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  • 15:25 Princess Margaret Juddmonte Stakes 6f

  • (Fillies' Group 3) £50,000 added 2yo 6 ran
  • Winner £28,355 2nd £10,750 3rd £5,380 4th £2,680
  • Going: Firm, Good to Firm in places
  • Surface: Turf
    Weighed In
  • Winning time: 1m 14.40s
  • Off time: 15:25:48

Hoyam has high hopes

View from connections: Princess Margaret Juddmonte Stakes

Last Updated: 27/07/12 4:50pm

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Hoyam: Chased home Ceiling Kitty at Royal Ascot

Hoyam: Chased home Ceiling Kitty at Royal Ascot

Michael Bell believes Hoyam's performance at the Royal meeting gives her every chance of success in the Princess Margaret Juddmonte Stakes at Ascot on Saturday.

The Royal Applause filly finished a fine second to Ceiling Kitty in the Queen Mary Stakes in June and then opened her account in a Windsor maiden.

She now steps up to six furlongs, but Bell has had this Group Three contest in mind for a while.

"She has good form at the track and she's in good order," said the Newmarket trainer.

"It's a tough race but the Queen Mary form looks strong and, with that in mind, you'd have to think she has every chance.

"This was the plan after Ascot, we just hoped we could win a maiden in between and we managed to do that.

"She's been trained for this race and we're very hopeful. I think Maureen will be hard to beat but she should run well."

Unlucky Loser

Both of Maureen's starts have been over this distance, including her debut success at Newbury in June, and she looked an unlucky loser in the Cherry Hinton Stakes at Newmarket's July meeting.

Trainer Richard Hannon had wanted to go for the Weatherbys Super Sprint at Newbury but opted for a Pattern race and it almost paid off.

"Everyone saw how unlucky Maureen was in the Cherry Hinton Stakes at Newmarket, and if she can reproduce that running she ought to be very hard to beat," he told www.richardhannonracing.co.uk.

"It was just one of those things - she was stuck on the rails and when she did make the great escape she flew, but she ran out of ground and was beaten a neck.

"We think she might be a Cheveley Park filly, so, hopefully, she will cope with this faster ground and get back on track."

Warm Race

Trainer Alan Jarvis has won this race twice, with River Belle (2003) and Mixed Blessing (2005), and is looking for a good run from Martinas Delight.

The daughter of Johannesburg showed promise when fourth to Maureen on her racecourse bow at Newbury.

"She's a nice filly but obviously it's a pretty warm race," said Jarvis.

"She ran very well first time after being slowly away and ran a bit green.

"She has improved a lot since then and I'm hoping for a good run.

"The form of her first run behind Maureen is solid and I think she probably should have won at Newmarket the other week."

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