Progressive daughter of Shamardal who made a winning debut in cheekpieces in the Group One Prix Saint-Alary. Open to further progress although winners of that race have a modest record in the Diane and Christophe Lemaire has opted to ride Dalkala instead.
Winning debut by three parts of a length at Bordeaux Le Bouscat with the front two pulling clear of the third and took a step up in class in her stride when comfortably landing a conditions race. Hard to know how good she could be at this stage but this requires a big step forwards.
The third of the Aga Khan's runners and the choice of his retained jockey. A Giant's Causeway filly whose dam is from a smart family, she produced her best performance to date when comfortably claiming a Group Three at Saint-Cloud last time out. This has been the target since and she merits respect.
Comfortably landed her maiden at the second attempt when scoring over 10 furlongs in October and picked up where she left off in an all-weather conditions race in this venue. Maintained her improvement to place in a Group Three and to run Sagawara close last time but others look more likely.
Forces Of Darkness
The most experienced filly in the line-up with eight starts to her name, three of which she's won. Well held in a Listed race three starts ago and possibility that she was flattered by her close-up third in the Prix Saint-Alary where she may have benefited from a good ride in a slowly run race.
Promising effort in a maiden for unraced fillies on debut, the form of which looks fairly strong, and duly improved from that outing to win a conditions race with something to spare. The second has won since to give the race some substance but faces a marked rise in class.
Beautifully bred daughter of Galileo who is closely related to Pour Moi. Impressive on both starts to date and was thought by many to be a leading candidate for Investec Oaks honours prior to being withdrawn due to the fast ground. Her trainer has yet to win this race but this filly looks exciting.
A half-sister to the speedy Dutch Art who has only a Dundalk maiden to her name thus far but she's shown a smart level of form in defeat, finishing fourth at the Breeders' Cup and second in the French Guineas at Longchamp. Finished well that day to suggest this longer trip could be in order and can go well.
Unbeaten daughter of the brilliant Deep Impact and a dam who is related to a number of smart performers. She has looked right out of the top drawer herself and only needed to be ridden out under hands and heels to claim the Guineas. Christophe Soumillon has compared her to the brilliant Zarkava and this longer trip isn't expected to faze a filly who has the Arc as a long-term objective.
Best Of All
Fourth foal of a French Oaks winner who opened her account at the third attempt in a 12 furlong maiden at Longchamp in April. Stepped up to Group Three level on her return earlier this month but finished tailed off and, while that may not have been her true running, she has it all to prove.
Daughter of Manduro who has achieved a useful level of form thus far, finishing second in a Listed race on her reappearance before beating Sagawara in a Group Three at the end of April. Open to further improvement with the extra furlong on offer likely to suit but plenty to find on collateral form lines.
Bred for middle distances but had enough speed to score over six furlongs on her debut in July. Absent until the start of April when going down narrowly to a useful filly but looked a different proposition in a conditions race next time which saw her sent off as a leading fancy for the Guineas. Never got into that race after a slow start but no surprise to see her fare better granted a stiffer test.
Everything suggests that Beauty Parlour could prove very hard to beat and Christophe Soumillon's comparisons with the mighty Zarkava are not to be taken lightly.
She is currently around third in the market for the Prix de l'Arc and has been rated as one of the best winners of the Pouliches for many a year.
The French Derby was spoilt by trouble in running but with fewer runners going to post in this contest that shouldn't be an issue and the best filly should come out on top.
Kissed and Dalkala have yet to be properly tested and could also be out of the top drawer but the O'Brien filly has been priced up on her potential so preference is for the odds-on favourite in what promises to be a terrific contest.