Mau­reen takes Gwyn test

Irish Examiner - Racing - - RACING - By Keith Hamer

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.”

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