Noon Star is back for Ribblesdale Stakes

Sir Michael Stoute’s Noon Star heads a field of 13 in the Ribblesdale Stakes at Royal Ascot.

The Juddmonte-owned filly is beautifully bred, being by champion sire Galileo out of multiple Group One winner Midday, and she has shown plenty of promise in her short career to date.

A good winner at Wetherby earlier in the season, she was second to subsequent easy Oaks winner Snowfall in the Musidora at York before a small setback ruled her out of the Epsom Classic.

Mark Johnston’s Dubai Fountain is the highest-rated filly in Thursday’s Group Two, having shown Group One form at two and won the Cheshire Oaks on her reappearance this season. She was, however, beaten a long way at Epsom and needs to bounce back.

Roger Varian’s Eshaada is defending the only unbeaten record in the race, and arrives off the back of a Listed win at Newbury.

John and Thady Gosden run three – with Frankie Dettori on Gloria Mundi, second to Eshaada at Newbury. Robert Havlin rides Loving Dream, and David Egan is on Taslima.

Aidan O’Brien is represented by the Oaks third Divinely – who was 18 lengths behind her stablemate at Epsom – while his son Donnacha runs Nicest.

David Simcock’s Ad Infinitum was emphatic when causing a shock in the Height Of Fashion Stakes, and County Kildare trainer Johnny Murtagh sends over Annerville – with Aristia, Gwenhwyvar  and Twisted Reality completing the field.

Aidan O’Brien’s Cadamosto is likely to be popular in the Norfolk Stakes, given the way he won on his debut at Dundalk.

He has been declared to run several times since, but the trainer has been insistent that the son of No Nay Never needs top of the ground.

Wesley Ward runs two in Lucci and Nakatomi – while William Haggas’ Second Wind seeks to extend his unbeaten career record to three.

George Boughey’s Navello saw his winning run come to an end in the National Stakes but has experience on his side because he will be having his sixth run.

Project Dante made a successful debut for Bryan Smart at York, while Go Bears Go and Instinctive Move are also among a field of 16 after winning starts to their careers.

Mohaafeth missed the Derby on account of the ground
Mohaafeth missed the Derby on account of the ground (David Davies/Jockey Club)

Haggas’ late Derby absentee Mohaafeth is likely to be popular in the Hampton Court Stakes, for which 10 have been declared.

Charlie Appleby’s One Ruler, who finished sixth in both the Guineas and Derby, drops in class – while Aidan O’Brien’s Dante fourth Roman Empire also takes his chance.

Donnacha O’Brien’s Emporio is top weight in the Britannia Stakes, in which a maximum field of 30 will go to post.

Varian’s Raadobarg, Stoute’s Aerion Power and George Scott’s George Peabody all made the final cut.

One-time Derby hope Sir Lamorak will carry top weight for Aidan O’Brien in the King George V Stakes.

Ralph Beckett’s unbeaten Lord Protector and stablemate Surefire, Appleby’s Siskany and Act Of Wisdom and the Queen’s Just Fine are in a field of 19.

The closing Buckingham Palace Stakes sees two Godolphin runners at the top of the racecard in Appleby’s On The Warpath and Saeed bin Suroor’s Bedouin’s Story – along with Beckett’s Tomfre.

Ascot regulars Raising Sand and Ropey Guest appear among 29 runners.

Noon Star on course for Ribblesdale Stakes

Late Oaks absentee Noon Star tops 16 fillies still in contention for the Ribblesdale Stakes at Royal Ascot.

Sir Michael Stoute’s charge was ruled out of the Epsom Classic just 48 hours before the race because of a blood disorder, having previously finished second to impressive Oaks winner Snowfall in the Musidora at York.

Noon Star may bid for Group Two redemption in Berkshire on Thursday, in a race which features Oaks third Divinely – supplemented by connections – and 12th-placed Dubai Fountain.

Divinely was beaten 18 lengths by her Aidan O’Brien stablemate Snowfall – and she could be joined by another Ballydoyle contender next week in Curragh maiden winner Call Me Sweetheart.

Eshaada, Gloria Mundi, Aristia and Twisted Reality filled the first four places in the Haras De Bouquetot Fillies’ Trial Stakes at Newbury in May – and they could all re-oppose, while William Haggas has Sea Karats and Sea Sylph in the mix.

