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Queen team ‘mad keen’ to take Nunthorpe chance

The Platinum Queen appears to remain on course for the Coolmore Wootton Bassett Nunthorpe Stakes at York, with connections “mad keen” to supplement the talented two-year-old for the Group One sprint.

The Richard Fahey-trained filly was an impressive winner of the Alice Keppel Fillies’ Conditions Stakes at Goodwood, adding to earlier wins at Ripon and York, with the only blip on the daughter of Cotai Glory’s four-race record an underwhelming display in the Queen Mary Stakes at Royal Ascot.

The forward-going youngster broke the juvenile five-furlong track record on the Sussex Downs in an exceptional piece of work against the clock which is tempting owners Middleham Park Racing to roll the dice during York’s Ebor Festival.

However, conditions on the Knavesmire will need to be perfect for her to line up, despite the filly being set to carry only 8st 2lb in Friday’s feature contest, in which Hollie Doyle would ride.

“She worked yesterday, which was her last piece of work, and she worked great,” said Middleham Park Racing’s Tim Palin.

“So really, it’s now a case of just seeing what conditions are like at the weekend. We’re mad keen to supplement her, but we just need to look at the weather forecast as we wouldn’t want to run her in a slog in a bog if there is plenty of rain forecast.

“I think there’s’ a little bit of rain forecast, but hopefully not ground changing rain. So in theory, as long as she doesn’t tread on something, come down with something or the heavens open, then we will be hoping to see her on the Knavesmire, most probably in the Nunthorpe and if not on the Saturday in the Roses (Julia Graves Roses Stakes).

“She’d have 8st 2lb in the Nunthorpe and we’ve got Hollie Doyle somewhere between pencilled in and booked. The filly is pencilled in to run in the race and should she line up, it’ll be 8st 2lb with Hollie on board.”

Nunthorpe option open for Goodwood scorer The Platinum Queen

The Platinum Queen’s superb Goodwood victory has left connections pondering a supplementary entry for the Group One Nunthorpe Stakes at York.

The Richard Fahey-trained filly was an impressive winner of the Alice Keppel Fillies’ Conditions Stakes on Wednesday, defeating a field of 10 by four lengths as the 5-6 favourite.

The race was one of two under consideration for the meeting, with owners Middleham Park Racing also mulling over a tilt at the Group Three Molecomb Stakes over the same five-furlong trip.

Richard Hannon’s Trillium won the latter race and The Platinum Queen ultimately lined up for the Alice Keppel later on the same card, duly winning and posting the quicker time as she stopped the clock at 56.5 seconds.

Those figures have left connections wondering if they ought to have gone for the Molecomb after all, with their filly’s winning time a new track record for two-year-olds.

“We were quite impressed with how Trillium went about her business in the Molecomb, the jury was out on whether we should or we shouldn’t have run in that race after that,” said Middleham Park’s Tom Palin.

“Then we go and do what we’ve done and lowered her colours and broken the track record.

“There were a few people thinking we’d done the wrong thing but she’s quite a forward-going filly. She’s not buzzy, she doesn’t sweat or anything like that, but for her development we felt it was best to give her a slightly quieter day in slightly calmer waters to get another win under her belt.

“We’ve kind of had our cake and eaten it. We had that quieter race and in the same breath, she’s shown just what she’s capable of by setting a new track record down there.”

The Middleham Park team are now faced with another choice ahead of York’s Ebor meeting, with the Listed Roses Stakes a possibility alongside a supplementary entry for the Group One Nunthorpe.

The Platinum Queen in action at Goodwood
The Platinum Queen in action at Goodwood (Steven Paston/PA)

Both races are run over five furlongs but the latter would be a significant step up in calibre, though Palin is encouraged by the sectional data and even has a Group One-winning rider lined up should they opt for the Nunthorpe.

He said: “She will definitely go to York, the Roses is on the Saturday, the Listed five-furlong race. I imagine she’d be even-money or maybe a bit shorter than that if she went there. It is still a definite option but over the weekend there has been a fair bit of action in the press with people doing the sectionals and weighing up the sprint division.

“There’s a possibility of us taking our chance, we’ve had a little look into the numbers and it isn’t the stupidest idea in the world.

“It doesn’t look like there’s a Battaash out there at the moment, somebody that is just staking their claim on the division. I think it looks quite an open division and the King George at Goodwood kind of confirmed that.

“There were six horses finishing within two lengths, including our own Clarendon House, who is a 105 horse and would have to give our filly quite a lot of weight in the race. It’s a very, very strong possibility that we will look at taking on the Nunthorpe.

“We will probably leave it as late as we dare, just so we know how the filly is. We’ll make the decision and speak to the syndicate when we’ve got all the information at our disposal and we feel it’s something we want to take a chance on.

“It could be quite sporting to roll the dice and give it a go. She has speed but it’s not just speed, she’s classy as well.

