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Fev Rover camp face choice of Sun Chariot and Prix de l’Opera

Fev Rover has the Sun Chariot at Newmarket or the Prix de l’Opera at ParisLongchamp as options for the rest of the season.

Richard Fahey’s filly returned to her best form to chase home Jessica Harrington’s Real Appeal in the Boomerang Mile at Leopardstown on Saturday.

Having finished a close third in the 1000 Guineas, Fev Rover had subsequently disappointed twice in heavy ground – but back on a sound surface, she showed her old dash.

“There are only two real options left for her,” said Nick Bradley, who runs the syndicate which owns the filly.

“There’s the Sun Chariot at Newmarket or the Prix de l’Opera on Arc weekend, which is obviously over a mile and two furlongs.

“As they are close together, she can only do one, so she’ll be going wherever the best ground is basically.

“I thought she ran very well at the weekend. Basically she’s a very good filly on top of the ground.”

Another smart filly in the white and black Bradley silks is the George Boughey-trained Corazon, who was a close third in the Flying Childers at Doncaster on Friday.

“There is a fair case that if she was drawn high she would have won – it all unfolded against the rail,” said Bradley.

“There is a chance she could be supplemented for the Prix de l’Abbaye or if not she could go for the Cheveley Park.

“Obviously she’s done all her racing over five. I’d say the Abbaye is the favourite at the moment.

“Del Mar (Breeders’ Cup)  is on the list as well. She could go out there – as will Oscula, probably, as well. Hellomydarlin is another who could go there, too.”

Still good things to come from Fev Rover – Fahey

Richard Fahey retains all his faith in Qipco 1000 Guineas third Fev Rover.

The filly was subsequently well fancied for the Irish Guineas, but finished only 10th behind Empress Josephine and was then sixth of 11 as Alcohol Free won the Coronation Stakes at Royal Ascot.

A Group Two winner in France last year, Fahey believes a step up in trip may see her return to form.

“She’s had a sinus problem since her last run, so hopefully we’ll get that tidied up and I still haven’t given up on her,” said Fahey, speaking at the launch of the Go Racing In Yorkshire Summer Festival, which runs from July 17-25.

“I might just step her up in trip. She wants fast ground. I know she’s won on soft, but every time I enter it rains. The only time we’ve run her on decent ground was in the Guineas when she ran a blinder.

“We’ll get her back, she’s not finished yet. I’ve got her in the Nassau, but I’d say that will be a warm race, the Falmouth was a warm race, too.

“As a Group Two winner last year I can’t really drop her in grade to find an easy race and get her confidence back, so she’s got to bat away at the highest level.”

Another of Fahey’s good juveniles last season was Rhythm Master, who was third in the Prix Morny and the Mill Reef and hinted at a return to form when fourth in the Jersey Stakes at the Royal meeting.

Rhythm Master winning on debut at Haydock
Rhythm Master winning on debut at Haydock (Steve Davies/PA)

“He’s been very hit and miss this season,” said Fahey.

“He’s got a bad attitude before the race. You see him on a morning and he’s a perfect gentleman, but when he gets to the races he’s thinking of everything bar racing.

“I thought he ran a great race in the Jersey and he’s a solid horse, but he just lets himself down badly at the races.

“I’m just hoping his last race will have made a man of him and help him grow up. He is talented. I just hope he matures.

“He’ll be in the Lennox at Goodwood, but I think he is ground dependent, he doesn’t want it too quick.”

Fev Rover tries again for Classic honours at the Curragh

Richard Fahey is keen to give Fev Rover a second tilt at Classic glory in the Tattersalls Irish 1,000 Guineas at the Curragh.

The sole British-trained runner in a field of 14 fillies, the daughter of Gutaifan arguably sets the standard on this season’s form, having finished an excellent third in the 1000 Guineas at Newmarket three weeks ago.

Fev Rover is set to encounter very different conditions on Sunday, however, with heavy rain in recent days ensuring the ground is testing at the home of Irish Flat racing.

