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Hughes puts Intelligentsia to the test at Salisbury

Richard Hughes is optimistic that Intelligentsia will be up to the challenge at Group Three level in the Ire Incentive Scheme Dick Poole Fillies’ Stakes at Salisbury.

Intelligentsia, who is owned by the Queen, won on her racecourse debut in a maiden at Newbury in July.

The form from that performance has looked increasingly credible, with the runner-up Majestic Glory going on to win her next two starts.

The second of those victories came in the Group Three Sweet Solera Stakes at Newmarket early last month when Andrew Balding’s filly prevailed by a length from Godolphin’s Wild Beauty.

Reflecting on Intelligentsia’s successful debut, Hughes said: “She couldn’t have done it any easier on the day – we were very pleased.

“She made all that day, and it’s going to be a different ball game on Thursday.

“She might run a bit green, because she didn’t learn a whole lot on the first day, but she’s very professional in everything she does.

“We’re very happy with her and we’re hoping we’ll have fast ground. Drawn 11 of 12 isn’t the best, but hopefully she can overcome that.”

Well-fancied for the six-furlong contest is Kevin Philippart De Foy’s Pearl Glory, who has an unblemished record of two runs and two narrow victories.

Her first triumph came at Lingfield in July, after which she was successful again when taking another novice against the colts at this track two weeks ago.

“She is a course-and-distance winner,” said Philippart De Foy.

“She won over there 13 days ago, so we know she handles the track. She’s won her first two – and she beat quite a nice horse on her last outing.

“It’s a step up in class, but we’ve been happy with our filly since the last run and we are expecting her to run a good race.

“She beat what she had to beat in her first two races, and the form of both horses that she beat was pretty good – so it’s quite logical.

“She’s been sold to an American client who was keen to run in the Group Three.

“We are going there, we think she is in the right race and she is entitled to be there.”

Clive Cox’s Crazyland will take her chance too after finishing sixth in the Princess Margaret Stakes at Ascot – with Tom Dascombe’s Delmona in the mix as well, having finished third in the same race and then gone on to be placed in Listed contests over the minimum trip at Deauville and Newbury.

Balding’s Dubai Jewel steps up in grade and is seeking a hat-trick, having won six-furlong novice contests at Windsor and Newbury.

Mick Channon’s Minnamoolka has also been triumphant on her last two runs, including over this course and distance last week, and takes on Group company for the first time – whereas Keith Dalgleish’s Misty Ayr makes the long trip south after already running in black-type races on three occasions, most recently when seventh in the Lowther Stakes at York.

Michael Bell’s Tardis is another bidding for a third consecutive win, stepping up in trip after taking the Listed St Hugh’s Stakes at Newbury on her last outing and a Bath maiden the time before that.

William Haggas runs Carlisle maiden winner Perfect News; Robyn Brisland is represented by Porsche Cavalier, and William Stone’s Romantic Time and Richard Spencer’s Unfinishedsympathy complete the field of 12.

Hughes has long-term plans for Ring Of Beara

Richard Hughes sees Ring Of Beara as a long-term project after the two-year-old got off the mark in convincing fashion at Ffos Las.

The colt by Wootton Bassett followed up his promising debut second at Goodwood four weeks ago when justifying his short odds of 4-9 with an effortless success by four lengths.

Hughes may give Ring Of Beara one more run this season, possibly in the Group Three Somerville Tattersall Stakes at Newmarket, before putting him away for the winter.

“I wanted to make sure he went and won his second run. It’s probably one of the best tracks in the country, and he went and won really well,” said the Upper Lambourn trainer.

“I’d have been disappointed if he hadn’t done it any other way.

“He’s a ‘next-year’ horse really. We might go to the well once more in a month’s time.

“The Somerville maybe, or go to France. There’s nothing set in stone. I want him to tell me.”

Hughes admits he was taking a chance when he paid 200,000 guineas for Ring Of Beara at Tattersalls Sales in October.

“I loved him from the first time I saw him. I underbid on a few horses the day before and I said I’m not leaving without this fella,” he said.

