Newmarket date for Juddmonte trio
Soft ground forecast at Headquarters
Last Updated: October 22, 2012 4:03pm
Lord Grimthorpe: High hopes of three runners at Newmarket
Three of Prince Khalid Abdulla's exciting two-year-olds run at Newmarket on Wednesday, including Desert Image.
Charlie Hills' charge contests the Thoroughbred Breeders' Association Median Auction Fillies' Maiden javing run with plenty of promise on her first two starts, taking second at Newbury and third at Leicester.
Lord Grimthorpe, racing manager to the owner, said: "Desert Image has put up two pretty solid performances so far and I think last time out at Leicester the ground might have been a little bit soft but they looked two nice fillies in front of her.
"The soft ground at Newmarket is a bit of a concern but on the whole the ground at Newmarket might be a little bit better. We are hopeful she can get off the mark as she has experience and is in good form."
Abdulla is also set to be represented by So Beloved in the Thoroughbred Breeders' Association Houghton Conditions Stakes. The Dansili colt, who is trained by Roger Charlton, shaped nicely on his debut at Newbury in August and got off the mark in good fashion over a mile at Salisbury next time.
Grimthorpe revealed: "So Beloved won nicely at Salisbury. He is a big, scopey horse and we don't want to overdo him this season, so hopefully this race could be a nice opportunity for him."
The John Gosden-trained newcomer Fledged will face 11 rivals in the second division British Stallion Stud EBF TBA Maiden. He is out of the 10-furlong Listed winner Innocent Air from the family of Group One scorers Proportional and Folk Opera.
Grimthorpe added: "Fledged is a potentially nice horse but obviously it's first time out and those maidens at Newmarket are tough to win at this time of year. He has a nice middle-distance pedigree and he will be a nice horse next year."
The going at Newmarket is currently Soft.
Michael Prosser, Head of Racing, Newmarket Racecourses, said: "The forecast for the early part of this week is for misty mornings and generally overcast conditions. No rain is expected and temperatures are set to be mild.
"Thoroughbred Breeders' Association Raceday offers a seven-race programme, with six contests exclusively for two-year-olds.
"This fixture is a great opportunity to view some extremely well-bred two-year-olds and historically has attracted some high-class performers of the future. Last year was certainly no different with subsequent Derby runner-up Main Sequence a winner on the day.
"I would like to extend our thanks to the Thoroughbred Breeders' Association for their generous sponsorship of this unique raceday."