Ascot options for Cowell filly

Trainer Robert Cowell

Chica La Habana is set to head to Royal Ascot for either the Queen Mary or Albany Stakes following an impressive debut performance at Beverley.

Ground conditions are likely to play a hand in the final decision with trainer Robert Cowell hinting the five-furlong Queen Mary could be the favoured target if the going is slow and the Albany over six furlongs preferred if it is quick.

Chica La Habana burst on the scene with a taking victory by three-quarters of a length over the race-hardened Maggies Angel in the Hilary Needler Trophy.

"She's been doing some nice work at home, but she's quite a lazy type so it's hard to get a real handle on her," said Cowell.

"We thought she had a bit of an engine on her but we didn't know how gutsy she'd be, but she's quite useful on what we've seen there.

"She'll definitely go to Royal Ascot. She'll have an entry in the Albany and the Queen Mary. If the ground is on the fast side we'll probably decide on the Albany. If it's softer we'll go for the Queen Mary.

"We'll talk to Peter Swann (of owners, Cool Silk Partnership) and all connections and make a plan, but I suggest it will be along that sort of route."

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