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Saffron Beach could possibly be seen on Champions Day

If Saffron Beach runs again this season it is likely to be in the Queen Elizabeth II Stakes on Qipco British Champions Day.

Jane Chapple-Hyam is to meet with the owners of the impressive Sun Chariot winner this week to decide whether or not to “roll the dice”.

Whether she does or not, Chapple-Hyam is safe in the knowledge that the talented filly will return to training next season.

“She came out of the race fantastic, she’s eaten up, she lost six kilos and she’s in good order – I’m very pleased,” said the Newmarket handler, who was celebrating her first Group One win.

“I think the owners would like to roll the dice once more and I’m having a meeting with the owners when we have a little celebration.

“She’s a tough filly, to have been on the go in the first weeks of the season to then win a Group One in October – it tells you a lot about her constitution.

“I’m lucky that she stays in training next year and if there’s one more run this year we’ll see what we come up with. I can’t see it being abroad, so the only real option is the QEII.

“Next year we might have a look at 10 furlongs, the owners might let me have a go, but she absolutely loves that Rowley Mile so long term she will probably start back in the Dahlia Stakes at the Guineas meeting.

“I’ve been getting a bit of ribbing from the other trainers now I’ve finally won a Group One. It’s taken me 14 years so I don’t mind it!”

Sun Chariot plan for Saffron Beach

Saffron Beach will stay closer to home for the Kingdom Of Bahrain Sun Chariot Stakes on October 2 rather than head abroad.

Trainer Jane Chapple-Hyam had mooted a trip to Canada for the E.P. Taylor Stakes after her stable star got back to winning ways at Sandown on Saturday.

However, those plans have been shelved for the time being for the 1000 Guineas runner-up, with travel possibly on the agenda next year.

“The plan going forward will be to head to the Sun Chariot. It is her backyard and she has done extremely well there before having won there twice and finishing second there twice in four starts so she knows the track really well,” said Chapple-Hyam.

“She had excuses in the Oaks as it came up really heavy and she had a dirty lung after finishing down the field in the Falmouth Stakes.

“She finished second in the 1000 Guineas so we knew she had the ability to win more Group races and it was important getting more black type on Saturday. She was dominant in that last furlong and when Hollie (Doyle) asked her to go two out she shot clear which was nice to see.

“I think a race like the E.P. Taylor Stakes is really a race for four-year-olds.

“We feel she can travel next year for a race like that when she is that bit older.”

Saffron Beach takes Atalanta spoils

Saffron Beach made the most of dropping back to Group Three level as she regained the winning thread in the Betway Atalanta Stakes at Sandown.

The New Bay filly was a Group Two winner as a juvenile and has been highly tried by Jane Chapple-Hyam this term, finishing second in the Nell Gwyn Stakes on her seasonal bow before again filling the runner-up spot in the 1000 Guineas in May.

She then switched up to 12 furlongs for a crack the Cazoo Oaks, where she finished a distant eighth behind Snowfall, while a return to a mile in the Falmouth Stakes again yielded little joy.

Off the track since that run at the beginning of July, Saffron Beach was sent off a 9-2 shot to get back on track in this mile heat – and Hollie Doyle had her tucked in behind early leaders Auria and Maamora before making her move in the straight.

Saffron Beach showed a nice change of pace to take it up with two furlongs to run – and she was well on top in the closing stages, with Doyle keeping her up to the task to win by two and a quarter lengths.

Waliyak finished with purpose to take second, while outsider Ville De Grace was back in third.

Chapple-Hyam is now planning to return to the top level with Saffron Beach, either in Britain or further afield.

She said: “She tried hard and it was a great ride from Hollie. She really enjoyed coming up the hill the last two furlongs.

“We had our hiccup in the Oaks and a hiccup in the Falmouth, where she scoped dirty afterwards, and she has come back here as the filly we know she is.

“It was important today just because we believe in the horse and I had to drop her back to a Group Three, just to get the horse’s confidence back as much as anything.

