Pollyanna is sitting Pretty for Cheveley
PRETTY POLLYANA can cement her place at the head of the 1,000 Guineas betting by winning the Cheveley Park Stakes at Newmarket (2.25).
This daughter of Oasis Dream has taken a giant leap forward on her past two starts, with a sevenlength win in the Duchess Of Cambridge Stakes here in July a top effort.
Michael Bell’s two-yearold arguably bettered that victory by winning the Group 1 Prix Morny at Deauville in mid-August.
The winning margin of three-quarters of a length doesn’t describe the authority she had over her rivals in France.
Bell has been patient with her and the 41-day break since then means she should be nice and fresh for her toughest assignment yet. With fast ground likely to suit and the 6f trip ideal it’s a test she should pass.
Signora Cabello was a good second in France with Frankie Dettori’s mount also boasting strong form.
She won the Queen Mary Stakes at Royal Ascot before following up with victory in a French Group 2. Her second to Pretty Pollyanna is good form as there was a significant gap back to the third horse.
But John Quinn’s filly has more miles on the clock than the selection and it will take a big effort to improve past her.
Aidan O’Brien has won the past two runnings of this but his entrants So Perfect and Fairyland both appear to have a little to find. With the former crying out for 7f, it could be son Donnacha and Fairyland that have the most to offer.
She dug deep to win the Group 2 Lowther Stakes at York last time in a photo. That was her first run since finishing a close-up third in the Albany so there
should be more to come.
There’s something for everyone on an excellent Newmarket card that also features the 35runner Cambridgeshire handicap at 3.40.
John Gosden knows what it takes to win this grand old race and he has a sporting chance with TRICORN.
He’s been in excellent form at a mile but gave the impression that this longer distance would suit when finishing second in a good race at Chelmsford last time. He was caught napping by the winner there and made up a lot of ground in the closing stages.
The extra furlong should help, provided he doesn’t get too far behind in the massive field.
William Haggas is another who does well on a Saturday afternoon and his Alfarris can’t be discounted.
He was a good second at York last time behind Pivoine who is 5lb worse off with him at the weights today.
His Knavesmire conqueror has a live chance too and they both look like progressive handicappers who should be involved in the finish.
Trainer: Michael Bell