LUCKY KRISTALE boasts the highest official rating having won a Group 2 at Newmarket last month beating previous Royal Ascot winner Rizeena and today's rival Queen Catrine in the process. That form looks rock-solid and George Margarson's filly can defy a penalty and follow-up. J Wonder is unbeaten and wasn't unduly troubled to land a Newmarket nursery in good style earlier this month. She looks a genuine threat as she's yet to be tested. Merletta must be thought capable of better than she's shown so far taking on much better opposition here while collateral form leaves the likes of Reroute, Wind Fire, Alutiq and Kaiulani all needing to improve to match the selection.
Lucky Kristale 20-1 (8-12) Held up in touch in rear, smooth headway to lead entering final furlong, shaken up, ran on, won at Newmarket 6f 2yo fll Grp 2 (1) gf in Jul beating Rizeena (9-1) by 2 1/4l, 8 ran.
Alutiq (IRE) 9-2 (8-0) Tracked leaders stands side, ridden over 1f out, kept on same pace under pressure inside final furlong, never troubled leaders, 5th of 24, 4l behind Peniaphobia (8-8) at Newbury 5f 2yo aut (2) gf in Jul.
Azagal (IRE) 6-1 (9-7) Raced centre held up, ridden over 1f out, kept on, never a factor, 7th of 15, 7l behind J Wonder (8-13) at Newmarket 6f 2yo fll hcp (2) gd.
J Wonder (USA) 5-4fav (8-13) Raced centre held up towards rear, smooth headway towards far rail to lead over 1f out, pushed along and ran on, comfortable, won at Newmarket 6f 2yo fll hcp (2) gd beating Midnite Angel (9-5) by 3/4l, 15 ran.
Kaiulani (IRE) 20-1 (8-12) Raced near side, held up in mid-division, headway halfway, ridden adn stayed on inside final furlong, no chance with leaders far side, 9th of 23, 6l behind Rizeena (8-12) at Royal Ascot 5f 2yo fll Grp 2 (1) gf in Jun.
Merletta Evensfav (9-0) Led for 2f, chased leader until 2f out, one pace when not clear run on rail and switched left inside final 2f, ridden and staying on same pace and looked held when slightly hampered inside final furlong, 4th of 10, 1 3/4l behind Zampa Manos (9-2) at Windsor 6f 2yo mdn (5) gf.
Queen Catrine (IRE) 5-1 (8-12) Held up towards rear, pushed along and headway over 2f out, chased leaders over 1f out, stayed on to 2nd inside final furlong, no chance with winner, 2nd of 10, 2l behind Princess Noor (8-12) at Ascot 6f 2yo fll Grp 3 (1) gf in Jul.
Reroute (IRE) 4-1 (8-11) Raced on outside and prominent, pushed along halfway, ridden 2f out, weakened over 1f out, 6th of 8, 7l behind Brown Sugar (9-0) at Goodwood 5f 2yo Grp 3 (1) gs in Jul.
Wind Fire (USA) 7-4 (8-12) Towards rear, ridden and headway over 1f out, kept on to lead towards finish, won at Newbury 5f 2yo fll Listed stks (1) gd beating Excel's Beauty (8-12) by 1l, 8 ran.