“It was great that Hollie came and rode her on Wednesday to get to know her. I’m thrilled she has been able to do it today in a dominant fashion. Hollie said she had a lot of horse underneath her.

“She is in the Sun Chariot obviously, but would one have a little go at the EP Taylor (at Woodbine in Canada on October 17)? As you know, I love to travel.

“I made my decision in the Oaks and it was wrong, so I think I have to leave it to the owners.”

Doyle was teaming up with Saffron Beach for the first time and she was full of praise for the winner.

She said: “I was very impressed. I was surprised she went off the price she did, as on form figures she had the best in the race if she turned up, and she did.

“I got to know her Wednesday and she gave me a great ride then. It is just good to get to know what you have got underneath you before you ride in a big race like this.

“She settled beautifully today and that ground probably slowed her down a bit and she dropped her head.

“I knew she would get a bit further so I committed two down and she ran through the line. I just wanted to get her a lead and get her switched off. Jane said this stiff mile would suit her.

“I think she would get 10 furlongs but ridden like that, I don’t see why she can’t stay at a stiff mile. You would like to think somewhere along the line she could be competitive at Group One level.”

Saffron Beach bidding to go one place better in Oaks

Saffron Beach gives Jane Chapple-Hyam strong claims of becoming the first woman to train the winner of the Cazoo Oaks at Epsom on Friday.

Unbeaten in two starts as a juvenile, the daughter of New Bay was narrowly beaten on her return to action in the Nell Gwyn at Newmarket before performing best of the British when runner-up to Aidan O’Brien’s Mother Earth in the 1000 Guineas.

While a tilt at the Irish Guineas was considered, connections ultimately decided to step up half a mile in distance for a second tilt at Classic glory following a pleasing racecourse gallop at Epsom last week.

Saffron Beach (left) at Epsom last week
Saffron Beach (left) at Epsom last week (Adam Davy/PA)

Chapple-Hyam said: “The race and the other horses won’t bother her – it will be the crowds as she has never seen a crowd.

“I will probably put a red hood on her until the start, just because she hasn’t seen a crowd. The way to dot the I’s and cross the T’s is to keep the lid on her as she is strong to lead up.

“It is a big thrill to be part of this, so let’s hope we can go there and do the best.”

Another leading lady of the Flat out to claim a slice of history is Hollie Doyle.

The record-breaking jockey will be riding in the race for the first time aboard Archie Watson’s Lingfield Oaks Trial winner Sherbet Lemon.

“We always knew she wanted a trip as she is by Lemon Drop Kid and is out of Famous, who was pretty decent herself, so we knew she was going to have the quality,” said Doyle.

“They had things their own way up front at Lingfield, which was a big help to her being able to do everything in her own rhythm coming down that hill. Whether she will be able to dictate like that around Epsom, I’m not so sure, but we will see.

“She has been around Lingfield and she handled that OK, despite being a bit green – I don’t see Epsom being a massive problem.

“There are a few that you would have doubts about stamina, but Sherbet Lemon does everything right to ensure she gets it. She settles and she travels – I can’t knock her.”

Roger Varian possesses a strong hand, with market principals Teona and Zeyaadah joined by outsider Save A Forest.

Teona was far too keen to do herself justice when strongly fancied for the Musidora Stakes at York, so it testament to her latent ability that she still managed to finish third.

Varian said: “We take the positives out of the Musidora run. These are trials at the end of the day and if you’re going to get things wrong it’s better to do it in the trial than on the big day.

“I think she’s extremely talented and I hope that on the day she won’t make the sort of juvenile mistakes she made at York.”

Zeyaadah lost her unbeaten record when runner-up to Mark Johnston’s Dubai Fountain in the Cheshire Oaks, having endured a troubled passage.

Zeyaadah (left) and Dubai Fountain fought out the finish to the Cheshire Oaks
Zeyaadah (left) and Dubai Fountain fought out the finish to the Cheshire Oaks (Alan Crowhurst/PA)

Save A Forest, meanwhile, finished runner-up to Sherbet Lemon at Lingfield.