Another last-minute Classic absentee, Mohaafeth, heads 20 in the Hampton Court Stakes.

Haggas opted not to run the colt at Epsom, having deemed the ground unsuitable following heavy rain the day before the big race.

Derby sixth One Ruler stands his ground for this 10-furlong Group Three – one of three possibles for Charlie Appleby, along with Wirko and Yibir.

Joseph O’Brien has four under consideration in Benaud, Isle Of Sark, Snapraeterea and Visualisation – with father Aidan having Lough Derg, Matchless and Roman Empire, while brother Donnacha could get in on the act with Emporio.

American trainer Wes Ward has two live chances in the Norfolk Stakes with favourite Lucci and Nakatomi. The pair both won on their only starts to date, while Aidan O’Brien has the highly-rated Cadamosto and Amalfi Coast in contention.

National Stakes winner Ebro River could clash again with runner-up Little Earl, third-placed Navello and sixth home Chipotle – with Nymphadora, Dig Two and Second Wind also prominent names among 32 possibles.

Noon Star misses Oaks

Noon Star has been ruled out of the Cazoo Oaks at Epsom because of a blood disorder.

Sir Michael Stoute’s charge had been as low as 10-1 for the fillies’ Classic after winning two of her four starts and finishing second in the Musidora Stakes at York last time out.

However, a setback means the daughter of Galileo, who is out of multiple Group One winner Midday, will not line up at Epsom on Friday.

A statement issued on behalf of Stoute read: “Noon Star will not now be running in the Cazoo Oaks on Friday, due to a blood disorder.”

Royal Ascot could be the next port of call for Noon Star, however, with the Group Two Ribblesdale Stakes on June 17 a possible target.

Owner Juddmonte tweeted: “Noon Star has had a temporary setback so will not run in the Oaks on Friday. All being well, she could head to the Ribblesdale Stakes at Royal Ascot.”

Aidan O’Brien is set to launch a five-pronged assault on the Oaks, headed by ante-post favourite Santa Barbara.

The daughter of Derby hero Camelot was joint-favourite for the 1000 Guineas at Newmarket on just her second career start following reports of spectacular workouts on the Ballydoyle gallops.

Santa Barbara is favourite for the Oaks
Santa Barbara is favourite for the Oaks (PA)

Santa Barbara ultimately came up a little short over the Rowley Mile, but was only beaten a length and a quarter into fourth place and her trainer has not lost any faith in his exciting filly.

He said: “Santa Barbara is very well and this was always pencilled in to be her second run this year.

“We were delighted with her run in the Guineas and everything has gone well with her since. That was a big ask for her. She passed every test we put in front of her with flying colours and probably to ask for any other result wouldn’t have been right.

“We were always going to go into the Oaks not knowing if she stays a mile and a half – I suppose we’re going to find that out. She’s by Camelot, which is a big help, and we know she’s got a lot of class.

“She’s only had the two runs, which is not a lot going into the Oaks, but we’re excited and looking forward to seeing her run.”

Next in the betting is stablemate Snowfall – winner of the Musidora Stakes at York.

“We were delighted with her (Snowfall) in York and she’s come out of that very well. We think maybe going up in trip on better ground and maybe having a year under her belt to get stronger has all been a help to her,” O’Brien said.

“She’s always been a very good home worker and always worked like a filly that had loads of class.”

The trainer is also preparing to saddle market springer Divinely, as well as outsiders La Joconde and Willow, adding: “We always liked Divinely a lot. She’s a sister to Found who won a Group Three last year and has had the one run in Lingfield this year.

“Ryan said he was delighted with the run. He said they went very slow and that didn’t suit her, but he was really happy with her.

“Her homework has been very nice since and all her figures from her works have been coming out very high – that’s usually a very good sign.

“La Joconde is another filly we always thought more of than she showed. We think there’s plenty to come from her – she’s a very solid filly and we think that she has loads of quality.

“Willow is out of Peeping Fawn and has progressed with every run and will progress more. She’ll love the trip and if there is any ease in the ground, that won’t bother her. Physically she’s done very well as well.

“We just think and feel that they’re all bred to be Oaks fillies and it might be very wrong to stop them from taking their chance.”

Final decision ‘pending’ but Noon Star poised to take Oaks chance

Noon Star appears increasingly likely to take her chance in the Cazoo Oaks at Epsom on Friday week.

