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All eyes on Marygate Stakes packed with promise

Richard Hannon’s Miami Girl looks to book her ticket to Royal Ascot in a red-hot edition of York’s Knights Solicitors British EBF Marygate Fillies’ Stakes on Friday.

It would be no surprise to see many of these reoppose in either the Queen Mary or Albany Stakes later in the summer, but it is Hannon’s impressive Newmarket scorer that is chalked up as the general market leader for this five-furlong event.

The speedy daughter of Cotai Glory was a €62,000 purchase and showed she was worth every penny when bolting up by five and a half lengths on debut. Now her handler is keen to see how she gets on in Listed company.

“She’s a lovely filly, she’s been fine since she’s come home from Newmarket. She surprised me a little in the manner in which she won and this is the next logical step for her,” said Hannon.

“It was this or the National Stakes and we just thought we’d be best off sticking to fillies’ only, but it’s a good race, unusually so.”

Miami Girl is one of three in the race for owners Amo Racing, who are also represented by Alice Haynes’ Fix You and Darryll Holland’s Primrose Ridge, who put her experience to good use when scoring readily by seven lengths to get off the mark at Beverley.

Primrose Ridge will have the assistance of Frankie Dettori, but it is Thirsk scorer Fix You who is the shorter in the betting despite her handler suggesting the soft ground winner would prefer conditions a little slower.

Haynes said: “We were impressed with her first run and she has come on a lot from that. We would love it if there was a bit more dig in the ground, but all being well she will give a very good account of herself.”

Yarmouth winner Carmela created a taking impression at the seaside venue on debut and could be one to give the Amo trio most to think about. The form of that win has since been franked by the second Jungle Time and even though handler David Loughnane concedes this is a competitive heat, he says his filly is not on the Knavesmire for a day out.

“We’re very happy. She was very impressive at Yarmouth and the form has stood up well with the second coming out and winning,” said Loughnane.

“We couldn’t be happier with her, but it looks a very hot race – Richard Hannon’s horse was impressive at Newmarket. But we’re not going there to make up the numbers and even though it’s a hot race, Carmela is one of the hot fillies in it.

“If she’s progressed at all you would like to think she would be seriously involved at the business end.”

Jungle Time is one of three in the race for Karl Burke alongside Yahsat and Pillow Talk, and all three warrant the utmost respect for a team operating at just under 40 per cent with their youngsters.

However, one of the most interesting runners is Lost Angel, whose form ties in nicely with the aforementioned Spigot Lodge pairing.

Clive Cox’s daughter of Dark Angel was a place behind Yahsat when third at Newmarket on debut, but built on that outing to break the juvenile track record, along with runner-up Pillow Talk, when opening her account at Nottingham last month.

Clive Cox's Lost Angel winning at Nottingham
Clive Cox’s Lost Angel takes the step up to Listed level at York (PA)

Cox is another trainer with his two-year-olds firing on all cylinders and he said: “She’s earned the step up in class. It was a nice maiden that she started in at Newmarket and followed up well from that experience at Nottingham. I hope conditions remain dry for her on Friday.

“She’s very sharp, very fast and is built to be cracking on early. She’s improving and we’re very pleased with the results.”

With a total of 16 fillies going to post and 13 of them already registering victories at this early stage of the season, it promises to be an informative two-year-old contest.

Mr Professor spearheads Haynes’ challenge at Dubai Carnival opener

Alice Haynes is looking to continue a stellar start to the year as she prepares to saddle both Mr Professor and Freyabella for valuable contests on the opening card of the Dubai Carnival at Meydan on Friday.

Mr Professor provided Haynes with a milestone success when taking the Listed Silver Tankard Stakes at Pontefract in October, a significant achievement for a trainer in her first season.

Owned by Amo Racing, the three-year-old has been acclimatising to conditions in Dubai ahead of his tilt at the Jumeirah Classic Trial on Friday, run over seven furlongs on turf.

The race is run around a left-handed bend and Mr Professor is drawn in stall one, something Haynes is hoping will prove beneficial as the bay’s best performances have come on similar courses.

“We started to see that a straight track doesn’t really suit him,” she said.

“Round the bend is how he loves it, he settles and runs his race around the bend.

“I think he’s three from three around a bend and he’s a horse I also think will be better this year and he will get that mile and a quarter in time.

“He’s settled in great over here, he’s done a nice strong canter on the grass and we’ve got a plum draw on Friday, so we’re really excited to see how he gets on.

“Whatever he does, having been off the track since October, he will come on from.

“He’s definitely a special a horse to me, to get a Listed winner in our first year is probably why we’re out here now and I’d like to think we have a live chance of picking up a race.”

Haynes has also flown out with the three-year-old filly Freyabella, who will contest the Festival City Stakes before attentions turn to the turf the following week.

The bay has won twice on the all-weather and will represent Haynes for the first time in Dubai having previously been in the care of fellow Newmarket trainer Jane Chapple-Hyam.

“She’s a little bit of an unknown, she was only sent to me because she was nominated (for the race) and she got in,” said Haynes.

“On her pedigree she should stay six (furlongs), especially as a three-year-old, but the dirt is against us with her being by Kodiac.

“This is where we can start her on Friday and then next Friday there’s one on the turf.

“She’s got a good draw so we’ll just have to learn about her this Friday, she’s taken well to Dubai so that’s a positive sign.”

Soft Whisper makes her return in the Group Two Cape Verdi
Soft Whisper makes her return in the Group Two Cape Verdi (Mike Egerton/PA)

One of the feature races on the opening night of the Carnival is the Group Two Cape Verdi, won for the last six years by Godolphin.

