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Soliloquy – 132+

A much improved filly who made all in the Nell Gwyn at Newmarket always holding the smart Altyn Orda. May be open to more improvement and a leading contender.

Wild Illusion – 130+

Top Class two year old who won the Prix Marcel Boussac from the smart Polydream at Chantilly on soft ground. May well improve again and a leading contender if the ground is soft enough.

Happily – 129+

Top Class two year old who won two group ones last year, the Moyglare and Grand Criterium before running flat at Del Mar in the Breeder’s Cup. May be open to improvement and a leading contender.

Altyn Orda – 128++

Smart two year old. A group three winner at two over seven furlongs she made her reappearance in the Nell Gwyn staying on well behind Soliloquy. Should improve with a step up in trip and definite contender.

Laurens – 128+

Top Class two year old. Improved with every run last season culminating in a victory in the Fillies’ Mile, gamely holding on from the very smart September. May be open to improvement and a definite contender.

Liquid Amber – 128+++

Smart two year old. Ran twice in eight days last August, impressively defeating the decent Ballet Shoes at The Curragh on her final start. Open to plenty of improvement and could be anything. Definite contender.

Dan’s Dream – 127++

Much improved filly who was a surprise winner of the Fred Darling form the smart Tajaanus at Newbury. Open to improvement and cannot be ruled out.

Anna Nerium – 126+

Smart two year old. A group three winner as a juvenile she took the Free Handicap in good style on her seasonal debut. May be open to improvement and cannot be ruled out.

I Can Fly – 123++

Smart two year old. Fair form when third to Altyn Orda in the Oh So Sharp stakes last October before another decent effort at Leopardstown when third to Who’s Steph on ground softer than ideal. Open to improvement and a definite contender.


Aiden O’Brien as usual is mob-handed with Happily and I Can Fly looking the pick. Happily, a dual group one winner will surely be the first string and should be thereabouts while I Can Fly is still a work in progress and may prove the best of these in time. Wild Illusion won well on Arc day but that was on soft ground and his participation hangs on conditions, with a fair forecast likely this week his fortunes may lie across the channel for the French version. Stablemate Soliloquy won the Nell Gwyn in good style and a repeat of that performance would see her on the premises though she will not enjoy such a soft lead this time around and with second in that race, Altyn Orda likely to enjoy the step up in trip along with a strong pace, could well turn the tables on Soliloquy @ 16/1. Laurens showed a great attitude to hold on from September in the Fillies’ Mile last year and has to be respected @ 9/1 as do surprise Fred Darling winner Dan’s Dream and Free Handicap victor Anna Nerium. In what is quite an open year the value at current prices lies with Willie McCreery’s Liquid Amber @ 20/1. An impressive winner on her second start in the Flame Of Tara Stakes she has had plenty of time to grow over the winter and could be anything.