High-class entry for Cheveley Park
Rosdhu Queen heads Cheveley hopefuls
Last Updated: September 24, 2012 4:31pm
Rosdhu Queen: Looking to add to York spoils
Unbeaten filly Rosdhu Queen is among 15 two-year-olds left in the Jaguar Cars Cheveley Park Stakes at Newmarket on Saturday.
The William Haggas-trained youngster has won all her three starts, culminating in the Group Two Lowther Stakes at York last month.
She now goes for success at the highest level in this prestigious contest also over six furlongs.
As always, the race looks like attracting a quality field with possible runners including Maureen, a comfortable winner of the Princess Margaret Stakes at Ascot in July.
Richard Hannon's inmate had been an unlucky second to Sendmylovetorose in the Cherry Hinton Stakes at Newmarket on her previous start.
Andrew Oliver's charge has also stood her ground and she drops back in trip after losing her 100% record in the Moyglare Stud Stakes at the Curragh behind Maureen's stablemate Sky Lantern.
Ed McMahon has supplemented recent Salisbury Listed-race scorer Winning Express while others in the list include Queen Mary Stakes victor Ceiling Kitty, trained by Tom Dascombe, and the Aidan O'Brien pair of Infanta Branca and Snow Queen.
Jeremy Noseda would love to see fast ground for The Gold Cheongsam following her win in the valuable Weatherbys Insurance £300,000 2-Y-O Stakes at Doncaster.
"I was delighted with her performance at Doncaster because she won a competitive race on ground which was far from ideal for her," the Newmarket trainer told At The Races.
"When horses do that they you know they are in good nick.
"To me, the ideal ground for her would be firm ground. We don't get that very often nowadays but that would be what she really wants.
"We go to Saturday and she's in tip-top form, my concern is ground conditions.
"If Doncaster had been a £50,000 race I wouldn't have run. It was £300,000 and it had been in our minds for a good few months that was the race to go to, because conditions as far as weight suited. We just had to give it a go and take a chance.
"She was in top form at Doncaster. She did a piece of work the other day and I feel she is at the top of her game. I'm just keeping my fingers crossed for faster ground come Saturday and hopefully we'll get a big piece of the pie.
"She's a tough genuine filly and she gets better, but the ground is going to be crucial to our chance."
McMahon said of Winning Express: "Winning Express has been fine since she won at Salisbury.
"She didn't necessarily surprise me with her performance there because she won very nicely at Sandown before that - not many fillies come from where she did to win at Sandown on debut.
"When she won the Dick Poole Stakes, everything went right for her and she won accordingly. I was very pleased with her performance.
"She has always been a very professional filly which is why she has won first and second time out. Her work at home has always been very good and we backed her into favouritism at Sandown which you don't do unless you think they know what they are doing.
"If you look back in history, Rae Guest won the Cheveley Park with Serious Attitude after she won the Dick Poole and you could go for a Group Three but it's late on in the season and Winning Express has only run twice.
"The form of the race at Salisbury is very strong and it was a truly run race so I think she deserves to take her chance in the Cheveley Park given she hasn't done anything wrong this year.
"I don't think she would want extremes of ground and she would probably go on going a fraction slower than good but ideally she would want it quicker than good to be at her best."