Spatial set for Mile success
Simon Holt has two picks for Friday's card at Newmarket and includes the progressive Spatial in the Dubai Fillies' Mile.
Andrea Atzeni and Spatial can team up for success at Newmarket
SPATIAL, whose dam Spacious won the May Hill Stakes as a two-year-old before developing into a high class race-mare, can emulate that prowess by taking Friday's Group One Dubai Fillies' Mile at Newmarket in the hands of Andrea Atzeni.
On the strength of her two runs so far, a second to last weekend's Prix Marcel Boussac winner Wuheida first time out and a subsequent defeat of Unforgetable Filly and Sobetsu (both races on the July course), the Sir Michael Stoute-trained daughter of New Approach could be just as good as her mother.
Not knocked about by Ted Durcan on her debut, she then gave Ryan Moore a comeback winner from injury in stylish fashion looking always in control. The runner-up went on to win her maiden impressively at Lingfield before going under by a short-head here recently while Sobetsu won next time by no less than 10 lengths over this course and distance.
Many will fancy the latter to gain her revenge on Spacious given that she was green first time out, but Stoute will have a fair guide to the form of Sobetsu's win as he trains the runner-up Interweave, and Spacious should be even more effective stepped up to a mile.
Moreover, the selection has a most attractive racing style; she switched off very well last time and has a low, honest head carriage.
Aidan O'Brien has sent out the last two winners of this race with Together Forever and, last year, with the multiple Group One winner Minding, and is represented this time by Rhododendron (Ryan Moore) and Hydrangea (Seamie Heffernan).
These two have been beating each other recently; Rhododendron, a beautifully bred daughter of Galileo out of triple Group One winner Halfway To Heaven, won at Goodwood and The Curragh in July/August, on the latter occasion beating Hydrangea by a head.
But Hydrangea, also by Galileo out of Group race-winning filly Beauty Is Truth, turned the tables next time when the pair finished second and third behind the 25/1 outsider Intricately (who had finished behind both of them previously) in the Group One Moyglare Stud Stakes at The Curragh.
Rhododendron seemed to run a bit flat that day and is possibly the stable's number one hope here under Moore, though he has yet to ride Hydrangea in any of her races.
This year's May Hill winner Rich Legacy is another taking type, and improved for the step up to a mile at Doncaster when narrowly beating Grecian Light and Urban Fox. A line through the third suggests she is far from out of this.
Earlier, DOUBLE LADY is fancied to give the brilliant French trainer Andre Fabre another winner at Newmarket in the Group Three visionsport.com Oh So Sharp Stakes.
Fabre took this prize in 2013 with subsequent 1000 Guineas winner Miss France and tends to run horses in Britain only when they have a genuine chance of winning.
Double Lady's form in two starts across the Channel is really solid as she split two smart sorts in Toulifaut and Rymska on her debut at Clairefontaine (7f) in July and then cantered home against lesser rivals at Maisons-Laffitte (6f).
Toulifaut went onto win twice more (including a Group Three at Chantilly, (Asidious Alexander third) before having no luck in running in last weekend's Prix Marcel Boussac while Rymska also won her next two starts (including at Listed level) before finishing second in a Grade Three contest in the States at Belmont Park.
The home opposition is led by the recent Rockfel Stakes third Miss Infinity ((Glitter Girl fourth) and May Hill runner-up Grecian Light, subsequently a decent second in heavy ground at the Curragh.
The aforementioned Unforgetable Filly should also be in the shake-up, with the opportunity to give her defeat by Spacial a boost, but the French-trained challenger may well be superior.
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