Dalkala won this for France last year and went on to land the Group 1 Prix De L'Opera with Thistle Bird a very close third, Gifted Girl fifth and Secret Gesture well below her best in last. Roger Charlton's mare had Gifted Girl just under a length behind when landing the Princess Elizabeth Stakes at Epsom and should confirm the form but it's AMBIVALENT who looks the one to beat. She was beaten just a length here a year ago before landing the Group 1 Pretty Polly at the Curragh and arrives in top form having run a superb race behind two top-class performers in the lucrative Dubai Sheema Classic at Meydan. Sir Michael Stoute likes this race so it's no surprise to see the lightly raced Mango Diva taking a step-up in class after victories at Listed and Group 3 level.
The Lark 6-1 (8-6) 7th of 15, 10l behind Tac De Boistron (9-4) at Longchamp(FR) 1m 7f Grp 1 (1) hvy in Oct.
My Ambivalent (IRE) 50-1 (8-9) 3rd of 15, 2l behind Gentildonna (8-9) at Meydan(UAE) 1m 4f Grp 1 (1) gd in Mar.
Gifted Girl (IRE) 7-1 (9-0) Close up, headway over 2f out, ridden and every chance over 1f out, kept on one pace, 3rd of 7, 3 1/2l behind Esoterique (9-0) at Newmarket 1m 1f flls Grp 3 (1) gf.
Mango Diva 7-4fav (9-0) Held up in touch in last, went 5th before halfway, ridden in 4th 2f out, headway to lead 1f out, stayed on well final furlong, won at Gowran Park 1m 1f flls Group 3 stks (1) gd in Sep beating Uleavemebreathless (9-0) by 1l, 6 ran.
Odeliz (IRE) 15-2 (9-0) In rear, ridden 2f out, never nearere, 5th of 7, 6l behind Esoterique (9-0) at Newmarket 1m 1f flls Grp 3 (1) gf.
Quiz Mistress 16-1 (8-11) Awkwardly away in rear, ridden over 2f out, never nearer, 7th of 9, 7l behind Cubanita (9-0) at Newbury 1m 4f Grp 3 (1) gd in Apr.
Secret Gesture 9-2 (8-11) last of 9, 6l behind Dalkala (9-2) at Longchamp(FR) 1m 2f flls Grp 1 (1) sft in Oct.
Sinaadi (IRE) 3-1 (9-4) Led, headed over 1f out, no extra inside final furlong, 2nd of 6, 2 1/2l behind Noble Protector (9-2) at Bath 1m 2f flls hcp 0-80 (4) fm in Apr.
Thistle Bird 12-1 (9-2) 3rd of 9, 1/2l behind Dalkala (9-2) at Longchamp(FR) 1m 2f flls Grp 1 (1) sft in Oct.