DANIDH DUBAI holds a slender edge over African Skies, April Pride and Apres Choix from their encounter here in the Albany Stakes last month, and she can be fancied to make a bold bid to uphold the form. The Mick Channon-trained selection has improved since being stepped up to six furlongs and is getting better with each outing. The daughter of Noverre was denied a clear passage at Royal Ascot and, as Chris Catlin will no doubt be under orders to keep her out of trouble, we may witness a more forceful performance today. Apres Choix has a mixture of speed and stamina in her pedigree and it is open to debate what will prove to be her best trip. She has a bit to prove this afternoon. As does April Pride, who is beginning to look exposed. Richard Hannon's filly definitely needs at least six furlongs but still appears to have a bit to find with our hope. A similar statement applies to African Skies, who was trailing in her wake when Danidh Dubai made her move in the Albany. Still, she is going the right way and may easily be capable of making the frame. Others to bear in mind include Rosabee, who is thriving just now and deserves her place in the line up after winning her last three starts. This is undoubtedly a much tougher assignment, but she has a willing attitude and can make a good fist of things in this higher grade of competition. Kissing The Camera is also worth noting in the betting, as she could be anything. Jeremy Noseda's filly won her maiden in good style in May and, as she is likely to have improved for the run, the daughter of Galileo is worth noting in the betting. Nevertheless, it is hard to stray away from the Royal Ascot form and, with that in mind Dandhi Dubai has to get the nomination.
African Skies 20-1 (8-12) Held up in rear, pushed along halfway, ridden and stayed on well inside final furlong, 4th of 14, 2 1/2l behind Cuis Ghaire (8-12) at Ascot 6f 2yo fll Grp 3 (1) frm in Jun.
April Pride 9-4fav (8-11) Held up, headway over 1f out, stayed on to take 2nd inside final furlong and closed on winner towards finish, 2nd of 7, 3/4l behind Light The Fire (9-2) at Sandown 5f 2yo lst stk (1) gf.
Ares Choix 50-1 (8-12) Raced keenly, with leader, every chance over 1f out, no extra final furlong, 6th of 14, 3l behind Cuis Ghaire (8-12) at Ascot 6f 2yo fll Grp 3 (1) frm in Jun.
Aunt Nicola 5-1 (8-12) Tracked leaders, ridden over 2f out, kept on inside final furlong, 3rd of 8, 3 1/2l behind Baileys Cacao (8-12) at Newmarket 6f 2yo lst fll (1) frm in Jun.
Carina Nebula (USA) 10-1 (9-0) Led 1f, chased leader after, pushed along over 2f out, stayed on to lead again close home, won at Lingfield 6f 2yo mdn fll (5) pol beating Sterling Sound (9-0) by 3/4l, 8 ran.
Danidh Dubai (IRE) 25-1 (8-12) Held up, pushed along when not clear run over 2f out, headway over 1f out, stayed on well final furlong, 3rd of 14, 2l behind Cuis Ghaire (8-12) at Ascot 6f 2yo fll Grp 3 (1) frm in Jun.
Excellerator (IRE) 10-3 (9-0) Held up, headway over 1f out, every chance entering final furlong, kept on, 3rd of 6, nk behind Rosabee (9-3) at Doncaster 5f nov fll stk (4) gd.
Kissing The Camera 3-1 (9-0) Soon joined leader, led narrowly halfway, pressed from over 1f out, ridden and stayed on well, won at Newmarket 6f 2yo mdn fll (4) gf in May beating Misdaqeya (9-0) by a nk, 8 ran.
Moss Likely (IRE) 18-1 (8-2) Always mid-division, 11th of 23, 3 1/2l behind Jargelle (8-6) at Newbury 5f 2yo aut (2) gd.
Oasis Breeze 8-1 (8-9) Behind in touch, ridden 2f out, not pace to challenge over 1f out, kept on inside final furlong, not reach leaders, 4th of 7, 2 1/2l behind Saxford (9-0) at Newbury 6f 2yo lst stk (1) gf.
Peper Harow (IRE) 28-1 (8-12) In rear, ridden 2f out, kept on final furlong, never dangerous, 4th of 8, 4 1/2l behind Baileys Cacao (8-12) at Newmarket 6f 2yo lst fll (1) frm in Jun.
Pyrrha 7-2 (8-4) Prominent, led after 2f, ridden over 1f out, kept on well, won at Newbury 6f 2yo fll mdn aut (4) gf in Jun beating Qalahari (8-8) by 3 1/2l, 15 ran.
Rosabee (IRE) 11-4 (8-10) In touch, ridden 2f out, effort over 1f out, led inside final furlong, ran on, won at Leicester 6f 2yo hcp (4) gd beating Mister Green (9-7) by 3/4l, 10 ran.
Rose Diamond (IRE) Evensfav (8-12) Keen, tracked leaders on outer, improved 2f out, ridden over 1f out, driven and stayed on to lead towards finish, won at Newmarket 6f 2yo mdn (4) gf in Jun beating Head Down (9-3) by 3/4l, 11 ran.
Royal Raider 22-1 (8-11) Settled in rear, headway over 1f out, stayed on well final furlong, nearest finish, 5th of 7, 4 1/2l behind Light The Fire (9-2) at Sandown 5f 2yo lst stk (1) gf.
Sea of Leaves (USA) 13-2 (8-12) Slowly into stride, pulled hard in rear, never a factor, 6th of 8, 3 1/2l behind Please Sing (8-12) at Newmarket 6f 2yo fll Grp 2 (1) gs.
Sweet Applause (IRE) 4-5fav (8-10) Led, ridden over 1f out, edged right, headed well inside final furlong, 2nd of 10, 1 1/2l behind First City (8-7) at Ripon 6f 2yo mdn fll (5) hvy.