Yarmouth host Listed cracker
View from connections ahead of the EBF Stallions John Musker Fillies' Stakes at Great Yarmouth on Wednesday.
So Mi Dar is back in action at Yarmouth on Wednesday
Yarmouth stages its best race for some years on Wednseday when Arabian Queen and So Mi Dar clash in the EBF Stallions John Musker Fillies' Stakes.
David Elsworth's Arabian Queen is famed for beating last year's Derby, Eclipse and Arc hero Golden Horn in the Juddmonte International at York, but this season she has been held up after a promising first run back against the high-class Usherette at Newmarket.
"She went wrong in the Coronation Cup and it has taken David a while to get her back," said Arabian Queen's owner Jeff Smith. "We know she goes well fresh, though, so that isn't a problem.
"To have a three-year-old filly giving us 1lb is strange given we're the Group One winner, but it all helps. Of course, So Mi Dar is coming back from a lay-off, too, so they are both in the same position.
"This must be the best race ever run at Yarmouth, the track always had potential, it just needed someone to get on top of it and that looks to have happened.
"If all goes well she'll head for the Sun Chariot, which I know comes up quick but this should put her spot on for it.
"Despite all the evidence in her pedigree it appears she's better at a mile and 10 furlongs, rather than a mile and a half, although she has had excuses when she's run over a mile and a half.
"We know she's very good at 10 furlongs, so why bother trying something else. Obviously her defeat of Golden Horn in the Juddmonte and her first run back this year against Usherette are two excellent pieces of form."
John Gosden fields So Mi Dar, unbeaten in three races to date and a daughter of brilliant mare Dar Re Mi.
She won the Musidora in the manner of a smart filly but was ruled out of the Investec Oaks with a problem and subsequently missed the whole summer.
Frankie Dettori is on board and told At The Races: "It's nice to get her back, she's carrying a penalty but we'll see what happens.
"There are lots of big races for her if things go well tomorrow.
"She was coming good in May but she missed the rest of the season so we don't really know how good she is.
"It's one step at a time."
It is not a two-horse race by any means with Roger Varian's Nezwaah attempting to complete a hat-trick in the race for the stable.
The daughter of Dubawi will have to carry a 4lb penalty for her Listed win at Newcastle in June although the trainer is hopeful of a big run.
"This looks a competitive renewal of the race, but Nezwaah goes there in good form," he told his website.
"Things didn't pan out for her in France, but she did it well at Newcastle the time before and this course should suit her."
Hugo Palmer's We Are Ninety, Luca Cumani's unbeaten Materialistic and Sir Michael Stoute's Rostova are others in the mix.
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