Juddmonte Cheveley Park Stakes
Group 1, Newmarket 14:25
£275,000 added,
2yo only,
6f, Class 1   
Saturday 28th September 2019

Having won the Queen Mary Stakes at Royal Ascot and the Duchess of Cambridge Stakes at Newmarket on her two previous starts, Raffle Prize was sent off favourite on Sunday to beat the boys in France, but was just denied by Andre Fabre’s unbeaten colt Earthlight.

Mark Johnston’s filly still managed to comprehensively beat Clive Cox’s Richmond Stakes winner Golden Horde, Aidan O’Brien’s Coventry hero Arizona and Simon Crisford’s Norfolk Stakes and Prix Robert Papin winner A’Ali – and connections were proud of her performance in defeat.

Charlie Johnston, assistant to his father, said: “It’s always frustrating to finish second, but we left Deauville knowing we’ve got the best filly in Europe – and there was no disgrace at all in her performance.

“She’s won the two best juvenile fillies races of the year, and finished second in the best all-sex race.

“She’s a very consistent, top-class filly. She obviously goes on all sorts of ground, but I do think she’s better on better ground.

“If the ground had been better I think she might have beaten the winner, but it might have brought the other British and Irish horses closer to her.”

Raffle Prize’s continued progression marks her out.

Johnston added: “She’s an amazing filly, because usually when they win a two-year-old race at Royal Ascot that is as good as they are – but she improved between Ascot and Newmarket, and certainly her work suggested she’d improved again between Newmarket and Deauville.

“We’ve now got to try and make sure she’s in the same form at Newmarket in six weeks’ time.

“There’s no obvious stepping stone, unless we were to take on the colts again, so I’d imagine that (Cheveley Park Stakes) is the next target – and if she’s in the same form then she’ll take a lot of beating.

“If she can round off her year by winning the Cheveley Park she’ll have had an almost perfect juvenile season.”

Trainers Quotes

Ken Condon believes Celtic Beauty could be a lively outsider.

Runner-up to the Roger Varian-trained Daahyeh in the Albany Stakes at Royal Ascot in June, things have not gone entirely to plan for the daughter of No Nay Never since.

Condon’s filly disappointed on her next appearance in the Duchess of Cambridge Stakes – and while she bounced back with an impressive maiden victory at Naas, she again failed to run up to expectations in the Lowther at York last month.

Her trainer, however, is keeping the faith and hopes for an ease in the ground at Newmarket on September 28.

He said: “We were disappointed with her at York. She’s run six times and on four occasions we’ve left the races pretty pleased, but she’s disappointed us twice and the common denominator has been the quick ground.

“She’s by No Nay Never, so you’d think quick ground is what she wants, but the beauty of this game is there’s no hard and fast rules and she definitely seems to be better on a slightly easier surface.

“She pulled out of York well and has been good since. We did have her in the Moyglare at the Curragh, but that seven furlongs would probably stretch her as she’s a filly with a lot of speed.

“I think we’ll probably go for the Cheveley Park. She’ll be an outsider there and she’s entitled to be, but if the ground came up good or good to soft then we’d let her take her chance.

“We’ve still got a lot of faith in this filly and if conditions are right at Newmarket, I think she’d run with credit.”

Ladbrokes

Juddmonte Cheveley Park Stakes (Fillies' Group 1)
£275,000 added, 2yo only, 6f, Class 1
50 entries
Going:

NO. FORM HORSE AGE WGT TRAINER JOCKEY
1 25412 Al Raya 2 9-0 Simon Crisford
2       1 Althiqa 2 9-0 Charlie Appleby
3 424326 Aroha 2 9-0 Brian Meehan
4 29 Band Practice 2 9-0 Archie Watson
5 32 Be Ahead 2 9-0 E J O'Neill
6 772 Blissful 2 9-0 A P O'Brien
7 43271 Celtic Beauty 2 9-0 K J Condon
8    1 Chasing Dreams 2 9-0 Charlie Appleby
9 112 Daahyeh 2 9-0 Roger Varian
10 2143 Dark Lady 2 9-0 Richard Hannon
11    1 Dear Power 2 9-0 Roger Varian
12 105 Divine Spirit 2 9-0 Charlie Appleby
13      Eden Quay 2 9-0 A P O'Brien
14    1 Etoile 2 9-0 A P O'Brien
15    1 Final Option 2 9-0 William Muir
16 133 Final Song 2 9-0 Saeed bin Suroor
17 19 Hand On My Heart 2 9-0 Clive Cox
18     Jaaneh 2 9-0 William Haggas
19 614 Jouska 2 9-0 Henry Candy
20    3 Jovial 2 9-0 Sir Michael Stoute
21 11411 Liberty Beach 2 9-0 John Quinn
22 21623 Lil Grey 2 9-0 Ms Sheila Lavery
23 313 Living In The Past 2 9-0 K R Burke
24 606 Love Bracelet 2 9-0 A P O'Brien
25     Love Locket 2 9-0 A P O'Brien
26    1 Melodic Charm 2 9-0 James Tate
27 121 Millisle 2 9-0 Mrs John Harrington
28 30 Moon Of Love 2 9-0 Richard Fahey
29 21 Nasaiym 2 9-0 James Tate
30 21 Nina Bailarina 2 9-0 Ed Walker
31 19 Odyssey Girl 2 9-0 Richard Spencer
32 1234 Peace Charter 2 9-0 G M Lyons
33 541 Petite Mustique 2 9-0 A P O'Brien
34 21 Pink Sands 2 9-0 William Haggas
35 3524 Precious Moments 2 9-0 A P O'Brien
36 423 Pronouncement 2 9-0 J P Murtagh
37 21 Punita Arora 2 9-0 Mrs John Harrington
38 21112 Raffle Prize 2 9-0 Mark Johnston
39 19 Seize The Time 2 9-0 K R Burke
40 17 So Sharp 2 9-0 Archie Watson
41 25033 So Wonderful 2 9-0 A P O'Brien
42 116 Summer Romance 2 9-0 Charlie Appleby
43    4 Sunday Sweet 2 9-0 P Twomey
44 2196 Tango 2 9-0 A P O'Brien
45    Tomouh 2 9-0 Saeed bin Suroor
46 6111 Tropbeau 2 9-0 A Fabre
47 18 Ultra Violet 2 9-0 Ed Vaughan
48 11 Under The Stars 2 9-0 James Tate
49 312 Unforgetable 2 9-0 Joseph Patrick O'Brien
50    1 Wejdan 2 9-0 William Haggas