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Perfect Power tops 10 seeking Middle Park glory

Perfect Power heads a field of 10 for Saturday’s Juddmonte Middle Park Stakes at Newmarket.

Richard Fahey’s colt is already a Royal Ascot winner and having met trouble in running at Goodwood, went to France last time out to win the Group One Prix Morny at Deauville.

Behind him that day were the Alan King-trained Asymmetric and Richard Hannon’s Armor and that pair take him on again.

Go Bears Go has another crack at Group One company for David Loughnane. He won the Railway Stakes at the Curragh and was then beaten into third by Hugo Palmer’s Ebro River in the Phoenix Stakes last time.

Go Bears Go had Castle Star behind when winning the Railway Stakes
Go Bears Go had Castle Star behind when winning the Railway Stakes (Lorraine O’Sullivan/PA)

While Ebro River is absent on this occasion due to the quick ground, Ger Lyons’ Dr Zempf, second in the Phoenix, and Fozzy Stack’s Castle Star, who was second in the Railway and fourth in the Phoenix, both run.

Flying Childers winner Caturra, the Aidan O’Brien pair of HMS Endeavour and New York City and Michael O’Callaghan’s Twilight Jet complete the field.

Lyons’ unbeaten filly Sacred Bridge tops 13 in the Juddmonte Cheveley Park Stakes.

Owned by the sponsors, she has won all four of her outings and sets a high standard.

Zain Claudette beat Sandrine at York and the two meet again
Zain Claudette beat Sandrine at York and the two meet again (Nigel French/PA)

The Ismail Mohammed-trained Zain Claudette and Andrew Balding’s Sandrine were first and second in the Lowther at York and will meet again.

The supplemented Eve Lodge, Desert Dreamer, Flotus and Tenebrism will all have their supporters.

Balding’s Masekela brings the strongest form in the Juddmonte Royal Lodge having been touched off by National Stakes winner Native Trail and beaten subsequent Champagne Stakes victor Bayside Boy in his last two runs.

Mark Johnston’s Royal Patronage was impressive in the Acomb at York and may give him something to think about, while Frankie Dettori teams up with Unconquerable for Donnacha O’Brien.

Dettori rides Magical Morning in the bet365 Cambridgeshire and not ante-post favourite and stablemate Uncle Bryn, who will instead be partnered by Robert Havlin.

Bell Rock is top weight with last year’s winner Majestic Dawn among those towards the head of the weights.

Cox set to rely on Caturra in Middle Park

Caturra will represent Clive Cox in Saturday’s Juddmonte Middle Park Stakes at Newmarket – but Mill Reef winner Wings Of War is highly unlikely to run just seven days after his Newbury victory.

Caturra was a last-gasp winner of the Flying Childers over five furlongs at Doncaster last time out, catching Richard Hannon’s Molecomb winner Armor in the shadow of the post.

While he will be facing another furlong this weekend, the Mehmas colt does have a Listed win in Newbury’s Rose Bowl Stakes over that trip to his name.

“I’m very happy with Caturra and he’s been in great form since Doncaster,” said Cox.

“He’s won a Listed race over six furlongs already and as he’s in such good form I’m pleased we’ve got another option to look forward to.”

The race will, however, come too soon for Wings Of War.

“We confirmed him on Monday to give ourselves a bit of time,” said Cox.

“He ran an absolute blinder in the Mill Reef and he’s clearly going to benefit from a little bit longer than a week before he turns up at that level again, so it’s unlikely he’ll run.

“There’s not really anything else for him this season, but he’s an exciting horse for next year. We just wanted to give ourselves the choice at the confirmation stage.”

Go Bears Go primed for Middle Park challenge

David Loughnane believes the break he gave Go Bears Go ahead of the Juddmonte Middle Park Stakes at Newmarket on Saturday has done him the world of good.

The Railway Stakes winner is one of 14 juveniles still in contention for the six-furlong Group One.

After the Railway, Go Bears Go headed back to Ireland for the Phoenix Stakes where he finished third, beaten a length by Ebro River with Dr Zempf in second, and the three are on course to meet again.

“We are exactly where we want to be, the ground looks like it’s going to be in great condition,” said Loughnane.

“We freshened him up and I think it’s done him the world of good, physically and mentally. He’s strengthened up loads and I couldn’t be happier.

“It’s a crucial time for two-year-olds. People might look and say ‘he’s only had four runs why does he need a break’, but he’s been on the go since last December for a breeze up.

“That’s a long time for a growing two-year-old to keep rocking and rolling and he’s done a lot of travelling, he went to Ireland twice in a short space of time.

“It’s all systems go.”

Wings Of War could turn out again quickly having won the Mill Reef on Saturday
Wings Of War could turn out again quickly having won the Mill Reef on Saturday (Steven Paston/PA)

As well as Ebro River, the other Group One winner set to line up is Richard Fahey’s Prix Morny hero Perfect Power.

Richard Hannon has two live chances in Armor, winner of the Molecomb, and Lusail, the Gimcrack scorer who disappointed in the Champagne Stakes on soft ground.

Alan King’s Asymmetric won the Richmond at Goodwood and was third in the Prix Morny, while Michael O’Callaghan has supplemented Twilight Jet, who has gone close in both the Gimcrack and Champagne on his last two outings.

Clive Cox has left in Saturday’s Mill Reef winner Wings Of War and Flying Childers winner Caturra while Aidan O’Brien has three possibles in Glounthaune, HMS Endeavour and New York City.

Supremacy too good for Middle Park rivals

Supremacy led his rivals a merry dance and held off Lucky Vega to win the Juddmonte Middle Park Stakes at Newmarket.

Clive Cox’s youngster had impressed in the Richmond Stakes last time out, but the quality of the race was so deep that Supremacy was sent off a 13-2 chance.

Given a strong wind at the track, Adam Kirby employed the same prominent tactics as he had done when winning the Rockfel Stakes on stablemate Isabella Giles 24 hours earlier and Supremacy was never really headed.

His task was made slightly easier by halfway when Frankie Dettori’s saddle slipped on the keen-going Method and he had to call it a day before the race began in earnest.

Shane Foley was eager not to give the leader too much rope on favourite Lucky Vega, but Minzaal was dropped right out at the back and ended up making up plenty of ground into third.

Supremacy was not for catching, though, prevailing by half a length, with Minzaal beaten a further two and a quarter lengths.

“It was superb. I’m overjoyed. He has been amazing really. From the Richmond, I think he has continued developing and strengthening all the time,” said Cox.

“He is a complete speedball and likes to get on with it. Adam has ridden him beautifully and got the fractions right. I’m just delighted the way he has finished off.

“I’m really excited about him next year, as he has got more development and strengthening to do over the winter. He is just pure class.

“I don’t think we will be stretching beyond six. I don’t think we need to when he shows gears like that. That is precisely what we will be concentrating on and polishing what we have got.

“(This year’s Commonwealth Cup winner) Golden Horde had a little bit more size and scope at this stage of his career and was second in this race. He is another very good horse, but most importantly they are both talented.

“He has got that speed and that is what he likes to get on and do. We realised at Goodwood it was certainly not the wrong way to ride him. I’m just very happy how it has all panned out.

“I wouldn’t have thought he was overlooked, but some people obviously thought it – people have short memories.

“We’ve had a tremendous season, especially with the two-year-old crop as they have been amazing.

“Any winner is special, but that feeling of standing on that stand, even though there wasn’t a huge crowd around us, it was still extremely satisfying.

“We had a wonderful Royal Ascot as well and it has been a wonderful year for us, in spite of the shenanigans.”