Chigun beat Thistle Bird by a neck with Dank back in fifth in a Listed race over a mile here in the autumn but Roger Charlton's mare is 4lb better off with the winner today and should turn the tables. But the class act looks to be SHIROCCO STAR, who was second in last year's Investec Oaks and Irish Oaks and was also placed at Royal Ascot and in the Group 2 Prix de Royallieu at Longchamp. The drop in distance isn't ideal and very fast ground would be a worry but she deserves to get her head back in front. Semayyel was behind the selection at Ascot in October and neither Bana Wu nor Boonga Roogeta, who was engaged to run here yesterday, look good enough.
Dank 4-1 (8-13) Raced centre held up towards rear, ridden 2f out, stayed on inside final furlong, nearest finish, 5th of 10, 2 1/2l behind Chigun (8-10) at Newmarket 1m fll lst stks (1) gd in Sep.
Bana Wu 15-2 (8-9) In touch on outside, headway to chase leaders 4f out, ridden 2f out, weakened soon after, eased when no chance final furlong, 8th of 14, 19l behind Gallipot (8-9) at Newmarket 1m 4f fll lst stks (1) gd in Sep.
Boonga Roogeta 9-2 (9-0) Chased leader and clear of field, led 3f out, 4 lengths ahead over 1f out, pushed along and held on well, won at Doncaster 1m 2f fll hcp (0-85) (4yo+) (4) gf in Apr beating Opera Box (9-3) by 1/2l, 6 ran.
Chigun 5-1 (8-10) Raced centre tracked leader, joined leader over 1f out, ridden to lead inside final furlong, ran on, won at Newmarket 1m fll lst stks (1) gd in Sep beating Thistle Bird (9-0) by nk, 10 ran.
Semayyel (IRE) 100-1 (8-10) Held up towards rear, headway on inside over 3f out, moderate progress inside final furlong, 5th of 10, 7l behind Sapphire (9-3) at Ascot 1m 4f Grp 2 flls (1) sft in Oct.
Shirocco Star 10-1 (8-10) Took keen hold, held up in touch, steady headway to track leading pair, went 2nd over 2f out, led 2f out, driven over 1f out, headed 1f out, stayed on same inside final furlong, clear 2nd best, 2nd of 10, 2 1/4l behind Sapphire (9-3) at Ascot 1m 4f Grp 2 flls (1) sft in Oct.
Thistle Bird 11-4fav (9-0) Raced centre tracked leaders, ridden over 2f out, no impression over 1f out, driven inside final furlong, ran towards finish, not reach winner, 2nd of 10, nk behind Chigun (8-10) at Newmarket 1m fll lst stks (1) gd in Sep.