MILLISLE (3.35) gave the impression she would benefit from a longer trip during a successful first season and looks sure to go close in the Qipco 1000 Guineas at Newmarket.
Oisin Murphy, bidding for a Classic double after steering Kameko to victory in yesterdays 2000 Guineas, is an excellent booking by Jessica Harrington and the Irish filly beat off Raffle Prize and French raider Tropbeau when powering clear close home in the Group 1 Cheveley Park Stakes here last September.
Quadrilateral, wearing a tongue-tie for the first time today, heads the market and the daughter of Frankel is unbeaten in three starts. Roger Charlton’s filly had Love back in third spot when landing the Bet365 Fillies’ Mile at HQ last October but it should be closer this time, with Aidan O’Brien confident Love will improve for a step up in trip. She has the look of an Oaks filly but doesn’t lack speed.
DAVYDENKO (2.25) tasted defeat only once in five starts last campaign, his most impressive performance coming here over a mile in August. Sir Michael Stoute expects his colt to improve further over the longer distance.
Cambridgeshire third Good Birthday represents red-hot Andrew Balding and his gelding holds a narrow Beverley verdict over another of today’s rivals, the William Haggas-trained Desert Icon. Mark Johnston saddles dual all-weather scorer Sky Defender in a cracking affair.
There is also a star-studded card at Haydock where FANNY LOGAN (2.05) is taken to continue last season’s good work. The Gosden-trained filly needs to give away 3lb all round after reeling off four straight wins before an excellent Breeders’ Cup fourth at Santa Anita. The daughter of Sea The Stars should appreciate this 1m 4f test.
She meets some serious rivals, headed by Oaks fourth Manuela De Vega, while Vivionn representing the Stoute camp.
SPACE BLUES (3.15) was a classy seven-furlong specialist last season, scoring over that trip at Epsom and York, and isn’t one to pass over in the Listed event. The Godolphin colt was pipped by Space Traveller in the Jersey Stakes at Royal Ascot and should just outgun Happy Power and Safe Voyage, two leading rivals well at home with some cut underfoot.