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William Hill May Hill Stakes (Group 2)
A Group 2 for fillies, this one mile contest will test the stamina of these young horses with softer ground on the forecast. Our 2017 May Hill Stakes tips and betting preview can be found below.
IN SUMMARY: Billesdon Brook‘s surge to victory at Glorious Goodwood was quite remarkable and she’s followed up since with a Group 3 victory, so has to be respected. The unknown factor in this race though is LAURENS, who improved on a winning debut to finish second in a Group 3 at Deauville in August behind a very promising horse. She can take another significant leap forward to take victory under P J McDonald with softer ground perfectly fine.
1 BILLESDON BROOK – Has won three of her last four runs for Richard Hannon, winning at Glorious Goodwood two starts ago in remarkable style, showing a brilliant burst of pace after a troubled passage to get up after hitting 999/1 in running. She gained her first pattern success when winning at the same venue on her latest start and she remains with potential for better, as the step up in trip should suit her down to the ground. She loves a slog in the mud and looks a strong contender under Sean Levey.
2 DARK ROSE ANGEL – Showed promise on debut at Newmarket back in August before taking a dominant victory at Doncaster on her latest start. She made all impressively, quickening clear in the style of potentially smart filly. This is obviously much tougher, but she has plenty of potential and should relish the softer ground. Simon Crisford remains among the winners and this course and distance winner can make her presence felt.
3 LAURENS – Won on debut for Karl Burke when showing huge amounts of potential and her second start was a big step forward as she finished second in a Group 3 at Deauville in August. She is bred to be suited by a further step up in trip and the softer ground is another big plus. This filly is clearly talented and, judging by how much she stepped up from her debut to her second run, she may be far too good for this field under P J McDonald.
4 MISS BAR BEACH – Won her penultimate start at Newcastle in a Fillies’ Nursery before flying home at odds of 33/1 to finish third behind Billesdon Brook in the Prestige Stakes at Goodwood in August. She is interesting stepped up in trip as she should suit it, but a reversal with Billesdon Brook looks unlikely and she looks set for minor honours at best for Keith Dalgleish whose yard is in great form at present.
5 NYALETI – Front-runner for Mark Johnston who easily won a Group 3 at Ascot in July before disappointing at Deauville on her latest start, well held in the Prix Morny. This is easier but she does have something to prove now and she encounters truly ‘soft’ ground for the first time. She has a solid chance at her best under James Doyle, but it’s not hard to see a horse improve past her on this occasion.
6 SHE BELIEVES – Completed a hat-trick when winning a Nursery at Goodwood in very clear cut style, keeping on strongly to pull right away in the closing stages. That, however, wasn’t in the strongest of races and she has plenty to prove now upped in Group 2 company. She’s clearly going the right way but can only be given each way claims as some of these have simply achieved far more.
7 SIZZLING – Irish raider for Aidan O’Brien who won her latest start at Tipperary, making heavy weather of winning a maiden at odds of 1/2. There could be more to come from this Ballydoyle filly but she’s had five runs and she was expected to have improved than she has. Ryan Moore takes the ride which is an obvious positive and the ground is in her favour, but she can only be given each way claims as others have far superior form.
8 TAJAANUS – Won a Listed race at Sandown on her penultimate start for Richard Hannon before winning the Group 3 Sweet Solera at Newmarket in August. A soft ground performer who should enjoy this step up in trip, she looks a big player under Jim Crowley with no reason as to why she wouldn’t go well. She looks progressive and should play a leading role for top connections.