Angel Sprints to Ascot

Richard Fahey has several races in mind for star filly Lily's Angel, with next Saturday's Princess Margaret Juddmonte Stakes at Ascot the most likely immediate target.

A quick reappearance should not come as any problem, as there were only eight days between her run last month in the Albany Stakes at the Royal meeting and her win in the Listed Empress Stakes at Newmarket. Ascot's Group 3 race will see Lily Agnes stepping back up to six furlongs following her short head defeat by Charles the Great in the five furlong Super Sprint at Newbury on Saturday.

Connections clearly consider her equally adept at both distances, and she only just failed to get her nose in front on the line in Saturday's race. Tim Palin, racing manager for Middleham Park Stud, owners of Lily's Angel, said, "I never thought the five furlongs would inconvenience her that much, but I think she will be better over six. She's run as often as any two-year-old in the country and at a high level. She looks as well now as she did at the beginning of the season."

Other races under active consideration are the Lowther Stakes at York and the Group Three Firth of Clyde Stakes at Ayr in September. Connections appear to think that Lily's Angel may be just a little short of Group One ability, though they have not entirely ruled out testing her out at that level. Palin said, We will also give her an entry in the Cheveley Park at Newmarket (on September 24) this week as it's an early-closer. We might be tilting at windmills, I don't know."

Either way, two further races are likely to see an end to a successful first season in which she has already won four of her seven races, and at odds between 7/4 and 6/1 has proved herself a very good friend to backers.

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