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Wednesday 18th April 2018

Johnston Keen to Test Threading

Mark Johnston admits the Nell Gwyn Stakes at Newmarket is likely to tell him a lot more about where his filly Threading is heading this season.

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The Middleham handler scooped the big prize on day one of the bet365 Craven Meeting at Headquarters when Mildenberger swooped late under James Doyle to land the Fielden Stakes.

Wednesday afternoon it will be the turn of last season's Lowther winner Threading, a daughter of Exceed and Excel, to go for glory for the Johnston and Doyle partnership.

Threading was impressive on debut at Goodwood last season before her York success and while she came up short in the Group 1 Cheveley Park Stakes at Newmarket on her final two-year-old start, there could be plenty more to come in her Classic year.

She is 9/2 to land the Nell Gwyn Stakes (15:35) at Newmarket and her trainer says she is 'pretty straight' for her reappearance as she steps to seven-furlongs for the first time.

"Threading has not run since the Cheveley Park in September, but she should be pretty straight for this reappearance," said Johnston. "The big question marks with her are the disappointment of her last run and this new trip."

Roger Varian's C & D winner Altyn Orda is 4/1 to land the Nell Gwyn Stakes in the hands of champion jockey Silvestre De Sousa. 

For Johnston, this afternoon will be a big stepping stone on the road to a potential tilt at the Qipco 1,000 Guineas over a mile at Newmarket on 6th May.

"I am not sure how she will go over this seven furlongs or the mile of the Guineas, so that's why we are running her in a trial rather than going straight for the big one," Johnston added.

Threading can be backed at 25/1 to win the opening Fillies' Classic of the season at Newmarket.

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