Vorda to spice up Cheveley Park
French filly Vorda is now set to start as one of the favourites for Saturday's Connolly's Red Mills Cheveley Park Stakes at Newmarket in the light of the probable defection of both Lucky Kristale and Rizeena.
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The Group One has regularly been taken back across the Channel, including twice in the last six years by Natagora and Special Duty, but Vorda's trainer Philippe Sogorb is certainly not a recognisable name at Headquarters.
The recently-retired jockey, who is based in Mont-de-Marsan in the South West, saddled his sharp filly to take the Group Two Prix Robert Papin at Maisons-Laffitte before she chased home the American rocket No Nay Never in the Prix Morny.
"I am very excited," said Sogorb.
"Vorda did her last piece of work on Tuesday morning and I am incredibly happy with her.
"She will travel by horsebox and will arrive in Newmarket at lunchtime on Friday. I am told that the ground is likely to be good and that will be perfect for her. She goes on anything but I would be a bit worried if it came up very soft."
Kiyoshi, who won the Albany Stakes at Royal Ascot before finishing second (subsequently demoted to third by the stewards) to Rizeena in the Moyglare Stud Stakes in Ireland, is also a likely starter.
David Redvers, racing manager to her owners, Qatar Racing Limited, said: "Kiyoshi is entered in both the Cheveley Park and Friday's Fillies' Mile and, although the final decision has yet to be made, I have a strong inkling that we will choose the Cheveley Park.
"For her, everything is working back from our desire to run in next year's QIPCO 1000 Guineas, and the Cheveley Park looks to be the best fit for her in that respect."