Fahey said: “I believe they’ve had an awful lot of rain, and I’m a little bit worried it might be off, but she has to travel.

“There’s more forecast, but it’s one of those situations where we have to go and see what happens.”

While Fev Rover’s tremendous Newmarket effort came on a fast surface, she did win the Group Two Prix du Calvados at Deauville last season on ground officially described as ‘very soft’.

“I’ve been preaching all winter that I want to get her on better ground, and here we are running on heavy – but she has had experience of it, so she’ll handle it as well as most,” Fahey added.

“I was keen to get her to the Curragh, because I just thought the track would suit her.

“We’ve been pleased with her since Newmarket – she’s a pretty straightforward girl.”

Pretty Gorgeous winning the Fillies' Mile at Newmarket
Pretty Gorgeous winning the Fillies’ Mile at Newmarket (Alan Crowhurst/PA)

Joseph O’Brien is confident of a bold showing from Pretty Gorgeous, who has not been seen since winning the Fillies’ Mile last autumn after an unsatisfactory scope ruled her out of the Guineas at Newmarket.

O’Brien told Betfair: “Pretty Gorgeous is obviously one of our most exciting prospects for the season, having won the Fillies’ Mile at Newmarket last season. She just wasn’t quite right prior to the 1000 Guineas, so we played it safe with her and didn’t run.

“Given how firm the ground was, missing it might have been a blessing in disguise. We know from last year that she handles soft ground well, and we’ve been very happy with her in the last couple of weeks.

“She looks in great order now and will hopefully produce a big effort. Her juvenile form entitles her to be right in the mix, so hopefully she runs a big one.”

O’Brien also runs a pair of outsiders in Sense Of Style and Thinking Of You, ensuring he matches his father Aidan’s three-pronged assault.

O’Brien senior’s chief hope appears to be Joan Of Arc, who impressed in the Irish 1,000 Guineas Trial at Leopardstown a fortnight ago.

“She’s a sister to Gleneagles, and he didn’t like it soft, but she won her maiden when it was soft – so at least we know she goes on it,” said the trainer.

“Like with most of ours this weekend, she’d much prefer better ground, but we do at least know she’s gone on it before – even though it was only a maiden.

“She’s got a beautiful pedigree.”

Empress Josephine and Friendly complete the Ballydoyle trio, while Jessica Harrington saddles both No Speak Alexander and Zaffy’s Pride, who finished first and second in Leopardstown’s Athasi Stakes this month.

Of No Speak Alexander, Harrington said: “I’m not saying she will win, but she’ll be in the shake-up.”

Miss Amulet (right) finishing second in the Cheveley Park Stakes at Newmarket
Miss Amulet (right) finishing second in the Cheveley Park Stakes at Newmarket (Alan Crowhurst/PA)

Miss Amulet was declared a non-runner in last weekend’s French 1000 Guineas because of unsuitably soft ground, but trainer Ken Condon will let her line up this weekend.

The daughter of Sir Prancealot will be making her first competitive appearance since finishing third at the Breeders’ Cup in November – finishing on the heels of Newmarket Guineas heroine Mother Earth.

“It’s the last Classic she can run in, and she’ll take her chance,” said Condon.

“The two-year-old career she put together means she deserves her chance in a Guineas.

“There are genuine concerns about the ground – and as a consequence, the trip is going to be in more focus.

“The filly has trained nicely and is in good form. We’ve a good man riding her (Colin Keane), and she’s drawn around fancied horses, and we’re looking forward to seeing her back.”

Pretty Gorgeous returns in Irish 1,000 Guineas

Pretty Gorgeous and Fev Rover are among a 14-strong field for the Tattersalls Irish 1,000 Guineas at the Curragh.

The Joseph O’Brien-trained Pretty Gorgeous is set to make her first appearance since winning the Fillies’ Mile at Newmarket in October, after an unsatisfactory scope led to her late withdrawal from a return trip for the 1000 Guineas three weeks ago.

