Kiyoshi aims to stall French raider
A small but select field for the Group One Connolly's Red Mills Cheveley Park Stakes seems increasingly assured, but the race should give an opportunity for Kiyoshi to reassert her position as one of the country's leading juveniles.
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That reputation took something of a battering at the Curragh as she arrived ahead of the Moyglare Stakes as the ante-post favourite for the 1000 Guineas, and while there appeared to be few excuses on the day for the Albany Stakes heroine, Saturday's contest will surely confirm whether connections have a miler or a sprinter on their hands.
With Rizeena rerouted to the Fillies' Mile on Friday, the way appears clear for her but there appears a very potent challenge on the horizon from France.
The Phillipe Sogorb trained Vorda has collected a few admirers in her native France and though finding No Nay Never too hot in the Prix Morny, she had appeared particularly impressive when landing the Prix Robert Papin at Maisons-Laffitte.
With Special Duty and Natagora making successful sorties across the English Channel in recent years, the daughter of Orpen provides a fascinating dimension to a race that could have held claims to being a two-year-old championship had Rizeena taken her chance.
There's never an occasion when a relative of Frankel will escape under the radar and Joyeuse, who is a half-sister to the great horse, is sure to have her supporters.
The formbook tells us that she'll need to improve upon her third in the Albany Stakes but she did account for Dorothy B when they met at Salisbury, and victory would mean plenty to Khalid Abdullah, as he owned 2009 winner and subsequent 1000 Guineas winner, Special Duty.
David Wachman is a man to note whenever he sends any raiders across the Irish Sea and Come To Heel is an interesting proposition given that connections have gone to the trouble of supplementing at a cost of £15000.
A holder of an entry in the Irish Guineas, she notched up a success in Listed company at the Curragh in August and the form was given a boost by Hurryupharriet's win at Ayr last week.
First-time blinkers worked the oracle for Princess Noor in the Princess Margaret Stakes at Ascot as she belied odds of 25/1 to take the scalp of Queen Catrine.
Ordinarily her absence since might be seen as a negative although on this occasion, its worth noting that the Roger Varian's stable struggled badly with the virus during August.
Alutiq carries the second colours of Qatar Racing and while she's performed with a degree of credit in lesser grade, she would need to reverse form with Joyeuse in their meeting in the Dick Poole at Salisbury.
Haydock maiden winner, Red Lady was well beaten in the Albany Stakes and hasn't been seen since.
That said, Brian Meehan is no stranger to glory in this race having won it previously with Magical Romance (2004) and Donna Blini (2005).