The 2011 winner Dancing Rain makes her belated return to action. She handles soft ground and will presumably adopt her usual tactic of taking the lead but may only succeed in setting up the race for GREAT HEAVENS. John Gosden's filly faded a furlong out in the Arc last time, her first outing since July, but she should be a lot sharper today and a repeat of her Irish Oaks victory when beating Shirocco Star and the Epsom Oaks winner Was would probably see her back to winning ways. Testosterone is struggling for form and also has something to find with the selection as does French raider La Pomme D'Amour on collateral form. Vow is another with a bit to prove now but the progressive Sapphire, a Group 3 winner at Cork last time, should go well though Jehannedarc and Semayyel are more difficult to fancy in this company.
Dancing Rain (IRE) (8-7) 16th of 18, 11l behind Snow Fairy (8-11) at Kyoto(JPN) 1m 3f Grp 1 (1) fm in Nov.
Jehannedarc (IRE) 6-1 (9-3) Held up rear of mid-division on rail, not clearest of runs over 2f out, stayed on to 3rd inside final furlong, no extra in 4th final 50 yards, 4th of 14, 3 1/2l behind Gallipot (8-9) at Newmarket 1m 4f fll lst stks (1) gd in Sep.
La Pomme D'amour 9-1 (9-2) 11th of 13, 13l behind Shareta (9-2) at Longchamp(FR) 1m 4f flls Grp 1 (1) gs in Sep.
Sapphire (IRE) 1-7fav (9-12) Soon tracked leader, travelling best from before straight, in front 3f out, clear 2f out, stayed on strongly, easily, won at Cork 1m 4f flls Group 3 stks (1) in Aug beating Demurely (8-12) by 8l, 7 ran.
Testosterone (IRE) 6-1 (9-5) Held up in rear, headway halfway, chased leaders over 5f out, ridden over 2f out, soon beaten, 5th of 9, 9l behind Great Heavens (8-6) at Haydock 1m 4f Grp 2 flls (1) sft in Jul.
Great Heavens 6-1 (8-8) 6th of 18, 11l behind Solemia (9-2) at Longchamp(FR) 1m 4f Grp 1 (1) gs.
Semayyel (IRE) 125-1 (8-10) Close up, led approaching final furlong, ridden clear, comfortable, won at Yarmouth 1m 2f fll lst stks (1) gf in Sep beating Aniseed (8-10) by 5l, 13 ran.
Shirocco Star 5-2fav (8-7) 2nd of 8, shd behind Dalkala (8-7) at Longchamp(FR) 1m 4f Grp 2 flls (1) sft.
Vow 9-4fav (9-0) Close up, ridden and every chance 2f out, no extra inside final furlong, 6th of 14, 6l behind Polygon (9-5) at Newmarket 1m 2f fll lst stks (1) sft.
Was (IRE) 11-2 (8-11) With leader, led halfway, ridden over 1f out, headed entering final furlong, no extra towards finish, 3rd of 6, 2l behind Shareta (9-7) at York 1m 4f flls Grp 1 (1) gf in Aug.