O’Brien will also saddle Sense Of Style and Thinking Of You.

Richard Fahey’s Fev Rover finished a close-up third over the Rowley Mile at the start of this month, but can expect to encounter far more testing conditions in Ireland this weekend. She is the sole British-trained representative in the line-up.

Aidan O’Brien, who won the 1000 Guineas at Newmarket with Mother Earth, will run three in the Irish equivalent.

The Ballydoyle handler’s chief hope appears to be Joan Of Arc, who impressed in the Irish 1,000 Guineas Trial at Leopardstown this month. She is joined by stablemates Empress Josephine and Friendly.

Ken Condon has declared Miss Amulet, who was taken out of last weekend’s French 1000 Guineas because of unsuitably soft ground.

Jessica Harrington runs No Speak Alexander and Zaffy’s Pride, with Belle Image (Sheila Lavery), Fantasy Lady (Paddy Twomey), Sweet Gardenia (John Joseph Murphy) and Sziget (David Bergin) completing the line-up.

Aidan O’Brien is responsible for three of the eight runners in the Tattersalls Gold Cup – but the brilliant filly Love is not one of them.

Serpentine winning last year's Derby at Epsom
Serpentine winning last year’s Derby at Epsom (Bill Selwyn/PA)

Last year’s 1000 Guineas and Oaks heroine will have to wait to make her seasonal reappearance – with her trainer instead relying on Broome, Serpentine and Tiger Moth.

Broome is unbeaten in three starts this season, while last year’s shock Derby winner Serpentine runs for the first time since finishing fourth in October’s Champion Stakes at Ascot.

Dermot Weld’s dual Irish St Leger scorer Search For A Song steps back in distance after finishing second in Listed company at Leopardstown last week – while Willie Mullins saddles True Self, who was last seen claiming a lucrative success in Saudi Arabia.

Noel Meade’s Helvic Dream, the Andrew Slattery-trained Sunchart and Cayenne Pepper from Harrington’s yard are the other hopefuls.

Irish Guineas tempting for Fev Rover camp

Fev Rover appears increasingly likely to have a second tilt at Classic glory in the Tattersalls Irish 1,000 Guineas at the Curragh.

A winner at Listed and Group Two level as a juvenile last season, the Nick Bradley Racing-owned filly ran an excellent race in defeat for trainer Richard Fahey in the 1000 Guineas at Newmarket at the start of this month – finishing a close-up third behind Aidan O’Brien’s Mother Earth.

Coronavirus restrictions make a trip across the Irish Sea a little more complicated than would usually be the case, but connections are keen to run on Sunday.

Bradley said: “Fev Rover is all good – she worked yesterday (Tuesday) and worked well.

“We are going to make a final decision on Thursday morning – but right now, I suspect we’re going to run.

“After the Guineas she had a few extra days in her box, but she worked well earlier in the week.

“With the current situation in the world, you don’t really want to be going to Ireland and France if you can help it. That said, this is the last 1000 Guineas of the season and it looks like a good spot for her.”

If Fev Rover is given the green light for an Irish trip, Bradley believes she should prove “hard to beat” in her bid to become the first British-trained winner of the race since Just The Judge in 2013.

He added: “The ground is probably not going to be ideal – it looks like it’s going to be on the soft side.

“I think it’s either run in Ireland or wait for the Coronation Stakes at Royal Ascot – and taking everything into account, I suspect we’ll be running this weekend.

“I think a reproduction of her run at Newmarket would make her hard to beat.”

Fev Rover camp eye choice of Group One targets

Fev Rover has either the Irish 1,000 Guineas or the Prix Saint-Alary on her agenda after her big run at Newmarket.

Richard Fahey’s filly outran odds of 22-1 to be beaten only a length and a quarter into third by Mother Earth in Sunday’s 1000 Guineas.

Taking a keen hold from the stalls, Fev Rover disputed the lead for the first five furlongs before crossing the line a neck behind runner-up Saffron Beach.

