Next month’s Superlative Stakes at Newmarket is a potential target for Lion Of War after he maintained his unbeaten record in spectacular style at Newcastle on Thursday.
Less than a fortnight after making an impressive debut at Leicester, the Mark and Charlie Johnston-trained colt put his rivals to the sword at Gosforth Park to double his tally with a 10-length success.
Despite being a son of Qatar Racing’s four-time Group One winner Roaring Lion, who died of colic two years ago, Lion Of War was snapped up by the team’s racing manager David Redvers for the bargain price of 7,000 guineas at Tattersalls in October, which now looks money extremely well spent.
“He couldn’t do any more than he’s done the last two days. It’s impossible to gauge just how good he is, but all the signs are very promising,” said Redvers.
“He wasn’t everyone’s cup of tea walking towards them (at the sales), but was very like his dad from the side and had a huge amount of quality, so we decided to take a punt and it’s worked out.
“We’re looking at the Superlative, but there are lots of options in July and we’ve also got Goodwood as a possibility, so we’ll let Charlie and Mark fathom out what’s the best place for him.
“If he goes to Newmarket it would be three quick runs, but he seems to be handling it all and you could argue he didn’t really have a run at Newcastle – he just stretched his legs.
“It’s bittersweet with the Roaring Lion connection, but it’s wonderful.”
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Aidan O’Brien’s Tenebrism heads the 16 confirmations for Sunday’s Qipco 1000 Guineas at Newmarket.
John and Thady Gosden’s long-time ante-post favourite Inspiral was ruled out of the fillies’ Classicon Sunday, leaving O’Brien’s daughter of Caravaggio as a best-priced 11-4 favourite.
The twice-raced unbeaten three-year-old bids to give her handler a sixth win in the race in seven years and last season’s Cheveley Park Stakes winner could be joined in the line-up by stablemates Toy and Tuesday, who have both started the season in winning fashion.
The Irish hand is strengthened by the presence of both Discoveries and Homeless Songs.
Jessica Harrington won the Irish 1,000 Guineas with the former’s sister Alpha Centuri and will be bidding for her first Classic on UK soil with the dual winner, who looked a smart operator when taking the Group One Moyglare Stud Stakes last September.
Homeless Songs recorded her first victory since debut when landing the 1,000 Guineas Trial at Leopardstown last month and will be tackling a mile for the first time if she runs on Sunday, although she could run in the French equivalent on May 15 instead.
However, one turning down a trip to ParisLongchamp in favour of staying local is Fred Darling winner Wild Beauty, who is Godolphin’s sole representative in the race.
James Ferguson is on course to saddle his first runner in a Classic with Prestige Stakes winner Mise En Scene. The filly followed up that Goodwood victory by finishing fourth in the Fillies’ Mile over the 1000 Guineas track and trip, before running down the field when making the trip to Del Mar for the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Fillies Turf.
David Redvers, racing manager for Qatar Racing, who own the filly, believes she had valid excuses for her two defeats.
Redvers said: “She was possibly unlucky not to finish second at Newmarket. If she finished second, she would be among favouritism at the moment.
“The race didn’t work out at all for her in the Breeders’ Cup. She was poorly drawn, went forward, was pushed wide and the whole thing was a non-event.”
Mise En Scene is currently an 11-1 chance with Coral for the Guineas and Redvers feels she could be a force in the Classic, where she will be reunited with Cieren Fallon.
“Oisin Murphy rode her in a piece of work on Tuesday morning and was delighted with her. She seems to have come forward very well. She hardly blew a candle out afterwards and didn’t get out of second gear, apparently,” added Redvers.
“We know she handles Newmarket and a straight mile should not provoke any problems at all. You never know until fillies run how they are going to go.
“Physically and mentally, she has appeared to have done extremely well and we can only hope and keep our fingers crossed that she gets a bit of luck in running and proves how good she is.”
Malavath finished second in the aforementioned Del Mar contest and forms one half of a strong French challenge.
The daughter of Mehmas got the better of Andre Fabre’s Zellie when they met in Deauville’s Group Three Prix Imprudence on heavy ground last month and the duo could clash again on the Rowley Mile. Conditions are set to be much quicker this time, with Tom Marquand set to pick up the plum spare ride aboard the Fabre raider.
Nell Gwyn winner Cachet bids to give trainer George Boughey a first Classic success and remains amongst the possible runners along with regular rival Hello You, while Roger Varian’s Ameynah got off the mark with a taking victory in a seven-furlong maiden on just her second outing and could take a marked step up in class here.
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Malavath will head to the Qipco 1000 Guineas rather than the French equivalent, connections have confirmed.
Francis-Henri Graffard’s Mehmas filly produced an eye-catching seasonal debut in the Prix Impudence at Deauville following a juvenile campaign where she was never unplaced in five starts.
A Group Two victory in the Criterium de Maisons-Laffitte at Chantilly was followed by a gallant runner-up effort in the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Fillies’ Turf at Del Mar, where she came home half a length behind Christophe Clement’s Pizza Bianca.
David Redvers, owner and manager of Tweenhills stud, co-owns the filly under the Everest Racing banner.
He said: “She is on course for the 1000 Guineas, although it is a nervous week running up to it.
“She won the Prix Imprudence, which is the French Guineas trial, and according to her trainer she has come on significantly for that run, is in the peak of health and we just hope she can spend this last week incident-free and arrive at Newmarket in the form she is currently in at home.”
Malavath’s three victories in six career starts have all come with ease in the ground but the weather is set fair for the week.
However, despite the prospect of faster ground, Redvers insists Malavath copes with any conditions, underlining her Del Mar run as an example.
“She won the Prix Impudence on heavy ground, there is no getting away from that, but she also ran in the Breeders’ Cup on fast ground,” he added.
“We always felt she would be inconvenienced by heavy ground and we were very worried about running her before that in the Criterium de Maison-Laffitte in very soft ground (which she won).
“One of the things that makes her particularly interesting is she seems to have an extraordinary ability to handle any conditions and a temperament that most trainers would die for.”
Though Malavath stayed well on her first attempt over a mile at Del Mar, Redvers concedes that there are still some stamina doubts to be addressed.
“The Breeders’ Cup was firm ground, although it is a very different thing running on the Rowley Mile to running round a bend at Del Mar,” he admitted.
“There are pedigree question marks surrounding the sire rather than anything else. But she is one of the few with a genuinely steep climb in her form figures and she seems to have improved again.
“Francis is extremely positive about her chance and never questioned running at Newmarket.
“I thought the obvious bet would be to go to the Poule d’Essai des Pouliches but he has always been adamant that this is where she is coming – he thinks she is as good as there is, and wants to prove it.”
Though Ryan Moore was on board at Del Mar, Christophe Soumillon partnered Malavath on her seasonal debut and is set to keep the ride in a race which saw ante-post favourite Inspiral withdrawn on Sunday.
“If there was any doubt about running at Newmarket before, the Inspiral news would have dispelled it completely,” Redvers added.
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