British racing is planning for its Classics to be delayed rather than cancelled.
In the second of four articles analysing the first four Classics of the season, SAM TURNER (Robin Goodfellow) runs the rule over half a dozen of the more interesting British-trained fillies which may possibly take their chance in the 1,000 Guineas.
Albigna and Millisle, trained in Ireland by Jessica Harrington, look big players in the second Classic of the season run at Newmarket but with uncertainties over travel, it currently looks best to concentrate on the British contingent.
Albigna (above) and Millisle could be big players in the second Classic of the season
Cloak Of Spirits (33-1) – Trained by Richard Hannon
Although beaten on two of her three runs as a two-year-old, there was enough promise in her juvenile performances to suggest Cloak Of Spirits is capable of mixing it at Group One level this season.
A debut three-length Ascot demolition of two subsequent winners announced the arrival of this close relation of the mighty Dubawi to the racing world.
Although she was disappointing when aggressively ridden at Doncaster in the May Hill Stakes, she bounced back to form with a career-best run in the Rockfel Stakes at Newmarket when a half-length third to Daahyeh. With that initial display at Ascot fresh in the mind, Cloak Of Spirits remains a filly of immense potential.
Declaring Love (33-1) – Trained by Charlie Appleby
Declaring Love only made one appearance as a two-year-old but there was enough promise in her performance at Newmarket to suggest she can make her impact at a lofty level this summer, especially given the form of the two horses which finished in front of her.
Both the winner, Daayeh, and Raffle Prize went on to score at Royal Ascot in the Albany and Queen Mary Stakes respectively with the former also adding the Rockfel Stakes to her CV later in the season. Raffle Prize also landed the Duchess Of Cambridge Stakes at Newmarket’s July meeting to add further substance to the form so Declaring Love could be one to keep onside this summer.
Fooraat (No odds available) – Trained by Roger Varian
The Newcastle Fillies’ Novice Stakes won by Fooraat, a sister to the high-class Benbatl, has thrown up useful winners before, most notably 2018 Royal Ascot winner Duneflower, and the latest renewal looks well above average at this stage.
Whether or not Fooraat makes the 1,000 Guineas is open to question, but her performance in beating a beautifully-bred rival in Maria Rosa was extremely likeable, especially as she was keen enough early in the race but still boasted the quality and attitude to snatch victory near the line. The time backed up the visual impression it was a race worth following.
Maria Rosa (40-1) – Trained by John Gosden
Boasting a top-class Dirt-track pedigree and hailing from a yard which have unveiled a succession of top level youngsters at Newcastle, it was probably unsurprising the market sided with Maria Rosa to such an extent she was sent off odds-on for her debut.
For much of the contest, it appeared as though the confidence would be vindicated as she moved beautifully before taking up the running late on under a considerate ride. Although worried out of it late on, Maria Rosa displayed plenty of quality and looks a ready-made Pattern performer in waiting if translating Tapeta form to turf.
Quadrilateral (5-1 favourite) – Trained by Roger Charlton
As a daughter of Frankel with Kingman among her relations, Quadrilateral was always likely to assume prominence in the market for the 1,000 Guineas if she could mirror her pedigree with some talent on the track.
Described as a ‘big filly’ by her trainer, her opening victory at Newbury was largely unexpected given she hadn’t been asked too many questions on the home gallops. But her class and will to win, which would again be evident on her final start, ensured she made the perfect start to her career.
A follow-up Newbury win, this time by a hugely-emphatic nine lengths, preceded a tilt at the Group One Fillies’ Mile at Newmarket where she was again required to draw on her attitude and determination to prevail by a narrow margin.
With a victory over 1,000 Guineas course and distance on her CV and the potential for her considerable improvement given her big frame, Quadrilateral is rightfully heading the ante-post betting.
Stylistique (50-1) – Trained by Roger Varian
If there is to be a surprise package among the home contingent then Stylistique may be one to make the frame at a big price.
Yet to win in six starts, the Dansili filly improved with each start last term until failing to fire on her final outing on soft ground in the Oh So Sharp Stakes which patently didn’t suit.
Her previous performance in Newmarket’s Rockfel Stakes when beaten narrowly by stablemate Daahyeh suggested there would be plenty more to come as a three-year-old from the relation of top-notchers Eagle Mountain and Dank.