McBride cautious over Spiritual
Views from connections ahead of Friday's Irish Stallion Farms 'Bosra Sham' EBF Fillies' Stakes at Newmarket.
Paul Cole: Trainer of Spiritual Lady
Charlie McBride has warned Spiritual Lady will only take part in the Irish Stallion Farms 'Bosra Sham' EBF Fillies' Stakes at Newmarket on Friday providing the ground is suitable.
The Newmarket handler will make a late decision over the participation of the two-year-old – who is set to be partnered by Frankie Dettori for the first time – in the six-furlong Listed contest after walking the track in the morning.
After bouncing back from defeat in the Weatherbys Super Sprint at Newbury in July with victory in a nursery at Chelmsford, the daughter of Pastoral Pursuits blotted her copybook last month when playing up in the stalls ahead of a valuable sales race at Doncaster.
McBride said: "Why she misbehaved at Doncaster last time I do not know. She has been in the stalls three times since, including a stalls test, and has passed with flying colours.
"The one good thing being drawn in stall 10 is in theory she should be last in. She has been working very well at home with an 82-rated three-year-old (Kylla Instinct).
"Frankie is booked to ride her. Ray Cochrane saw her win last time and was suitably impressed and he rang up asking if Frankie could ride. He doesn't ride many for me, but hopefully he can be lucky.
"We have always thought she was a very good filly. My only concern is not the opposition, but the ground. Although it is good, good to firm if it dries out to the fast side of good to firm we would have to seriously consider whether to run her."
He went on: "I will walk the course in the morning and make a decision after that. I don't want to risk her on quick ground. She is a big, scopey filly that is probably still a little immature and will only get better with age."
Connections of the Paul Cole-trained Dainty Dandy expect her to be back to somewhere close to her best on her first start in nearly two months, having finished last in a Group Three on her last start at Salisbury.
Assistant trainer Olly Cole said: "She seems to be in good form at home. There have been a couple of excuses for her last couple of races, but we think we have her back to somewhere near her best.
"She pulled way to hard and didn't finish her race at Salisbury and we are hoping that doesn't happen tomorrow.
"She came back from Salisbury very wound up so we've given her a long break and she has come back good.
"Her best form is over six but she won her maiden over six and a half so her best trip is still unknown.
"She won her maiden on good to soft, but I don't see any reason why she won't go on quicker ground, as she works on it at home."
The field is completed by Classical Times (Peter Chapple-Hyam), Easy Victory (Saeed bin Suroor), Loving (William Haggas), Perfect Angel (Andrew Balding), Spy Ring (Michael O'Callaghan) and Mystic Dawn and Pellucid (both David Simcock).
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