Marie De Medici is a solid yardstick and Principal Role promises much but another chance is given to MUDAARAAH. John Dunlop's filly made a winning start to her career at Folkestone but quickly made her name for herself at the big tracks when winning a Listed race at Sandown and finishing second in a Goodwood Group 3. Her final start of the campaign was a disappointment but she's bred to get better with age and can bounce back. Marie De Medici finished in front of Gallic Star and should do so again but she appears to have had her limitations exposed and of more interest is Principal Role who looks open to the greater improvement. She held on well to prevail in a bunch finish at Yarmouth on debut but proved that the form was useful when taking third in the Nell Gwyn on her reappearance. There was plenty to like about that performance and she looks sure to be better suited by this longer trip and a big run from her here could help cement her position towards the fore of the Oaks market but her price will reflect that and Mudaaraah is worth chancing at bigger odds.
Gallic Star (IRE) 16-1 (8-11) Close up on outside, pushed along 4f out, weakened over 2f out, 7th of 9, 24l behind Rumoush (8-8) at Newmarket 1m 1f 3yo Listed stks (1) gd in Apr.
Mudaaraah 11-2 (8-12) Mid-division, pushed along and not quicken over 2f out, soon no impression, last of 9, 8l behind Hibaayeb (8-12) at Ascot 1m 2yo fll Grp 1 (1) gd in Sep.
Marie De Medici (USA) 8-1 (8-8) Raced wide, soon with leader, led over 2f out, ridden and headed over 1f out, outpaced by winner inside final furlong, lost 2nd near finish, 3rd of 9, 2 3/4l behind Rumoush (8-8) at Newmarket 1m 1f 3yo Listed stks (1) gd in Apr.
Miss Starlight 9-2 (8-9) Held up in rear, ridden and headway 2f out, led inside final furlong, ran on, won at Leicester 1m 2f 3yo hcp 0-95 (3) sft in Apr beating Alrasm (9-7) by nk, 7 ran.
Principal Role (USA) 13-2 (8-12) Held up, headway 3f out, stayed on to 3rd 2f out, stayed on same pace inside final furlong, 3rd of 11, 3l behind Music Show (9-1) at Newmarket 7f 3yo fll Grp 3 (1) gd in Apr.
Red Fantasy (IRE) 7-4fav (9-0) Slowly into stride, soon mid-division, pushed along on outside 3f out, never near leaders, 5th of 12, 9l behind Subtefuge (9-0) at Warwick 7f 2yo fll mdn (5) gf in Sep.
Serafina's Flight 5-1 (8-12) Tracked leaders in 3rd, flashed tail throughout, ridden to lead inside final furlong, edged left, held on well, won at Wolverhampton 1m 1f 3yo mdn auc stks (5) pol in Apr beating Mejd (9-3) by 2l, 4 ran.
Totally Ours 12-1 (9-5) Tracked leader, ridden over 1f out, ran on well inside final furlong to lead last strides, won at Kempton 1m 3yo fll hcp 0-85 (4) pol in Apr beating Gracious Melange (9-5) by nk, 10 ran.