Andrew Balding and Highclere Thoroughbred Racing Have High Hopes for Classic Success 26/04/11
I Love Me, successful in a Tattersalls sales race on her debut last year, finished a close third behind Cape Dollar and Cochabamba in the seven-furlong Rockfel Stakes at Newmarket on October 16 last year and she will be returning to action in the QIPCO 1000 Guineas on Sunday, 1st May.
Balding said today: “I Love Me has a fair bit to find on form but she has improved over the winter and a mile is right for her.
“She is working well and looking great. I am very happy with her and Jimmy Fortune will ride.”
Richard Hannon will saddle Memory, winner of the Group Two Irish Thoroughbred Marketing Cherry Hinton Stakes at Newmarket in July last year but only sixth to Misty For Me in the Moyglare Stud Stakes on her final start of 2010.
The three-year-old filly is owned by the Masquerade Syndicate of Highclere Thoroughbred Racing, whose managing director Harry Herbert commented today: “Memory is going really well. She had a seven-furlong gallop down the straight at Newbury a week ago and that seems to have put her right.
“She has been ticking over since and Richard Hannon was very pleased with that work and does not plan any more serious work.
“Memory is bigger and stronger than last year and much more relaxed at home. She looks fantastic and her owners, some of whom are experiencing ownership for the first time, are very excited to have a live chance in a Classic.”
Laughing Lashes, from Jessica Harrington’s County Kildare stables, defeated the Aidan O’Brien-trained Misty For Me in the Group Two Debutante Stakes at the Curragh before finding that rival a length superior when runner-up in the Group One Moyglare Stud Stakes at the same course on 29th August and they are due to clash again in the Newmarket Classic over a mile.
Sir Michael Stoute has two fillies remaining, the unbeaten Group Three Sakhee Oh So Sharp Stakes winner Havant and Group Two Rockfel Stakes heroine Cape Dollar.
Godolphin handler Mahmood Al Zarooni could saddle course and distance winner Blue Bunting, successful in the Listed bet365.com EBF Montrose Fillies’ Stakes, and the unbeaten Listed Radley Stakes winner Zoowraa.
As well as Misty For Me, O’Brien has Group Three winner Empowering and Together still entered.
Robert Collet could run the smart Immortal Verse, while his son, Rodolphe Collet, has Listed winner Nova Hawk.
Others still in the QIPCO 1000 Guineas include Group Two Queen Mary Stakes winner Maqaasid, the Barry Hills-trained Make A Dance, well backed at fancy odds in recent days, and Group Three winner Majestic Dubawi.
THE 1000 GUINEAS (THE 198th RUNNING)
Class 1, Group 1, Total Prize fund £376,500. Newmarket, Sunday, May 1, 2011, one mile. For three-year-old fillies only. Entries closed March 1, entries revealed March 3 (79 entries). Scratchings deadline noon, April 19 (30 remained). Six-day confirmation (22) 30,000 supplementary stage (1), April 25 (23 remain). Final declaration stage 10.00am, April 29. Form figures supplied by Weatherbys and are correct up and including the racing of Monday, April 25, 2011. May not include some overseas form.
Form Horse Owner Trainer
1132-1 *BAREFOOT LADY Mrs H Steel Richard Fahey
211- BLUE BUNTING (USA) Godolphin Mahmood Al Zarooni
3131-0 CAPE DOLLAR (IRE) Saeed Suhail Sir Michael Stoute
(1)2262-6 COCHABAMBA (IRE) The Rat Racers Roger Teal
22-(2)0 ELSHABAKIYA (IRE) Saeed Manana Clive Brittain
0(2)(1)-1 EMPOWERING (IRE) Annemarie O'Brien Aidan O'Brien IRE
11- HAVANT James & Anita Wigan Sir Michael Stoute
0361(1)1- HOORAY Cheveley Park Stud Sir Mark Prescott Bt
153- I LOVE ME Neven Botica Andrew Balding
12-4 IMMORTAL VERSE (IRE) Richard Strauss Robert Collet FR
2-1 IZZI TOP Helena Springfield Ltd John Gosden
2212- LAUGHING LASHES (USA) Betty Moran Jessica Harrington IRE
011-6 MAJESTIC DUBAWI Jaber Abdullah Mick Channon
(0)1- MAKE A DANCE (USA) Khalid Abdulla Barry Hills
1143-3 MAQAASID Hamdan Al Maktoum John Gosden
1116- MEMORY (IRE) Highclere Thoroughbred Racing-Masquerade Richard Hannon
01211- MISTY FOR ME (IRE) Michael Tabor, Derrick Smith & Sue Magnier Aidan O'Brien IRE
(1)14-1 MOONLIGHT CLOUD George Strawbridge Freddie Head FR
01422-1 NOVA HAWK Ahmed Mouknass Rodolphe Collet FR
42(2)1-4 SHOW RAINBOW Jaber Abdullah Mick Channon
(6)210-(1) THE SHREW Bill Gredley John Gosden
134235-5 TOGETHER (IRE) Derrick Smith, Sue Magnier & Michael Tabor Aidan O'Brien IRE
11- ZOOWRAA Godolphin Mahmood Al Zarooni
*supplementary entry today
23 entries go forward at six-day & supplementary entry stage
4 Irish-trained entries
3 French-trained entries
Good to Firm (Good in places) (Watering as necessary)
The stands’ side course will be utilised for the QIPCO Guineas Festival.
Newmarket’s Clerk of the Course and Director of Racing Michael Prosser said this afternoon: “We put 15 millimetres of water on the course during Friday and Saturday, cut the grass today and will resume watering tomorrow, with another 15 millimetres planned to go down by Wednesday.
“The temperatures will be cooler from tomorrow until Thursday when some rain is forecast in the evening and then there could a shower or two on Friday.
“Temperatures are set to pick up again for the QIPCO Guineas Festival on Saturday and Sunday. We will reassess the ground towards the end of the week and see whether we need to water again.”
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