“The trainer is in favour and we have provisionally pencilled in a jockey as we’ve spoken to Hollie Doyle and it looks as though she’d be happy to ride.”

The Platinum Queen rockets into Nunthorpe reckoning

The Platinum Queen could be set to clash with her elders after breaking the five-furlong track record with an astonishing performance in the British EBF Alice Keppel Fillies’ Conditions Stakes at Goodwood.

The Richard Fahey-trained daughter of Cotai Glory posted a time of 56.5 seconds under Oisin Orr, bettering the mark set by Trillium in the Molecomb Stakes earlier in the afternoon.

The Middleham Park Racing-owned filly (5-6 favourite) made virtually all the running, backing up her York novice success and powering four lengths clear of Union Court, with Star Of Lady M two lengths further back in third.

Fahey is now mulling over the possibility of supplementing her for the Nunthorpe at York on August 24.

He said: “Oh God, she is an extremely fast filly. We had a filly a few years ago that was quite quick (Queen Kindly), but this filly has a great mind and she goes fast very easily.

“It is not easy cantering her at home because she wants to go fast all the time. She does that easily. But all the rest of it is brilliant. She is a great-minded filly. There was talk about maybe supplementing her for the Nunthorpe this morning.

“It was discussed before the race, so I can’t see why it would not be discussed after it now!

“She is something to look forward to. There is the Roses there at the meeting as well, but we’ll sit down and discuss it and she’ll tell us where we go.”

Secret State is on track for the St Leger
Secret State is on track for the St Leger (Adam Davy/PA)

Secret State enhanced his St Leger credentials as he made it four wins in his last four starts.

Sent off the 11-4 favourite for the Coral Beaten-By-A-Length Free Bet Handicap over a mile and a half, the Charlie Appleby-trained three-year-old was keen early and drifted left in the closing stages, having hit the front at the cut-away.

But the Dubawi colt showed plenty of determination under William Buick to hold Maksud by a length and a quarter, backing up his King George V success from Royal Ascot in the process. Inverness stayed on well for third, a further head behind.

Paddy Power and Betfair went 8-1 from 12-1 about his chance at Doncaster, with his Classic claims set to be tested at York next month.

Appleby said: “That Royal Ascot race worked out well and physically he has done nothing but improve from the early summer to where we are today.

“I think the most logical step, going forward, will be to go to the Great Voltigeur. I know William has mooted the Leger, but it’s baby steps – from handicaps stepping up into Group company is a big thing. He’s a horse that I was very confident in coming into day, on what he achieved at Ascot and on how the horse is physically doing at the moment.

“We were, as I say, confident coming here today with a vision that this will be a springboard to the Great Voltigeur.

“There’s a long way to go (St Leger), but I think the Great Voltigeur will be a great race. The Gordon Stakes (where Appleby runs New London) will also give us an indication. Most likely, we’ll see the St Leger winner in the Great Voltigeur.

“There will be a question mark (if he stays), but the Voltigeur will be a great indicator.

“Hopefully then we can have a nice healthy discussion after.”

On the winner drifting, the Moulton Paddocks handler added: “William said he was on one rein, but the ground was good and he couldn’t see any reason behind it. He hasn’t done anything like that before but thankfully York’s left-handed, so we’re all right.”

Molecomb mission for York scorer The Platinum Queen

The Platinum Queen will return to Group level for the Molecomb Stakes at Goodwood after an impressive novice victory at York on Friday.

The Richard Fahey-trained filly was a comfortable winner of the William Hill Play Responsibly Irish EBF Fillies’ Novice Stakes on the Knavesmire, defeating black-type rival and 8-11 favourite Yahsat by three and three-quarter lengths under Oisin Orr.

Prior to that the bay was 13th of 21 in the Queen Mary at Royal Ascot, before which she won a Ripon novice in good style in early June.

The Platinum Queen was a 57,000 guineas purchase from Tattersalls breeze-up sales and is owned by Middleham Park Racing, whose representative Tom Palin said: “She was always a very fast filly, at the breeze-ups she clocked a very good time. Her work at home had always been pretty quick, she got the job done nicely on her debut at Ripon.

“I think that form has been franked subsequently, the second (Shandy Star) has come out and won the Spindrifter conditions race at Pontefract.

“The Queen Mary didn’t quite go to plan. She used up energy at an uneconomic time, I think she clocked the fastest furlong of any filly in that race in her second furlong, so she made up ground too quickly.

“We were always hopeful that she would be able to bounce back. It was Richard who rang me up on Wednesday morning after she’d done a piece of work and said ‘we just need to go to York, she’s in great heart, she’s in good form, I think she’ll go there and take a fair bit of beating’.

“Obviously Karl Burke’s horse (Yahsat) brought a bit of course and distance form, second in the Marygate, so I was a little bit tentative but the last time Richard rang me so confident was when he said Ventura Rebel should go for a conditions race at Ascot that he duly won – so I listened.

