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Monday, September 24, 2012



Winning Express, trained by Ed McMahon, is one of the 15 fillies engaged for the £163,500 Group One Jaguar Cars Cheveley Park Stakes run at Newmarket on Saturday, September 29, Betfred Cambridgeshire Day, after she was supplemented today at a cost of £15,000.


The daughter of Camacho is unbeaten in two starts and scored by a comfortable length and a quarter from Jadanna in the Listed Dick Poole Fillies’ Stakes at Salisbury over six furlongs on September 6. She had previously come from an unfavourable position at Sandown to win by half a length when making her debut over five furlongs on August 9.


McMahon, who trains in Staffordshire, said: “Winning Express has been fine since she won at Salisbury.


“She didn’t necessarily surprise me with her performance there because she won very nicely at Sandown before that - not many fillies come from where she did to win at Sandown on debut.


“When she won the Dick Poole Stakes, everything went right for her and she won accordingly. I was very pleased with her performance.


“She has always been a very professional filly which is why she has won first and second time out. Her work at home has always been very good and we backed her into favouritism at Sandown which you don’t do unless you think they know what they are doing.


“If you look back in history, Rae Guest won the Cheveley Park with Serious Attitude after she won the Dick Poole and you could go for a Group Three but it’s late on in the season and Winning Express has only run twice.


“The form of the race at Salisbury is very strong and it was a truly run race so I think she deserves to take her chance in the Cheveley Park given she hasn’t done anything wrong this year.


“I don’t think she would want extremes of ground and she would probably go on going a fraction slower than good but ideally she would want it quicker than good to be at her best.”


Those going forward for the six-furlong contest include the Irish-trained Sendmylovetorose, who denied Maureen, from Richard Hannon’s powerful team, by a neck in the Group Two Irish Thoroughbred Marketing Cherry Hinton Stakes at Newmarket’s Piper-Heidsieck July Festival.


Group Two Queen Mary Stakes scorer Ceiling Kitty is one of two confirmations for trainer Tom Dascombe, while the unbeaten Group Two Lowther Stakes heroine Rosdhu Queen remains engaged for Newmarket handler William Haggas.


Other notable entries include valuable sales race winner The Gold Cheongsam, Italian Listed winner Sandreamer and Michael Bell’s Hoyam, while Aidan O’Brien could saddle Snow Queen and Infanta Branca.


The three-day Cambridgeshire Festival starts on Thursday, September 27.




French trainer Mikel Delzangles is no stranger to success on Newmarket’s Rowley Mile and will be represented by Talk About in the £160,000 Betfred Cambridgeshire, the nine-furlong heritage handicap run on Saturday, September 29. If successful, Talk About would become only the second French-trained winner of the Betfred Cambridgeshire following Sayani in 1946.


The four-year-old, who carries the famous red and white silks of owner the Marquesa De Moratalla, is among 88 confirmations for the famous contest and was last seen finishing a close sixth in a Listed handicap at Deauville over a mile on August 12.


Talk About was a decisive five-length winner of a Saint-Cloud handicap over an extended 10 furlongs in March.


Delzangles, who sent out Makfi to win the QIPCO 2000 Guineas at Newmarket in 2010, said: “Talk About is going to run in the Betfred Cambridgeshire on Saturday. I have been very happy with him and going to Newmarket for a big handicap will be a good experience for us.


“He ran very well at Deauville last time as he went from the outside to the inside and made up a lot of ground. It was a good field that day and he ran a good race.


“The step up to nine furlongs will definitely help him and they go a faster pace in England which will suit him too.


“I think he has more improvement in him but he is definitely a handicap horse - he is not going to win a Group race - and he is very honest and courageous which I think you need to do well in the Cambridgeshire.


“I think Talk About certainly has a chance on Saturday.”


Talk About is rated at 40/1 by race sponsor Betfred.


Ante-post favourite Mukhadram, who is 8/1 with Betfred, remains engaged for Newmarket handler William Haggas, while Hughie Morrison’s Chil The Kite (10/1) and Bronze Angel (14/1), trained by Marcus Tregoning, also go forward.


Other notable confirmations include John Smith’s Cup hero King’s Warrior, trained by Peter Chapple-Hyam and Roger Varian’s highly-regarded Mijhaar, who are both 16/1 shots, along with Sandown handicap scorer Postscript and Alan Bailey’s Strictly Silver.


The maximum field for the Betfred Cambridgeshire is 35 and those eliminated can try for the £30,000 Standing For Success Handicap the day before over the same course and distance.


The Betfred Cambridgeshire Festival gets underway on Thursday, September 27 and runs through to Saturday, September 29.

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