Dalgleish hopes Queen can rule

Ayr stages a cracking renewal of the William Hill Doonside Cup on Thursday.

David Lanigan's Hardwicke third Almodovar is the highest-rated contender with Saeed bin Suroor sending Secret Number and Sir Michael Stoute running Abdon.

Despite the hot competition, Keith Dalgleish is hoping his Maleficent Queen can keep the prize in Scotland.

Already a Listed winner at the track, she has won five of her seven career starts but her victorious run came to an end at Royal Ascot in the Wolferton Handicap.

"It was great to win the race at Ayr because when we found out they were getting it, we targeted it," Dalgleish told Racing UK.

"Going to Royal Ascot was a bit of an afterthought. I feel I let her down a bit running against the boys, drawn wide, she never got in a rhythm but still ran OK.

"We gave her plenty of time to get over that.

"If she runs well, I'd love to give her a run on Champions Day if the ground was soft."

Another filly lining up is Adrian Keatley's Millefiori. While she has plenty to find on the book, she is a dual course winner.

"She's been in great nick and has already won twice at Ayr," said Keatley.

"We're clutching at straws a bit chasing some black type but she's done great up to now and if we can grab a bit of black type, that would top the summer off for her.

"We know she's the thick end of 25lb wrong at the weights, but she's in such good form when we saw this race, we thought we'd have a crack.

"Historically it can cut up to only a few runners, but it's just our luck this year it's a red-hot race.

"If she can creep into the prize money, we'd be delighted."

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