Author: Alan Kelly
Published: 16:49 23/09/2014
Saturday's Group 1 Connolly's Red Mills Cheveley Park Stakes at Newmarket has attracted a quality entry of 11 possible runners at the six-day acceptance stage and the six furlong contest promises to provide plenty of clues regarding next season's Qipco 1000 Guineas despite the fact that Tiggy Wiggy, a best price 11-8 with Betfred and Coral for the weekend, is highly unlikely to line up for the first fillies' Classic of the season with a sprinting campaign a much more likely outcome.
A possible runner in Longchamp's Prix de L'Abbaye a week come Sunday providing the daughter of Kodiac does not have a particularly hard race at headquarters following most impressive vistories in Newbury's Super Sprint and York's Lowther Stakes. The likely mount of Richard Hughes should take the world of beating if in the same kind of form but is unlikely to have all her own way with several potential dangers including French challenger High Celebrity.
Trained by Andre Fabre, successful in this year's 1000 Guineas courtesy of Miss France, the Invincible Spirit filly was unsuited by the soft ground when runner-up to Arabian Queen at Newmarket on her second start but looked much happier on the good to soft going at Chantilly on her most recent start, coming home a comfortable length and three quarters winner of a Group 3 contest. Available at a general 5-1 for Saturday the fillies' 1000 Guineas odds of 16-1 will quickly disappear if she can get the better of Richard Hannon's speedster.
Also on offer at those odds for next year's Classic is Lucida from the Jim Bolger stable who failed by just a neck to get the better of Cursory Glance in the Group 1 Moyglare Stud Stakes at the Curragh and the 8-1 chance should not be underestimated in the race won 12 month's ago by Vorda, a remark which also applies to another Irish challenger in Royal Ascot's Queen Mary winner Anthem Alexander. The two dark horses of the race are Terror ( a 10 length winner at Warwick on her only start and a 12-1 shot with Betvictor ) and John Gosden's impressive Kempton score Tendu ( a standout 12-1 with Paddy Power ).