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Bashkirova sweeps to Princess Elizabeth success

Cheveley Park were celebrating a one-two in the Princess Elizabeth Stakes as 2-1 favourite Bashkirova led home Sir Michael Stoute’s Potapova at Epsom.

The Tom Marquand-ridden filly was settled in midfield alongside her Goodwood conqueror Mrs Fitzherbert in the early stages, but the jockey got a beautiful run up the centre of the home straight once the race entered the business end and William Haggas’ four-year-old came home a cosy one and a quarter lengths to the good in the Group Three affair.

It was a case of what could have been for the runner-up, who was slowly away and Ryan Moore had to sit and suffer in rear aboard the daughter of Invincible Spirit. However, she made up ground to reverse Kempton form with Roman Mist, who filled the final podium spot in third.

Haggas said: “We’re blessed, we knew at the start of the year we had a strong squad of four-year-olds and at the minute they are doing very well.

“The Duke of Cambridge (at Royal Ascot) is only 10 days away so we’ll see. I wouldn’t rule it out, we’ll see what the ground is like as that is important to her.

“She tries very hard. She’s four, if you look after them when they are young you reap the benefit when they are four and more.

“I need to sort a few fillies out this year. I’m not 100 per cent sure what her trip is, I did run her over 10 furlongs last year but it was at the end of the season so I’m not sure it was a true reflection. I do think she’ll get a bit further.”

Haggas also reserved some praise for his jockey.

He said: “He’s very strong and at the moment he’s full of confidence and I’ve been saying it for ages I can’t believe he doesn’t get six rides at every meeting. His ride on Alenquer was nothing short of sensational.”

It was a poignant winner for the Haggas yard, following the death of Lester Piggott on Sunday.

Speaking to Racing TV, the Newmarket trainer said of his father-in-law: “It seems that everyone has got an ‘L Piggott’ story, which is wonderful. It’s a sad time.

“I hope we will have a celebration of his life later, but at the moment it’s a very poignant time. It’s been very sad.”

Racing Insights, Saturday 04/06/22

Saturday's free feature, the Trainer/Jockey Combo stats (TJC) report works by bringing together the form of trainers and jockeys into a single composite report that has produced excellent results for users. Quite simply, some trainers turn to specific riders when they have one ‘ready to win’. This report quickly identifies the most profitable combinations.

Clicking on any row will reveal the entries for that trainer/jockey pairing. And clicking on the entry will open the race in a new tab.

HINT: Look for a good sample size – ideally five or more – combined with a decent win percentage (30%+), and a positive figure in the profit column.

[Please refer to our User Guide for further information]

In addition to the TJC report , we have the following free racecards for Saturday...

  • 2.35 Epsom
  • 3.00 Tramore
  • 3.06 Doncaster
  • 3.30 Worcester
  • 5.11 Musselburgh
  • 5.21 Doncaster

My settings for the  haven't thrown up much of interest, so I'm going to look at the first of the free races, the 2.35 Epsom, the 10-runner, 3yo+ Fillies And Mares, Group 3, Princess Elizabeth Stakes over a left-handed 1m½f on good ground...

Somewhat surprisingly for a race of this calibre, only three of the field (Miss Marble, Mrs Fitzherbert & Roman Mist) won last time out, but all bar Statement have raced in the last seven weeks. Statement, however, has been away for eight months and now makes a first start for Kevin Ryan. Miss Marble steps up from Class 3 here, but the other nine all competed at Class 1 LTO and four of these (Bashkirova, Miss Marble, Mrs Fitzherbert & Roman Mist) have already tasted success at similar trips to today.

It's a non-handicap so all should carry 9st 8lbs, but the three 3yr olds (Flash Betty, Majestic Glory & Rolling The Dice) all get a very handy 12lbs allowance making them effectively "best off" at the weights compared to official ratings. Of the 4 yr olds, Mrs Fitzherbert, Technique and Bashkirova are rated highest with Statement worst off of all.

BASHKIROVA
Didn't race as a 2yo, but won her first three starts last year, culminating in a Class 2 handicap success. She was then beaten by just over 5 lengths in a 1m2f Listed race before a 175-day break. She returned to action at the end of April to finish as a runner-up, half a length behind the re-opposing Mrs Fitzherbert in a 1m Listed contest at Goodwood, when collared late on.

MISS MARBLE
Returned in late April from a three month break to win at Nottingham over today's trip, but that was a Class 3 handicap and this is much tougher. The runner-up from that race has subsequently finished just 5th of 6 in the race Bashkirova was the runner-up recently.

