Mahmood Al Zarooni has entered three in this normally informative conditions stakes but Mikael Barzalona has gone for DESERT BLOSSOM ahead of Chesham Stakes third Lovely Pass and Newmarket winner Music Chart and we'll follow suit. Impressive when beating more experienced stablemate Valley Of Queens on debut at HQ, the Shamardal filly is the type to improve further. The Richard Hannon pair Fleeting Smile and Mystical Moment have arguably shown the best form so far and there shouldn't be much to choose between them here while Nice Story and Winsili won their maidens at the first time of asking and are well worth a try at this higher level.
Desert Blossom (IRE) 4-1fav (9-0) Held up in touch, headway and every chance over 1f out, led inside final furlong, ridden and ran on, won at Newmarket 7f 2yo stks (4) gf in Aug beating Valley Of Queens (9-0) by 1/2l, 11 ran.
Fleeting Smile (USA) 11-4 (9-7) Led, pushed along 3f out, ridden and headed over 1f out, kept on one pace, lost 2nd near finish, 3rd of 11, 4l behind Light Up My Life (9-5) at Newmarket 7f 2yo fll hcp (2) gf in Aug.
Lovely Pass (IRE) 8-1 (8-12) Went left start, in rear, hung left from halfway, never a factor, 9th of 10, 16l behind Sendmylovetorose (8-12) at Newmarket 6f 2yo fll Grp 2 (1) sft in Jul.
Music Chart (USA) 8-1 (9-0) Dwelt held up, headway over 1f out, led inside final furlong, ridden and ran on, won at Newmarket 7f 2yo stks (4) gf in Aug beating Sorella Bella (9-0) by 1/2l, 9 ran.
Mystical Moment 11-2 (9-1) In touch, headway on inside over 1f out, stayed on strongly inside final furlong, finished well, not reach leaders, 5th of 13, 3/4l behind Aussie Reigns (7-10) at Goodwood 7f 2yo hcp (2) gd in Aug.
Nice Story (IRE) 11-4fav (8-9) Held up and behind, smooth headway over 3f out, went 2nd over 2f out, led over 1f out, ridden and edged right inside final furlong, stayed on well and on top final 110 yards, won at Chepstow 1m 2yo flls mdn auc stks (5) sft in Aug beating Reveille (9-0) by 2l, 7 ran.
Winsili 4-1 (9-0) Tracked leaders, went 2nd travelling well over 2f out, led over 1f out, pushed clear final furlong and ran on well, won at Newmarket 7f 2yo stks (4) gf in Aug beating Jabhaat (9-0) by 3 1/2l, 13 ran.