leaders, every chance over 1f out, not quicken well inside final furlong, 3rd of 19, 2l behind Queen Of Pentacles (8-10) at Doncaster 1m 2f fll lst stks (1) sft in Nov.
Acquainted 16-1 (8-12) Quickly away, soon crossed over to lead, headed 3f out, weakening when hampered on rail 2f out, last of 11, 37l behind Hibaayeb (8-12) at Royal Ascot 1m 4f 3yo fll Grp 2 (1) gf in Jun.
Bikini Babe (IRE) 10-1 (8-12) Held up in touch, stumbled and lost place over 6f out, soon pushed along, struggling towards rear and no chance when hampered on outside over 2f out, tailed off, 10th of 11, 33l behind Hibaayeb (8-12) at Royal Ascot 1m 4f 3yo fll Grp 2 (1) gf in Jun.
Mudaaraah 14-1 (8-13) Held up towards rear, ridden along over 2f out, no progress until went past weakening rivals inside final furlong, 9th of 17, 9l behind Timepiece (9-5) at Royal Ascot 1m Fillies Listed Handicap (0-110) (3yo) (1) gf in Jun.
Nouriya 8-11fav (9-0) Held up in touch, improved over 3f out, led over 2f out, quickened inside final furlong, ran on well, won at Newbury 1m 2f 3yo fll mdn (5) gf in Jun beating Marywell (9-0) by 3l, 10 ran.
Totally Ours 22-1 (8-12) Chased leading trio, ridden along on outer 3f out, driven and not quicken in 4th over 2f out, one pace final furlong, 4th of 7, 7l behind Virginia Hall (8-12) at Sandown 1m 3yo fll lst stsk (1) gf.
Les Fazzani (IRE) 13-2 (9-5) Prominent, lost place over 8f out, headway on outside over 3f out, ridden over 2f out, no extra inside final furlong, 4th of 10, 6l behind Barshiba (9-5) at Haydock 1m 4f Grp 2 flls (1) gf.