3.45 Alwasmiyah Pretty Polly Stakes (Group 1) 1m 2f
Dreamloper: Formidable contender who looks better than ever on the evidence of her two runs this season. Won the Group 2 Dahlia Stakes on her comeback before bettering that to land the Group 1 Prix d’Ispahan a month ago.
La Petite Coco: High-class filly whose superb three-year-old season culminated in a victory over the top-flight winners Love and Thundering Nights in the Blandford Stakes over this course and distance in September. Hasn’t run since so could be vulnerable, but she appeals as a likely Group 1 winner this year.
My Astra: Sparingly campaigned four-year-old who has won three of her four starts and produced an extraordinary effort to defeat the 101-rated The Blue Brilliant by a dozen lengths in a listed race at Ayr last month. On that evidence she should be right at home at this level.
Rosscarbery: Supplementary entry who is chasing a five-timer after winning a Dundalk maiden and handicaps at Sligo and Roscommon before landing the Group 3 Munster Oaks at Cork earlier this month. Will have to do better again but is on quite a roll.
Thunder Kiss: Classy filly who already has Group 3 and listed wins to her name along with a series of fine runs in defeat. However, she hasn’t been at her best on her last two runs and will need to bounce back from a recent sixth to Rosscarbery in the Munster Oaks.
Concert Hall: Likeable filly who won a good renewal of the Salsabil Stakes on her comeback in April before finishing off well to take third in the Irish 1000 Guineas where the one-mile trip seemed a little on the sharp side for her. Acquitted herself well with a fourth in the Oaks last time and another good effort should be forthcoming here.
Lyrical Poetry: Ran out an impressive winner of a Gowran maiden in mid-April and confirmed that promise when chasing home Hannibal Barca in the Gallinule Stakes over this course and distance last month. Takes a further rise in class here, but that effort against the colts means she commands respect.
Purplepay: Developed into a tough and progressive French juvenile last year when she ended her season with a Group 1 placing. Moved to William Haggas and would appear to have trained on well on the evidence of a solid sixth in the Irish 1000 Guineas and a recent Group 2 success back in France. Looks as though she will enjoy this trip and her pedigree suggests as much.
Tranquil Lady: Progressed from a respectable comeback fourth in the Salsabil Stakes to dominate the Blue Wind Stakes at Naas last month. Then she tried her hand in the Oaks and ran a respectable sixth without giving the impression she was at her very best that day. Now she looks interesting back at this distance.
La Petite Coco looked every inch a Group 1 winner in waiting last season. She hasn’t run since September and that absence is a concern, but this looks a good opportunity for her to strike at the highest level. She is preferred to the recent French Group 1 winner Dreamloper, with Concert Hall and Purplepay other strong contenders in a quality renewal of this race.