MRS FITZHERBERT
Won back to back handicaps in August/September last year before going down by less than 3 lengths on her Class 1 debut. She was then rested for six months before coming back to beat Bashkirova in a Listed race at Goodwood under today's jockey and the pair are now three from three together.

POTAPOVA
Won her first two starts in C5 & C3 Novice contests before being pitched straight in to Group 1 action, where she unsurprisingly struggled. A pair of Gr 3 defeats followed and she was sent back to the shed for 222 days. She returned to action in mid-April and was a runner-up in a Lised race, just a head behind the winner, Roman Mist, who also runs here today.

ROMAN MIST
Beat Potapova above by just a head on Easter Monday, but had already been a Listed runner-up previously. Has more experience/past success than Potapova and probably still just about holds her here.

STATEMENT
Finished 221 as a 2yr old and was only beaten by a short head as runner-up in a 17-runner Group 3 contest (Fred Darling) on her 3yo seasonal debut, but hasn't really kicked on since then, although she was third of eight in this race last year, but never really looked like winning. Hasn't finished better than mid-division in three runs since and has moved owner/trainer.

TECHNIQUE
Won a Class 5 Novice event at Wolverhampton on debut in Jan '21, but has been beaten in all eight starts since. That said she has been a runner-up in a Gr 3 and two Listed events in her last five outings, beaten by just a head on three efforts. Didn't go well in the Oaks here last year, when seeming not to 'get' the course, which could be a worry.

FLASH BETTY
Looks well out of her depth here, I'm afraid, having own just one of 18 on the Flat and went down by some 14 lengths in a Listed race on her last outing. That sort of run won't cut it here and I'd be very surprised if she was to get involved here.

MAJESTIC GLORY
Won the Gr 3 Sweet Solera at Newmarket last August, but was then 6th of 9 at Gr 2 and last of 9 at Gr 1, before bedding down for the winter. Seemed much better in the Fred Darling this year when 3rd (bt by 1.75L) after a 190-day break, but hasn't raced this far yet.

ROLLING THE DICE
Probably needed the run at York recently coming back from eight months off track, but coming home last of twelve, 32 lengths off the pace in a Listed race isn't ideal preparation for a Group 3 contest at a big meeting and I just feel that on the basis of that run, she has too much ground to make up here and will most likely be down the field with Flash Betty.

I don't fancy the chances of Flash Betty, Miss Marble and Rolling The Dice here very much and I'd be surprised if the got anywhere near the first four home, so I'm making my picture a little clearer by discarding them before I open up the Instant Expert tab, which looks like this now...

Without nailing my colours to any mast after seeing that above, I am ready to discard both Statement and Technique here. Neither have even won a Listed race and I'm not seeing either of them suddenly landing a Group 3 event. Of the five I'm keeping, the green blocks speak for themselves and I've no real cause for concern prior to assessing draw and pace.

The draw...

...in this type of race here has tended to favour those draw higher, which is good news for Mrs Fitzherebert & Potapova on my five in contention, while the pace stats...

...clearly say that you can't afford to dwell here and that probably puts Potapova in the worst position of my final five...

So, if that puts paid to her chances, I've now got the field now to four.

Summary

By process of elimination, I've whittled the field down to a quartet of Bashkirova, Majestic Glory, Mrs Fitzherbert and Roman Mist. I fancy the winner to come from Bashkirova and Mrs Fitzherbert and they're closely matched on a recent run with the latter holding the former and I think that might well be the case again here, so for me, it's the 7/2 Mrs Fitzherbert to win with Bashkirova her biggest danger.

Of the other pair, again there's little between them, but I just like Roman Mist that little bit more and at 9/1 generally, she wouldn't be a bad E/W shout. That said, some firms are paying four places, so you could hedge your bets and take an E/W punt on Majestic Glory at a similar price.

Good Luck and enjoy the weekend!

Ward confident Roman Mist can make her Epsom presence felt

Roman Mist bids to provide Tom Ward with the biggest win of his training career to date when she lines up in the Princess Elizabeth Stakes at Epsom on Saturday.

His stable star accounted for one of the leading fancies, Sir Michael Stoute’s Potapova, when they went head-to-head in Kempton’s Listed Snowdrop Fillies’ Stakes earlier in the season and the Lambourn-based trainer sees no reason why the four-year-old, who has thrived on the all-weather of late, will be unable to confirm the form in this Group Three event.

“The track is obviously a question mark, but she’s going there in great form having won a Listed race last time. We’re going in there hoping she’ll run a nice race,” said the trainer.

“She’s tough as nails and you know she’s going to be trying her best. If some of the others don’t quite perform, then she’s going to be bang there whatever.

