Gosden’s filly could be in line for a trip to France for the French 1000 Guineas if everything goes to plan on Saturday but she faces strong opposition
DABYAH bids to boost her Classic hopes following her John Gosden-trained stablemate Daban’s win in the Nell Gwyn when she lines up in the Dubai Duty Free Stakes at Newbury.
Daban is more likely to go for the Qipco 1000 Guineas after her win at Newmarket, but Dabyah could be heading for the the French equivalent if she runs well on Saturday.
Gosden’s filly created a big impression when romping home over this course and distance in September, before finishing third in the Prix Marcel Boussac at Chantilly the following month.
“She’s working very well, as was the filly who won the Nell Gwyn on Wednesday,” said Bruce Raymond, racing manager for owner Abdullah Saeed Al Naboodah.
“We are hoping she can emulate that filly. There’s no reason why she can’t.
“She has got very classy form in France and she gets the trip well, so we’ll see.”
Dabyah is proven over this trip and further, but Queen Kindly‘s stamina has to be taken on trust.
The Richard Fahey-trained daughter of Frankel won the six-furlong Lowther Stakes at York in August but was only fourth in the Cheveley Park Stakes on her final start as a juvenile.
“She’s working very well and has done exceptionally well through the winter,” said Raymond, who also acts for her owner, Jaber Abdullah.
“We are very happy with the way she has been going and obviously the jury is out whether she gets the trip or not.
“She’ll have a big chance if she stays, as she’s classy.”
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However, connections of the William Haggas-trained filly are in the dark as to how she might perform on her seasonal debut.
“She is one of those fillies that hasn’t really come in her coat yet,” said Chris Richardson, racing manager for owners Cheveley Park Stud.
“She has been working OK but has not been sparkling. She is not very big and the question is if she has trained on and this is an opportunity to see if she has.
“She is talented and is a bit of a pocket rocket. I just hope she can show us something on Saturday.
“If she disappoints we will just have to review if we persevere this year.”
The Richard Hannon-trained Promising has yet to win a race, but she made the frame in all her three starts, culminating in a neck second to Kilmah in the Group 3 Prestige Stakes at Goodwood.
“She’s probably one of the highest-rated maidens in training and has run well on all three occasions last season, notably when a very unlucky second at Goodwood and we’re really hoping for a very good run here,” Hannon told www.stanjames.com.
“She’s been away to Everleigh and also worked nicely at Kempton the other day so she shouldn’t be lacking for much fitness.
“She moves much better when she’s going quicker and Pat Dobbs rides her for the first time but he’s sat on her plenty of times at home and she should run a very nice race.”
Roger Varian is responsible for Pichola Dance.
The Newmarket handler said: “She has got solid form from her juvenile days and is training well but it is a hot race.
“She has got to improve to feature but she is a very nice filly.
“We were always going to start her off in either the Nell Gwyn or the Fred Darling.
“We decided to go back to Newbury with her as probably the best performance of her career came there in the Radley Stakes.”