“I hope she (Zeyaadah) will stay. I suppose she’s not guaranteed to on pedigree, but her running style should give her a chance and she slugged out a Montrose Stakes last year in the style of a filly who we think should stay a mile and a half,” Varian added.

“There’s definitely a bit (of improvement) in the locker. She took an age to come to herself this spring and I only really got happy with her about a fortnight before Chester.

“I’m very happy with Save A Forest’s condition and it wouldn’t surprise me at all to see her run a nice race.”

Also in the mix is Hugo Palmer’s Lingfield third Ocean Road, who was another to enjoy a gallop at Epsom last week.

Ocean Road and jockey Oisin Murphy at Epsom
Ocean Road and jockey Oisin Murphy at Epsom (Adam Davy/PA)

Palmer said: “She is an utterly beautiful filly to look at. She is exceptionally balanced and has beautiful depth.

“She is a half-sister to a dual Group One winner over a mile and a half in Wigmore Hall and she is by a Derby winner (Australia). When you have got all those things, you are dreaming right from the start.

“I’m always a glass half-full kind of person and I try to dream what is the best a horse can be, then we go to Plan B to Z after Plan A hasn’t worked!

“Oisin (Murphy) made his move early (at Lingfield) in the hope he would give the filly time to get there. She got there in four strides, which caught him by surprise.

“She rather used her winning kick on ground softer than ideal, then just didn’t quite get home, but I think she will stay very well.”

Saffron Beach primed for Oaks test following Epsom gallop

Jane Chapple-Hyam believes Saffron Beach will see out the Cazoo Oaks trip after her 1000 Guineas runner-up enjoyed a spin around Epsom on Monday.

Having taken time to decide their next target, Saffron Beach’s owners have opted to step up to a mile and a half rather than go for either the Irish 1,000 Guineas or the Coronation Stakes.

Big-race pilot Adam Kirby was on board as Saffron Beach enjoyed a racecourse workout with a companion.

“She was nice and relaxed. She was on the right lead and you would have to be happy with that. Getting her relaxed was the main thing,” said Chapple-Hyam.

“She gets her neck down low and stretches out and I was pleased to see that. It was very important she was on the correct lead leg, as when they turn into the straight, there is a camber and it takes them down to the far rail and you have to be aware of that.

“She did it on soft ground in the Oh So Sharp, but I’d imagine we have got a couple of more days of bad rain, then it should start drying out.

“I think she will get the trip, as does Adam. Her exercise rider thinks she will get it and her owners think she will get it. We are all in the same boat.”

Chapple-Hyam feels connections did the right thing in biding their time before committing to a race.

She said: “I think the owners were right to look at all the trials and not rush a decision, then they made their decision on Friday, so I’m pleased that we sat and waited.

“Like anything, you sleep on it and wake up in the morning and think different. Well they had a good week’s sleep on it, and I think they have made the right decision.

“She has put on six kilograms and I’m thrilled with that as coming here today would tighten her up a little bit, so that has got to be good.

“Her character, when she gets on a racetrack, she is just bold and strong and she just runs to the line. She was well worth the wait as she wasn’t rushed as a two-year-old to run.

“She has only had four runs under her belt, so she is lightly raced coming into this. She has got a good mind and good legs.

Saffron Beach was impressive in the Oh So Sharp Stakes
Saffron Beach was impressive in the Oh So Sharp Stakes (Alan Crowhurst/PA)

“It was important to come here today to see how she took the travelling as she has only ever travelled three miles up the road for each of her races so far, which have all been at the Rowley Mile.”

Kirby said: “We went a mile and she seemed to handle the track. We went a sensible pace without doing too much. When we turned in, she got into gear and lengthened all the way to the line.

“The trip is an obvious thing in that we are stepping up half a mile, but I know for a fact she will get a mile and a quarter well, so it is fingers crossed about the last two furlongs – it is as simple as that really.”

