Epsom preview: Princess Elizabeth Stakes (14.00)
Bold Lass is on a serious upward curve and looks decent value to take the step up into Group 3 company in her stride and land the Princess Elizabeth Stakes (14.00).
The David Lanigan trained four-year-old has won four of her six starts on the turf, and posted a career-best effort on her seasonal reappearance at Windsor when beating Bint Dandy be a neck in a class 3 handicap.
After dewlling at the start, Bold Lass made smooth headway on the outside two from home and challenged on the bridle before taking up the running inside the final furlong.
The well-bred daughter of Sea The Stars then idled, but was always doing enough and only had to be driven out to score with far more in hand than the winning margin suggests.
It was a most taking performance, and one which suggested Bold Lass would be capable of making an impact at this level.
With the ground ideal, and George Baker in the saddle, everything points to a big run.
Odeliz posted a cracking effort when runner-up to Thistle Bird in the race 12 months ago and looks sure to make a bold bid to go one better.
The Karl Burke trained mare went to to finish an excellent second to Just The Judge in a Grade 1 contest at Woodbine, and that form sets a clear standard in this line-up.
There was also plenty to like about Odeliz’s latest effort when a close-up fourth to Secret Gesture in the Group 2 Middleton Stakes at York, but the five-year-old is on a long losing run having not scored for two years and may be vulnerable to an improver like Bold Lass.
Another in with a big shout is the Sir Mark Prescott trained Don’t Be.
The mare is a typical improver for the yard, who after scoring five-times on the all-weather during the winter showed she was just as effective on turf when beating Crowley’s Law by a short-head in a Listed contest at Goodwood last month.
Don’t Be showed a tremendous attitude to dig deep and land the spoils after racing keenly in the early stages, and it was an effort which suggested the five-year-old may well have more to offer.