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Monday, April 12, 2010


Mick Channon believes that his Group One StanJames.com 1000 Guineas hope Music Show will come on for her seasonal reappearance in the £65,000 Group Three Leslie Harrison Memorial Nell Gwyn Stakes (4.10pm) at Newmarket on Wednesday, April 14th.

The Noverre filly is already a winner over the seven-furlong distance at the course, having landed the Group Two Lotus Evora Rockfel Stakes on October 17. That victory sees her carry a 3lb penalty in the Leslie Harrison Memorial Nell Gwyn Stakes, the premier trial for the Group One StanJames.com 1000 Guineas at the Rowley Mile on Sunday, May 2nd, which has 11 acceptors.

Channon revealed this morning: “Music Show has been very good through the winter and I am pleased with her. She is going to the Nell Gwyn as a trial for the StanJames.com 1000 Guineas.

“I know she is a decent filly. The form says she is decent and I won’t know anything different to that after the Nell Gwyn. She is going there because it is a trial and I think it will bring her on. It is perfect, really - the timing is just right.”

Music Show has won three of her four starts to date and is one of two StanJames.com 1000 Guineas entries for owner Jaber Abdullah, the other being Group Two winner and Group One Electrolux Cheveley Park Stakes third Lady Of The Desert, trained by Brian Meehan.

Abdullah’s racing manager, Bruce Raymond revealed today: “We are hopeful about Music Show in the Nell Gwyn. She carries a penalty, which we cannot help, but the same owner has Lady Of The Desert who we are probably going to run at Newbury in the Fred Darling. We didn’t want to run the two of them in the same race and as Music Show is a course winner, Mick (Channon) decided to run her in the Nell Gwyn.

“Both fillies are in the StanJames.com 1000 Guineas and we will see how they get on in their trials. At the moment, we are looking at Lady Of The Desert going to France and Music Show heading to Newmarket.

“Music Show has done well since last season. I thought she looked a bit wintry in her coat when I last saw her but this sunshine and a race under her belt will help her on a bit.

“She has been working well, although we can’t get her to do much at home - she is a very relaxed filly - so we just want to make sure she has this run just to straighten her up for the Guineas.”

Distinctive was only seventh behind Music Show in the Lotus Evora Rockfel Stakes last term but had previously slammed that rival when storming to a three and three quarter-length victory in the six-furlong Group Three Firth Of Clyde Stakes at Ayr on September 19th.

The Tobougg filly’s trainer Bryan Smart believes his charge can be forgiven that Newmarket reversal and is pleased with her progress ahead of the Leslie Harrison Memorial Nell Gwyn Stakes.

The North Yorkshire handler revealed this morning: “Distinctive is in good nick with herself, she looks well and I could not be more pleased with her. She is working as well as she ever worked last year and if she reproduced her Ayr form she would have every chance.

“I think she was just a bit over the top when she went to Newmarket at the end of last season but she is in good order with herself now. If I had not ran her after her Ayr win, what price would she be for Wednesday? Because she was disappointing that day, she has been overlooked a little bit.

“I could not be more pleased with her and if she runs well in the Nell Gwyn we will definitely be taking her back to Newmarket for the StanJames.com 1000 Guineas.”

The fantastic field also includes the Sir Michael Stoute-trained Safina who was third on her sole start in a maiden over the course and distance in October. The Cheveley Park Stud-owned filly is a daughter of the 2003 StanJames.com 1000 Guineas heroine Russian Rhythm.

The Charlie McBride-trained Blue Maiden was runner-up in the Group Three Skybet.com Sweet Solera Stakes at Newmarket in August, while the Irish raider, the Jim Bolger-trained Atasari, was second to Music Show in the Lotus Evora Rockfel Stakes.

Dyna Waltz, trained by John Gosden, was just over three lengths fifth in the Group One Meon Valley Stud Fillies’ Mile at Ascot in September, while the Mark Johnston-trained Hafawa was the four-length winner of a Leicester conditions race on her latest start in October.

Clive Brittain trained the great Pebbles to win the Leslie Harrison Memorial Nell Gwyn Stakes en route to 1000 Guineas glory and he has declared Srda, unbeaten in two all-weather starts this year, including a seven-length handicap victory at Wolverhampton last month.

The Hughie Morrison-trained Queen’s Grace landed the Listed EBF Igloos Bosra Sham Fillies’ Stakes at Newmarket in October, while there are two declared runners from the Warren Place stables of Henry Cecil, Jacqueline Quest and Yarmouth maiden winner Principal Role.