Sir Michael Stoute’s filly is an impeccably-bred product of the late Khalid Abdullah’s Juddmonte operation, being a daughter of Galileo out of the brilliant racemare Midday, who won six Group One races but was narrowly beaten by Sariska in the Oaks in 2009.

Noon Star won two of her first three career starts, including an impressive beginning to her three-year-old campaign at Wetherby in April.

Favourite-backers had their fingers burnt after she had to make do with the runner-up spot behind Aidan O’Brien’s Snowfall in the Musidora Stakes at York a fortnight ago, but connections are hopeful further improvement will be forthcoming when she steps up in distance.

Teddy Grimthorpe, racing manager for Juddmonte, said: “We are looking towards the Oaks – the (Abdullah) family are happy for that.

“I think Sir Michael would like to decide a little bit later on. She hasn’t done much since York, so we’ll just make sure.

“I think when he’s happy, in principle the family are happy to go to the Oaks. But I would say a final decision is pending.”

Reflecting on her Musidora Stakes performance, Grimthorpe added: “I thought it was a slightly muddling pace, but if you get beaten you look for those false positives sometimes – it was the same for everybody.

“Her pedigree says that she ought to stay and that will be much more her game. However, over a mile and a half there will be no hiding place, either in the Oaks or the Ribblesdale (at Royal Ascot)

“York was encouraging and she still seems to be going the right way.”

Logician team satisfied following Newbury return

Logician pleased connections when finishing third behind impressive winner Al Aasy in last week’s Aston Park Stakes at Newbury.

John and Thady Gosden’s 2019 St Leger winner has had an interrupted career to date.

Unraced at two, he won all five races at three, culminating in Classic glory at Doncaster.

His comeback was delayed last year due to a potentially life-threatening case of peritonitis, but he returned to action at Doncaster in September with a win, although he was last of four on his only other outing at York last season.

“We were quite pleased. I know he didn’t win, but he came back fine and showed good enthusiasm,” said Teddy Grimthorpe, racing manager for his owner, Juddmonte.

“Obviously he needed the race, but he’s recovered from it well and we were encouraged by that, really.

“He stuck to his task well, he stayed on, so his next race will hopefully show he’s back on track.

“He’s in the Hardwicke, which could be a possibility, but the family (of Juddmonte founder Khalid Abdullah) will decide on that.”

In a similar situation was Sir Michael Stoute’s Sangarius, who has endured several issues during his career but performed creditably behind Armory in the Huxley Stakes at Chester.

Sangarius (pink hat) chased home Armory (left) at Chester
Sangarius (pink hat) chased home Armory (left) at Chester (Alan Crowhurst/PA)

“Sangarius has come out of the race well,” said Grimthorpe of the 2019 Hampton Court winner.

“I thought it was a nice performance. He got hemmed in slightly, but that wouldn’t have made the difference between winning and losing, I don’t think.

“We just need a clear run with him this season, injury free.

“He has several possibilities and the family will ultimately decide, but he could run in something like the Brigadier Gerard.”

Whether the famous Juddmonte colours will be carried in the Cazoo Oaks by Musidora runner-up Noon Star has still to be decided.

“There’s no decision on Noon Star yet, the family will let me know whether she goes to Epsom or not,” said Grimthorpe.

Noon Star and Teona clash in fascinating Musidora

Noon Star is among those looking to earn themselves a shot at Classic glory in the Cazoo Oaks in what promises to be an informative renewal of the Tattersalls Musidora Stakes at York on Wednesday.

Sir Michael Stoute’s filly is certainly bred for next month’s Epsom showpiece, being a daughter of the brilliant Derby hero Galileo and top-class racemare Midday, who was beaten a head by Sariska in the Oaks in 2009.

Noon Star, owned and bred by the late Khalid Abdullah’s Juddmonte operation, has won two of her three starts to date – most recently impressing on her three-year-old debut in a novice event at Wetherby two and a half weeks ago.

With that form having been boosted by the subsequent Lingfield success of the fourth home Sherbet Lemon, Stoute’s charge is a general 8-1 shot for the Oaks on June 4, but will face a thorough examination at York, with Oaks second-favourite Teona among her rivals.