“I love this filly, she’s great – she’s won a Listed race and deserves to take her chance in a Group Three. She’s got a nice draw and a very good jockey (Richard Kingscote) in the saddle and hopefully we will go close.”

Roman Mist is a best-priced 7-1 for the one-mile contest, while as well as Potapova, there is Hughie Morrison’s Mrs Fitzherbert and William Haggas’ Bashkirova ahead of her in the betting. The duo fought out the finish of the Conqueror Fillies’ Stakes last time and will lock horns once again on the Surrey Downs.

Technique is looking to get the father-and-son training partnership of Freddie and Martyn Meade off to the perfect start as she is the team’s first runner.

Meade senior won the race with Wilamina in 2018 and hopes to be on the mark again with the game daughter of Mastercraftsman.

“She runs quite well fresh, she’s acted on the track before when running in the Oaks there, but she’s a much stronger filly now. She has developed well from three to four, she’s a proper horse now and I’m hoping we’ll see the best of her on Saturday,” he said.

“It’s a great way to start (with Freddie) and she is one of our better horses. She’s lightly raced and she’s done nothing wrong, she’s just not had the rub of the green really on a few occasions. So hopefully things will go her way on Saturday. We won the race with Wilamina a few years ago, so it would be great to do that again.”

In the other Group Three on the card, Modern News could bring up a hat-trick for Charlie Appleby in the Cazoo Diomed Stakes.

Although beaten when fancied in the Lincoln on the opening day of the Flat turf season, he made no mistake on his next start when picking up Newbury’s Spring Cup and followed up that victory with a Listed success at Windsor.

Newbury Races – Saturday April 16th
Modern News, here winning at Newbury, goes for Group Three glory in the Cazoo Diomed Stakes (Steven Paston/PA)

Appleby, who also saddles Zakouski, told the Godolphin website: “Zakouski is a solid horse and likes a bit of cut in the ground.

“Modern News was last seen winning at Listed level at Windsor and is stepping up to Group level and stepping up in trip, which we think will suit him.

“He deserves to have a crack at running at Group level.”

Simon and Ed Crisford have won this race twice in the last five years and rely on Finest Sound, who was last seen finishing second in the Group One Jebel Hatta at Meydan in the spring, while Charlie Hills’ Mutasaabeq was beaten only a neck in the Group Two bet365 Mile at Sandown and connections retain plenty of belief in the son of Invincible Spirit.

John and Thady Gosden’s Megallan and York handicap scorer Escobar complete the six-strong field.

Parent’s Prayer records smooth Princess Elizabeth victory

Parent’s Prayer led her rivals a merry dance in the Cazoo-sponsored Princess Elizabeth Stakes at Epsom.

A dual winner during her debut season as a three-year-old last term, Archie Watson’s filly had run two sound races in defeat so far this year – finishing second in the Park Express Stakes in Ireland and fourth in the Chartwell Fillies’ Stakes at Lingfield.

Ridden by champion jockey Oisin Murphy for the first time, the daughter of Kingman was sent straight to the lead and appeared to have matters under control throughout.

If anything the 4-1 winner extended her lead racing inside the final two furlongs and passed the post with just over two lengths in hand over Nazuna, with 7-4 favourite Statement only third.

Murphy said: “She’s a lovely filly – a great, athletic type. She handled the track really well.

“Her owner is watching at home in Saudi Arabia and he will be over the moon. He jumped in the Olympics in 2012 in London and he knows horses very well, so I’m pleased he’s got a top-class filly.

“We weren’t absolutely sure as to how we were going to ride her – it was an open plan. But she jumped very well and she was very relaxed going to post, so once she pricked her ears in the race and was in a good rhythm, she was always going to run well.”

Watson said: “She is a strong-travelling filly and I always felt she would handle the track.

“Both Oisin and I were keen to go forwards with her and let her get into a rhythm and it has worked out well. I’d say the rain they had yesterday has helped a bit as well, as she has done most of her winning on heavy ground – but saying that she seems quite versatile and I would have no issues on quicker ground.

“She is a Listed winner and she is dual Group Three-placed and is now a Group Three winner – she is now a very valuable filly. It was very important to get a win into her first, then a stakes win and then this Group win. It makes my life a little easier as a trainer as we can now run her in the top races.

“I think we will stay at a mile for now though I do think she would get further under the right circumstances, but there is such a good fillies’ programme over a mile that I don’t think we need to look beyond that at the moment.

“I know it is only 10 days or so to Royal Ascot, but the Duke of Cambridge would be the first option and then on to the Falmouth at Newmarket. If she misses Ascot we would go straight to the Falmouth.

“Later on in the season we can then look at races like the Sun Chariot, Matron and other races in France.”