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  • 15:10 Princess Royal Richard Hambro E.B.F. Stakes 1m 4f

  • (Formerly The Harvest Stakes) (Fillies' Listed) £40,000 added 3yo+ 10 ran
  • Winner £22,684 2nd £8,600 3rd £4,304 4th £2,144
  • Going: Good, Good to Firm in places
  • Surface: Turf
    Weighed In
  • Winning time: 2m 30.85s
  • Off time: 15:14:48

Songbird team hope to see revival at Newmarket

Last Updated: 25/09/13 4:18pm

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Lady Cecil: Trains Songbird who runs at Newmarket on Thursday

Lady Cecil: Trains Songbird who runs at Newmarket on Thursday

Songbird bids to banish the memory of a poor run and get her career back on track in the Princess Royal Richard Hambro EBF Stakes at Newmarket on Thursday.

The lightly-raced filly had looked a highly-promising prospect until coming unstuck in the Galtres Stakes at York last month.

Nothing came to light after that disappointing effort and Lady Cecil's charge has been pleasing connections in her work.

"We were disappointed with her at York. We thought she would run much better than that," said Barry Simpson, racing manager to owner Sir Robert Ogden.

"There's no explanation why she ran so badly. We've just got to put it down to one of those things and tomorrow we will know a bit more.

She's working well at home, we are pleased with how she's going.

"Mid-season we thought she was a very good filly and we still believe she is, but whether she is as good as we think she is tomorrow will give us more of a clue.

"Our dilemma at York was whether we thought she was good enough to run in the Yorkshire Oaks or win the Galtres. That was how we were looking at it so we came away from that bitterly disappointed. Thursday's going to answer a few more questions."

Marco Botti feels the ground may have gone against Souviens Toi but still expects the four-year-old to put up a good show.

"The ground is drying out a little bit. She wouldn't mind more cut in the ground, but she's well and this is her best trip," said the Newmarket trainer.

"She has been running good races and has been a consistent filly, but it would be nice for her to win a Listed race because she is capable of winning one. I was hoping the ground would be on the soft side for her."

James Tate is keen to give Regal Hawk a second chance at Listed level after she found the slow early pace against her when sixth at Longchamp four weeks ago.

The three-year-old Singspiel filly had won her four previous starts.

"She's lovely filly and we stepped her up in class in France which didn't really work over a mile and a quarter. They went very slow and then sprinted," said the Newmarket trainer.

"We hope that a mile and a half with a more British pace will suit her. Obviously she's got quite a bit to find on the ratings, but we're hopeful."

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