Morris keen on Marsha claims

Sir Mark Prescott won the Kings Stand in 1996 with Pivotal

Luke Morris cannot to wait to let Marsha strut her stuff in the King's Stand Stakes at Royal Ascot on Tuesday.

The jockey with more than 1000 winners under his belt has yet to register a success at the Royal meeting, but has high hopes for Marsha in the five-furlong championship.

Winner of last year's Prix de l'Abbaye, the Sir Mark Prescott-trained filly made an excellent start to 2017 by carrying her Group One penalty to victory in the Palace House Stakes at Newmarket last month.

"She's an exciting ride and I'm looking forward to it. She put up a good performance to win at Newmarket and hopefully she will have stepped forward from that," Morris told At The Races.

"Realistically, Lady Aurelia sets the standard form and she's not far behind hopefully. It's a cracking race."

Goldream won the King's Stand in 2015 and was third to Marsha in this season's Palace House.

Though his trainer Robert Cowell fears Marsha, he reports his charge to be at the peak of his powers.

"He's in excellent form. He's in as good a condition as I've had him in," said the Newmarket handler.

"He's coming into this race with a really excellent preparation. We're looking forward to it.

"Sir Mark Prescott's filly was mightily impressive in the Palace House and carrying a penalty also. I think we've probably got her to beat along with some interesting horses coming over."


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