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Pearl Glory on verge of breakthrough success for Philippart De Foy

Pearl Glory bids to give trainer Kevin Philippart De Foy his biggest success when she lines up for the Godolphin Lifetime Care Oh So Sharp Stakes at Newmarket.

Philippart De Foy has been going it alone for just two seasons at his Newmarket yard but has made a bright start – with horses like Pearl Glory – who will be ridden by William Buick- flying the flag.

The daughter of Cotai Glory won her first two starts and went close to adding a Group Three triumph when beaten just a length by Romantic Time in the Dick Poole Stakes.

She put in good late work at the end of the six furlongs that day, so De Foy has no qualms about stepping her up to seven at Group Three level again on Friday.

“She’s been doing very well since the Dick Poole,” he said.

“The filly is in good form, and it looked like she wanted a step up in trip last time out – so we are trying the seven furlongs this time.

“I think she will handle Newmarket fine, but she wouldn’t want the ground to be too soft. I hope it dries a bit today and tomorrow morning.”

De Foy is delighted to have secured the services of title-chasing William Buick to ride Pearl Glory.

“We can’t complain about having William on board,” he added.

“He’s been riding at the top level for a long time and won Group Ones last weekend.”

Competition will nonetheless be tough – with Ralph Beckett’s successful Salisbury debutant Good American and William Haggas’ two-time winner Perfect News among the opposition.

Hugo Palmer is hoping a drop in trip will help Hierarchy in the Newmarket Academy Godolphin Beacon Project Cornwallis Stakes.

The Mehmas colt has been campaigned exclusively over six furlongs to date, winning his first two races before being placed in two group contests.

After finishing third in the Sirenia Stakes at Kempton, Hierarchy went down by a head to Wings Of War in the Mill Reef at Newbury – just overhauled late on.

“I’m happy with him and I don’t think the drop back to five will be a problem, so fingers crossed,” said Palmer.

Irish trainer Michael O’Callaghan sends over Twilight Jet – who has performed with credit in the Gimcrack, Champagne and Middle Park Stakes on these shores in his last three starts. The Curragh handler also saddles Up Above.

Karl Burke runs Guilded and Illustrating, who were fourth and sixth respectively in the Group One Cheveley Park Stakes here.

Lights On tackles a mile and a quarter for the first time in the Newmarket Pony Academy Pride Stakes.

The Sir Michael Stoute-trained filly has won three times at around a mile this term, and is set to continue racing next year.

“She loves soft ground and is a much better filly it,” said Chris Richardson, managing director of owners Cheveley Park Stud.

“She’s a progressive filly, and I’m sure she’s got a good level of ability.

“We’re slightly stepping up in trip. But hopefully she’ll stay in training next year, and we feel she’s progressing.”

Soft Whisper bids to back up her recent Rosemary Stakes success back at Newmarket in the Pride Stakes
Soft Whisper bids to back up her recent Rosemary Stakes success at Newmarket in the Pride Stakes (Mike Egerton/PA)

Saeed bin Suroor reports Soft Whisper to be in good form after she returned from a 181-day absence to win over mile on this track two weeks ago.

“Soft Whisper ran a big race on her latest start, when she won nicely. Her last piece of work went well, and she is ready to go again,” he told www.godolphin.com.

Owners Godolphin also run the Charlie Appleby-trained Sayyida, who was another in action at the meeting a fortnight ago when second to Forbearance in the Princess Royal Stakes over a mile and a half.

Appleby said: “Sayyida has been very consistent throughout the season and will appreciate ground conditions on Friday, while the drop back in trip isn’t a concern.

“She should be a player on softer ground, which she hasn’t had all year.”

There is a strong Irish presence too – with Aidan O’Brien’s La Joconde, Donnacha O’Brien’s April Showers and Jessica Harrington’s Climate all involved.

Saffron Beach enters Breeders’ Cup frame following Newmarket victory

Saffron Beach set up a potential outing at next month’s Breeders’ Cup at Keeneland with victory in the Godolphin Lifetime Care Oh So Sharp Stakes at Newmarket.

Having run out an impressive winner over course and distance on her debut 13 days ago, the Jane Chapple-Hyam-trained filly took a step up in class in her stride in the seven-furlong Group Three.

Moving into contention approaching the final quarter of a mile, the 9-4 favourite found plenty for pressure to hold off the attentions of Thank You Next by half a length.

Following the race, Saffron Beach was introduced at 10-1 for the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Fillies’ Turf by Paddy Power.

Chapple-Hyam said: “That was very good and the staff at home have done a wonderful job. She is a quick learner and I’d love to have a crack at the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Turf at Keeneland, if the owners will allow me.

“We know she is good. I had Annie Skates who was second in the Juvenile Fillies’ race at the Breeders’ Cup and this one is probably a quicker learner than Annie.

“For what she has done at home, we thought this was a suitable step up in grade. She has got a good lead horse in Suzi’s Connoisseur, so thank God for him. The old nine-year-old dog came good!”

Winter Power showed no signs of a busy campaign catching up with her after making virtually all to claim the Newmarket Academy Godolphin Beacon Project Cornwallis Stakes.

The Tim Easterby-trained daughter of Bungle Inthejungle secured her fourth victory from nine starts this season with a clear-cut success in the Group Three prize.

Although briefly headed midway through the five-furlong dash, the 10-1 shot, who claimed Listed honours at Ayr on her last outing, quickly pressed on once regaining the initiative to cross the line three lengths clear of runner-up and favourite, Method.

Winter Power was too good for her rivals in the Cornwallis Stakes
Winter Power was too good for her rivals in the Cornwallis Stakes (Alan Crowhurst/PA)

Winning jockey Silvestre de Sousa said: “She won quite well at Ayr and has bounced back in great form. She has done really well and won very easily. She just ran in a very competitive race (Flying Childers) at Doncaster where I got beat on her.

“She has shown me plenty of encouragement today to travel very handy and when I asked her the question coming down the dip she handled it well and put the race to bed very nicely.”

Despite Winter Power – who was introduced at 25-1 for the Commonwealth Cup with William Hill and 33-1 by Betfair – being campaigned exclusively over five furlongs this season, De Sousa believes that with time she might get a bit further.

He added: “This year five is as far as we want to go, but we are nearly at the end of the season and with another couple of months on her back six furlongs will be suitable.

“I think when she fills up over the winter she might just strengthen up. I don’t know how good she will be, but she will always be in the mix in good races.”

The Ian Williams-trained Kingbrook (14-1) sweated up badly before the start of the valuable bet365 Old Rowley Cup, but it certainly did not slow him down.

Richard Kingscote stole a march on his rivals running and managed to hold off the fast finish of Hollie Doyle on Louganini by half a length.

Angel Power (100-30 favourite) continued her progression to give De Sousa a treble in the Darley Pride Stakes, following his earlier win in the Cornwallis and his success in the Challenge Stakes on Happy Power.

Trainer Roger Varian said: “I will have to speak to Alastair Donald (King Power racing manager), but I think she has got maybe another run in her this year.

“Let’s see how she comes out of this race. We quite like the E.P. Taylor (Woodbine) as we won that a couple of years ago with Sheikha Reika and we’ve had fillies placed in that race before.”