Fairy on Top of her Game after Comeback Triumph

The remarkable Snow Fairy is reportedly in tremendous shape, after her stunning return to the racetrack in France last weekend, where she made up for lost time this term by putting some smart rivals to the sword in the Group 1 Prix Jean Romanet at Deauville.

Her performance has received unanimous rave reviews in the horse racing betting news, writes Elliot Slater.

Ed Dunlop’s globe-trotting mare had been absent since sustaining an injury, after winning in style for the second successive year in the Queen Elizabeth II Commemorative Cup in Tokyo last November, and had twice missed scheduled returns to the track, after niggling injuries persisted.

Ridden at Deauville by former champion jockey, Ryan Moore (who is now five from five on the daughter of Intikhab), Snow Fairy battled her way through a tight gap between John Gosden’s Izzi Top and the high-class French star, Galikova, quickening up in tremendous fashion to belie her absence from racecourse duty and bring the house down at the coastal circuit.

Dunlop reports that the 2010 Oaks winner to have come out of the contest in fine shape, and is seriously considering letting the Cristina Patino-owned mare take her chance in the Group 1 Red Mills Irish Champion Stakes at Leopardstown in Ireland on September 8, a contest in which she ran the very smart So You Think to just half-a-length in last year’s renewal.

Third in last October’s Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe at Longchamp behind another great mare, Danedream, Snow Fairy‘s main autumn target is another crack at the Paris showpiece for which she is now as short as 20/1 in the racing betting tips to improve on last year’s great effort.

A return to the Far East to compete again in Hong Kong and Japan also looks on the cards for the bargain basement 1800 euro yearling purchase, who has now amassed amazing career earnings of £3.66 million.

O’Brien out to Regain Phoenix Stakes Prize

The Group 1 Phoenix Stakes at the Curragh has proved something of an annual benefit for the yard of Aidan O’Brien, the Ballydoyle handler having won the prestigious six furlong contest a remarkable 11 times in the last 14 years.

Ballydoyle’s winners include Johannesburg, One Cool Cat, George Washington, and Mastercraftsman, all having carried off the prize on the way to even better things, writes Elliot Slater.

Last year, the O’Brien challenge was repelled by Kevin Prendergast’s La Collina. Although the Jim Bolger-trained Dawn Approach is a likely runner in this year, and is set to go off a warm favourite in the horse racing betting odds, O’Brien will nonetheless fancy his chances of getting back on the winner’s podium, as he holds five of the 15 five-day entries.

Amongst his potential representatives in the juvenile contest are Alfonso de Susa, who bolted up by nine lengths in a Leopardstown maiden in late-July. Another with the potential to give Dawn Approach a race is Cristoforo Colombo, who failed by only a length to peg back Bolger’s colt in the Group 2 Coventry Stakes at Royal Ascot.

He probably wasn’t suited by the heavy ground when only second in the Railway Stakes at the Curragh, just 11 days later.

O’Brien’s other three potential starters are Norfolk Stakes runner-up, Gale Force Ten, Dundalk all-weather maiden winner, George Vancouver, and the hat trick seeking Parliament Square, winner of a five furlong Tipperary listed contest a fortnight ago.

Mark Johnston could send Heavy Metal to Ireland in a bid to follow up his tremendous effort in winning the Group 2 Richmond Stakes at Glorious Goodwood.

Another Goodwood winner, Bungleinthejungle (trained by Mick Channon), who fought back bravely to win the Group 3 Molecomb Stakes in fine style, may also take his chance in what could prove a highly informative contest.

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Cecil maps out rest of Frankel campaign

Sir Henry Cecil reports that his superstar racehorse Frankel is absolutely fine after  turning the top grade Qipco Sussex Stakes at Glorious Goodwood into little more than an exercise gallop in beating the 122-rated Farhh by an eased down six lengths without coming off the bridle, writes Elliot Slater.

Few horses in British racing history can have used such a top-class contest as a preparation for another target, but that is exactly what the son of Galileo did as Cecil confirmed the object had been to be as easy as possible on the unbeaten four-year-old ahead of his first run over 10 furlongs at York later this month when he will bid to win the Group 1 Juddmonte International Stakes, the coveted race sponsored by his owner Prince Khaled Abdullah.

The presence of the 140-rated Frankel in the Sussex Stakes, (which he was winning for the second year running), had sacred all but Farhh away, and it is to the credit of the Godolphin team that they were at least prepared to try and make a race of it with the horse who is seen by many horse racing betting tips writers as the best of all time. In the circumstances Frankie Dettori’s mount was flat to the boards three furlongs out as Frankel just breezed along, an indication of the stunning quality of the winner.

Punters were never going to make a fortune on Frankel, his best racing odds would need serious investment for minimal return. But, the crowd were enchanted anyway, given he will sure go down in history as one of the sport’s greatest.

There has been speculation that Frankel could travel overseas for the first time (if all goes well on the Knavesmire), and take in the Group 1 Prix du Moulin at Longchamp on September 16, but Cecil suggests he will only make a decision on that possibility after the York contest. The great horse would then have two options for what is likely to be the final race of his career, with the one mile Queen Elizabeth II Stakes or the 10 furlong Champion Stakes at Ascot on Champions Day in October.

Maureen set to tackle York’s Lowther Stakes

Horse racing betting news and previews reckon Richard Hannon’s smart juvenile Maureen is set for another high profile victory when she heads to the eagerly anticipated York Ebor Festival later this month to bid for the Group 2 Jaguar Cars Lowther Stakes.

The 20,000 guineas yearling purchase has certainly proved herself to have been well bought, winning easily on her racecourse bow at Newbury in May where she accounted for Anecdote by an untroubled two-and-a-half lengths to justify 11/10 favouritism, word having reached the racecourse ahead of her first outing that she had shown plenty of ability on the gallops at home.

Immediately stepped up to Group 2 company, Maureen was considered an unlucky loser when failing by just a neck to catch Sendmylovetorose in the Irish Thoroughbred Marketing Cherry Hinton Stakes at Newmarket’s July meeting, missing the break before coming from way back to only just fail to land the spoils in unsuitably testing ground after finishing with a flourish.

Just two weeks after that gruelling effort the daughter of Holy Roman Emperor headed to Ascot for the Group 3 Princess Margaret Juddmonte Stakes), for which she was sent off a well supported 5/6 favourite), and after jumping off on terms with her rivals was always travelling best under Richard Hughes as she strode out well to account for Sandreamer by just over two lengths.

Connections immediately insisted that despite her diminutive stature Maureen is one of the very best two-years-olds seen out so far this season and have readily spoken of bidding to follow up in the Group 2 Lowther Stakes at York, after which (if all goes well on the Knavesmire), the Ahmad Alkhallifi-owned filly could bid for Group 1 glory at Newmarket in October in the coveted Cheveley Park Stakes.

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