Fabre sweet on Double chance
View from connections ahead of Friday's visionsport.com Oh So Sharp Stakes at Newmarket.
Andre Fabre believes it will take a good filly to beat Double Lady
Andre Fabre believes it will take a good filly to beat Double Lady in Friday's visionsport.com Oh So Sharp Stakes at Newmarket.
The master French trainer often sends a runner for the Group Three on a reconnaissance mission with the 1000 Guineas in mind.
It certainly worked in 2013 when Miss France was successful before returning the following May to claim Classic glory.
Double Lady, recently bought by Sheikh Mohammed Bin Khalifa Al Thani, was second to Frankel filly Toulifaut on debut before easily breaking her maiden next time out.
"She won her maiden in good style, the form of it isn't so great but she won it so easily I thought it was worth giving her a chance in a race like this," said Fabre.
"She's a very good filly. She is good looking, has a nice temperament and the hope is she could be a Guineas type, it is why she is running.
"It looks a good race, though, stronger than usual. I think she will run a very good race, whatever beats her will be a very good filly."
Roger Varian is represented by Pichola Dance, who faces a big step up in class after winning a nursery at the track a fortnight ago.
"Pichola Dance showed herself to be hardy and tough when winning a course and distance nursery last month and she is very much going the right way," Varian told his website.
"This is clearly a significant step up in class, but we know conditions are perfect for her, and she boasts a pedigree whereby stepping into stakes company is the logical next step."
Charlie Appleby runs Grecian Light, second in both the May Hill at Doncaster and the Weld Park Stakes at the Curragh.
"Grecian Light is a consistent filly that is putting together a nice record," Appleby told www.godolphin.com.
"She has run well on her two most recent starts and this race gives her a great chance of winning a Group race as a two-year-old.
"The ground will be in her favour and she has been working well."
One testing the water in Group class for the first time is Richard Hannon's Groupie.
"She is a very tough filly who is obviously stepping up markedly in class but I am hoping that she can sneak a place in what is a very competitive affair," Hannon said on his website.
"She won well at Salisbury two starts back and it looks like the step up to seven furlongs shouldn't be a problem."
Others to note are Simon Crisford's Asidious Alexander, placed twice in French Group company, Mark Johnston's Miss Infinity and Andrew Balding's 10-length maiden winner Poet's Vanity.
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