Mystery Angel has been a star for George Boughey, winning the Pretty Polly at Newmarket before a fair fourth in the Musidora, but she would need to be supplemented on May 29 if she is to line up in the Oaks.

The daughter of Kodi Bear also gained some track experience on Monday.

Mystery Angel seemed to handle Epsom well
Mystery Angel seemed to handle Epsom well (Adam Davy/PA)

“I think the main thing we will be looking at is the opposition and see how many go there. It looks open enough at the moment,” said Boughey.

“The question mark is whether she gets the mile and a half. I think if the ground is like it is today we wouldn’t be running, but the forecast looks good and if it comes quicker – her best performance was on quick ground – in an open year, we would probably like to give it a go.

“It is certainly not decision made yet. I will speak to Nick (Bradley, syndicate manager) later and we will see how she comes out of it. We would like to give it a go if she is well and the ground comes a bit quicker.”

Hugo Palmer’s Lingfield Oaks Trial third Ocean Road was another to have a spin, under champion jockey Oisin Murphy.

Ocean Road was another to gain some experience of Epsom
Ocean Road was another to gain some experience of Epsom (Adam Davy/PA)

“She ran at Lingfield and she was balanced there. She has handled the hill well here,” said Palmer.

“She just took a little look at the road crossing and Oisin just had to give her a squeeze into Tattenham Corner, but she has run to the line and every yard she has gone, the better she has gone, which is great.

“It is very soft ground here today and I think she would be better on better ground, but she has relished that. She seems to me to be doing what three-year-old fillies can do at this time of year, which is improve very rapidly.”

Saffron Beach to test Oaks credentials in Epsom gallop

Jane Chapple-Hyam’s 1000 Guineas runner-up Saffron Beach will test the water with a racecourse gallop at Epsom before her bid for the Cazoo Oaks is confirmed.

The filly was twice a winner in her two-year-old campaign, triumphing on her racecourse debut before going on to take the Group Three Oh So Sharp Stakes last season.

This year she was beaten only narrowly on her return in the Nell Gwyn Stakes, and then runner-up again in the opening fillies’ Classic of the season.

Chapple-Hyam had initially intended to take Saffron Beach to the Curragh this weekend for the Irish 1,000 Guineas, but that plan was shelved.

Saffron Beach will sample the famous Epsom undulations on Monday
Saffron Beach will sample the famous Epsom undulations on Monday (David Davies/PA)

The daughter of New Bay holds a handful of further Group One entries, with the Oaks the most imminent engagement on June 4.

Epsom usually hosts a ‘Breakfast With The Stars’ morning of gallops before its two Classics, with a small crowd of trainers, owners and media in attendance.

The event will be hosted behind closed doors this year, and Chapple-Hyam intends to take the opportunity to test Saffron Beach on Epsom’s undulating track.

“She’s going on Monday to the behind-closed-doors gallop at Epsom, the morning they hold ahead of the Derby and the Oaks” said the Suffolk trainer.

“She’s booked in for that, and we’ll see how she goes around there and then make a decision. There’s just no rush to make a decision.”

Adam Kirby and Saffron Beach in action at Newmarket
Adam Kirby and Saffron Beach in action at Newmarket (Alan Crowhurst/PA)

Adam Kirby has ridden Saffron Beach in all four of her racecourse starts, and Chapple-Hyam will trust his assessment of how she handles the descent from Tattenham Corner to the winning post.

“She’s all good and scheduled to go on Monday, and hopefully Adam Kirby will be available to come and ride her,” she added.

“I’ve talked to Adam, so we’ll just tee her up and confirm everything.

“We’ll see if Adam’s comfortable with her coming down the hill. We’re dotting the i’s and crossing the t’s, and we’re looking forward to it.”

Saffron Beach to head for Irish 1,000 Guineas

Jane Chapple-Hyam has opted to go for the Tattersalls Irish 1,000 Guineas next with Saffron Beach.

The New Bay filly was a fine runner-up to Aidan O’Brien’s Mother Earth in the 1000 Guineas at Newmarket, and has an entry in the Cazoo Oaks.

