Chapple-Hyam has high hopes for Beach

Jane Chapple-Hyam’s Saffron Beach will bid to maintain her unbeaten record and prove her Guineas credentials when she lines up for the Lanwades Stud Nell Gwyn Stakes at Newmarket.

The three-year-old already has a Group Three win to her name after claiming the Oh So Sharp Stakes in October.

Prior to that the chestnut was an impressive winner on her debut in September, again over seven furlongs at Newmarket, and is therefore unbeaten in two starts ahead of Wednesday’s contest.

“She’s really well, she wintered well and we’re looking forward to her run,” said Chapple-Hyam.

“She’s two from two on the course, so I’d expect a bold show from her.”

The going on the Rowley Mile is currently described as good, something Chapple-Hyam feels her filly will appreciate after facing soft ground when winning the Oh So Sharp.

“We were more concerned about running her on the soft,” she said.

“We know she likes the good ground in training, so she’ll be happy with that.”

Also involved is William Haggas’ Sacred, who begins her three-year-old season after a busy and successful juvenile campaign.

Placed in the Queen Mary, Lowther and Flying Childers, she disappointed in the Cheveley Park but is reported to have trained on.

“She’s great, she’s wintered well and she looks like she’s physically developed and strengthened,” said Chris Richardson, managing director of owner Cheveley Park Stud.

Sacred, ridden by James Doyle, goes on to win the Betway EBF Stallions Maiden Fillies’ Stakes at Newmarket Racecourse
Sacred, ridden by James Doyle, goes on to win the Betway EBF Stallions Maiden Fillies’ Stakes at Newmarket Racecourse (David Davies/PA)

“She seems to be in good form, so we’ll find out whether she’s potentially a Guineas horse or whether the trip might be a bit far for her.

“There’s plenty to play for and she’s in great form.”

Another leading chance is Charlie Appleby’s Divine Light, a Kingman filly who won over seven furlongs on her debut at Newmarket in October.

“Divine Light is a sharp filly, with a course and distance win under her belt,” the trainer told

“It looks a competitive renewal of the race and this should tell us where we are with her.”

Divine Light ridden by William Buick (right) wins The Godolphin Under Starters Orders Maiden Fillies’ Stakes at Newmarket Racecourse
Divine Light ridden by William Buick (right) wins The Godolphin Under Starters Orders Maiden Fillies’ Stakes at Newmarket Racecourse (Alan Crowhurst/PA)

Roger Charlton also has a live chance in the race, with Love Is You a winner of both her two starts to date, including an impressive triumph in the Listed Radley Stakes at Newbury.

Jason Watson, who was on board for both victories and takes the ride once more.

“Love Is You is exciting, she has wintered well and looks great,” said Watson.

“Steve Raymont, who rides her out every day, has been very happy with her.

“I’ve not sat on her, but I’ve confidence in the team and what they think and I think she should run well.

“Though she has won at Ascot and Newbury which are pretty level tracks, I don’t think Newmarket will be an issue as she is quite well balanced.

“She won on heavy ground at the end of the season, but I don’t think she necessarily needs that ground. I think good ground is what she wants.

“Stamina will be no issue, while she looks stronger this year and that seems to have increased her speed a bit.”

Frankie Dettori will partner Star Of Emaraaty for John and Thady Gosden, with the filly having her first start since leaving the yard of Kevin Ryan.

“Star Of Emaraaty was purchased by Teruya Yoshida, who kindly placed her with John,” Dettori explained.

“It will be interesting to see where we are with her as the winter can change a lot of things, but she is already a Group Three winner and I’m looking forward to seeing what we find out.”

Making up the field of 10 is Tawhub, a stablemate of Star Of Emaraaty who runs on turf for the first time, and Richard Fahey’s experienced filly Ventura Diamond.

Adrian Nicholls is represented by Mamba Wamba, while Hugo Palmer runs Chocoya and Sylvester Kirk sends out Seattle Rock.

Nell Gwyn test in store for unbeaten Love Is You

Love Is You will put her Classic credentials to the test in next week’s Lanwades Stud Nell Gwyn Stakes at Newmarket.

Roger Charlton’s unbeaten 1000 Guineas hope is on target to run in the Group Three seven-furlong trial en route to the Classic back at HQ at the start of May.

The Kingman filly followed up her winning Ascot debut over a mile with a tenacious second success when last seen six months ago in seven-furlong Listed action on heavy ground at Newbury, for her only other juvenile start.

She got the better of recent Grade Two Keeneland runner-up Gift List that day, and is prominent in the ante-post market for the Guineas as one of Britain’s best hopes behind Aidan O’Brien’s well-touted favourite Santa Barbara.

“Everyone seems happy with her at this stage,” said the Wiltshire trainer.

“Preparation has been so far without issues, and the plan is to run in the Nell Gwyn.

“It’s been a fair winter – luckily we didn’t have snow to hold us up. She’s been ticking along.

“It’s pretty miserable and cold for fillies right now, but that’s also what normally happens at this time of year. It’s never easy, or ideal, but it’s the same for everybody.”

Charlton is mindful of the strong opposition likely to be posted in the Guineas by Santa Barbara, among others, but is happy with Love Is You at this stage.

