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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.
IN SUMMARY: Threading is two from two and has a similar profile to the connections 2015 winner Lumiere, so warrants close attention. Preference however is for Aidan O’Brien’s CLEMMIE, who is a sister to Churchill and is improving for her racing. She won the Group 2 Duchess Of Cambridge Stakes on her latest start and another improved performance will see her very tough to beat under Ryan Moore.
1 BETTY F – Daughter of Frankel for Jeremy Noseda who made a highly promising debut when winning at Newmarket, well backed on the day. She did it comfortably that day but this is a tough ask on only her second start. Likely to fall foul of more experienced rivals here under Pat Smullen.
2 CHICA LA HABANA – Won on debut at Beverley and the form has been backed up somewhat, but she was heavily beaten in the Queen Mary when last seen. She returns from 101 days off the track in a much tougher race and she can only be watched.
3 CLEMMIE – Won a Group 3 two starts ago at the Curragh before sticking on gamely to win the Duchess Of Cambridge on the July course two months ago. She is improving with her racing, just like her brother Churchill and looks tough to beat under Ryan Moore with conditions to suit.
4 CROSSING THE LINE – Won her debut on the July course back in August and she was far from disgraced when sixth in a Group 3 at Salisbury when last seen. That said, far more is needed here and she should fall short here under Jim Crowley.
5 DARKANNA – Her only win remains a Novice race in softer ground and she’s been well held on her previous three starts in Group company. She was well held in a Sales race at York last month and she’s another whose not quite good enough here.
6 DIFFERENT LEAGUE – Has a wide draw to contend with here but she has leading form claims on her Albany Stakes win at Royal Ascot, not beaten far in the Prix Morny on her latest start. A repeat of that performance would see her going close here and she has to be considered.
7 EIRENE – Two wins from five starts, with her best day thus far coming when she soared to victory in a Listed race at Newbury. She was second in a Group 3 on her latest start (ahead of Crossing The Line) and she’s an each way player if improving again.
9 MADELINE – Very genuine filly who has been steadily progressing for powerful connections, winning a Listed race two starts ago before going down by two lengths in the Lowther Stakes. She is likely not done improving just yet and has an each way shout as she won’t go down without a fight.
10 NOW YOU’RE TALKING – Still a maiden after four starts but she’s improving, finishing three lengths behind Heartache in the Queen Mary. Her latest third in Listed company was another good effort, but she needs more in a much tougher race and she should just miss out here.
11 SPECIAL PURPOSE – Won her first two starts for Willie Haggas and she was only a short-head behind Eirene when last seen at Salisbury. That race worked out well for her as the pace was frantic and that isn’t guaranteed here. She has plenty to find to get involved for win purposes and is best watched.
12 THREADING – Two wins from two starts for Mark Johnston, improving in an impressive debut win to win the Lowther at York by two lengths. She has a similar profile to connections’ 2015 winner Lumiere and she has leading form claims as we haven’t seen the best of her yet.
13 TREASURING – Took her third win from six starts when taking a Group 3 at the Curragh in August despite flashing the tail. That was another step forward but she’s now pitched into a tougher race and this step up in distance isn’t sure to suit. Hard to envisage her reaching the frame.
8 HEARTACHE – Won the Queen Mary at Royal Ascot on only her second start and she built on that effort when gamely getting up to win the Flying Childers at Doncaster (Group 2) when last seen. She is ready for a step up to the six furlong distance and she could be very tough to beat here with conditions to suit.