Big-race ver­dict Marl­bor­ough’s horse-by-horse guide

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Deirdre

Glo­be­trot­ting Ja­panese mare who took this race last year. Needs a strong gal­lop to be seen at her best; if she gets it, she can prove to be a ma­jor threat to all.

Laven­der’s Blue

Use­ful filly who has so far shown her best form at a mile. Dry­ing ground will help, but the step back up to 1m2f does not look an ob­vi­ous move.

Magic Wand

Record at 10 fur­longs reads 3222224124, with eight of those com­ing at Group One level. Won­der­fully con­sis­tent mare who must be in the frame here.

Nazeef

Win­ner of six of her seven ca­reer starts, most re­cently when nar­rowly win­ning the Group One Fal­mouth Stakes. Tries 1m2f for the first time; re­spected.

Queen Power

Con­sis­tent filly who has done lit­tle wrong in seven ca­reer starts to date, but has con­tin­ued to come up just short in Group com­pany. Place chance at best.

Fancy Blue

Last-time-out Group One Prix de Diane win­ner for Don­nacha O’Brien. A 9lb weight al­lowance from her el­ders makes her the one to beat.

One Voice

Has been un­lucky on each of her past two starts. Will need some bet­ter luck at a course where traf­fic can eas­ily be found; each-way chance.

Ver­dict

With no ob­vi­ous pace an­gles, this year’s re­newal could be tac­ti­cal and play into the hands of Fancy Blue, who gave Don­nacha O’Brien a first Clas­sic win­ner with just his sec­ond win­ner on turf. The ad­mirable Deirdre looks sure to give another good ac­count of her­self, and is taken to chase the se­lec­tion home, with Magic Wand and One Voice set to fight for the mi­nor hon­ours.

Pedi­gree: Fancy Blue (cen­tre) wins the Prix de Diane

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