Talaayeb returns to action

Trainer Owen Burrows expects a step up in trip to bring out the best in Talaayeb in the Lord Weinstock Memorial EBF Stallions Stakes at Newbury on Thursday.

After making a winning debut at Newmarket in September, the daughter of Dansili returned to the Rowley Mile to finish an impressive fourth in the 1000 Guineas on just her second start.

Connections are hopeful that their decision to swerve an outing in the Coronation Stakes at Royal Ascot can be rewarded in this mile and a quarter Listed event.

Burrows said: “We are very happy with her. Obviously we are stepping her up in trip, which we think will suit, and the ground has dried out nicely for her, so we are looking forward to getting her back on track.

“To be fair she took the Guineas very well for a filly having just her second run. It is not as if we have looked to get her out sharply again. We have given her a bit of time and I’ve been pleased.

“After speaking to Sheikh Hamdan (owner) after the Guineas, he was keen to try her over a bit further and we didn’t want to go straight up to a mile and a half.

“It did mean sacrificing a trip to Royal Ascot, although she had an entry in the Coronation if it was wet at Newbury.

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“It’s a nice galloping track at Newbury, it’s a Listed race and it’s important to get some black type into her.

“We will learn plenty at Newbury and whether or not we are going in the right direction.”

Ed Walker anticipates a bold show from Indian Blessing, who was last seen finishing third behind Mori in a Listed contest at Goodwood.

“Indian Blessing has done very well since Goodwood. She ran a great race there considering she was the only one to come from off the pace,” said Walker.

“Both the winner and runner-up were very handy, so I think she deserves more credit than the bare result.

“There are some very nice fillies in Thursday’s race, but Newbury will suit her (Indian Blessing) and she’s an exciting filly.

“We are expecting another big run.”

Sir Michael Stoute, who claimed last year’s renewal with Abingdon, has another major contender in Ebbesbourne.

John Gosden sends both Elas Ruby and Smart Together into battle and the field is completed by Pleasant Surprise (Luca Cumani), Fleur Forsyte (James Fanshawe) and Pattie (Mick Channon).

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