Mecca’s Angel set for final flight in Champions Sprint
Mecca's Angel: a trememndous ambassador for the Michael Dods yard
PICTURE: Patrick McCann (racingpost.com/photos) Mecca's Angel set for
her final flight in Sprint By Keith Melrose 12:00pM 15 OCT 2016
DUAL Nunthorpe Stakes winner Mecca's Angel will run for the final time in this afternoon's Champion Sprint Stakes and trainer Michael Dods is hopeful that she can prove herself over Ascot's 6f course.
"You dream about having horses like her," said Dods. "She’s done the whole yard a lot of good, she's done Paul Mulrennan and myself a lot of good."
Of the chances of Mecca's Angel, seen in some quarters as a 5f specialist, staying, Dods said: "It's a stiffish six and nobody knows if she will stay, but I’m encouraged that the two times she's won at York she’s been way around the corner before she’s been pulled up."
Concerns about going have been a regular featrue of Mecca's Angel's career, with her bid for the Nunthorpe this year almost derailed by quick ground. Dods confirmed that there should be no problems at Ascot: "Good ground or good to soft is perfect for her."
Shalaa also says so long
Mecca's Angle will not be the only runner destined for stud duties, with recent Bengough Stakes winner Shalaa destined for life as a stallion next year.
Trainer John Gosden said of the colt, who had not run as a three-year-old prior to the Bengough: "He's had a difficult year. It's not been easy, but full marks to the horse, who has a great mind on him."
He added: "The race is a fabulous sprint, it really is."
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