Channon to Fine Tune Music Show in Leslie Harrison Memorial Nell Gwyn 13/04/10
Mick Channon believes that his Group One StanJames.com 1000 Guineas hope Music Show will come on for her seasonal reappearance in the £65,000 Group Three Leslie Harrison Memorial Nell Gwyn Stakes (4.10pm) at Newmarket on Wednesday, April 14th.
The Noverre filly is already a winner over the seven-furlong distance at the course, having landed the Group Two Lotus Evora Rockfel Stakes on October 17. That victory sees her carry a 3lb penalty in the Leslie Harrison Memorial Nell Gwyn Stakes, the premier trial for the Group One StanJames.com 1000 Guineas at the Rowley Mile on Sunday, May 2nd, which has 11 acceptors.
Channon revealed this morning: “Music Show has been very good through the winter and I am pleased with her. She is going to the Nell Gwyn as a trial for the StanJames.com 1000 Guineas.
“I know she is a decent filly. The form says she is decent and I won’t know anything different to that after the Nell Gwyn. She is going there because it is a trial and I think it will bring her on. It is perfect, really - the timing is just right.”
Music Show has won three of her four starts to date and is one of two StanJames.com 1000 Guineas entries for owner Jaber Abdullah, the other being Group Two winner and Group One Electrolux Cheveley Park Stakes third Lady Of The Desert, trained by Brian Meehan.
Abdullah’s racing manager, Bruce Raymond revealed today: “We are hopeful about Music Show in the Nell Gwyn. She carries a penalty, which we cannot help, but the same owner has Lady Of The Desert who we are probably going to run at Newbury in the Fred Darling. We didn’t want to run the two of them in the same race and as Music Show is a course winner, Mick (Channon) decided to run her in the Nell Gwyn.
“Both fillies are in the StanJames.com 1000 Guineas and we will see how they get on in their trials. At the moment, we are looking at Lady Of The Desert going to France and Music Show heading to Newmarket.
“Music Show has done well since last season. I thought she looked a bit wintry in her coat when I last saw her but this sunshine and a race under her belt will help her on a bit.
“She has been working well, although we can’t get her to do much at home - she is a very relaxed filly - so we just want to make sure she has this run just to straighten her up for the Guineas.”
Distinctive was only seventh behind Music Show in the Lotus Evora Rockfel Stakes last term but had previously slammed that rival when storming to a three and three quarter-length victory in the six-furlong Group Three Firth Of Clyde Stakes at Ayr on September 19th.
The Tobougg filly’s trainer Bryan Smart believes his charge can be forgiven that Newmarket reversal and is pleased with her progress ahead of the Leslie Harrison Memorial Nell Gwyn Stakes.
The North Yorkshire handler revealed this morning: “Distinctive is in good nick with herself, she looks well and I could not be more pleased with her. She is working as well as she ever worked last year and if she reproduced her Ayr form she would have every chance.
“I think she was just a bit over the top when she went to Newmarket at the end of last season but she is in good order with herself now. If I had not ran her after her Ayr win, what price would she be for Wednesday? Because she was disappointing that day, she has been overlooked a little bit.
“I could not be more pleased with her and if she runs well in the Nell Gwyn we will definitely be taking her back to Newmarket for the StanJames.com 1000 Guineas.”
The fantastic field also includes the Sir Michael Stoute-trained Safina who was third on her sole start in a maiden over the course and distance in October. The Cheveley Park Stud-owned filly is a daughter of the 2003 StanJames.com 1000 Guineas heroine Russian Rhythm.
The Charlie McBride-trained Blue Maiden was runner-up in the Group Three Skybet.com Sweet Solera Stakes at Newmarket in August, while the Irish raider, the Jim Bolger-trained Atasari, was second to Music Show in the Lotus Evora Rockfel Stakes.
Dyna Waltz, trained by John Gosden, was just over three lengths fifth in the Group One Meon Valley Stud Fillies’ Mile at Ascot in September, while the Mark Johnston-trained Hafawa was the four-length winner of a Leicester conditions race on her latest start in October.
Clive Brittain trained the great Pebbles to win the Leslie Harrison Memorial Nell Gwyn Stakes en route to 1000 Guineas glory and he has declared Srda, unbeaten in two all-weather starts this year, including a seven-length handicap victory at Wolverhampton last month.
The Hughie Morrison-trained Queen’s Grace landed the Listed EBF Igloos Bosra Sham Fillies’ Stakes at Newmarket in October, while there are two declared runners from the Warren Place stables of Henry Cecil, Jacqueline Quest and Yarmouth maiden winner Principal Role.
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