Sun Maiden given tar­gets

The Racing Paper - - News - By Peter Wil­lis

TEDDY Grimthorpe, rac­ing man­ager to owner Khalid Ab­dul­lah, has re­vealed Sun Maiden is be­ing aimed at “one of two” York races.

The three-year-old fin­ished a promis­ing fourth at Wolver­hamp­ton last De­cem­ber on her sole ju­ve­nile race be­fore re­turn­ing to ac­tion at Sal­is­bury in May to land the Smith & Wil­liamson Fil­lies' Novice Stakes by a huge mar­gin.

Sir Michael Stoute's charge was third at As­cot last time out in the Rib­bles­dale Stakes and that brought up the pos­si­bil­ity of a crack at the Dar­ley Ir­ish Oaks at the Cur­ragh.

How­ever, Grimthorpe has ruled out a trip to Ire­land and has in­stead re­vealed York is the most likely des­ti­na­tion for Sun Maiden.

“She is in good form from As­cot and we are con­sid­er­ing the op­tions for her, but she will not go for the Ir­ish Oaks,” he said. “We are prob­a­bly look­ing at one of two races at York, ei­ther the Gal­tres Stakes or the York­shire Oaks.

“She is still a very im­ma­ture horse but she ran very well at As­cot. She got pushed a lit­tle wide there but ran a su­per race in what looked a pretty good re­newal. That bit of in­ex­pe­ri­ence found her out.

“I think she is an in­ter­est­ing filly for the fu­ture but she needs to get a few miles on the clock.”

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