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Dance In The Grass looks to have bright future

Dance In The Grass has some lofty targets on her radar after maintaining her unbeaten record in the European Bloodstock News EBF Star Stakes at Sandown.

A winner on debut over the same seven furlongs at 20-1 last month, the Mark and Charlie Johnston-trained daughter of Cracksman was slowly away on this occasion and found herself at the rear of the field.

On settling down Silvestre de Sousa only had one behind him as Ipanema Princess set stiff fractions in front. But as a few found trouble in running, De Sousa brought his mount wide in the straight.

The 11-4 favourite quickened nicely to hit the front and then had to be tough to see off Charlie Appleby’s Fairy Cross by three-quarters of a length, earning a 25-1 quote for the Qipco 1000 Guineas with Betfair.

“It was Plan Z as she missed the break and was a lot further back than intended, but I was impressed as she had to make a lot of ground up,” said Charlie Johnston.

“Because she made such a big effort I thought she was going to pay for that in the last 150 yards, but she managed to find even more so it was impressive.

“She’s by Cracksman so you wouldn’t expect her to be doing this already but even though it’s a small sample size, the Cracksmans are making an impression – we’ve got three and two have won and the other will be out soon.

“She’s in the Debutante and Moyglare in Ireland. I suspect her next run will either be the Moyglare (Curragh) or the May Hill at Doncaster. Those look the two best options for her.

“They are in September which is a far way away, but if anything you’d think she would improve for going a mile.”

Sir Michael Stoute’s Nostrum was installed at 20-1 by Coral for the 2000 Guineas following a winning debut in the Martin Densham Memorial EBF Maiden Stakes.

Ryan Moore was keen to be handy early on and the son of Kingman and he bounded clear to win by three lengths.

“He’d gone nicely at home. He’s a big horse so I thought he might be a little raw and if he started slow he might not get organised at all,” Moore told Racing TV of the Juddmonte-owned 13-2 winner.

“We had the Godolphin horse (Golden Speech) close to us so I was able to follow him and get a good position.

“I thought the ground would be quicker but it rode good to soft, so a nice big horse like him it allowed him to get organised.

“He was left in front a long way out because the Godolphin horse had a look at something two out and stopped which meant I was left in front when I didn’t want to be, but he kept lengthening and you’d have to be delighted with what he’s done.

“I think there’s plenty of improvement in him, but he’s probably more of a three-year-old than a two-year-old. He’d have no problem going a mile and he may get further.”

Tagline setting the standard in promise-packed Star Stakes

Rod Milllman’s Tagline leads the field for the Listed European Bloodstock News EBF Star Stakes at Sandown on Thursday.

The Havana Grey filly won a Windsor maiden in June and then took another step in the right direction to finish third behind Lezoo in the Empress Stakes at Newmarket, a Listed event.

Last time out the two-year-old was fourth in the Group Two Duchess of Cambridge Stakes at the same track and will revert to Listed level in Esher as the most experienced of the 10 entrants in a race that could prove most informative.

“She’s probably got the best form going into the race, but she’s taking on blue-bloods,” Millman said.

“They could be anything, they’ve won their maidens and they could be very progressive. We’ve run very well in Group races so they’ll have to show good form to beat us.

Tagline (second from left) on her maiden star
Tagline (second from left) on her maiden start (David Davies/PA)

“She’s quite well bred herself actually, she’s had a very good season so far. She won her maiden and she’s been placed in a Listed race and run well in a Group race.

“If it was to rain it wouldn’t be against her, but I doubt there’ll be enough to make a huge difference.”

Sean Woods will saddle Acclamation filly Inanna for the seven-furlong contest, a race in which she will make her second career start after winning a Haydock maiden in May.

A second run at the same course was due in July, but the horse’s bridle broke in the stalls and she was withdrawn.

“She did everything right first time, she’s a very nice filly,” said Woods.

“We sent her to Haydock and unfortunately her bridle broke in the stalls so she couldn’t run and was withdrawn, otherwise she’d have probably won on both her starts and be two from two.

“She loves the seven furlongs, she could do with a bit of rain but she’s been pleasing us in her work.

“I’m very happy with her, she’s a filly that’s been uncomplicated.”

Lakota Sioux, third behind Inanna at Haydock, has gone on to win a maiden and place third in the Listed Chesham Stakes at Royal Ascot, but there is contradicting form with the Haydock fourth, Zephina, beaten twice since.

“The form on one line works out well with Lakota Sioux, on another line the fourth got beat,” Woods explained.

“You could look at it either way but I’m pleased with my filly, Rod Millman’s is the only one with any stakes form, the rest are all maiden winners coming into a novice with a Listed tag on it.”

Charlie and Mark Johnston’s Dance In The Grass was a two-length winner in her maiden start at Sandown and comes from a stable with form in the race having won it twice before.

Dance In The Grass winning her debut at Sandown
Dance In The Grass winning her debut at Sandown (Tim Goode/PA)

“Before she had even pulled up first time out at the track this race had already sprung to mind as a potential plan and it looks the obvious place to go next,” said Charlie Johnston.

“It is a race we often target. We won it with Walk In Marrakesh a couple of years ago and Dubai Fountain was placed in it (second, 2020). We always like to run a nice filly in it.

“She will have to step forward from her last run but you can’t knock the form of her debut run as the second (One Nation) has since gone back and won there.

“It is the obvious place to go as it is the same course and distance, the same jockey (Silvestre de Sousa) is on her and the ground is pretty similar. We are expecting another bold show.

“A couple in there have finished mid-division in Group races so she has got a little bit to find, but hopefully she will do that with natural progression.”