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Friday, March 24, 2006


Tommy Stack saddled Las Meninas to land the Group One Stan James 1000 Guineas on her seasonal reappearance in 1994, and the trainer is looking to repeat the feat with Alexander Alliance in the first fillies' Classic on Sunday, May 7, which carries record prize money of £330,000.

The Cashel trainer's son and assistant, Fozzy Stack, revealed: "She'll go straight there because she wants good ground, and the chance of getting that in a prep run in early April is pretty slim."

Like Las Meninas, Alexander Alliance raced only twice as a juvenile, placing second to Aidan O'Brien's unbeaten Art Museum in a six-furlong Curragh maiden in September, before returning to the course and distance for an eye-catching three and a half length Listed success over Kamarinskaya the following month.

Stack reported: "She was impressive when she won her Listed race at the Curragh at the back-end, and her preparation is going good so far. She's in good shape and has wintered well."

The Danetime filly, a half-sister to Listed sprint winner Ruby Rocket and currently a 20/1 chance with Stan James, possesses plenty of speed, but Stack is keeping his fingers crossed that she will stay the full distance of the Natwest Rowley Mile.

He continued: "On pedigree she shouldn't get the trip, but we're hopeful she will. She's bred to get about five furlongs, but she got six well and should get seven. Whether she stays a mile or not is another thing.

"She's a fine, big filly with plenty of scope, and we'd expect her to progress as the year goes on."

The Stan James Guineas Festival takes place on the NatWest Rowley Mile course at Newmarket on Saturday, May 6, and Sunday, May 7. Both the Stan James 1000 Guineas and the Stan James 2000 Guineas are worth a record £330,000 in 2006.

Latest Stan James prices for the Stan James 1000 Guineas
Rumplestiltskin 4/1
Nannina 6/1
Flashy Wings 10/1
Silca's Sister 10/1
Race For The Stars 16/1
Donna Blini 20/1
Quiet Royal 20/1
Queen's Best 20/1
Alexander Alliance 20/1
La Chunga 25/1
Alexandrova 25/1
Chenchikova 25/1
Wake Up Maggie 25/1
Scottish Stage 25/1
Pearls Girl 25/1
Nidhaal 33/1
New Girlfriend 33/1
Star Cluster 33/1
Innocent Air 33/1
Short Dance 33/1
Silver Touch 33/1
Sindirana 33/1
Sandglass 33/1
Emily Bronte 33/1
Flamingo Guitar 33/1
Confidential Lady 40/1
Modeeroch 40/1
Mostaqeleh 40/1
Nasheej 40/1
Royal Proposal 40/1
Lifetime Romance 40/1
Vague 50/1
Snow Crystal 50/1
Mixed Blessing 50/1
Deveron 50/1
Pure Illusion 50/1
Short Skirt 50/1
Eilean Ban 50/1
Abigail Pett 50/1
Ann Summers Gold 50/1
Edaara 50/1
Violette 50/1
Tiana 50/1
Ugo Fire 50/1
Speciosa 50/1
Wasseema 50/1
Rajeem 50/1
Under The Rainbow 50/1
Bouboulina 50/1
Absolutely Fabulous 50/1
Dama'A 50/1
Donatella 50/1
Dubai On 50/1
Impressionnante 50/1
Kamarinskaya 50/1
Millistar 50/1
Reunite 50/1
Right Note 50/1
Rosinka 50/1
Scotch Pancake 50/1
Taranto 50/1
Salut D'Amour 66/1
Cross Channel 66/1
Beauty Bright 66/1
Queen Cleopatra 66/1
Expensive 66/1
Aryaamm 66/1
Gwenseb 66/1
Jioconda 66/1
Love Walked In 66/1
Miss Dela 66/1
Viennese Waltz 66/1
Annabelle Ja 100/1
Anna Karenina 100/1
Asaawir 100/1
Bosset 100/1
Chantila 100/1
I'M In Love 100/1
Lily Elsie 100/1
Marriage Value 100/1
Miss Provence 100/1
Nantyglo 100/1
Sanctify 100/1
Sensasse 100/1
Spinning Queen 100/1
Tawaafud 100/1
Thamarat 100/1
Guilia 150/1
Becky Moss 250/1

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