But Saffron Beach is set to stick to a mile when she is in action next at the Curragh on May 23.

Chapple-Hyam said: “We have decided to run Saffron Beach in the Irish 1,000 Guineas.

“She has been left in the Oaks in case anything happened in Ireland or Government rules changed, because living in Covid times things like that can happen.

“The owners are all on the same page and are keen to send her to Ireland – where Adam (Kirby) will ride her.”

The Suffolk trainer hopes conditions will suit Saffron Beach ideally.

“Her pedigree suggests a mile and the Curragh is a harder mile than it would be here at Newmarket,” she added.

“A bit of juice in the ground she won’t mind – we saw how well she ran on ground like that last year. We are there to give it a go.

“Aidan (O’Brien) is likely to have (Irish 1,000 Guineas Trial winner) Joan Of Arc and a few other bouncers and bodyguards from Ballydoyle – but she is a big girl and she will hold her own.

“She is not petite. She is a solid beast.

“She has had no issues since Newmarket, and her training has been fine and we are now looking forward to Sunday week.”

Oaks enters equation for Saffron Beach

Saffron Beach has the Cazoo Oaks among possible next destinations following her fine effort in defeat in the 1000 Guineas.

Jane Chapple-Hyam’s filly beat all bar Aidan O’Brien’s Mother Earth in the Newmarket Classic on Sunday, and was staying on again crossing the line.

Connections are consequently giving thought to another Classic bid next month – with the Coronation Stakes, Irish Guineas and Pretty Polly Stakes also in the mix.

Saffron Beach (third from right) beat all bar Mother Earth
Saffron Beach (third from right) beat all bar Mother Earth (David Davies/Jockey Club)

“She’s fine and licked her bowl clean,” said Chapple-Hyam.

“I suppose we felt every emotion – delighted with how she ran, but gutted to come so close to winning a Classic.

“The owners are now making a decision whether they want to run her in the Oaks or not.

“When they were pulling up as they go up the hill, she was full of it. She certainly stayed every yard of the mile. You could nearly say she was first off the bridle because she wanted further.”

Saffron Beach has shown in her short career to date that she is adaptable to conditions as well as distance.

“She’s a filly who is versatile on all goings,” added her trainer.

“She won the Oh So Sharp on soft, and handled fast ground on Sunday. That opens up going abroad with her, because you’re not worried whether it’s going to rain or not, which is a big plus.

“She’s so uncomplicated, so genuine – and it looks exciting times for her stallion, New Bay. Her pedigree says a mile, to be fair, but New Bay won a French Derby and was third in an Arc.

“We’re not in the Prix Diane – with Covid and Brexit, there’s enough headaches.

“So she’s in the Oaks, the Coronation and also the Pretty Polly at the Curragh over 10 furlongs – so we’ve got all distances covered. She’s also in the Irish Guineas, so it’s up to the owners where they want to go – and I’ll get her ready for it.”

Saffron Beach fared a good deal better than stablemate Albadri, who should have been Chapple-Hyam’s first representative in a Classic but reared over on leaving the paddock before Saturday’s 2000 Guineas and was withdrawn.

Bellosa was very impressive on her debut
Bellosa was very impressive on her debut (Alan Crowhurst/PA)

“She ended up being my first runner in a Classic because of Albadri,” said Chapple-Hyam.

“It was so strange – he’s been to Saudi and back and never done anything like that, he just would not leave the paddock. He was fine anyway – we’ve had him checked over twice.”

The once-raced Bellosa is another possibility for the Coronation Stakes, but she will return to Newmarket for the Betway King Charles II Stakes first.

The three-year-old daughter of Awtaad bolted up by seven lengths in a maiden at the Craven meeting, landing some hefty bets in the process.

“I think the obvious race is the Listed one at Newmarket on May 15, the King Charles II,” said Chapple-Hyam.

“That would be against the colts – but the way she performed in her maiden and looking at the times and everything, you wouldn’t be afraid of taking on the colts.

