Audarya finished last season with victory in the Breeders Cup Filly and Mare Turf and pushed Love all the way to the line in the Prince Of Wales Stakes on return in June. She has won on everything from good through to soft and has also gone close on heavy so shouldn't be troubled whatever the weather, however will have to run right up to her best if she is to give weight away to the three-year-olds.
Joan Of Arc had to play bridesmaid to stablemate Empress Josephine in the Irish 1000 Guineas but relished the step up in trip when winning the Group 1 Prix De Diane at Chantilly when last seen. Both have winning form in heavy ground but the former is also proven on better ground and would appear to be the stable first string given she is proven over the trip, arrives in better form and has Ryan Moore, who has won three of the last five renewals, returning in the saddle. She showed great battling qualities to get back up having been headed in the final furlong last time out and the weight difference between her and the favourite could swing things in her favour.
Lady Bowthorpe has had an excellent season to date, winning a Group 2 at Newmarket in May before three excellent efforts in defeat at Group 1 level, finishing strongly to finish just a length behind Snow Lantern in the Falmouth when last seen. On that effort she should be capable of seeing out this longer trip, although the forecast conditions are a bit of an unknown as she has done all her winning on fast ground.
JOAN OF ARC (WIN)
written by Dean Kilbryde