Cosmopolitan field for Dubai Challenge Stakes at Newmarket
Last Updated: October 8, 2013 3:15pm
Peter Schiergen: Up for the Challenge
German raider Amarillo and Irish gelding Ansgar are among those set to form a cosmopolitan field for Saturday's Dubai Challenge Stakes at Newmarket.
No less than half of the 14 entries for the Group Two are trained overseas, and six of those are from Ireland.
Sabrina Harty has brought Ansgar right up through handicap company and he produced his best effort to date last time when second to Brendan Brackan in the Group Three Solonoway Stakes at the Curragh.
"I am really excited about running him on Saturday when Rory Cleary will ride," Harty said.
"To win a race at Newmarket would be more than great, it would be fabulous. I just hope that they don't get too much rain in Newmarket as he does not want dead ground.
Peter Schiergen, the leading German trainer, is not concerned about conditions for Amarillo, who collected the Group Three Jury Stakes at Haydock in June and was not beaten far by the exceptional Moonlight Cloud on her comeback at Longchamp in July.
He said: "Any ground is not normally a problem for him and the current 'good to firm' at Newmarket would be fine."