Teddy Grimthorpe, Juddmonte’s racing manager, said: “If you breed Galileo to Midday, you’re expecting and hoping to end up at Epsom in early June. That would be the aim of anyone, but obviously she’s got to prove that she’s a worthy candidate.

“Midday won twice at York – she won the Middleton Stakes and the Yorkshire Oaks. She was only narrowly beaten by Twice Over in the Juddmonte International.”

Noon Star is one of two Juddmonte-owned runners in an eight-strong field along with John and Thady Gosden’s Senita, who wears a hood for the first time after finishing a disappointing last of seven on her seasonal debut at Newbury.

“She’s a work in progress really. She didn’t put it together at all at Newbury and was a little bit awkward throughout,” Grimthorpe added.

“John has always had a good opinion of her and this is a fact-finding mission to see where we are with her, but she does have talent.

“This will give us a good idea of where we are with both fillies – this is what these trials are for really.

“Sometimes you get surprised and sometimes you get disappointed.”

Roger Varian saddles Teona in the Musidora Stakes
Roger Varian saddles Teona in the Musidora Stakes (John Walton/PA)

Roger Varian’s Teona makes her turf debut following two outings on the all-weather at Newcastle, finishing second on debut before bolting up by nine lengths on her second start in November.

Like Noon Star, Teona is also bred in the purple – being by Derby winner Sea The Stars out of Ambivalent, who won the Group One Pretty Polly Stakes in Ireland and the Group Two Middleton Stakes at York for the same connections.

Varian said: “She looks a very nice filly at home and we’ve always held her in high regard.

“She’s taken a while to come to herself this spring and I should think the run will bring her forward. That said, her last few weeks of training have been very pleasing.

“She’s a big, rangy filly. I trained her mother, who also took a while to come to hand, and Teona was never going to be a summer two-year-old – she’s all about this year and beyond.

“We like her a lot – it’s well publicised I think, the regard which we hold her in.

“This is a nice starting point and a lovely place to start. If she doesn’t win it’s not the end of the world, but we’d expect her to run well.”

Mystery Angel steps back up to Pattern class after impressing in the Listed Pretty Polly Stakes at Newmarket 10 days ago.

While the Nick Bradley Racing-owned filly is not currently entered in the Oaks, connections may consider supplementing should she come up trumps on the Knavesmire.

“She’s a filly who takes her racing very well and we’ll give it a good shot on Wednesday,” said trainer George Boughey.

“We’ll take it one step at a time. I’d say this is as good an Oaks trial as there is, on the pedigrees and the reputations of the two horses in front of us in the market (Noon Star and Teona).

“She would need to be supplemented for the Oaks, which costs the best part of £25,000. I think she would have to win at York to be considered for Epsom, I would say.

“She’s been a star for us and hopefully there’s more to come.”

Snowfall after winning at the Curragh
Snowfall after winning at the Curragh (PA)

The sole Irish challenger is Aidan O’Brien’s Snowfall, who will be ridden by Ryan Moore.

The jockey told Betfair: “This Deep Impact filly maybe didn’t quite progress as expected from her maiden win, though she faced some tough tasks in Group One company. This trip is more in keeping with her pedigree, and I expect her to improve for it.

“There is nothing in here boasting a scary level of form as it stands, though Noon Star is a very promising filly and one I like, and she is race-fit, as is the Newmarket winner Mystery Angel. And Newcastle winner Teona is already second-favourite for the Oaks, I see.”

Aura (Andrew Balding), Glenartney (Ed Walker) and Quiet Assassin (Adrian Keatley) are the other contenders.

Leading Oaks hopes clash in Musidora at York

Sir Michael Stoute’s Noon Star and the Roger Varian-trained Teona put their Cazoo Oaks credentials on the line in Wednesday’s Tattersalls Musidora Stakes at York.

A total of eight fillies will line up in the trial, which is a Group Three races in its own right so offers valuable black type.

Noon Star, who runs in the Juddmonte colours, is a daughter of brilliant mare Midday, a multiple Group One winner for Sir Henry Cecil, and she is by champion sire Galileo.

Third on her debut at Salisbury, she subsequently beat Hugo Palmer’s Ocean Road, who was placed in the Lingfield Oaks Trial, at Nottingham.

