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Wednesday, September 24, 2003


NEWMARKET GROUND IN FANTASTIC SHAPE AHEAD OF NEW-LOOK CAMBRIDGESHIRE MEETING



Peugeot Sun Chariot Stakes attracts 27 high-class entries

Michael Prosser, Newmarket's Clerk of the Course, today reported the Rowley Mile course to be in tremendous condition ahead of the new-look three-day Cambridgeshire Meeting, which runs next week from Thursday to Saturday, October 2-4, revealing that the that the stalls will be placed on the far side, utilising ground that has not been raced on since May.


He said: " Yesterday we provided decent fast ground and there is a an extremely good cover of grass - we had 4.2 millimetres of rain on Monday which complemented the irrigation we had done.


"The forecast is for dry weather over the next couple of days and then for rain coming in this weekend - we will not be thinking about any watering this side of the weekend, wait and see how things unfold and look again at the weather forecast on Monday.


"The horses raced up the centre of the course yesterday and the stalls for the Cambridgeshire Meeting will be positioned against the far rail - ground that has not been used since May."

The Cambridgeshire Meeting has been condensed to three days (from four) of top-class racing action, featuring the most eagerly awaited two-year-old clash of the season in Thursday's Sky Bet Cheveley Park Stakes (Group One) when the unbeaten fillies Attraction and Carry On Katie are set to take each other on.

Friday's Shadwell Stud Middle Park Stakes (Group One) promises to be equally enthralling, with the stunning Coventry Stakes winner, Three Valleys, on course to try to redeem his reputation against high-class opposition including the Scottish Equitable Gimcrack winner, Balmont.


The £80,000 Group Two Peugeot Sun Chariot Stakes at Newmarket on Saturday, October 4, has received 27 quality entries (published today) including the 1000 Guineas fourth and fifth, Soviet Song and Hanami, who could return to the Rowley Mile in a bid to secure this major prize.


The mile event is the main supporting contest on the seven-race card which features the £110,000 Tote Cambridgeshire.

The James Fanshawe-trained Soviet Song subsequently finished the one and a half length runner-up to her Guineas conqueror, Russian Rhythm, in the Coronation Stakes at Royal Ascot in June, before running fourth behind French Oaks heroine Nebraska Tornado in the NetJets Prix du Moulin de Longchamp in France earlier this month.


Hanami, trained by James Toller, has also done well since her fine effort in the Newmarket classic. On her next start, the Hernando filly was a creditable four-length sixth behind Casual Look in the Vodafone Oaks at Epsom Downs on June 6, followed by victory in the Group Two Pretty Polly Stakes at the Curragh 22 days later, when denying Snippets by a length with Hymn Of Love back in fifth.

Macadamia is another possible from Fanshawe's powerful Newmarket training base. The four-year-old daughter of Classic Cliche has won three of her five starts this season including the Group Two Stan James Falmouth Stakes at Newmarket's July Meeting, where she got the better of Waldmark, trained by Fanshawe's former boss Sir Michael Stoute, by a length. Macadamia's hat-trick also includes one of the major handicaps of the season, the Royal Hunt Cup at Royal Ascot, where she was a length and three-quarters too powerful for Camp Commander.


Godolphin could rely upon Echoes In Eternity, who was given a fine ride by stable jockey Frankie Dettori to win the Listed Royal Bank Of Scotland John Musker Fillies' Stakes at Yarmouth last week, beating Silence Is Golden by a length and a quarter.


The Barry Hills-trained Tantina has been a revelation this season, winning all four of her starts. Her meteoric rise through the ranks includes two Listed successes, including the JRA London Office's Kyoto Sceptre Stakes at Doncaster on September 11, when she demolished a good field by five lengths from Chic with a further half a length back to Play That Tune.


The three possibles from Ireland are the Dermot Weld-trained pair of Perfect Touch and Hymn Of Love (see above) and Bronntanas, trained by Jim Bolger. Already a Group Three winner, Perfect Touch was beaten a neck into second by Favourable Terms in the Group Two betfair.com Matron Stakes at Leopardstown on her last start on September 6, while Bronntanas could make the step up from handicap company to Pattern class.


Marbye is an intriguing entry from Italian handler Bruno Grizzetti. A Listed scorer as a juvenile, the Marju filly was only a length adrift of Bright Sky when third in the Group Two Prix d'Astarte at Deauville on her last start on August 3, while Almond Mousse, placed a couple of times in Group Three company this year, is trained in France by Robert Collet.


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