“Also they’ve got to give her a few pounds as well – which is a bonus. She did it very impressively first time out.

“As for her trip in the future, it’s still up for debate I suppose. I like seven furlongs, and the owner likes a mile, so we’ll just take each as it comes because she’s still raw at the moment – she’ll tell us her capabilities in competition.”

Chapple-Hyam thrilled by Guineas runner-up Saffron Beach

Jane Chapple-Hyam saluted the “genius” of Aidan O’Brien as she reflected on the fine run of Saffron Beach to take second in the Qipco 1000 Guineas.

Winner of the Oh So Sharp Stakes last year, Chapple-Hyam’s New Bay filly reappeared on the Rowley Mile in the Nell Gwyn last month when she was second behind Sacred.

Hopes were high for a big performance in the Newmarket Classic, and she duly turned the form around with Sacred – but just found Mother Earth a length too good.

Chapple-Hyam said: “What can I say, Aidan O’Brien is just a genius. He is hard to take on – and I can’t wait for him to retire!

“It would have been the quickest ground she has been on. But she can handle it because she is versatile, as you saw in the Oh So Sharp on good to soft, and she has done it here on the quicker ground.

“We are just all thrilled, and I’m sure the owners are highly delighted because they have got a second in the 1000 Guineas. This time last year, she wasn’t even in training.

“She has seen the mile out 100 per cent. I knew she would get the mile and I know she will get a mile and a quarter as well. They (owners) will tell me where to send her, and I will just get her fit. There is a good one in her.

“We just have to place her properly now and we will see what the team wants to do.”

Richard Fahey was also proud of the third home, Fev Rover, running a storming race to be just a neck behind Saffron Beach and a nose in front of Santa Barbara.

The North Yorkshire trainer said: “We were delighted with her – it wasn’t a truly-run race really.

“Paul (Hanagan) felt the ground was a bit quick for her – she just rolled about a bit – but you’d have to be happy with that.

“She probably will go further in time, and a bit of juice in the ground doesn’t bother her at all.

“She’s in the Irish Guineas, and that was going to be the plan – that or Royal Ascot.

“We will step her up in trip at some stage. We’ll just see how she takes the race.”

Chapple-Hyam relishing Guineas challenge with Saffron Beach

Jane Chapple-Hyam has never been afraid of a challenge and in Saffron Beach she has a genuine live chance in Sunday’s Qipco 1000 Guineas at Newmarket.

It has been one-way traffic in the betting this spring for Aidan O’Brien’s Santa Barbara, who is set to go off an even shorter price for the Classic following the defection of Fillies’ Mile winner Pretty Gorgeous on Friday morning.

Saffron Beach has achieved more on the track, though. Unbeaten in two runs as a juvenile, including success in the Oh So Sharp Stakes, she looked sure to be suited by stepping up to a mile when second on her return in the Nell Gwyn, finishing behind the reopposing Sacred.

“From all accounts Adam (Kirby) was happy with her last time,” said Chapple-Hyam.

“It was a trial and he feels she was strong at the line and took a fair bit to pull up. With that in mind, we’re really looking forward to running her over a mile.

“Once the winner had flown a bit, Adam wasn’t too hard on her, so she had a good experience and didn’t have too hard a race. She wouldn’t have been fully wound-up there, either.

“She had a good experience. It was her third time on the track which can count for a lot in the Guineas, she picked up some more black type – which is important – and we’re looking forward to Sunday, when hopefully she can pick up some Group One black type.”

Given the positive reports from O’Brien about the favourite, Chapple-Hyam feels if they are correct, Santa Barbara could be a new superstar.

“Aidan’s no fool. If he feels she’s been galloping well against colts, that just says it all. Good fillies can go by colts,” she said.

“If she’s as good as that, then we might have a new Enable on the scene.”

Pretty Gorgeous misses out following an unsatisfactory scope.

