It's hard to imagine Sir Henry Cecil or John Dunlop having had many runners here in the past but Sir Michael Stoute won the race in 2009 with Ave. Andromeda Galaxy will be having her first start for the Cecil camp after joining from France where she won a Listed race. It's more than likely she's been sent here for some soft ground so connections will be hoping for plenty of rain. Beatrice Aurore represents Dunlop and she won a Group 3 at Chantilly last July. She's been running well without quite getting there and was runner-up in a Group 2 in Turkey last time. CAPONATA heads the home challenge and looks the one to be on. She's been narrowly beaten in Group 3 and 2 events on her two latest starts after landing a Naas Listed contest but has enhanced her reputation on both occasions, particularly when a short-head behind Up at the Curragh a fortnight ago when Soon finished last. Alla Speranza was narrowly beaten by Soon on heavy ground at Killarney but has progressed in the meantime and beat a good field in a Leopardstown Group 3 last time.
Andromeda Galaxy (FR) 22-1 (8-9) 4th of 10, 1l behind Solemia (8-9) at Saint-Cloud(FR) 1m 2f Grp 2 (1) gs in May.
Beatrice Aurore (IRE) (9-6) 2nd of 9, 1/2l behind Rhythm Of Light (9-6) at Istanbul(TUR) 1m Grp 2 flls (1).
Alla Speranza 10-1 (9-0) Settled in 4th, ridden entering straight and headway to lead 1f out, kept on best under pressure, won at Leopardstown 1m 2f Grp 3 (1) gd beating Primevere (9-7) by 1/2l, 5 ran.
Esentepe (IRE) 14-1 (9-2) Tracked leaders, 5th halfway, improved into 3rd 2f out, 4th and no impression entering final furlong, weakened, 6th of 8, 6l behind Famous Name (9-12) at Curragh 1m Grp 3 (1).
Aloof (IRE) 16-1 (8-13) Settled 3rd, 5th early straight, soon ridden, 3rd and kept on inside final furlong, 3rd of 8, 3 1/2l behind Famous Name (9-12) at Curragh 1m Grp 3 (1).
Caponata (USA) 3-1fav (9-0) Tracked leaders in 4th, 3rd and headway early straight, 2nd and challenged over 1f out, led 100 yards from finish, kept on well, headed last strides, lightly in season, 2nd of 8, shd behind Up (9-0) at Curragh 1m 2f Grp 2 flls (1).
Devotion (IRE) 12-1 (9-0) Tracked leader, pushed along into straight, no extra from 2f out, eased when beaten, soon behind, last of 7, 24l behind Up (9-0) at Curragh 1m 1f flls Group 3 stks (1) sft in Aug.
Momentary 8-1 (8-11) Tracked leaders, headway over 3f out, challenged over 2f out, ridden and every chance over 1f out until inside final furlong, no extra, 4th of 8, 7l behind Barefoot Lady (9-4) at York 1m 2f fll lst stks (1) gf in Jul.
Shebella (IRE) 5-1 (9-0) Soon tracked leaders in 4th, no impression under pressure and kept on same pace from 2f out, 7th of 10, 14l behind Twirl (9-0) at Gowran Park 1m 1f fll lst stks (1) gs in Aug.
Soon (IRE) 14-1 (9-0) Always in rear, ridden and weakened entering straight, eased 1 1/2f out, tailed off, last of 8, 40l behind Up (9-0) at Curragh 1m 2f Grp 2 flls (1).