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  • 16:05 Lanwades Stud Nell Gwyn Stakes 7f

  • (Fillies' Group 3) £65,000 added 3yo 15 ran
  • Winner £36,862 2nd £13,975 3rd £6,994 4th £3,484
  • Going: Good, Good to Firm in places
  • Surface: Turf
    Weighed In
  • Winning time: 1m 26.93s
  • Off time: 16:06:44

View from connections Lanwades Stud Nell Gwyn Stakes at Newmarket

Last Updated: 15/04/14 12:17pm

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Sandiva: Could head to the Guineas after Wednesday

Sandiva: Could head to the Guineas after Wednesday

Sandiva aims to keep her Classic dreams alive as she make her seasonal reappearance in the Lanwades Stud Nell Gwyn Stakes at Newmarket on Wednesday.

Richard Fahey's filly won three times from five starts as a juvenile and also ran a super race in defeat when chasing home Kiyoshi in the Albany Stakes at Royal Ascot.

Her only disappointing run of the campaign was her most recent appearance in the Prix Marcel Boussac at Longchamp in October, but with conditions less demanding on the Rowley Mile, she is favourite to bounce back in the Group Three.

A bold show could earn Sandiva a place in the QIPCO 1000 Guineas on May 4, a race for which she is a best-priced 25-1 at this stage.

Fahey said: "We're happy with her and she's where we'd want her to be for her first run. We've had no issues with her and this is a great stepping stone to tell us where we're heading with her.

"She's fit and well and we're looking forward to getting her started."

Queen Catrine finished in the first three on each of her six starts and was placed in the Duchess of Cambridge Stakes, the Princess Margaret Stakes, the Lowther Stakes and the Boussac.

Trainer Charlie Hills said: "We are very pleased with Queen Catrine and she is very forward in her coat, although she may find seven furlongs a bit on the sharp side.

"We obviously want to win a Group race with her and she does try very hard. We always thought that she would make up into a better three-year-old.

"She is entered in all three versions of the Guineas - in England, Ireland and France - and we will just have to see how she gets on in the Nell Gwyn before we decide where she goes next.

"Her jockeys have always felt that she would be better with some juice in the ground but I am sure that the ground on Wednesday will be beautiful - I would imagine that there will be a lovely covering of grass."

David Brown's Wind Fire is closely matched with Queen Catrine on a couple of pieces of form and although she has yet to race beyond six furlongs, the Nottinghamshire-based trainer does not expect the extra distance to be a problem.

He said: "She's wintered well, she's in excellent order and looks a picture. I am expecting her to take the step up to seven furlongs nicely. She appears to stay well at home, although it's obviously different on the track.

"I'm very confident she will stay and be equally as good as she was over shorter distances. If that is the case, she'll give them all something to think about.

"She's entered in the Guineas, so we'll see how she gets on tomorrow, but it's certainly exciting times.

Marco Botti saddles Euro Charline and Pelerin, both of whom head into the race unbeaten.

Botti said: "Euro Charline is a nice filly and although she has won her two races on the all-weather, she has worked nicely on the grass.

"She went up 20lb for her last win at Wolverhampton, so this will be a good test for her and tell us where we are.

"We hope she is a black type filly and the trip and the ground should be fine for her. She's is not in the English Guineas, but she is in the Irish Guineas.

"Pelerin also her maiden at Kempton nicely, she has a good pedigree and we have been pleased with her work at home. We think she is better than her mark (81), but this will tell us how good she could be."

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