The Joseph O’Brien-trained daughter of Lawman had been second favourite, but O’Brien said on Twitter: “Unfortunately due to an unsatisfactory scope Pretty Gorgeous will not be declared for the 1000 Guineas this weekend.”

In her absence, 12 were declared for the Classic, with Santa Barbara joined by stablemate Mother Earth.

Andrew Balding’s Alcohol Free, winner of the Cheveley Park last season and the Fred Darling on her return two weeks ago, arguably heads the home defence.

She just held on from Statement and Vadream at Newbury and the three meet again.

Nell Gwyn winner Sacred represents Cheveley Park Stud and William Haggas, while Richard Fahey is sweet on the claims of Fev Rover, a Group Two winner in France last season in the Prix du Calvados.

Thunder Beauty, Lullaby Moon, Seattle Rock and Star Of Emaraaty complete the field.

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 www.godolphin.com.

“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.

Guineas hopefuls on trial in Nell Gwyn

Saffron Beach and Love Is You, two lively outsiders for next month’s Qipco 1000 Guineas, put their Classic hopes on the line in Wednesday’s Lanwades Stud Nell Gwyn Stakes at Newmarket.

The pair, trained by Jane Chapple-Hyam and Roger Charlton respectively, are both 20-1 shots for the fillies’ Classic, in which Aidan O’Brien’s Santa Barbara currently dominates the ante-post betting.

Saffron Beach won each of her two starts last term, including the Group Three Oh So Sharp Stakes, while Love Is You was also unbeaten in two, with a Listed success the highlight.

Sacred (right) finished second to Campanelle at Royal Ascot
Sacred (right) finished second to Campanelle at Royal Ascot (Alan Crowhurst/PA)

William Haggas’ Sacred is the top-rated among 10 runners having finished second in Group Two company on three occasions, with John and Thady Gosden fielding two in Tawahub and Star Of Emaraaty, who will be making her debut for the yard having won the Sweet Solera at odds of 66-1 when trained by Kevin Ryan last term.

Divine Light, Chocoya, Mamba Wamba, Seattle Rock and Ventura Diamond complete the field.

O’Brien’s Ontario leads the way in the bet365 European Free Handicap, having finished fifth behind Sunday’s Leopardstown winner Poetic Flare on his final start last season.

Tactical won the July Stakes last year
Tactical won the July Stakes last year (Francesca Altoft/PA)

Meydan winner Naval Crown represents Charlie Appleby with Tactical, a Group Two winner for Andrew Balding and The Queen last year, another eyecatching contender in a field of seven.

The bet365 Earl of Sefton Stakes has drawn six contenders, with the Gosden team looking particularly strong with Easter Classic third Forest Of Dean and Magnolia Stakes victor Global Giant.

Roger Varian’s San Donato was last seen chasing home Addeybb at Ayr last September with Marie’s Diamond, My Oberon and Solid Stone the other contenders.

Saffron Beach will sit out Breeders’ Cup

Jane Chapple-Hyam has decided against a trip to the Breeders’ Cup with her unbeaten filly Saffron Beach.

An impressive four-and-a-half-length winner on her debut at Newmarket, she followed up there two weeks later in the Group Three Oh So Sharp Stakes on soft ground.

In the immediate aftermath, Chapple-Hyam had intimated she was keen on a trip to America with the New Bay filly – but she will now be roughed off for the season before reappearing in a 1000 Guineas trial.

“She’s going to have a rest now, before she comes back for the Nell Gwyn and the Guineas,” said Chapple-Hyam.

“The main reason we’re not going is the owners wouldn’t be able to attend, and also she’d had two quick runs, so it’s best for her that she has a break with next year in mind.

“We’ll have the opportunity to travel with her next year.”

The Newmarket trainer anticipates further progression, adding: “She’s just a natural. She was a late developer – but as soon as she got fit, the fitter she got the better she got.

“Looking at her pedigree, most have got better with age, so that’s what we’ve got to look forward to.

“That’s why I think the best thing to do is rug her up now, and look forward to next year.”

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.”