Kinane shines as Blini books Guineas ticket

MICK KINANE gave 12-1 winner Donna Blini a typically masterful ride to claim the Sky Bet Cheveley Park Stakes for the second year running at Newmarket.

Trainer Brian Meehan now has his sights firmly set upon next year's Stan James-sponsored 1000 Guineas after Kinane kicked ahead of his rivals over one furlong out.

And the ground the Irishman pinched at that point proved decisive as the game filly held off the late challenges of Wake Up Maggie and favourite Flashy Wings by a neck and the same.

Ted Durcan had settled Flashy Wings towards the rear of the 10-runner field and made a deal of ground up in the closing stages.

The bookmakers clearly agreed that Flashy Wings had been unable to show her best form, as she remains ahead of Donna Blini in the ante-post betting for the 1000 Guineas.

But Meehan was not about to let that bother him.

"I don't worry about that sort of thing," he said. "I think she's a Guineas filly and that's what she will be trained for. My first impression is she won't run again this season.

"She's a lovely filly. She proved it in the Cherry Hinton. We debated the Lowther and all sorts of things, the Moyglare and even the Doncaster sales race with all that money, but we felt it was best to wait and give her time.

"She's a tough, hardy filly and she galloped all the way to the line. Maybe the break she had made her idle a bit going to the line. We are very pleased with her."

Kinane had guessed a positive ride might pay dividends.

"Brian's done a good job with her - he's turned her out in great shape today. She looked marvellous," he said. "I rode her at Newmarket in July and told Brian to give her a little time - she's scopey and has plenty of improvement in her.

"I was delighted to get a lead and I was going the pace I wanted to be going. I was always happy with her.

"She was a shade fresh but I knew when we quickened, we were going to take some pegging back.

"She's scopey enough to get further. She's pacey and relaxes to give herself every opportunity."

A step up to Group One company could be on the cards for Aussie Rules after he regained the winning thread in a thrilling renewal of the Somerville Tattersall Stakes.

Aidan O'Brien is considering a tilt at the Darley Dewhurst Stakes back on the Rowley Mile course on October 15 as hold-up tactics paid dividends in this Group Three contest.

The Danehill colt weaved his way through the pack to lead well inside the final furlong but was strongly pressed by the rallying Killybegs.

However, the 3-1 joint-favourite stuck his head out for Kieren Fallon and held on by a short head.

O'Brien said: "Kieren was very confident he wanted to ride him this way, so he produced him late. He loves fast ground and will make up into a lovely horse.

"We'll see how he is and he could come back in a couple of weeks for the Dewhurst, especially as Kieren knows how he likes to ride him now."

O'Brien and Fallon completed a double when Fire And Rain made a winning debut in the Macmillan Cancer Relief Coffee Morning Maiden Stakes.

The son of Derby winner Galileo wore down Mashaahed inside the last of the eight furlongs to score by a length, with another five back to the third Red Rocks.

Fire And Rain is 33-1 with Ladbrokes and 40-1 with Paddy Power and Cashmans to emulate his sire at Epsom next June.

"He seems just like his dad - a big, long-striding horse - and he probably won't run again this season as he learned and travelled well today," O'Brien said.

"He is a lovely horse and Kieren likes him. He was just ready to come here and they looked to go a good gallop.

"He's got a great attitude and I think he'll be a smashing horse for next year."

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