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Illustrating goes for Group Three gold at ParisLongchamp

Glorious Goodwood winner Illustrating heads to France in a belated bid for Group-race glory at ParisLongchamp on Thursday.

Successful on her racecourse debut at Catterick in early June, Karl Burke’s filly subsequently finished seventh in the Queen Mary at Royal Ascot before rediscovering the winning trail in a conditions event on the Sussex Downs in late July.

A late setback robbed connections of a tilt at the Group Two Lowther Stakes over six furlongs at York last month, meaning she instead sticks to five in the Group Three Prix d’Arenberg.

Burke said: “She kicked herself and knocked her elbow, which was very frustrating.

“She was pretty sore on it for 48 hours. We were very disappointed to miss York as we thought she was going there with a really good chance.

“She’s great now. We were stepping up to six furlongs for the Lowther, but we’re looking to get the black type with her now and as she showed at Goodwood, she’s not short of speed.

“The extra travelling and things is never ideal with two-year-olds, but fingers crossed she arrives there in good form – if she does, she goes there with a great chance.”

Illustrating is joined by stablemate Guilded, who Burke feels should not be dismissed lightly.

Although still a maiden after five career starts, the daughter of Mastercraftsman has finished second in the Hilary Needler Trophy at Beverley and a close-up fourth in the Weatherbys Super Sprint at Newbury.

Karl Burke saddles two runners in the Prix d'Arenberg
Karl Burke saddles two runners in the Prix d’Arenberg (Dan Abraham/PA)

She was a little disappointing on her most recent journey south for Newbury’s St Hugh’s Stakes, however.

“Guilded is an improving filly,” Burke added.

“I was disappointed with her at Newbury last time. She got a little bit far back and didn’t show her usual dash, but she’s trained really well going into this.

“I’m looking forward to seeing her run and hopefully we can get some black type with her as well.

“She wouldn’t be a million miles behind Illustrating on homework and she looks in really good shape.”

Guilded is one of two runners for the successful Nick Bradley Racing team along with the George Boughey-trained Corazon, who steps up in class after winning on her second career start at Lingfield.

The British challenge is completed by three-time winner Canonized, who has finished third behind Illustrating at Goodwood and fourth in the St Hugh’s Stakes on her last couple of outings for William Haggas.

Illustrating is Lowther-bound

Illustrating will reach for the stars in the Lowther Stakes at York after a commanding performance to take out the British Stallion Studs Alice Keppel EBF Fillies’ Conditions Stakes for Karl Burke and owners Clipper Logistics at Goodwood.

The Showcasing filly is targeting that Group Two on the Knavesmire after outclassing her foes under Danny Tudhope.

The well-supported 2-1 favourite seized the initiative approaching the distance and readily pulled two and three-quarter lengths clear of Anadora and Canonized.

Burke was quick to compare her with Quiet Reflection, who after finishing fourth in the Lowther landed the Cornwallis Stakes at Ascot.

He said: “She’s the only filly I’ve had with the same turn of foot as Quiet Reflection and showed it today. She needs cover, and there was a worrying moment when she got a bit of a bump early on, but she settled sufficiently well for Daniel to get the job done.”

Stressing that cover is essential for his filly, Burke added: “She relaxes straight away when she gets cover, and if she does that she’ll have a better chance of getting six furlongs at York.

“Her first race at Catterick was just down the road and she bolted up, but in the Royal Ascot race (Queen Mary) she was a bit gassy and did too much too soon chasing the American fillies.”

Achelois gave Andrew Balding another Goodwood winner
Achelois gave Andrew Balding another Goodwood winner (John Walton/PA)

Andrew Balding followed up his win in the Sussex Stakes with Alcohol Free when Achelois landed the British EBF Premier Fillies’ Handicap.

Rob Hornby send the Zoffany filly about her business well over a furlong out, and the combination had too much for Timeless Soul as the pair drew clear.

The 3-1 winner is owned by the Thurloe For Royal Marsden Cancer Charity syndicate, run by James and Nicky Stafford, who said: “Andrew said it would be a good move to step her up in trip to a mile and a quarter, and he was right.”

Nagano was vindicated after a luckless run at Ascot last time out as he claimed victory in the Unibet “15 To Go” Handicap.

The three-year-old travelled from the rear of the field to take on 100-30 favourite Siskany, who was reeled in at the half-furlong marker and eventually beaten by three-quarters of a length.

Trained by Roger Varian, the gelding was last seen in the King George V Stakes at the Royal meeting where he finished two and a quarter lengths behind the winner despite being badly hampered, with Siskany a couple of places in front of him.

This time there was no such hinderance as the bay took a wide line around the 13-runner field and powered home under David Egan.

“The last furlong was tough, but he was in front on soft ground,” Varian said.

“He got there quite comfortably and we always felt he had enough in the tank to hold on and it was nice to see him do so.

“If you look at all of his races, he’s looked in trouble at the start and then come home like a train.

“At Royal Ascot, from that good draw, we were keen not to give away the draw and maybe got him rushed early and took his finish away.

“Today we rode him more patiently and he showed what he can do.”

Magical Wish was a last-gasp winner of the seven-furlong World Pool Handicap, eventually victorious at 12-1 for Pat Dobbs and Richard Hannon.

The gelding weaved his way through much of the field to take up the lead in the closing strides of the race, pausing briefly to lunge to the left and snap his jaws at the third-placed Be Prepared.