1.35 EPSOM PRINCESS ELIZABETH STAKES GROUP 3 :10 Runners declared for G3 Princess Elizabeth Stakes, on ground described as good .This looks decent contest for Fillies & Mares .The four main contenders on official ratings are :Mango Diva ,Just The Judge,Odeliz & Thistle Bird .
MANGO DIVA : Progressive 4-Y-0 filly for Sir Michael Stoute ,winning three times last season ,including winning nine furlong G3 at Gowan Park in September .finished fair fourth on her seasonal reappearence in group two Middleton Stakes at York last time,though will need career best effort to land this contest .
JUST THE JUDGE : Had some very useful form last season ,including finishing second in 1000 guineas at Newmarket & winning Irish 1000 guineas at Curragh ,though has looked disappointing on her last three starts,including when well beaten in G3 Earl Of Sefton at Newmarket on her seasonal reappearence in April .Will need to bounce back ,though respected on pick of her form .
ODELIZ :Consistent filly ,won twice last season ,including listed race at Lonchamp over 11 furlongs .Already had three starts this season ,only just getting touched off in G3 at Curragh in March .Also finished creditable third in G2 Middleton Stakes at York ,finishing ahead of Mango Diva & Thistle Bird .Should be thereabouts ,though more likely to be placed than win .
THISTLE BIRD : Useful 6-Y-0 mare, with plenty decent form last season, including winning this race last year .Also finished good second in G1 Nassau Stakes at Goodwood only beaten neck ,though probably ran her best race in Prix De L ' Opera only beaten nose & neck behind the useful Dalkala on Arc Day .
VERDICT : Last years winner THISTLE BIRD can return to winning ways in Princess Elizabeth Stakes .Has won second time out ,for last three seasons and can reverse York form with both Odeliz & Mango Diva .On the pick of her 2013 form, looks to hold outstanding claims in this group three contest .Odds around 3-1 look decent value .
Just The Judge will need to bounce back after three disappointing efforts ,though had some useful form around this time last year and would be big danger if reproducing her guineas & Royal Ascot form.
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