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Alseyoob seeking Sweet success for Ismail Mohammed

Ismail Mohammed is excited to step his course-and-distance maiden winner Alseyoob up to Group Three level for the Jewsons Sweet Solera Stakes at Newmarket on Saturday.

The Newmarket handler knows a smart juvenile filly when he sees one, having trained Zain Claudette to win the Group Three Princess Margaret and the Group Two Lowther Stakes last season.

Alseyoob, who carries the same colours as her stablemate, made every yard of the running on her July Course debut four weeks ago and Mohammed feels she is ready to step up in class.

He said: “She came back after her maiden win well, we have worked her since and we are happy to go into a Group Three, especially as she won at this track and over the same distance.

“The filly that finished third in her maiden (Frankness) has won since, which is good, so I hope Alseyoob is our dream.”

Comparing Alseyoob to Zain Claudette, Mohammed added: “Zain Claudette was a sprinter, whereas this filly can stay seven furlongs and go further.

“They run over different distances, but this filly showed from when we started working her that she is quality, she is doing well at home and we hope she can be our champion two-year-old.”

On form the pair that set the standard are Charlie and Mark Johnston’s Lakota Sioux and the Richard Spencer-trained Ivory Madonna, both of whom were placed at Royal Ascot.

Richard Spencer saddles Ivory Madonna
Richard Spencer saddles Ivory Madonna (David Davies/PA)

Lakota Sioux was third behind Holloway Boy in the Chesham, while Ivory Madonna occupied the same position in the Albany, since when she has filled the runner-up spot in a maiden at this track.

Spencer said: “Stepping up from six to seven furlongs has been on our agenda with Ivory Madonna and I think the step up will suit.

“She’s in good form and I think we were unlucky to bump into a nice filly of Ralph Beckett’s on our third start (Funny Story), a filly he thinks quite a lot of.

“I think Saturday’s race could have been a stronger contest, on paper anyway, so fingers crossed she can run a nice, solid race.”

Karl Burke saddles an interesting contender in Novakai, who could hardly have been more impressive on her introduction at Doncaster three weeks ago.

“She’s a lovely filly who has always worked well, but she’s a filly who is going to make a three-year-old and I wasn’t expecting fireworks first time,” said the Spigot Lodge handler.

“I was pleasantly surprised she did it so well at Doncaster and I’ve been delighted with her since.

“I wouldn’t want the ground too quick, so we’ll just have to keep an eye on that.”

Dandy Alys (Ralph Beckett), Divina Grace (Rae Guest), Inanna (Sean Woods), Lady Alara (Charlie Hills) and Mottisfont (Hughie Morrison) complete the nine-strong field.

Mohammed sights set on Sweet Solera spin for Alseyoob

Ismail Mohammed is eyeing up a return to Newmarket’s July Course for his talented debut winner Alseyoob, with the filly set to be pitched in at Group Three level for her second start.

The daughter of Lope De Vega cost 125,000 guineas as a yearling last October and hinted that she could be worth every penny with a taking display in a maiden during Newmarket’s July Festival.

She produced an ultra-professional performance to make all in the hands of Sean Levey and her handler is now preparing the youngster to run over the same track and trip in the Group Three Sweet Solera Stakes on August 6.

“She has come out of the race well and is cantering away,” said Mohammed.

“She is doing well and our plan is to go back to Newmarket on August 6 for the Group Three Sweet Solera Stakes over seven furlongs.

“Actually she was very well after the race, we were happy both before and after the race. She has recovered well and is a lovely filly, she is not one to keep waiting as she’s well and ready all the time.”

The Newmarket-based handler also provided an update on Zain Claudette, who was a three-time winner at two, but is yet to make her mark in two appearances this season.

Zain Claudette, here winning the Lowther Stakes at York, is going to be given plenty of time to return to her best by her trainer
Zain Claudette, here winning the Lowther Stakes at York, is going to be given plenty of time to return to her best by her trainer (Nigel French/PA)

She was ninth on her reappearance in the Commonwealth Cup and last year’s Lowther Stakes winner was also down the field when returning to York for the Summer Stakes earlier this month, a run that has convinced Mohammed to hit the brakes with the daughter of No Nay Never.

“We are going to slow down with her,” he continued.

“I think we gave her too hard a race for her first run and after that we dropped down to a Group Three. But I think we need to slow down and wait until she is very, very well.

“We have given her a week or so of slow work (after York) and she is doing great and now I feel much better than I did after the race.

“We checked everything after the race because she is quality, we don’t want to run her for show, only if she is right.”

Jimi Hendrix in tune for Beckett and Hornby

Jimi Hendrix played all the right notes as Ralph Beckett’s good week continued apace in the bet365 Mile Handicap at Newmarket.

Hot on the heels of Group One success with Prosperous Voyage, Beckett and Rob Hornby teamed up again to great effect.

Third in the Britannia at Royal Ascot, the winner was sent off the 5-2 favourite and just got the better of Positive Impact by a short head.

“He’s done very well since Ascot physically and he fell asleep coming out of the stalls today, at Ascot he did it the other way around,” said Beckett.

“He’s a big tall horse with size and scope so he should develop through the year as well. I’m sure we’ll go up in trip at some stage. He was actually in over 10 furlongs yesterday.

“We’ve no big plan, this was it really, he’s owned by a syndicate so it’s great for them to have a winner on July Cup day.”

Miss Carol Ann (6-1) was an emotional victor in the Bedford Lodge Hotel & Spa Fillies’ Handicap for owner/breeder Bill Crager.

Miss Carol Ann (left) gets back to winning ways
Miss Carol Ann (left) gets back to winning ways (Mike Egerton/PA)

The Roger Varian-trained filly was making her handicap debut having been searching for black type since winning first time out.

Partnered by Jack Mitchell, Miss Carol Ann held off Silken Petals by a neck.

Crager said: “Her dam, Miss Katie Mae, was named after my daughter and this is her first foal who is named after my mother.

“I remembered to bring a memento with me today that my mum was holding when she died. It clearly brought us luck.

“She’s a good filly, we’ll go back in up class now and look for some black type.”

Ismail Mohammed’s well-bred newcomer Alseyoob (9-1) made every yard of the running in the Rossdales British EBF Maiden Fillies’ Stakes.

By Lope De Vega, she is related to Alfred Nobel and is from the family of New Approach. She cost 125,000 guineas and clearly knew her job.

Alseyoob leads them home in the opener
Alseyoob leads them home in the opener (Mike Egerton/PA)

Bounced out by Sean Levey, she held on to beat Luckin Brew by half a length.

Mohammed said: “She’s been going well at home. We’ll see how she comes out of this before deciding what is next, but Sean was very happy with her.

“We had Zain Claudette last year and I’m not sure what is wrong with her this season, but this filly has the same quality.

“They are different types, this filly has stamina in her pedigree, and plenty of quality. I expected her to run well, she’s our second two-year-old winner, the first was 125-1! I was confident this filly would win, but I kept quiet!”