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Juddmonte Cheveley Park Stakes (Group 1)
Roly Poly and Lady Aurelia made the frame in this contest last year so it will be fascinating to see what potential stars are unearthed in the 2017 contest. Our expert preview for the Cheveley Park Stakes is below.
Mark Johnston holds a strong hand from the early declarations, headed by the Princess Margaret winner Nyaleti. She tore that Group 3 to pieces over this trip. That was her best performance and that came on good to soft ground so perhaps she needs a little bit of cut in the ground to be seen to best effect. She was beaten by the smart Clemmie at the July meeting here and failed to cope with the boys when she was pitched into the Morny last time out. She will be well suited by being back in against the girls despite being one of the more exposed in the field.
Threading is the other Mark Johnston candidate who looks a very smart filly in the making. She was impressive in taking out the Lowther at York, stretching a couple of lengths clear in the final furlong, well on top at the line. That was a Group 2 so the natural next step is to take on this level and although she is not short of speed as that flat six furlongs showed, she did look as if another furlong might show her in a better light rather than trying this trip again. “She stayed the trip very well and started to pull away right at the death” were the words of Johnston in the aftermath so he appears also of the opinion that a little further may suit her sooner rather than later.
There are some potentially interesting French raiders in here led by the Freddie Head trained Polydream. She is 2/2 in her career so far, a Group 3 winner in the Prix du Calvados at Deauville last time out. She was a comfortable winner there from a filly of Karl Burke’s who had looked well above average on her debut. Her dam and half sibling were both also Listed winners so she comes from a smart family. She needs to step up on that but as with all of those from her yard, if she travels over to the U.K to race, she needs plenty of respect.
Different League has already made a successful raid on these shores this season, taking home the Albany Stakes. She may have lost her unbeaten record at the fourth attempt in the Morny, but she lost nothing in defeat taking on the boys on her first go at Group 1 level. She at least matched the form of her Royal Ascot win there and should be able to progress further. She was the first of the fillies home in the Morny so she is clearly well to the fore of her sex. That was her first run for two months there having had a couple of quick runs before her Royal Ascot triumph. The possible lack of sharpness on that occasion may mean she needs a prep for this at some point in early September, a big player if she is at the top of her game.
The aforementioned Clemmie looks the pick of the Ballydoyle entrants, improving every time she sets foot on the track. She has almost five lengths to make up on Different League on her run in the Albany Stakes but has improved considerably since then. She scored the first time after Royal Ascot in a Group 3 at the Curragh before making a successful raid on Newmarket to win the Duchess Of Cambridge Stakes at the July meeting. She is a full sister to Churchill who has recently proven his stamina over a mile and a quarter so she should do better when given more of a stamina test next season but for now she looks a speedy type so this should be the ideal test.
It would be some feat for a maiden to land this but in the shape of Take Me With You, there is a current maiden in with an each way shout. She split Different League and Clemmie in the Albany Stakes at Royal Ascot, the first home on the wrong side in third. That run came less than a fortnight after her debut so it is to her credit that she was tough enough to run such a big race with a short turnaround. She has not been seen since that contest which is a slight concern, but she has a number of entries in early September which should tell us a little more about her suitability for this Group 1 test.