Saeed bin Suroor won three in a row from 2016-2018 inclusive with Charlie Appleby winning the most recent renewals.

This year Appleby runs Wedding Dance, a winner at Wolverhampton on her most recent outing, while Bin Suroor is represented by the Frankie Dettori-ridden Soft Whisper, winner of the UAE 1000 Guineas last year, and Stunning Beauty.

Bin Suroor told www.godolphin.com: “Soft Whisper did well last year in both Dubai and the UK, winning Listed races on both dirt and turf. This looks the right race to start her four-year-old campaign and she has been working nicely.

Stunning Beauty also represents Godolphin
Stunning Beauty also represents Godolphin (Hugh Routledge/PA)

“Stunning Beauty showed better form in the UK last season and has been going well at home, so I’m hoping for a nice performance over a trip that suits.”

Appleby said of his contender: “Wedding Dance improved from her first to second run last season, winning nicely at Wolverhampton. The plan was always to bring her out to Dubai afterwards and we have been pleased with the way she has been training out here.

“She will potentially come forward for this but we feel that she is ready to have a run and should be competitive.”

Mick Channon’s Dalanijujo also runs.

Marie’s Diamond will debut for Roger Fell
Marie’s Diamond will debut for Roger Fell (John Walton/PA)

The first round of the Al Maktoum Challenge is the other highlight, with Group Three winner Marie’s Diamond making his debut for Roger Fell having changed hands for 65,000 guineas last autumn.

Hypothetical and Salute The Soldier, fourth and fifth respectively in last year’s Dubai World Cup make their seasonal bows, along with Secret Ambition who was last seen coming home a six-length winner of the Godolphin Mile.

Mr Professor takes charge as Haynes makes Listed graduation

Mr Professor gave fledgling trainer Alice Haynes her biggest success in her first campaign, with a game performance in the British Stallion Studs EBF Silver Tankard Stakes at Pontefract.

The Profitable gelding stayed on strongly at the end of the Listed contest over a mile to thwart odds-on favourite Westover by a neck.

Approachability made most of the running and stuck to his task well for third after being overhauled by Westover and Mr Professor (16-1).

Silvestre de Sousa got more out of the latter, who just did enough to land the spoils and make up for finishing last of 10 in the Autumn Stakes at Newmarket nine days earlier.

“It’s fantastic. He’s a horse that has kept on improving this year,” said Newmbarket-based Haynes.

“The straight track at Newmarket is where he let us down. He just didn’t settle there.

“The (soft) ground was an unknown today, but he battled all the way to the line and he wasn’t doing a lot in front.

“He’s come out of his races so well. We weigh ours every Monday, and he’s put eight kilogrammes on. He’s filled out and done well.

“He’s going to the sales next week. We’ll see what money there is for him.

“He’ll be a mile-and-a-quarter horse next year. We thought he was a firm-ground horse, but he’s versatile in that respect.”

As for her own progress, she added: “It’s unbelievable really. I wanted 10 winners for the year, and that’s my 17th, and to have a Listed winner is what dreams are made of. I’ve got to keep on building on it for next year.”

Stag Horn gave a dour front-running display to land the Phil Bull Trophy Conditions Stakes for the second year running.

The 4-7 favourite, trained by Archie Watson, relished the stamina test run in grim conditions to beat Notation by two and three-quarter lengths in the hands of Hollie Doyle.

Stag Horn and Hollie Doyle on their way to winning the Phil Bull Trophy Conditions Stakes for a second time (
Stag Horn and Hollie Doyle on their way to winning the Phil Bull Trophy Conditions Stakes for a second time (Zac Goodwin/PA)

“He felt back to his best. He’s settling better these days – he’s grown up a lot,” said Doyle.

“Obviously he loves it around here. It keeps him interested, and he loves this ground, so everything was in his favour.

“It’s a big ask making all and giving 8lb, and more, as well. I was a bit worried – but he was the best horse on the day.”

Greenbarn (11-4) showed the benefit of an encouraging debut – when third five weeks ago – to win the Northern Commercials Iveco And Fiat Restricted Novice Stakes.

Stepping up six furlongs, the Michael Dods-trained sister to smart sprint handicapper Blackrod shrugged off the evens favourite Manila Scouse to score by a length and a three-quarters.

Dods, celebrating his 59th birthday, said: “She was a bit backward early on. David (Armstrong, owner/breeder) said ‘don’t rush her’ so we guarded her and we got a run into her at Beverley where she was a bit green. Then I thought it might be too soft for her here – but she’s sharpened up a lot for the run, and I think she’s a filly who’ll have a nice future.

“We’ll probably put her away now and send her back to the stud and look forward to next year with her, and I think she could probably come back to five furlongs.”

Greenbarn opens her account in the Northern Commercials Iveco And Fiat Restricted Novice Stakes
Greenbarn opens her account in the Northern Commercials Iveco And Fiat Restricted Novice Stakes (Tim Goode/PA)

Trainer Hughie Morrison and jockey Jason Hart enjoyed a double with Reelemin and Thunderclap.

Reelemin (3-1 favourite) is unbeaten in two starts on turf, after taking the Harriet Bethell’s IJF Pontefract Course Walk Nursery Handicap by a length and a half from Greatness Awaits. The Highland Reel colt won at Ffos Las last month but has been beaten in four starts on Kempton’s all-weather track.

Thunderclap (11-4 favourite) stormed up the stands rail to take the Allen Hinchcliffe Memorial Handicap by five lengths from Molinari.

Hart went on to complete a treble when steering home Yukon Mission (4-1) in division two of the Steve Lumb Quest For the Cheapest Pint Handicap.

Division One went to the Richard Fahey-trained Patsy Fagan (12-1), ridden by Paul Hanagan,