Following a superb inaugural running of the £250,000 Tattersalls Timeform 3-Y-O Trophy 12 months ago, a total of 16 horses have been declared for this season’s lucrative 10-furlong contest on day one of the Craven Meeting at Newmarket on Wednesday, 14th April.

Last year saw the John Gosden-trained Nehaam edge out subsequent Group Two scorer Monitor Closely by a head in a thrilling finish and the Newmarket handler may bid for back-to-back wins with the talented High Twelve.

The Thomas Barr-owned Montjeu colt posted a comprehensive victory in a mile maiden at Sandown in August prior to taking fourth in the Group Two Royal Lodge Stakes over the same distance at Ascot the following month.

He found seven furlongs too short on his final juvenile outing when coming home 12th in the Group One Jumeirah Dewhurst Stakes on Champions’ Day at Newmarket on 17th October.

Michael Goodbody, racing manager to Barr, reported: “High Twelve is in very good form at the moment - William (Buick) has ridden him out a couple of times and he has been working well. He has matured mentally and physically since last year and we felt that he deserved to take his chance on Wednesday, although it looks like it will be a very competitive race.

“Hopefully we won’t have a repeat of his run in the Royal Lodge Stakes, when he got very stirred up beforehand and pulled very hard. His temperament seems to be perfect now and John has had no trouble with him whatsoever.

“That was partly why we ran him in the Jumeirah Dewhurst Stakes - we wanted to give him another chance after Ascot - but the seven furlongs was too short for him and that run is probably best forgotten.

“It is difficult to say what his best distance will be this season - he’s out of a very fast mare and it’s often a case of trial and error with a pedigree like his. A mile and a quarter would seem like the optimum trip for him at the moment and good to firm ground would be perfect.”

After saddling Tiger Eye to success in the Tattersalls Timeform Fillies’ 800 in 2008, fellow Newmarket handler Michael Jarvis is also hoping for another major payday on the Rowley Mile with Hot Prospect.

The Motivator colt was second to subsequent Breeders’ Cup Juvenile winner Vale Of York on his debut at York in July and progressed to readily beat Morana on his next appearance at Sandown in September. He ended his juvenile campaign with a disappointing sixth in a mile Listed contest at Ponetract the following month.

Jarvis revealed: “After two good runs he disappointed at Pontefract. For some reason, he boiled over in the preliminaries and never ran a race. Hopefully he will put that behind him on Wednesday -based on his first two starts he would have every chance.

“I would think that the trip will be fine. He is a half-brother to Regal Parade, who won the Haydock Sprint Cup last year, but being by Motivator, I would think that 10 furlongs is his optimum trip. Without being categoric, I think he would handle the ground if it was on the quick side of good.”

Other notable declarations for the £250,000 Tattersalls Timeform 3-Y-O Trophy include High Twelve’s stable companion Kona Coast, who was second in the Tattersalls Timeform Million, the Godolphin pair of Ameer and Next Move and Don Carlos, who was fourth in the Group One Criterium de Saint-Cloud for trainer Aidan O’Brien.

Tattersalls Chairman Edmond Mahony commented;

“The inaugural Tattersalls Timeform 3-Y-O Trophy was a quality race and this year’s renewal looks to be an even more competitive contest. Our aim was for the race to attract Classic contenders and it is great to see seven Derby or Irish Derby entries in the field as well as an Oaks entry.”


Newmarket Racecourses is delighted to announce that Blue Square will be sponsoring four races on Wednesday 14th April, the opening day of the Craven Meeting at the Rowley Mile racecourse.

The well-known bookmaker is supporting two Listed races on the card: the Bluesquare.com European Free Handicap, considered a 2000 Guineas trial, and the Blue Square Feilden Stakes, which often produces a classy winner such as Campanologist in 2008.

Blue Square will also sponsor the very competitive six-furlong handicap for three-year-olds and the mile and a quarter maiden.

Newmarket Racecourses’ Managing Director Stephen Wallis said: “We are very pleased to once again be welcoming Blue Square to Newmarket and very grateful for their continued support.

“Last year they very generously sponsored two races at our July Festival, including the Blue Square Princess Of Wales’s Stakes which produced an excellent winner in Doctor Fremantle.

“It is great news for us that Blue Square have committed to sponsoring four races on the opening day of our season at Newmarket and we very much looking forward to greeting them and their guests on Wednesday 14th April.”

Alan Alger, PR Manager for Blue Square commented “We’re delighted to be sponsoring at Newmarket on the opening day of The Craven Meeting.

“To many race fans this day is the start to the flat season proper and we look forward to some high quality action in our four races.”

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