“I was asked to buy from a mare that had either bred something or had done something themselves. His dam, funnily enough, was an unraced mare – so I put my neck on the line a little bit. The sire Wootton Bassett was a huge plus.”

Hughes has another exciting youngster in Intelligentsia, owned by the Queen, who is set for the Group Three IRE Incentive Scheme Dick Poole Stakes at Salisbury on Thursday if the ground is suitable.

The daughter of Exceed And Excel made all the running to land a six-furlong maiden at Newbury on her debut in July.

“She goes for the Dick Poole at Salisbury, as long as the ground is quick,” he said.

“She has come on for the run, and we couldn’t be happier with her.”

Intelligentsia (left) could turn out in the Dick Poole Stakes at Salisbury
Intelligentsia (left) could turn out in the Dick Poole Stakes at Salisbury (Alan Crowhust/PA)

Hughes is waiting for the rain to arrive to run his stable star Brentford Hope again, after he was withdrawn from the Celebration Mile at Goodwood at the final declaration stage.

The four-year-old could head for the Betfair Double Daily Rewards Superior Mile at Haydock on Saturday if there is plenty of cut in the ground.

“He’s in at Haydock, and then he’s going to have a busy enough campaign in the autumn when he’ll get his ground more often,” said Hughes.

“If the rain doesn’t come (for Haydock) he won’t be going. His schedule doesn’t change anyway. He’s easy to train.”

Reach For The Moon makes no mistake at Newbury

Royal Ascot runner-up Reach For The Moon carried the colours of the Queen to an impressive victory in the second race at Newbury on Friday.

Trained by John and Thady Gosden, the son of Sea The Stars came close to providing Her Majesty with a winner at last month’s showpiece meeting – going down by just half a length to Aidan O’Brien’s Point Lonsdale in the Chesham Stakes.

Having also filled the runner-up spot on his racecourse debut at Yarmouth in May, Reach For The Moon was the 2-9 favourite to make it third time lucky in division two of the bet365 EBF Novice Stakes and the result was scarcely in doubt.

Always travelling strongly in the hands of Frankie Dettori, the youngster moved smoothly to the front over a furlong out before rocketing four lengths clear of Harrow.

Gosden senior said: “He was entitled to do that but there was no pace and he quickened well, that will bring him on.

“He’s a grand colt and we’ll look towards the Solario with him now.

“We could have gone straight into another Group race, but you can see he’s quite playful – we’ll leave it at that! To that extent we’ll look for a race in August and the Solario is a nice race.

“He’ll get further. He’ll be comfortable over a mile this year and over middle distances next year because he switched off with no pace today. Frankie wanted to take a lead today.

“In the Chesham there was a strip of ground from his draw in two and I told Frankie to stay straight, so he raced on his own in the Chesham.”

Intelligentsia (5-1) then made a winning debut in the royal colours in the bet365 EBF Maiden Fillies’ Stakes.

Trained by Richard Hughes, the Exceed And Excel filly showed a smart change of gear for Pat Dobbs and looked home and hosed, only for Majestic Glory to close to within a neck.

“She’d shown plenty. She’s an end of May foal, but we gave her a swing one morning and I liked what I saw, we gave her another and she’s never let me down so we saw no point hanging on,” said Hughes.

“It was important she had a flat track and nice ground. but she’s smart.

“The Dick Poole at Salisbury, something like that in six weeks, I don’t want to rush her.

“Her brother did win over seven but ended up running over five and six, so I don’t want to bring her back to five in case she gets seven, if that makes sense.

“On her pedigree and the speed she shows, if she gets a mile she’s really good.”

The Queen went on to enjoy an across-the-card treble – from her three runners on the day – when Portfolio (9-2) made all in the Rich Energy Fillies’ Handicap at Newmarket.

Ryan Moore dictated affairs from the start on the daughter of Deep Impact, who found more when challenged by Brunnera in the final furlong to score by a length and a half for Sir Michael Stoute’s stable.