Bumper entries for Classic trials

THIS weekend’s Classic trials have attracted a bumper number of entries with some of last season’s leading juveniles engaged at Newbury, Thirsk and Leopardstown.

Elusive City, winner of the Prix Morny, Dewhurst Stakes third Trade Fair and Tim Easterby’s smart performer Somnus are among 16 entries for the Lane’s End Greenham Stakes, a seven-furlong Group Three contest at Newbury on Saturday.

However, Trade Fair’s connections have indicated the son of Zafonic may wait instead for the Macau Jockey Club Craven Stakes at Newmarket five days later.

Another interesting possible contender is John Dunlop’s Washington Singer Stakes winner Muqbil, beaten when odds-on at Newmarket on his only subsequent start.

A total of 16 fillies have been put in the Dubai Duty Free Stakes (Registered as the Fred Darling) including Jeremy Noseda-trained Cassis. The Newmarket trainer has revealed that Cassis is set to make her reappearance in the race.

The Red Ransom filly, who holds a Sagitta 1,000 Guineas entry, has pleased Noseda with her progress during the spring.

On his website, Noseda said: “She’s done well physically during the winter.”

Cassis narrowly missed out on a Group Two success in the Cherry Hinton Stakes at Newmarket, where she was beaten a short head by Spinola.

Thirsk’s Sky Bet Thirsk Classic Trial has a record total prize fund of £32,000, making it the most valuable race ever staged at the course.

The one-mile contest is sponsored for the first time by Sky Bet and was won last year by Mick Channon’s Aramram, who went on to finish sixth in the Sagitta 2,000 Guineas at Newmarket two weeks later.

This time the race has attracted 18 entries including Channon’s Illustria and Roskilde.

David Loder, who took the race in 1997 with subsequent St James’s Palace Stakes winner Starborough, has Royal Dignitary entered this time.

Also entered is Tacitus, a good winner at Doncaster already this term.

On Sunday, Dermot Weld’s unbeaten colt Refuse To Bend heads 13 entries for the Leopardstown 2,000 Guineas Trial, a Listed event over a mile.

Refuse To Bend won both his starts as a youngster including the Group One Aga Khan Studs National Stakes at the Curragh on his second outing.

Aidan O’Brien is responsible for five of the entries. They are Carpanetto, Catcher In The Rye, France, Gianfanti and Some Kind Of Tiger.

Meanwhile, Six Perfections shot to the head of the betting for the Sagitta 1000 Guineas by making a successful return to action at Maisons-Laffitte yesterday.

Pascal Bary’s Classic hope scored a stylish victory in the Listed Prix Imprudence and is now 3-1 favourite with Coral, William Hill and Ladbrokes.

Six Perfections, who rounded off her first season with victory in the Prix Marcel Boussac, extended her winning sequence to four races with a length-and-a-half verdict over Campsie Fells.

Thierry Thulliez’s mount, a 3-5 chance, made good headway from mid-division and won on the bridle.

Six Perfections has the option of a tilt at either the 1000 Guineas or the French equivalent, the Poule d’Essai des Pouliches.

Regarding a possible trip to Newmarket, Bary said: “It is the first time I have had one good enough to go and I am not against the idea.”

Earlier, Jean-Claude Rouget’s Mister Charm had paid a compliment to Vodafone Derby entry Dalakhani in the Listed Prix Djebel.

Second to the Aga Khan’s promising colt in Group Three company in September, Mister Charm secured the spoils by a decisive length-and-a-half from Vespone.

Mister Charm is not entered in the Sagitta 2000 Guineas.

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