“York is a speed-favouring track and she’s a very speedy filly. She’s a bundle of speed, the key has just been keeping a lid on and managing it effectively. I think we’re just getting there with her now.”

The Group Three Molecomb at Goodwood is next on the agenda for the filly, with higher-grade contests not discounted later in the campaign should she continue to impress.

“After the race we had a regroup about where we should go and I think we’re going to head to the Molecomb, the Group Three at Goodwood over five furlongs,” said Palin.

“Fillies have an OK record in there – Liberty Beach of John Quinn’s is the most recent filly to win the race, so they can do it. We were going to go for the Alice Keppel, a conditions race, but I think she’s earnt another crack at black type after that performance, both visually and time-wise it was impressive.

“We’ll head to the Molecomb with her and then probably something, if we don’t win with her, like the St Hugh’s at Newbury or back at York for the Roses Stakes.

“That’s the mid-term plan for her, whether we step up in into bigger and better company later on, who knows? We might think about sticking an Abbaye entry in given that’s not closed, we could do that if she continues on the upward curve we believe she can do.”

As a two-year-old, The Platinum Queen has plenty of racing ahead of her and Palin is hopeful she will be a force to be reckoned with once she has matured into next season.

“She’s not just a little filly, she’s a nice, big horse with a bit of scope,” he said.

“We would be managing her campaign this year with next year in mind, she’s quite an athletic filly. She’s the sort who could do quite well for a winter, get her out into the paddock and she’ll come back a much stronger filly next year.

“I wouldn’t be afraid, if she progresses next year, of taking on the boys and a more senior cohort at the start of next year. She’s all speed and clearly quite classy as well.”

The Platinum Queen lights up York with dazzling display

The Platinum Queen showed a superb turn of foot to win the William Hill Play Responsibly Irish EBF Fillies’ Novice Stakes at York.

The Richard Fahey-trained two-year-old scored on her debut at Ripon last month and then ran to a mid-division finish in the Queen Mary Stakes at Royal Ascot, where she was not helped by being slowly into stride from the stalls opening.

A 3-1 chance under Oisin Orr on the Knavesmire, the Middleham Park-owned daughter of Cotai Glory shot into an early lead and was never troubled as the decidedly useful Yahsat, the 8-11 favourite, failed to reel her back in before she crossed the line three and three-quarters of a length ahead.

“She’s quick, she’s very, very quick,” said Fahey.

“You’d have imagined she (Yahsat) would have been wearing us down, but she’s just pulled away again.

“Oisin rides her out a lot and Callum (Rodriguez) too, you wouldn’t put any of the kids on her or she’d disappear off to Castle Howard!

“She’s relaxed in a way as she doesn’t worry or sweat or panic, but she likes to be off and she’s very quick with it.

“She’s a very exciting filly, physically she’s done well so we just need to nurture that.”

Kevin Ryan’s Forza Orta returned to form to land the William Hill Best Odds Guaranteed Handicap at 7-2 under Kevin Stott.

The four-year-old looked to be on the up at the start of the season with a string of pleasing runs including a second-placed performance in the Race To The Ebor Jorvik Handicap.

His next two runs were less successful, however, as he came home eighth and seventh in a pair of handicaps at Haydock and Ayr.

Back on familiar ground the gelding seemed to find his way again, holding off Jim Goldie’s Geremia to record a three-quarter-length victory.

“We’re delighted with him, he stuck it out well,” said Ryan.

“He stayed the trip well, he’s been busy this season so far.

“We weren’t sure about him after his last two runs but he’s bounced back today, he might have a little break now and we’ll bring him back and maybe have a think about the November Handicap.”

The William Hill Pick Your Places Handicap was then claimed by Roger Varian’s Asaassi, the 6-5 favourite and a one-length winner under Cameron Noble.

Simon and Ed Crisford’s Saleymm was back to winning ways and capped a good day at York for the team when triumphant in the Azets Handicap.

The four-year-old was running for the first time since being gelded having been winless this season despite some good efforts in handicaps, including when runner-up in the Lincoln.

Silvestre de Sousa was looking for a double on the card along with the Crisfords, with the trio having landed the feature race when Flotus was the winner of the Group Three Summer Stakes.

Saleymm duly obliged, prevailing by a neck as the 7-4 favourite in the one-mile event.

“We gelded him, it just wasn’t really working out for him before then,” said Ed Crisford.

“He’s tightened up as a gelding and he’s been training really well.

“Today it all worked out perfectly for him, he’s just a very solid handicapper.

“Silvestre just said he thinks he’s more of a miler, we’ll see what the handicapper does to him and maybe look at one of the big mile handicaps for him.

“It’s been a very good day, it’s not very often you come to York with two runners and have two winners.”

Ghathanfar rounded out proceedings with victory in the Irish Thoroughbred Marketing Handicap for Tracy Waggot and Dale Swift, crossing the line a two and a quarter lengths to the good at 4-1.