Tabassum may yet prove up to this level but we're happy to take her on with JACQUELINE QUEST; Golden Stream and Puff are just about the pick of the rest in a race possibly lacking depth. With eight of the last 10 winners of this having been provided by the classic generation our inclination is to look towards the three-year-olds and Jacqueline Quest stands out, both on her demoted Guineas second and a fine third in the Coronation Stakes at Royal Ascot. Clearly a filly who has improved with time, she deserves to underline her progression with a victory and has been found a fine opportunity. Tabassum was well held behind our selection at Ascot and those expecting improvement - it was after all her first start in 244 days - might be advised to heed the words of connections, who were keen to point out that this filly lacks a bit of scope and isn't sure to have made the transition from two to three. This will tell us more, but that combined with the slightly dubious form of the yard is enough for us to look elsewhere. The latter concern applies also to her stable companion Golden Stream, who has the assistance of Ryan Moore in the plate. Over this trip her record reads 1-1-10-1-2, but it has to be a concern that the 10th placed finish came in this last year on her sole visit to Goodwood. The other defeat came behind Pyrrha at Lingfield earlier this term and Chris Wall's runner has only suffered defeat once over this distance herself, but she's conceding 3lbs to Golden Stream here and was possibly fortunate to beat her that day. Both are four-year-olds anyway so perhaps Puff can take their measure by going close. Ralph Beckett's filly was too keen to do herself justice in the Coronation Stakes and would be a threat on her Fred Darling win despite the fact that form hasn't quite worked out as might've been hoped. Mistic Magic has plenty to find with Puff and looks set to be outclassed while last year's winner Summer Fete will do well to win this after a 327-day absence, especially with ground conditions set to be on the fast side for her. Jacqueline Quest is a shade better than this grade and is taken to demonstrate that belief by taking home top honours.
Pyrrha 12-1 (8-12) Chased winner, ridden 3f out, lost 2nd over 2f out, weakened quickly soon after, last of 10, 30l behind Strawberrydaiquiri (8-12) at Royal Ascot 1m fll Grp 2 stks (1) gf in Jun.
Golden Stream (IRE) 20-1 (8-12) Held up in last trio, switched right over 2f out, one pace in 5th over 1f out, kept on inside final furlong, 5th of 10, 5l behind Strawberrydaiquiri (8-12) at Royal Ascot 1m fll Grp 2 stks (1) gf in Jun.
Summer Fete (IRE) 33-1 (8-8) 8th of 9, 14l behind Aqlaam (9-2) at Longchamp(FR) 1m Grp 1 gs in Sep.
Tropical Paradise (IRE) 15-2 (8-12) Towards rear on inside, headway on outside 2f out, cahsed leaders over 1f out, disputing lead inside final furlong, unable to quicken well inside final furlong, 3rd of 9, 2l behind Off Chance (8-12) at Pontefract 1m fll lst stks (1) gf.
Puff (IRE) 20-1 (9-0) Pulled hard early, tracked leading pair, went 2nd over 2f out until 2f out, soon driven and weakened over 1f out, 10th of 13, 11l behind Lillie Langtry (9-0) at Royal Ascot 1m 3yo Fll Grp 1 (1) gf in Jun.
Blue Angel (IRE) 12-1 (8-7) Tracked leaders, pushed along over 2f out, weakened over 1f out, last of 7, 8l behind Field Day (8-7) at Ascot 1m fll lst stks (1) gd.
Jacqueline Quest (IRE) 6-1 (9-0) Held up in 6th, headway on outside over 2f out, hung right and went 3rd over 1f out, no impression on leading duo, 3rd of 13, 3 1/2l behind Lillie Langtry (9-0) at Royal Ascot 1m 3yo Fll Grp 1 (1) gf in Jun.
Mistic Magic (IRE) 16-1 (8-8) Took keen hold, held up, pushed along 3f out, ridden over 2f out, no impression well over 1f out, 6th of 9, 10l behind Rulesn'regulations (9-4) at Goodwood 7f stks 0-95 (2) gd.
Strictly Dancing (IRE) 8-1 (9-2) Led, hung right from over 2f out, ridden and headed narrowly over 1f out, led again inside final furlong, headed final strides, 2nd of 13, nk behind Folly Bridge (9-2) at Newmarket 7f 3yo fll hcp 0-100 (2) gf.
Tabassum (IRE) 12-1 (9-0) Took keen hold, soon chased leader, ridden and lost 2nd over 2f out, weakened well over 1f out, 11th of 13, 20l behind Lillie Langtry (9-0) at Royal Ascot 1m 3yo Fll Grp 1 (1) gf in Jun.