Nick Bradley’s racing partnership owns the horse, and he was in attendance alongside a clutch of fellow shareholders.

“Fev Rover ran a great race,” he said.

“We decided we wanted to be handy, because there didn’t look to be much pace in the race.

“She was a little keen early doors, but we had her where we wanted her.

“She looked like she was going to drop away, but then she picked up out of the dip and ran really well.”

The daughter of Gutaifan had previously enjoyed both Group and Listed successes, having gained black type form in Sandown’s Star Stakes last season before taking the Prix du Calvados at Deauville.

Bradley has another tilt at Group One glory pencilled in this month, with both the Irish Classic at the Curragh and ParisLongchamp’s Prix Saint-Alary under consideration.

“I haven’t spoken to Richard (Fahey) this morning,” he said.

“But we’ll probably go for the Irish Guineas or the Alary next.”

Should the latter race be targeted, Bradley’s filly is likely to cross paths with another who did his silks proud at Newmarket on Sunday.

Mystery Angel gave rookie trainer George Boughey his highest-profile winner to date when taking the Listed Pretty Polly Stakes under Ben Curtis.

The length-and-three-quarters victory signified a change in fortunes for the daughter of Kodi Bear, who has been narrowly beaten three times in Listed contests.

Her efforts in the Silver Tankard Stakes at Pontefract, the Montrose Stakes at Newmarket and the Prix Rose de Mai all fell just short of the mark, with her subsequent run in the Prix Francois Mathet at Saint-Cloud ending in a fifth-placed finish.

“She’s been really unlucky,” said Bradley.

“From when Frankie (Dettori) rode her at Newmarket onwards, she probably should have won all those races.

Mystery Angel ridden by Ben Curtis wins the Betfair Pretty Polly Stakes during 1000 Guineas Day, part of the QIPCO Guineas Festival at Newmarket Racecourse
Mystery Angel and Ben Curtis won the Betfair Pretty Polly Stakes at Newmarket (Mike Egerton/PA)

“Things didn’t quite go our way in each circumstance for different reasons, but yesterday she showed everybody how good she was.

“We knew she was that good, but the last one kind of knocked our confidence a little bit.

“She’s obviously a very good filly, and Ben (Curtis) gave her a great ride – the tactics were to take to the front and make it a stamina test.”

Next week’s Musidora Stakes at York is a possibility, but Bradley is more inclined to target the Prix Saint-Alary and a possible clash with Fev Rover.

“She (Mystery Angel) ran a great race and she will probably go for the Alary next,” he said.

“We’ll look at the Musidora, but it’ll probably be the Group One Alary in France.”

Chapple-Hyam thrilled by Guineas runner-up Saffron Beach

Jane Chapple-Hyam saluted the “genius” of Aidan O’Brien as she reflected on the fine run of Saffron Beach to take second in the Qipco 1000 Guineas.

Winner of the Oh So Sharp Stakes last year, Chapple-Hyam’s New Bay filly reappeared on the Rowley Mile in the Nell Gwyn last month when she was second behind Sacred.

Hopes were high for a big performance in the Newmarket Classic, and she duly turned the form around with Sacred – but just found Mother Earth a length too good.

Chapple-Hyam said: “What can I say, Aidan O’Brien is just a genius. He is hard to take on – and I can’t wait for him to retire!

“It would have been the quickest ground she has been on. But she can handle it because she is versatile, as you saw in the Oh So Sharp on good to soft, and she has done it here on the quicker ground.

“We are just all thrilled, and I’m sure the owners are highly delighted because they have got a second in the 1000 Guineas. This time last year, she wasn’t even in training.

“She has seen the mile out 100 per cent. I knew she would get the mile and I know she will get a mile and a quarter as well. They (owners) will tell me where to send her, and I will just get her fit. There is a good one in her.

“We just have to place her properly now and we will see what the team wants to do.”

Richard Fahey was also proud of the third home, Fev Rover, running a storming race to be just a neck behind Saffron Beach and a nose in front of Santa Barbara.

