French filly Vorda features among a field of eight declared for the Connolly’s Red Mills Cheveley Park Stakes at Newmarket on Saturday.
The Philippe Sogorb-trained juvenile suffered her only defeat to date when running American speedster No Nay Never to a length in the Prix Morny. She had won her first three starts culminating in the Group Two Prix Robert Papin.
The sole Irish raider is David Wachman’s Come To Heel, who was supplemented at a cost of �15,000. The daughter of Elnadim won a Listed race at the Curragh last time out and the runner-up Hurryupharriet franked the form at Ayr last week.
The home challenge is led by the Charlie Hills-trained Albany Stakes scorer Kiyoshi, who was demoted to third after finishing second to Rizeena in the Moyglare Stud Stakes at the Curragh.
There would be no more popular winner than Joyeuse. Frankel’s half-sister bids to give Lady Cecil her first Group One success after she took over the reins at Warren Place following the death of her husband Sir Henry Cecil. Joyeuse has already shown decent form, finishing third to Kiyoshi at Royal Ascot and landing a Listed race at Salisbury.
Alutiq, Dorothy B, Princess Noor and Red Lady make up the field. As expected, Lucky Kristale was withdrawn at the final declaration stage as trainer George Margarson felt it was too much to ask his Duchess of Cambridge and Lowther winner to run after a setback earlier in the week.
The filly had an unsatisfactory scope and blood tests after she had worked on Monday morning and although she is a lot better, Margarson is not prepared to take the risk and she will not run again this season.
“She has more or less recovered and if it was an ordinary race we would participate but we’ve missed two gallops and it’s not the right thing to do to the filly,” the Newmarket trainer told At The Races.
“It’s very disappointing for everybody, but we’ve got a good filly on our hands and we’ve got her for next year. We discussed the Marcel Boussac but that’s only a week/10 days away and it’s going to be too tight.
“She’s a good-sized filly and will train on. It’s not ideal to be putting her away at the moment but I noticed that because she has been a little bit ill her coat has not been how I’d want it.”Read the rest of the story British Horseracing Authority News Headlines