Mrs Danvers returns to Newbury

View from connections ahead of the Bathwick Tyres St Hugh’s Fillies’ Stakes at Newbury on Friday.

Mrs Danvers returns to Newbury on Friday

Jonathan Portman has his fingers crossed Mrs Danvers can handle the forecast fast ground for a second time when she goes in search of black type in the Bathwick Tyres St Hugh’s Fillies’ Stakes at Newbury on Friday.

The speedy filly took her 100 per cent record to three with an emphatic victory in the Weatherbys Super Sprint over the course and distance when tackling quick conditions for the first time.

Her two earlier victories had come on soft ground at Lingfield and Windsor, but she coped with different going well enough last month.

Portman is concerned about testing her too often on fast, summer ground, but this race looks to be a good opportunity for the daughter of Hellvelyn to increase her paddock value.

“I would prefer slower ground for her, I wouldn’t be overly keen to keep running her on quick ground,” said the Lambourn trainer.

“However, she did prove last time out that she can handle it.

“Given Clem Fandango has been third in the Queen Mary I’m a little surprised by her rating of just 89 but this is the route we’ve decided to go down to get some black type.

“I think she’ll get six furlongs no problem but I’m keen to stay at five while she keeps winning.

“When she does eventually go up to six it will obviously give us more options.”

Clive Cox is expecting as a decent run from Barroche, who has won twice at Bath and was far from disgraced when sixth to the mightily impressive Lady Aurelia in the Queen Mary Stakes at Royal Ascot.

“She’s very progressive. She had a couple of wins sandwiching a nice run in the Queen Mary and conditions should be suitable for her,” said Cox.

Robert Eddery feels there is more improvement in Equimou, who got off the mark in good style at Chelmsford last month and was then narrowly beaten in a York nursery.

Equimou was only collared close home by Tahoo, who was receiving 8lb, after hitting the front inside the final furlong.

“I’m very pleased with her, she’s working well,” said the Newmarket trainer.

“I think she’s come out of the York race in good order. Her home work says she’s improved a bit. She’s got to have a chance.

“Her size and scope suggests there’s more to come from her, so I’m quite hopeful.”

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