Gary Moore hoping for Bronze Maquette reward
Last Updated: 04/09/14 10:31am
Bronze Maquette: Salisbury hopeful
Views from connections ahead of the Country Gentlemen's Association Dick Poole Fillies' Stakes at Salisbury on Thursday.
Gary Moore has been presented with an opportunity to pitch Bronze Maquette at a higher level in the newly-upgraded Country Gentlemen's Association Dick Poole Fillies' Stakes at Salisbury on Thursday.
Good subsequent performances over the years from the likes of Serious Attitude and Winning Express has seen the Wiltshire track's six-furlong Listed event raised to a Group Three.
Bronze Maquette, who rose through the nursery ranks, was a Listed winner herself over five furlongs last month when showing a fine turn of foot in the St Hugh's Stakes at Newbury.
"She's in good form and she's a tough and very genuine filly," said Moore.
"This looked a logical step for her and hopefully she can take it. She showed a lot of speed at Newbury but I'm not too worried about going back to six furlongs, my main concern would be the ground.
"It can dry out quite quickly at Salisbury and if firm were to appear in the going description, we might have to look at another option.
"I'd love to keep her next year but she's in the sales and her owner Mr Green might be keen to sell."
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Less experienced, but clearly also on the upgrade, is the Queen's Touchline.
Trained by Michael Bell, she was seventh when clearly well-fancied on her debut at Glorious Goodwood but put the record straight at Yarmouth a few days ago.
Bell said: "She won her maiden well and on the evidence of that, and what she does at home, she thoroughly deserves to have a chance to compete in a race of this quality.
"We thought she'd take all the beating at Goodwood, but Goodwood found her out and she showed what we thought she was capable of at Yarmouth.
"It's obviously a step up in class but she's a filly with bags of potential."
Richard Hannon has three representatives, with Richard Hughes booked on Newmarket maiden winner Marsh Hawk.
Cheveley Park's Vesnina and the Julie Wood-owned Dangerous Moonlite complete the trio for the powerful local trainer.
He told www.richardhannonracing.co.uk: "Marsh Hawk surprised us somewhat when winning so well at Newmarket first time out.
"We knew she was not short of speed, but she blitzed them with her early pace, so dropping back a furlong certainly won't be a negative.
"Dangerous Moonlite did not enjoy the soft ground at Newbury last time and will be much happier on this faster surface, while Vesnina won her maiden well enough at Newbury to warrant a tilt at some black type here."
Other leading contenders among the 14 runners would appear to be New Providence for Hugo Palmer after her second in the DBS Premier Yearling Stakes at the Ebor meeting, Jamie Osborne's impressive recent Nottingham scorer Prize Exhibit, and the Godolphin filly Efflorescence.