A good race or punters over the years with seven winning favourites in the last ten years (if you include one joint favourite), and some pretty decent fillies have taken it over the years including Blue Bayou in 2015. Richard Hannon has sounded quietly confident all week about the chances of Grizzle (14/1 Each Way) who won her first two races at Sandown and Beverley before finding the company a bit too hot at Royal Ascot in the Group Three Albany Stakes. Dropped back to Listed class at Sandown she was a length third to On Her Toes over this seven furlong trip running on strongly and now they know she gets the trip she can and will be ridden a lot more positively here.
Godolphin have won this race with their various trainers over the years and have two decent fillies entered who may both go to post come race time. Charlie Appleby is in the better form of the two main trainers with a one in five success rate of late and he sends Grecian Light (4/1) straight here after winning a course and distance maiden in mid-July. A daughter of Shamardal out of a Tobougg mare she beat Voice Of Truth by half a length despite pulling too hard for her own good early in the race and with improvement likely she ought to be able to go on from there and take a hand in these better races.
Easy Victory (3/1) may be heading for a fall one day with a name that is there to be shot at but so far she has lived up to her moniker with a two length victory here at New on her only race to date over six furlongs. She quickened up in the style of a decent horse that day and then ran on all the way to the line, so the extra furlong is not expected to be a problem, but Saeed Bin Suroor isn’t as hot as his Godolphin rival and the daughter of Dubawi may possibly come out second best here for that reason alone.
With so many unbeaten horses we have to draw the line somewhere in our race preview but every punters friend Richard Fahey has Belle Meade (16/1) in here and she was pretty impressive on her debut at Pontefract when putting daylight between herself and her nearest pursuer. She certainly looked as if the race would do her good and her odds reflected that (11/1), and with improvement assured she may run a lot better than her odds suggest.
To round things off, Richard Hannon has two entries in this race including Nations Alexander (4/1), as the daughter of Dark Angel looks for win number two of the season after scoring at Newmarket on heavy ground. Last time out she was third to Roly Poly and ahead of Bletchley in the Cherry Hinton and with rain forecast to take the sting out of the ground, she may yet be run a half decent race.