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 Trainer Brian Meehan has had some big race wins in the past few years, most notably with David Junior and more recently with Red Rocks who landed the Breeders Cup Turf in 2006. He looks set to add another top class race to his tally when Lady Of The Desert goes for Royal Ascot’s Coronation Stakes at 3.50pm. This three-year-old filly by Rahy, was a top class performer last year, winning the Group Two Lowther Stakes at York. She has to be regarded as unfortunate, not to have built on that success in two starts this season. She made her reappearance in the Dubai Duty Free Stakes at Newbury, where she looked in need of the run, having led inside the final furlong, before weakening close home, finishing third to puff. Next time out, she went for the French 1000 Guineas and looked much fitter. Having travelled well throughpout the race, she was very badly hampered on several occasions, and in the circumstances, did well to finish fifth. Given a trouble free run here, compensation awaits.

Anna Salai quickly developed into a smart performer for trainer Andre Fabre in France, scoring in a Group Three at Longchamp back in April. Just edged out in the Irish 1000 Guineas, and definitely capable of a big run here.

Chachamaidee always promised more than she delivered as a two-year-old, but finally proved her worth, when winning a listed event at York last month. This demands further improvement from her though., and is likely to find a few too good.

Electric Feel finished her juvenile campaign progressively with victory in a listed race at Newbury. Suffered a training setback prior to running fifth in a similar event at Newmarket. Looks a bit out of her depth here.

Evading Tempete has seen the application of cheekpieces bring about major  improvement, finishing runner-up in a Group Three at Maisons-Laffitte. That effort was followed by a better effort when winning a similar event in Italy, but faces her toughest task to date on her first british appearance.

Famous has been rather inconsistant but is pretty useful when on song. However, finished well beaten in the Irish Guineas last time, and looks set to struggle on that form.

Gile Na Greine left her previous form well behind when finishing third in the 1000 Guineas at Newmarket. May well have been flattered by that, as she folded tamely, having helped to force the pace in the Irish equivalent. Has a lot of ground to make up with a few of these, and unlikely to make an impact here.

Jacqueline’s Quest was first past the post, only to be disqualified in the stewards' room in the 1000 Guineas last month. That was a huge improvement, but was helped by draw that day and needs to confirm that she really is that good. A reproduction of that effort would put her in with a chance nonetheless.

Lillie Langtry had a  productive campaign last year, winning two Group races as well as a valuable sales event. Possibly an unlucky loser in the Irish 1000 Guineas and could well start favourite for this, on the back of that run. One to consider.

Music Show looked very  progressive as a juvenile, winning the Rockfel Stakes on her final start, and made a winning return in the Nell Gwyn Stakes. Finished third in the Irish Guineas last time out which confirmed she can go well at this level. Has to be on the shortlist.

Puff came back to action with a victory in the Fred Darling Stakes at Newbury. This looks like a tough test of her stamina though, and others preferred.

Sent From Heaven showed ability as a two-year-old when winning the Prestige Stakes at Goodwood. May have been flattered when finishing fourth in 1000 Guineas last time, though stable did win this race last year, so should not be dismissed lightly.

Tabassum is a very lightly raced filly who won her first two starts last year. On her last outing, she finished third to Music Show in the Rockfel Stakes, so has the ability to get involved here. However, this is a tough ask for her seasonal reappearance against some high quality opposition.

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