LIGHTNING THUNDER stands out in this. She missed out on landing a Group 2 at this track last month by only a short-head to an Andre Fabre-trained winner and can go one better. Olly Stevens has a strong hand as he also runs Hoku, who had Ventura Mist, Valonia and Blockade behind when second at Ayr last month. Lustrous never figured in the May Hill at Doncaster last time but today's drop back in trip will suit while Marco Botti clearly thinks well of Al Thakhira as he steps her up in class having won a maiden at Yarmouth.
Al Thakhira 5-2fav (9-0) In touch, headway over 1f out, led inside final furlong, ran on, comfortable, won at Yarmouth 6f 2yo stks (5) sft in Sep beating Expect (9-0) by 2 3/4l, 8 ran.
Blockade (IRE) 14-1 (8-12) Tracked leaders, not much room over 2f out, ridden over 1f out, kept on same pace final furlong, never on terms, 8th of 12, 1 3/4l behind Coral Mist (8-12) at Ayr 6f 2yo fll Grp 3 (1) gs in Sep.
Hoku (IRE) 33-1 (8-11) 8th of 12, 11l behind Indonesienne (8-11) at Longchamp(FR) 1m 2yo fll Grp 1 (1) sft.
Ifrika 50-1 (9-0) Mid-division, headway over 2f out, soon chasing leaders, faded final furlong, 4th of 15, 6l behind Mitraad (9-5) at Newmarket 7f 2yo mdn (4) gf in Sep.
Lightning Thunder 15-2 (8-12) Chased leaders, driven to lead over 1f out, soon hung left, headed well inside final furlong, no extra, 2nd of 9, hd behind Miss France (8-12) at Newmarket 7f 2yo fll Grp 3 (1) gf in Sep.
Lustrous 10-1 (8-12) Steadied start, held up in last pair, pushed along and unable to quicken over 2f out, switched left and plugged on inside final furlong, went 4th close home, 4th of 7, 5l behind Ihtimal (8-12) at Doncaster 1m 2yo fll Grp 2 (1) gs in Sep.
Thewandaofu (IRE) 20-1 (8-1) Soon led, ridden and edged left over 1f out, headed well inside final furlong, edged right and kept on close home, 2nd of 12, 1/2l behind Autumn Lily (9-7) at Newmarket 7f 2yo fll hcp (2) gf in Sep.
Valonia 9-4fav (8-12) Led, ridden over 1f out, headed inside final furlong, kept on under pressure, held towards finish, 4th of 12, 1l behind Coral Mist (8-12) at Ayr 6f 2yo fll Grp 3 (1) gs in Sep.
Ventura Mist 10-1 (8-7) Mid-division, headway over 2f out, soon chasing leaders, led inside final furlong, stayed on well, won at Redcar 6f Lstd auc stks (1) gf beating Emirates Flyer (9-2) by nk, 23 ran.