Noon Star gave some idea of just how good she might be when carrying a 7lb penalty to success at Wetherby on her seasonal bow, with Lingfield winner Sherbet Lemon back in fourth.

She will be ridden by Richard Kingscote, who was also in the plate at Wetherby.

Teona has been heavily backed for the Classic in recent days and Varian has had a degree of success in the trials to date.

The Sea The Stars filly was a nine-length winner at Newcastle when she was last seen in November.

Mystery Angel will aim to take another step up the ladder having won the Pretty Polly for George Boughey.

John Gosden runs Senita, another filly owned by Juddmonte, but well beaten by Hurricane Lane on her return at Newbury.

Andrew Balding’s Auria, the Ed Walker-trained Glenartney, Quiet Assassin from Adrian Keatley’s yard and Aidan O’Brien’s Snowfall, not seen since she was confused with subsequent Guineas winner Mother Earth in the Fillies’ Mile, complete the field.

One the same card is the Group Two Duke of York Clipper Logistics Stakes which sees July Cup winner Oxted head a field of 12.

Summerghand (right) swooped late to beat Oxted (centre) and Emaraaty Anna at Newmarket
Summerghand (right) swooped late to beat Oxted (centre) and Emaraaty Anna at Newmarket (Alan Crowhurst/PA)

Following a fruitless trip to Saudi Arabia, Oxted finished a narrow second to David O’Meara’s Summerghand in the Abernant Stakes and the pair meet again.

Tim Easterby has high hopes for Art Power this season after the grey performed well in the top sprints last term as a three-year-old.

In a similar boat is Walker’s Starman, who only lost his unbeaten record at Ascot on Champions Day on soft ground.

Varian’s Jersey Stakes winner Molatham drops back to six furlongs having ended his last campaign over a mile, with William Haggas running Nahaarr.

Kevin Ryan’s trio of Brando, Emaraaty Ana and Queen Jo Jo, Richard Fahey’s Ventura Rebel, Karl Burke’s Lady In France and Saeed bin Suroor’s Final Song also run.

Noon Star takes centre stage at Wetherby

Noon Star emerged as a potential Oaks contender after making an impressive start to her campaign at Wetherby.

Sir Michael Stoute’s filly is a daughter of Galileo out of the top-class racemare Midday, who won six Group Ones in the colours of the late owner-breeder Khalid Abdullah, but was narrowly denied in the Oaks at Epsom by Sariska in 2009.

Having made a promising start to her career when third at Salisbury in September, Noon Star opened her account with a clear-cut win at Nottingham the following month and was a 4-5 favourite for her reappearance in the Fillies’ Novice Stakes.

Ridden by Richard Kingscote, the three-year-old displayed a willing attitude to pull two and a half lengths clear of Loving Dream, with Franklet a further six lengths away in third.

Paddy Power cut Noon Star to 12-1 from 20-1 for the Cazoo Oaks on June 4.

Teddy Grimthorpe, racing manager for Abdullah’s Juddmonte operation, said: “I think it was pleasing the way she did it. She jumped well, settled in a good position and the first and second drew clear, which is encouraging for the future.

“We’ll discuss with the (Abdullah) family what they want to do, but there will be options like that (Oaks).”

Ametist (second right) in action at Wetherby
Ametist (second right) in action at Wetherby (Tim Goode/PA)

Ametist looks a similarly exciting prospect for William Haggas and Cheveley Park Stud judged on a facile success in the Watch Racing TV In Stunning HD Novice Stakes.

Making his first competitive appearance since scoring at Chepstow last summer, the Dutch Art gelding was a prohibitively priced 4-9 favourite in the hands of Tom Marquand.

Those who took the cramped odds will have had few concerns, however, with Ametist readily stretching four and a quarter lengths clear of second-favourite Miquelon.

“It wasn’t a great race, but he did it well,” said Haggas.

“This is his third run over seven furlongs, but I think he’ll get a mile in time.

“He looks to have plenty of speed. He just lacks experience that’s all.

“We’ll see what sort of mark he gets and plan his campaign accordingly.”

Cosmos Raj (15-8) was another winning favourite, landing the Royal Pigeon Racing Association Handicap for David O’Meara and Danny Tudhope.

The Keith Dalgleish-trained Chookie Dunedin (8-1) was a half-length winner of the Every Race Live On Racing TV Handicap, with Callum Rodriguez the winning rider.