Sweet 16 chase Sprint glory
Fanshawe pair lead the home defence
Last Updated: October 13, 2011 1:26pm
Deacon Blues: Part of a strong James Fanshawe team
Deacon Blues and Moonlight Cloud stand their ground as 16 horses have been declared for QIPCO British Champions Sprint at Ascot on Saturday.
As well as saddling the wildly progressive Deacon Blues, trainer James Fanshawe will also run course specialist Society Rock, with Johnny Murtagh and Pat Cosgrave the respective jockey bookings.
Freddie Head's Prix Maurice de Gheest winner Moonlight Cloud will be joined in the line-up by her three-year-old compatriot Wizz Kid, as well as the year older Silverside who is trained by Angel Francisco Sanchez-Jabardo.
Richard Hannon will run Libranno, whilst Roger Charlton will rely on Genki having sent stable star Bated Breath across to Canada for an alternative assingment this weekend.
Former Lowther winner Hooray will represent Si Mark Prescott, whilst Andrew Balding's Night Carnation and Geoff Oldroyd's Ladies Are Forever will take their chance.
Owner Reg Bond is expecting a bold show from Ladies Are Forever.
The filly is particularly special to Bond as she is by his stallion Monsieur Bond, who was also responsible for last year's Prix de l'Abbaye winner Gilt Edge Girl and this year's Stewards' Cup hero Hoof It.
Ladies Are Forever finished just a length behind subsequent Nunthorpe winner Margot Did earlier in the year, but has not been seen since winning a York Group Three in July.
Bond said: "Geoff (Oldroyd, trainer) would want it a little bit faster than good (at Ascot).
"We put her away (after York) because I'm breeder, I've won a Group Three, what more do I want to do? I want to win a Group Two or a Group One.
"We put her away and let her just mature and Geoff did tell me that she must have grown a hand since we've put her away so she must be stronger.
"When she ran at Royal Ascot (third in the Queen Mary Stakes) and got beat two necks, she was really only just two as she's a May foal.
"On that day she just veered a little bit left and when she got back, she came off the box lame and had a chipped pelvis so she had to stand for eight weeks in her box.
"Geoff then had six weeks to train her to win the Two-Year-Old Trophy at Redcar. She's a really tough filly and is from a tough family.
"I had a good each-way bet on her six weeks ago (for Saturday)," he told At The Races.
William Haggas' Dafeef and Clive Cox's Jimmy Styles make Saturday's six furlong contest, witb the field completed by Charlie Hills' Prime Defender, Jeremy Gask's Medicean Man and Clive Cox's Perfect Tribute.