The North Yorkshire trainer said: “We were delighted with her – it wasn’t a truly-run race really.

“Paul (Hanagan) felt the ground was a bit quick for her – she just rolled about a bit – but you’d have to be happy with that.

“She probably will go further in time, and a bit of juice in the ground doesn’t bother her at all.

“She’s in the Irish Guineas, and that was going to be the plan – that or Royal Ascot.

“We will step her up in trip at some stage. We’ll just see how she takes the race.”

Fev Rover team in no rush to decide on possible seasonal finale

Connections of Fev Rover will wait until next week before deciding whether the Group Two-winning filly will run again this season.

Trainer Richard Fahey and owners Nick Bradley Racing 43 and Partner will give the Prix du Calvados winner time to recover after finishing fourth in a rough race for the Prix Marcel Boussac at ParisLongchamp on Sunday.

Should the daughter of Gutaifan be given the go-ahead to run again this year, then her target will either be a Group One over a mile at Saint-Cloud later in the month or the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Fillies Turf at Keeneland.

“There are only two possible races for her – there’s a Group One in France in about two and a half weeks at Saint-Cloud, a mile race. There’s that or the Breeders’ Cup,” said Bradley.

“I said to Richard (Fahey), let’s have a chat in a week’s time when he’s got her home and seen how she is.”

Bradley reflected on her bad luck in the Marcel Boussac won by Tiger Tanaka.

“I thought she was very unlucky, but that happens in horse racing,” he said.

“She ran great, she got interfered with twice, the jockey got banned but that doesn’t really help us – that’s racing.

“After the race she was fine, there wasn’t a cut on her.”

Dandalla may have lost her 100 per cent when only fifth in the Cheveley Park Stakes at Newmarket, but Bradley has not lost faith in her and is hoping she will develop into a Classic contender in the spring.

The daughter of Dandy Man had won her three previous races, including the Group Three Queen Mary Stakes at Royal Ascot and the Group Two Duchess of Cambridge Stakes at Newmarket.

Dandalla winning the Duchess of Cambridge Stakes at Newmarket
Dandalla winning the Duchess of Cambridge Stakes at Newmarket (Hugh Routledge/PA)

“She won’t run again this year. She’ll be prepped for a run, potentially, in a Guineas and run in a trial – probably at Newbury for the old Fred Darling,” he said.

On her run in the Cheveley Park, Bradley felt the Karl Burke-trained filly did not handle the track.

“She was fine. She was sound afterwards and I just think she hated the dip,” he said.

“There was a strong tailwind that day and they can only run so fast when you’ve got a wind like that and then to run into a dip.

“That made it even harder and she changed her legs three times in the space of about 50 yards. I think that was the issue there.”

Fev Rover has choice of Group One targets

Syndicate manager Nick Bradley has a step up to Group One company planned for the Richard Fahey-trained filly Fev Rover.

The two-year-old is pencilled in for either the bet365 Fillies’ Mile at Newmarket or the Prix Marcel Boussac at ParisLongchamp.

Fev Rover has enjoyed a fruitful season so far, finishing second to subsequent Listed winner Method on her racecourse debut and then producing a valiant effort in the Group Two Duchess Of Cambridge Stakes at Newmarket, where she lost out by just a head to Dandalla – also owned by Nick Bradley Racing.

Her maiden status was then lost when she triumphed in the Listed Irish Stallion Farms EBF Star Stakes at Sandown, before she won the Group Two Shadwell Prix du Calvados at Deauville.

Bradley is hoping she can continue that progression in one of her two possible Group One contests next month.

“She’ll either run in the Fillies’ Mile or the Prix Marcel Boussac, I’m not quite sure which yet,” he said.

“She’ll be kept in both races, and a decision will be made pretty late, probably the first couple of days in October.”

Ground conditions may play their part, and Bradley added: “Going-wise, she wants good ground – it’s just a case of choosing the best race for her.

“In terms of opposition, she’s in great form, so we’ll just let them have a go.”