Princess Elizabeth Stakes (Sponsored By Investec) (Fillies' Group 3) 1m 114y
- (3yo+, 1m 114y, Class 1, 9 runners)
- Winner £34,026 2nd £12,900 3rd £6,456 4th £3,216 5th £1,614 6th £810
- Going: Good to Soft
- Surface: Turf
- Winning time: 1m 47.50s
- Off time: 13:35:58
|1st||7 Thistle Bird||3/1f|
|2nd||2 Gifted Girl||¾||13/2|
|3rd||3 Ladys First||1||9/1|
Beatrice Aurore (IRE) 250
|5||132 9-6||E A L Dunlop||L Dettori||105||17/2|
Gifted Girl (IRE) 20
|4||132 9-6||P F I Cole||T P Queally||104||13/2|
Ladys First 15
|4||132 9-6||R A Fahey||P Hanagan||105||9/1|
Making Eyes (IRE) 27
|5||132 9-6||H Palmer||R Hughes||96||33/1|
|4||132 9-6||W J Haggas||Johnny Murtagh||103||5/1|
|4||132 9-6 h||J H M Gosden||W Buick||105||7/1|
Thistle Bird 26
|5||132 9-6 h||R Charlton||James Doyle||107||3/1f|
Ultrasonic (USA) 20
|4||132 9-6 h||Sir Michael Stoute||R L Moore||102||15/2|
Ighraa (IRE) 33
|3||119 8-7||F H Graffard||M Barzalona||105||17/2|
||3||810||R M Beckett||Jim Crowley||103||NR|
||4||9-6||Sir Mark Prescott||L Morris||7/1|
There's little between these on official ratings. Beatrice Aurore is capable at this level but hard to win with and was no match for Thistle Bird at Ascot last July. The latter will have come on for her reappearance behind Dank at Newmarket but collateral form suggests Ladys First is a better option in this after a recent third in a Group 2 over a longer trip at York. She finished just ahead of STARSCOPE on that occasion but last year's Coronation Stakes runner-up is expected to reverse running back over a mile and John Gosden's filly won't be inconvenienced if further rain arrives. Sentaril is proven over today's trip unlike Ultrasonic while the French-trained Ighraa makes most appeal of the three-year-olds but that age group have a poor record in this.
Waterway Run (USA) 25-1 (8-13) 6th of 20, 6l behind Flotilla (8-13) at Longchamp(FR) 1m 3yo Fll Grp 1 (1) hvy.
Thistle Bird 3-1 (8-12) Keen led, ridden and edged right 2f out, headed 1f out, no extra inside final furlong, 3rd of 7, 3 1/2l behind Dank (9-1) at Newmarket 1m 1f flls Grp 3 (1) gf.
Gifted Girl (IRE) 11-1 (9-0) Held up in touch, smooth headway over 2f out, led on bit 2f out, clear over 1f out, pushed along and stayed on strongly final furlong, won at Ascot 1m fll hcp (2) gf beating Westwiththenight (8-12) by 5l, 11 ran.
Ladys First 8-1 (8-12) Tracked leader, ridden and every chance 2f out, kept on one pace inside final furlong, 3rd of 8, 1 1/4l behind Dalkala (9-0) at York 1m 2f fll Grp 2 stks (1) gd.
Ighraa (IRE) 14-1 (8-13) 5th of 6, 1 3/4l behind Esoterique (8-13) at Longchamp(FR) 1m 1f 3yo Grp 3 (1) gd in Apr.
Ultrasonic (USA) 7-4fav (9-3) Dwelt, in rear, headway over 1f out, never nearer, 4th of 8, 5l behind Lily's Angel (9-3) at Lingfield 7f flls Group 3 stks (1) sft.
Starscope 11-2 (8-12) Raced wide held up, ridden over 1f out, effort entering final furlong, no impression towards finish, 4th of 8, 1 3/4l behind Dalkala (9-0) at York 1m 2f fll Grp 2 stks (1) gd.
Sentaril 2-1fav (9-10) Tracked leading pair on inside, not clear run on inside and switched left well over 1f out, stayed on to take 2nd final 100 yards, closed on winner, always held, 2nd of 7, 1/2l behind Burke's Rock (9-7) at Goodwood 1m fll lst stks (1) gd.
Making Eyes (IRE) 16-1 (9-7) Raced wide early and prominent, led 6f out, ridden and headed well over 1f out, lost 2nd over 1f out, weakened inside final furlong, last of 7, 7l behind Burke's Rock (9-7) at Goodwood 1m fll lst stks (1) gd.
Beatrice Aurore (IRE) 3-1 (9-5) Chased leaders, 4th 3f out, soon ridden, went 2nd under 2f out, stayed on well final furlong, 2nd of 10, 3/4l behind Aloof (9-0) at Gowran Park 1m 1f flls Group 3 stks (1) gd in Sep.