Maureen takes Gwyn test
Maureen will attempt to book her ticket for the Qipco 1000 Guineas when she lines-up in the Lanwades Nell Gwyn Stakes at Newmarket on Wednesday.
She will be running beyond six furlongs for the first time but connections of the Richard Hannon-trained filly believe her style of racing gives her every chance of getting at least an extra furlong.
Maureen looked a classy filly when winning the Princess Margaret Stakes at Ascot after being an unlucky second in the Cherry Hinton.
She was sent off 2-1 favourite for the Cheveley Park Stakes but blotted her copy book when only ninth behind Rosdhu Queen.
The Hannon team also have Moyglare Stud Stakes winner Sky Lantern in the Nell Gwyn, but she may wait for the Dubai Duty Free Stakes at Newbury on Saturday week to avoid carrying a Group One penalty.
“We have entered Maureen for the Nell Gwyn Stakes at Newmarket on Wednesday, and the plan is to run,” Richard Hannon jnr, the trainer’s son and assistant told www.richardhannonracing.co.uk.
“While Sky Lantern is also entered for HQ, she would have to carry a 3lb penalty, so we slightly favour waiting for the Dubai Duty Free Stakes (Fred Darling) at Newbury.
“We think that Maureen will stay as she is not a tearaway, and if all goes well, she will then run in the Guineas.
“She was a really smart two-year-old last season and deserves her chance, though obviously we also have Sky Lantern as well.
“Sky Lantern has done tremendously well physically through the winter and has been working great.
“We took her for a spin around Kempton earlier in the week and she is in top form, but we want to avoid soft ground.”