“I think she’s developed well,” he said.

“The main competition normally comes from the other side of the Irish Sea – and they’ve got quite a few reserves as well, I suspect.”

There was give in the ground for both Love Is You’s victories, but Charlton is not concerned about the current dry spell.

He added: “Her last race was run on pretty appalling ground –  I don’t think it’s what she needs, particularly, but she did it well.

“We’ll find out more when she runs at Newmarket, I guess.

“She dealt with the ground (at Newbury). I don’t think going is an issue for her.

“That was an extreme – nobody would choose to run on it, but there weren’t too many other choices.”

Charlton will be formulating plans soon for two of his older stayers – Monday’s Kempton winner Sleeping Lion and 2018 Northumberland Plate hero Withhold.

Sleeping Lion scored on stable debut, having previously been a consistent performer for James Fanshawe.

“That gave us a lot of pleasure,” said Charlton.

“He’s a sweet horse, but he is six – and he did as much as one could have possibly expected first time out, I thought.

“It wasn’t really (a surprise). We’ve had him since about November – he’s been working well.

“I didn’t know what to expect particularly at the races, but I would have been disappointed if he hadn’t won or been thereabouts.”

Sleeping Lion may try to emulate Withhold at Newcastle this summer – with a return to the turf possible first.

“I think he’s a horse that doesn’t want to be over-raced,” said Charlton.

“We’ll see what the handicapper does, but something like the Northumberland Plate is a possible target.

“He’s an owner-bred horse, and he would be keen to try some black type at some stage.

“He’s always looked like he needed every yard of two miles – but yesterday, I thought he showed enough zip to be running over slightly shorter distances if need be.

“I haven’t any plans yet where he’ll go next, but he’ll have that sort of programme.”

Withhold won the Stobart Rail & Civils Northumberland Plate Handicap at Newcastle in 2018
Withhold won the Stobart Rail & Civils Northumberland Plate Handicap at Newcastle in 2018 (Richard Sellers/PA)

Charlton will also be taking his time with Withhold, who is set to return for his sixth campaign at the age of eight – and may take in Sandown’s Group Three Henry II Stakes at the end of next month.

He added: “Withhold is still around, but he’s kind of a little the wrong end of the handicap these days – compared to how he was when he won (the Northumberland Plate).

“He held his own last year, and a mile and six to two miles plus is his sort of trip.

“I guess it’s kind of Listed races a bit more than handicaps at the moment for him.

“There isn’t really much for him actually at this stage. We’ll just have to hang about – maybe that two-mile race at Sandown (is) a possibility.”

Quadrilateral camp size up Sun Chariot

Quadrilateral remains on course to make her return to Group One company in the Kingdom Of Bahrain Sun Chariot Stakes at Newmarket.

The Roger Charlton-trained Frankel filly will bid to open her account for the campaign in the mile contest on October 3 – attempting to score for the first time since landing last year’s Fillies’ Mile over course and distance.

Having filled third spot in both the 1000 Guineas and the Coronation Stakes at Royal Ascot, Quadrilateral finished one place further back when dropped down to Group Three company for her latest outing in the Atalanta Stakes at Sandown.

Charlton said: “The only race for her at this stage is the Kingdom Of Bahrain Sun Chariot Stakes at Newmarket.

“If she is well we will be heading there.

“I thought she needed the race at Sandown, because she had her setback and she just blew up.”

Headman, who trainer Roger Charlton hope to have out before the end of the year (Julian Herbert/PA images)
Headman may run again before the end of the year (Julian Herbert/PA images)

The Beckhampton handler hopes to have dual Group Two winner Headman, who has not been sighted since failing to beat a rival in the Prince Of Wales’s Stakes at the Royal meeting, back out before the end of the season.

He added: “There are no plans for Headman at the moment, but he has been in exercise for about six weeks.

“I couldn’t tell what we are doing going forwards, but hopefully we will be able to run him somewhere.”

A trip to Haydock on Saturday for the British Stallion Studs EBF Fillies’ Novice Stakes is on the cards for winning Ascot debutante Love Is You, who is a general 14-1 shot for the Group One bet365 Fillies’ Mile at Newmarket.

Charlton added: “We plan on sending Love Is You to Haydock on Saturday. I think the mile trip is fine for her, and she doesn’t want to be going further than that.

“She was well on top at the line at Ascot – but she needs more experience to find out whether she is a possible candidate for the Fillies’ Mile.

“Carrying penalties against some smart newcomers is not easy, and more often than not they get beat. She has got a good pedigree and hopefully will be a good filly for next year.”

Beheld who is likely to be put away until next season (Tim Goode/PA Images)
Beheld who is likely to be put away until next season (Tim Goode/PA Images)

The Classic-winning trainer is considering drawing stumps for the season with Beheld – who like Love Is You holds an entry in the Fillies’ Mile, having made her debut at Newbury a triumphant one last month.

He added: “I think Beheld won’t be out again until next year. She has won her maiden this year but she is growing a lot – however, we will have more discussion with connections.

“You don’t know what she beat – just because it was a Newbury maiden, it doesn’t necessarily mean the form is strong.”