ATTENTIONS turn to Newmarket on Friday on Group 1 Fillies’ Mile day.
The big race has attracted a stellar line-up, including the antepost 1000 Guineas favourite, and there is a stunning supporting card.
Race 1 – 1.50 Newmarket Academy Godolphin Beacon Project Cornwallis Stakes (Group 3)
PLATINUM STAR brings a rock-solid level of form to the table.
He bolted up in Listed company at Ripon last time and, with a close second on soft ground at Royal Ascot under his belt, the forecast slow ground won’t be a problem.
The unbeaten Lazuli showed signs of greenness when clinging on grimly to win by a nose at Doncaster.
He is likely better than that bare form and he is feared most.
Dream Shot and Flaming Princess aren’t out of this either.
SELECTION: Platinum Star
Race 2 – 2.25 Godolphin Lifetime Care Oh So Sharp Stakes (Group 3)
STYLISTIQUE is still awaiting her first career win, but she can get off the mark at the sixth attempt here.
Roger Varian’s progressive filly pushed her classy stablemate Daahyeh close when second in the Rockfel last month.
A reproduction of that effort could be good enough to see off Final Song, who has her first outing since finishing third to Raffle Prize at the July Festival.
Wejdan caught the eye when fifth in the Lowther. She commands respect, as does Jessie Harrington’s Naas winner Valeria Messalina, who travelled kindly when opening her account on debut.
DANGER: Final Song
Race 3 – 3.00 Godolphin Stud & Stable Staff Awards Challenge Stakes (Group 2)
Ground conditions are far from ideal for any of the five runners.
MUSTASHRY hasn’t lived up to expectations in two runs since his victory in the Lockinge at Newbury in May.
But the drop back to 7f looks a good move and he should have been freshened up by his 97-day break.
Limato has been a wonderful servant over the years but he is not the force of old and his speed has often been blunted by slow ground.
Shine So Bright won a hot Group 3 at York two starts ago but he needs to leave behind a below-par effort at Doncaster.
The main threat may come from the consistent Oh This Is Us, who regained the winning thread at Chester.
DANGER: Oh This Is Us
Race 4 – 3.35 bet365 Fillies’ Mile (Group 1)
All eyes will be on antepost 1000 Guineas favourite Quadrilateral.
She breezed clear to win by nine lengths at Newbury last time and is clearly a very exciting prospect.
But preference is for the unbeaten Irish raider CAYENNE PEPPER.
She was a decisive winner of a Curragh Group 3 last time (solid form) and her trainer is having an exceptional season with her two-year-old’s.
Love isn’t opposed lightly for the all-conquering Aidan O’Brien, and the form of her victory in the Moyglare was given a boost by Daahyeh in the Rockfel.
May Hill Stakes winner Powerful Breeze was supplemented for this race and is another to consider closely in a fantastic renewal of this valuable Group 1.
SELECTION: Cayenne Pepper
Race 5 – 4.10 bet365 Old Rowley Cup Handicap
Plenty in with chances in a red-hot race.
Sinjaari hasn’t had things go his way since a near-miss behind Headman in the London Gold Cup earlier in the season.
He is a big player, as is gutsy Ascot winner Apparate and Sir Michael Stoute’s Derevo, who arrives defending a 2-2 record in handicaps.
But the lightly-raced TRUESHAN ran a screamer over 1m6f behind leading Cesarewitch fancy Ranch Hand at Haydock.
The drop back to 1m4f will suit, he has only gone up 2lb for that excellent effort and the slow underfoot conditions will suit.
Race 6 – 4.45 Godolphin Under Starters Orders Maiden Fillies’ Stakes
Those who have the benefit of a run don’t set a particularly high standard.
Of the newcomers, SPRING OF LOVE is one of the most interesting.
She is a half-sister to John Gosden’s smart filly Duneflower and trainer Charlie Appleby is more than capable of readying one first time out.
Stable mate Beauty Stone is another likely key contender, though this daughter of Australia will probably improve with time and age.
Gleneagles filly Sparkling Olly is worth keeping an eye on at a big price, while Elfin Queen should take a step forward from her seventh place finish on debut.
SELECTION: Spring Of Love
DANGER: Sparkling Olly
Race 7 – 5.20 Darley Pride Stakes (Group 3)
FANNY LOGAN has been in sensational form this summer.
The daughter of Sea The Stars arrives having rattled up a Listed hat-trick, cruising through soft ground at Salisbury on her penultimate start.
The slow ground conditions won’t be a problem here and she remains open to progress for her powerful yard.
French raider Queen commands the utmost respect as she attempts to win the race named in honour of her multiple Group 1-winning mum.
First-time cheekpieces could spark a big run from the smart Trethias, while Simply Beautiful will appreciate the return to 1m2f after a good second over further latest.