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  • Hills Hopes Qawassem Can Go Distance

Barrett Steel May Hill Stakes (Fillies' Group 2) (Str) 1m

  • (2yo, 1m, Class 1, 7 runners)
  • Winner £39,697 2nd £15,050 3rd £7,532 4th £3,752 5th £1,883 6th £945
  • Going: Good to Soft
  • Surface: Turf
Weighed In:
  • Winning time: 1m 43.30s
  • Off time: 15:15:51
Full result
Result 15:15 Doncaster
Pos Horse Distance/th> Odds
1st 2 Ihtimal 11/10f
2nd 5 Majeyda 2 9/2
  • Last Updated: September 12 2013, 15:07 BST

Charlie Hills believes Qawaasem can improve for the step up to a mile in the Barrett Steel May Hill Stakes at Doncaster on Friday.

Charlie Hills: Trainer of Qawaasem
Charlie Hills: Trainer of Qawaasem

The Shamardal filly has already shown a good level of form at seven furlongs, finishing second in a Listed and a Group Three contest on her last two starts.

She was staying on well in the closing stages when second to Amazing Maria in the Prestige Stakes at Goodwood three weeks ago to give good reason the mile will be up her street.

"I'm looking forward to running her over a mile - I think she will be better at that trip," said the Lambourn trainer.

"I didn't think she handled the track at Goodwood but she should be happier with running at Doncaster.

"That said, she was only beaten by a very nice filly so we were very happy with her. She's improving all the time and hopefully she'll be competitive."

Halljoy was three and a quarter lengths back in third in the Prestige Stakes and is still a maiden after three starts.

Her trainer Clive Brittain expects her to cope with a step up in trip and ease in the ground.

"I think she's there with a good chance and she'll get the mile all right," said the Newmarket trainer.

"We don't know about soft ground because she hasn't run on it, but it's going to be the same for them all.

"She's a light-actioned filly, so she will probably go through the ground OK."

Lustrous got off the mark at the first time of asking in a seven-furlong maiden at Salisbury and her trainer Richard Hannon has his fingers crossed the daughter of Champs Elysees will cope with the easier conditions.

"Lustrous was impressive when winning her maiden, but that was on fast ground, so we don't know how she would cope if it gets any softer come the May Hill. She looks a good filly, though," he told www.richardhannon.racing.co.uk.


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