I’m very strong on Raffle Prize here, who’s win at Newmarket in the Duchess Of Cambridge Stakes is the stand-out piece of form in the race for me.
The time for that race was excellent.
In fact, it was faster than Ten Sovereigns’ time when winning the July Cup the following day and Raffle Prize carried 3lbs more. Even allowing for slightly different ground, it would look an exceptional performance for a two-year-old filly.
She previously won the Queen Mary at Royal Ascot, again in a fast time, with the likes of Liberty Beach well behind her on similar ground that she’ll face today in France. I have negatives for most of her rivals here, and it all points to Raffle Prize being the five-star nap to take this.
Wild Illusion has admittedly had a disappointing season. William Buick’s mount looks to have everything in her favour here though and looks worth taking a chance on over 10 furlong on soft ground – her optimum conditions.
Apart from Coronet – this is a very weak race.
John Gosden’s runner is a consistent filly, though she can be hard to win with and this trip may be on the short side for her.
I can see Wild Illusion making the running here and she’ll be very difficult to pass.
*Prices correct at time of publishing